Friday, June 28, 2019

Review - - Rogue Most Wanted

Rogue Most Wanted
by Janna MacGregor
The Cavensham Heiresses - Book 5
Publisher: St. Martin's
Release Date: June 25, 2019
Reviewed by PJ

Wanted: an engagement of convenience. Found: A noble suitor.
Raised on a remote Scottish estate by her adoring grandfather, Lady Theodora Worth has inherited an earldom as well as the land itself. But when an upstart duke challenges her claim to the title and the Ladykyrk estate, Thea is suddenly in need of a husband—in name, at least. An elderly neighbor with a thoroughly modern sensibility and a dashing great-nephew just might be the answer to Thea’s prayers. Except she has no intention of marrying the first man she meets. That would be utterly ridiculous.
It just can’t be him. . .
Lord William Cavensham is entirely too devoted to his family’s estate—ever since he was jilted as a lad--to wed, but he agrees to meet the woman his aunt has taken under her wing—and introduce her to possible suitors. But after just one meeting with beautiful, spirited Thea, Will is determined to help her reclaim her title. And even more so, he can’t stop thinking that perhaps marriage to this bold, passionate woman may be the one thing he’s been missing all along?

My thoughts:

I've been enjoying this series since book one but I have to admit, Lord William Cavensham has not been one of my favorite characters. In the earlier books, he's been opinionated, out-spoken, a bit of an instigator, and not much help in his siblings' journeys to their happily-ever-afters. The opposite, actually. So, when I discovered he was to be the hero of Rogue Most Wanted, I was curious to see how his character would develop, learn what had made him so love averse, and discover if my tepid feelings toward him could be changed. Did MacGregor hit the mark? Let me put it this way. Rogue Most Wanted, my least-anticipated book in The Cavensham Heiresses series is now my favorite. I've read it twice. It's made me cry, twice. There's a good chance I'll revisit it again. Probably cry again too. And laugh. And smile. And sigh. 

But Will's evolution isn't the only reason this book was such a joy for me to read. In Thea, MacGregor has created one of my favorite heroines this year. She's intrepid, selfless, vulnerable, but strong when it counts, loyal, and worthy. Worthy of her title, worthy of a family, worthy of a true, lasting, love. I want to hug her, hang out with her, and cheer her on. I want to be her friend.

One of the things I have most enjoyed about MacGregor's writing is her ability to create fully-formed, complex, flawed characters who come to life on the pages of her books. That skill is on full display in Rogue Most Wanted, not only with Thea and Will but also a richly portrayed, fully developed secondary cast. Two of my favorites are Will's Aunt Stella, Lady Payne, a meddling, matchmaking grand dame who adds a wonderful dash of humor - I definitely want to hang with her - and his father, the Duke of Langham, who captured my heart with his kindness to Thea and love for his family. 

Rogue Most Wanted is the fifth book in The Cavensham Heiresses series. While many of the couples from prior books move in and out of the story, MacGregor has written this book in such a way that it can easily be read, and enjoyed, without having read the other books first. Though I do enthusiastically recommend all five. 

When you read a romance, do you typically connect more with the hero or the heroine? Or with both as a couple?

Have you read any of the Cavensham Heiresses books?

Do you have a favorite book or character in the series?

One randomly chosen person who leaves a comment before 11:00 PM, June 30, will receive a print copy of Rogue Most Wanted


  1. I have not read this captivating series which sounds unique and special. I would relate to the couple whose lives are intertwined.

  2. This series sounds unique and appeals to me for the characters and setting. I connect with the hero who can change over time and understand situations and circumstances.

  3. Can’t wait to read this book, I have enjoyed the whole series so far.

  4. My favorite book of the series! I cried and laughed from page one to the end. I adore Janna MacGregor and her writing and can’t wait to read the next book.

  5. I've been reading this series. For some reason, when I read a romance book, I seem to connect more with the hero than the heroine. I have this one on my wish list.

  6. I have read the the first four books in The Cavensham Heiresses Series and I love them all. I am quite anxious to read book #5. I adore Janna's work!

  7. I connect with the both characters. I read the first book in the series i have some catching up to do with the others

  8. generally more with the heroine - but I really want to like the hero!

  9. I have read every one of the books in this series. I have enjoyed every character. As you say, each of the characters are complete and they add a great deal to the story. I generally will connect to the couple - as a couple when I am reading a book. At times, just as in real life, I will like one of the couple more than the other.

    I recommend this series to anyone who wants to meet people who are fun to be around.

  10. I have not read any in this series...actually I've never read Janna MacGregor, but would love to! I keep hearing wonderful things about her books! And I think I tend to connect more with the heroine (in most cases), especially when they are independent-minded and true to themselves!

  11. Lovely review! I have it in my tbr, can't wait to get to it :)

  12. I love this series!! My favorite is always the most read which would be Will and Thea's story. I love flawed characters too and I loved the way Janna MacGregor handles them. I relate with both!! Thanks for the review PJ!!

  13. I haven't read this series yet but its high on my TBR

  14. I love this series! I don't really have a favorite book or character overall, but am looking forward to reading Rogue Most Wanted! Oh and I've read books where I can most identify with the heroines, ones where I most identify with the hero, and some where I just can't with either.

  15. What a fabulous review! I have a couple of the books on my TBR, and can't wait to get reading!

  16. I have not read any of this author's works so I would love to start with this book. I like just about any POV the author puts in front of me...I'm not particular about that at all. Love it all.

  17. I enjoyed the first book in this series, and I have 2 others waiting to be read. The rest of the series is on my wish list. I can't read fast enough to keep up!!!

  18. I typically connect more with the heroine. Have read the first two in the series and do not have a favorite character or book of the series.

  19. Love Janna's books.

    I enjoy the story through both the female and male lead.

    Nick is a favorite.

    And March.


  20. I'm looking forward to start reading the series. Great review. Thanks for the giveaway chance.
    Carol Luciano