Review: Every Bit a Rogue (The Ellinghams #4) by Adrienne Basso

Print Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Zebra (February 25, 2020)

From  Jon Burwell, Viscount Kendall, knows what the gossips say about him. They claim he's been a dejected, half-mad recluse ever since he was jilted at the altar. The simple truth is that Jon has thrown all the passion he once had for his fiancée into his latest mechanical invention. But his single-minded existence has lately been shattered by repeated encounters with Miss Emma Ellingham, his neighbor's intriguing sister-in-law.

Painting and sketching have been Emma's consolation since her own secret heartbreak. When she stumbles upon the viscount's workshop, his machine revives her artistic imagination. The gentleman himself is even more fascinating—and deeply seductive. When Jon is accused of a crime, Emma risks her good name for his sake. But though the threat of scandal compels them to wed, only courage can overcome their pasts, and allow desire to transform into love.


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Even though this is the first in the series that I have personally read, I had no problems whatsoever keeping track of who was who. This is a stand-alone novel that exists independently of the others, although characters are referenced from prior novels, it does not take away from the readers understanding or enjoyment of this novel. 

I adored these two characters. Emma is a feisty woman who loves her family deeply and has a strong sense of right and wrong. Jon is a more serious character, who works hard, but has acquired a bit of a reputation since his fiance jilted him.  When you put them together? The easy way they interacted with one another, the way they could make the other laugh, was a real pleasure to read. Even the secondary characters were well thought out and multi-dimensional (although this may have something to do with the fact that most of them came from the prior novels). 

As for the plot? It was well executed, with very little taking place that didn't add to the overall story. Even things that may not have made sense in the beginning, ended up making perfect sense by the time the story concluded. The writing style was smooth, seamlessly blending things together until the story drew the reader in and kept them immersed in this unconventional pair. You found yourself rooting for them, knowing that they had the potential for their own happily ever after.

I have no doubt that this novel will appeal to not only fans of this series, but also to historical romance enthusiasts who are just reading this author for the first time. I will definitely read more from this author!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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