Friday, June 3, 2011

Victoria and the Rogue

Title: Victoria and the Rogue
Author: Meg Cabot
Rating: 4/5
Summary: Growing up in far-off India, wealthy young heiress Lady Victoria Arbuthnot was accustomed to handling her own affairs—not to mention everyone else’s. But in her sixteenth year, Vicky is unceremoniously shipped off to London to find a husband. With her usual aplomb, however, Lady Victoria gets herself engaged to the perfect English gentleman, even before setting foot on British soil. Hugo Rothschild, ninth earl of Malfrey, is everything a girl could want in a future husband: he is handsome and worldly, if not rich. Lady Victoria has everything just as she’d like it. That is, if raffish young ship captain Jacob Carstairs would leave well enough alone. Jacob’s meddling is nothing short of exasperating, and Victoria is mystified by his persistence. But when it becomes clear that young Lord Malfrey just might not be all that he’s professed to be, Victoria is forced to admit, for the first time in her life, that she is wrong. Not only about her fiancé, but about the reason behind the handsome ship captain’s interference.

My Thoughts:I recently read Nicola and the Viscount, which was a fun, light read, so I decided to read its nearly identical twin, Victoria and the Rogue. And, yes, it also has a very cute book cover. 

Having been orphaned as a young girl, Lady Victoria Arbuthnot, now sixteen years old, has spent the whole of her life thus far in India with her three uncles. She may not have perfect good looks, but her charm and her extreme wealth make her quite a catch. In the first chapter of the book, Victoria receives a marriage proposal. But, of course, all is not what it seems when it comes to the handsome Lord Malfrey, Hugo Rothschild. Captain Jacob Carstairs, who, although quite handsome and rich, is a thorn in Victoria's side and will stop at nothing to make sure Victoria doesn't make the mistake of marrying the roguish earl. But exactly what is his motivation for keeping her and Lord Malfrey apart? 

A completely predictable plot makes this novel an easy read. And even though I could see what was coming from a mile away, it was still fun to read about Victoria and her adventures in London during her first Season. 

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