Book Review 22: A Rebel without a Rogue (The Penningtons Book One) by Bliss Bennet

Title: A Rebel without a Rogue (The Penningtons Book One)image
Author: Bliss Bennet
Release Date: 15 September 2015

A woman striving for justice

Fianna Cameron has devoted her life to avenging the death of her father, hung as a traitor during the Irish Rebellion of 1798. Now, on the eve of her thirtieth birthday, only one last miscreant remains: Major Christopher Pennington, the English army officer who not only oversaw her father’s execution, but who falsely maligned his honor. Fianna risks everything to travel to London and confront the man who has haunted her every nightmare. Only after her pistol misfires does she realize her sickening mistake: the Pennington she wounded is far too young to be the man who killed her father.

A man who will protect his family at all costs

Rumors of being shot by a spurned mistress might burnish the reputation of a rake, but for Kit Pennington, determined to add to his family’s honor by winning at seat in Parliament, such salacious gossip is nothing but a nightmare. To regain his good name, Kit will have to track down his mysterious attacker and force her to reveal the true motivation behind her unprovoked assault. Accepting the mistress of a former schoolmate as an ally in his search is risky enough, but when Kit begins to developing feelings for the icy, ethereal Miss Cameron, more than his political career is in danger. For Kit’s beginning to suspect that Fianna Cameron knows far more about the shooting—and the reasons behind it—than she’s willing to reveal.

As their search begins to unearth long-held secrets, Kit and Fianna find themselves caught between duty to family and their belief in what’s right. How can you balance the competing demands of loyalty and justice—especially when you add love to the mix?

Rating: 4/5
Review: This is a well written story with more substance to it than the typical romance novel. The main character Fianna Cameron is determined and strong-willed in her quest to avenge her father’s death. At the same time, she is driven by the need to be accepted by any of her remaining family members (as she is considered a bastard) hence her determination to sacrifice herself at any cost just to have a chance at having a family. The story not only focuses on Fianna’s quest and her complicated romance with Kit Pennington, who’s idealistic and fiercely loyal to family, but also on the tensions between the British and the Irish in the late 1700’s.

I enjoyed reading this story because the characters have depth to them, and one gets why they acted as they did even if one isn’t familiar with English history. I would classify this as a more serious historical romance novel so this may not be for those looking for a light read. Nevertheless, this story shows promise, and it’s good to know that A Man without a Mistress (book two) will be coming out in December. Books three and four are also on the way so there will be more to look forward to. You can check out the descriptions here for what to expect.

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher/NetGalley for an honest review.

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