How a Lady Weds a Rogue (Falcon Club Series #3)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sales rank: 275,607
Series: Falcon Club Series , #3
Book Heat: Scorching Hot
Gentleman’s Rule #1: If a lady is virtuous, he should deny her nothing.
Beautiful Diantha Lucas understands society’s rules: a young lady must find a man to marry. But Diantha has a bigger goal, and she’s not afraid of plunging into adventure to achieve it. When daring, dashing Wyn Yale rescues her, she’s certain he’s just the man she needs.
As an agent for the secret Falcon Club, Wyn knows his duty, but he’s not about to admit he’s a hero of any sort. He has a plan, too: steal a prized horse, murder an evil duke, avenge an innocent girl, and probably get hanged for it—in that order. Wyn can’t afford to be distracted by a pretty face, even one with delectable dimples and kissable lips. But how can a country miss and a hardened spy solve their problems when they can’t keep their hands off each other?
Review: Just place Katharine Ashe’s name on the cover of a book and you know that there is going to be magic between the pages.
I believe that Katharine Ashe has a magical wand where she sits like the fairy godmother in CINDERELLA and waves it over her keyboards. To believe that Katharine doesn’t poses super powers when she writes is like saying the earth doesn’t rotate around the sun. Do you rember when you were a child and you were asked, “When you grow up who would you like to be like?" I’m a grown adult, four teenage daughters and a budding writing career, but to answer that question…when I grow up—in the literary world—I want to write like Katharine Ashe.
With each new book released Katharine Ashe keeps getting better bring her audience a magical love story, rich prose and protagonist that simply steal your heart while taking you on their emotional charged journey. Ashe addresses some hot-button issues in her latest Falcon Club installment HOW A LADY WEDS A ROGUE being released from Avon Romance in just a few days.
Reader you may recall the classic fairy tale about an ugly duckling that turns into a beautiful swan written by the incomparable Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen...THE UGLY DUCKLING. HOW A LADY WEDS A ROGUE is very reminiscent of this story. Meet Diantha… who once was an ugly duckling in her youth, but as time does tell we grow into our beauty… a swan. Thing about our Diantha is that now that she is a swan she doesn’t have a clue that not only is she beautiful on the inside but also on the outside. For this alone, is what makes Diantha Lucas—in my opinion—a stand-out character. Many will recall Diantha Lucas as an awkward, pimpled face and chubby sixteen year old step sister of Serena Carlyle (CAPTURED BY A ROGUE LORD) and Viola Carlyle (HOW TO BE A PROPER LADY) Now she is all grown up, still head strong and on a mission to find and speak to the mother who abandoned her. Things do not go according to plan when she meets the dangerously hands and brandy-brained Wyn Yale. Yale plays an intimate part in her girlish daydreams of being rescued and whisked away by an adoring hero. Tree years ago Wyn intervened and rescued her from a group of youngling cut-ups harassing her at her sister’s wedding. From that moment on Diantha has harbored a slight crush for the Welsh anointing him the honor of hero.
During his time of finding and rescuing kidnapped and runaway girls for the elite and secret Falcon Club agent Wyn Yale has never considered himself a hero. Pickled yes, but never a hero. Yale is fighting his own demons and is on his very own mission to deliver a horse and kill a duke when their paths intercede. His protective hackles are up and decide to make Diantha Lucus believe he will help her with her hair brain scheme to find her mother. Time is not on Yale’s side but he cannot leave Diantha to her own devices. Left on her own god only knows what this beautiful hellion could get up to.
HOW A LADY WEDS A ROGUE was so much fun to read. I hate to admit that I did not read CAPTURED BY A ROGUE LORD and get the honor to meet the young Diantha. I would have enjoyed reading the scene where Wyn puts those harassing near-do-wells in their place. I absolutely adore Diantha Lucas. I could relate to Ashe’s characters on so many levels. For the last three years Diantha has dealt with the pain of a mother’s abandonment, an involved step-father and quite not knowing where she fits in. From early on, Diantha’s mother was straight up horrible to her. Another item I could whole heartedly relate to. In desperation to find and talk to her mother Diantha makes a plan…ever the big planner she is…to take two weeks to find her mother and rescue her from the life of iniquity. I had to give Dianthia credit for her powerful convictions. The way Ashe writes this extraordinary complicated character was intricately and uniquely Katharine Ashe. Where everyone sees Dianthia as scattered brain, fly-by-the seat-of-her- pants where trouble finds her Ashe shows readers a woman who is straight forward, speaks her mind and will do anything for people she loves. This is the woman that Wyn sees. And for her, Wyn decides she deserves a better man than one who is continually in the bottle. Diantha has been groomed to believe no man will ever want her because of her ways. Ironically, Ashes created the exact duplicate in male for as Wyn Yale. Where dianthia was never a good enough daughter, or pretty enough or graceful enough for her mother the same was said about Yale. At a tender age Wyn learned to hide his intellect and his love for education. His father and brothers beat it out of him until he left home at the tender age of sixteen. He grew-up with his admired aunt who nurtured his love for learning. I love the parallel between Dianthia and Wyn’s lives. Ash is brilliant at showing connections and why these two protagonists are drawn together.
As to HOW A LADY WEDS A ROGUE’s cast of character, you can be certain that Ashe delvers with her trade mark eccentric loveable crew. From Mrs. Pooley, who is hired on to be Diantha’s chaperone on their way to find Dianthas’s mother. I would describe Mrs. Pooley as a loveable bull dog who is fiercely devoted to her charge. Lord and Lady Alex Savege (CAPTURED BY A ROGUE LORD) and Lord and Lady Leam Blackwood (WHEN A SCOT LOVES A LADY) make an appearance. And readers will be quite thrilled to see them, too.
When I first opened turned the page of HOW A LADY WEDS A ROGUE I knew that a magical story waited inside. There were many moments that Dianthia and Wyn had me pulling my hair out. Then in the next breath I felt my eyes tearing for the emotional struggle the couple had just went through.
I have yet to pick up a Katharine Ashe book that I did not find myself completely engrossed in the love story. Her characters are full of life with quick and snappy dialogue that places readers into the heart of the story. Diantha and Wyn’s love story isn’t unique but their journey and how they get to their happily ever after is nonpareil.