There was once a lady who loathed a lord…
Lady Aurelia hasn’t always hated Max, Viscount Camden, her brother’s best friend. In fact, as a besotted girl, she thrived under his kind attention – sure that he was the most noble and handsome man in the land. Until her young heart discovered what manner of rogue he really was. Now, though she enjoys nothing more than getting on his last nerve, she can’t deny Max drives her to distraction—even if she tries to pretend otherwise.
…and a lord who was confounded by a lady.
Max cannot recall a time when Aurelia did not vex him. If she was not his friend’s sister, he would stay far away from the infuriating vixen. Unfortunately, they are always thrown together. At parties and family gatherings…she is always there. Infuriating him, tossing punch in his face, driving him mad…until one night, she goes too far and he retaliates in the only way he can: with a kiss that changes everything. – Goodreads
I’ve read my fair share of Sophie Jordan novels in the past year and while I haven’t found them to be spectacular, I have found them to be okay. While I wouldn’t search her work out, if I was searching for an audiobook and she was available I wouldn’t say no. That is how I ended up with All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue. What that doesn’t tell you is how delightful I found this novel. My favorite of hers that I have read so far!
All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue is an adorable historical novel about Aurelia and Max who have known each other from childhood. Although this makes it seem like a classic romance novel it’s more than that. Aurelia and Max spend a good portion of their lives actually hating each other with snark and banter to remind the reader of this. At times it’s painful, but at times it is hilarious leaving you wanting more.
The banter and snark throughout Aurelia and Max was real and hot. While others have viewed it as cruel and unnecessary I laugh because I have a lot of friendships like that. We’re not being mean, we’re just being us! These are not two perfect characters. They are not perfect by a long shot, but they’re in love and they made mistakes so it of course took them awhile to get there. It was just what I needed to read in that moment.