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May 22, 2020

When You Wish Upon a Rogue by Anna Bennett ~ a Review

by MK French

Sophie Kendall arranges meetings for the Debutante Underground and knows that her freedom is limited. Soon she will have to marry a man who is paying off her father's debts, whom she doesn't love and doesn't trust. Henry Reese, Earl of Warshire, is unable to sleep due to memories of his military service and the responsibilities of the earldom he didn't want or expect to have. They meet when Sophie is scouting a new meeting place, and she inexplicably helps him sleep for the first time in weeks. She will be able to hold her meetings in his property if she stays with him one night a week because he's certain she's the missing ingredient to help him sleep.

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May 2020;  St. Martin;  978-1250199508
audio, ebook, print (336 pages); Regency romance
When You Wish Upon a Rogue is the third novel in the Debutante Diaries series, following The First Earl I See Tonight (read my review) and The Duke Is But A Dream (read my review). It isn't necessary to read those novels first. All you need to know is that the three young ladies are close friends. Sophie gives ideas for Lily to write the column and drawings that Fiona does to accompany them. Their identities remain hidden to avoid scandal in society, so Sophie can't trust her secret to anyone outside of their little group. Even the ladies of the Debutante Underground don't know each others' full names, only first names and not even where they live.

My heart goes out to Sophie and Reese. They connect quickly, at ease in each others' company, and are able to talk about so many different topics. Sophie's fiance, in contrast, dictates whatever he wants to do regarding announcements and a ball, as well as when their engagement even takes place. Of course, he decries the Debutante's Revenge column and doesn't want Sophie to do anything other than bear children. He essentially is the stereotypical boor and a convenient villain; there's also a convenient way that the conflict gets resolved so Sophie and Reese can be together. I guessed at the ending, but it was still satisfying to see the two of them get together in the end.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever.

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