When You Wish Upon a Rogue by Anna Bennett

She knows what she wants.
Miss Sophie Kendall is happiest arranging the secret meetings of the Debutante Underground, a group of women who come together to discuss the weekly advice column The Debutante’s Revenge. What makes Sophie most unhappy is her impending march down the aisle to a man she does not love. But her family’s finances are in increasingly dire straits.

He makes an offer she can’t refuse.
Henry Reese, Earl of Warshire, hasn’t slept in weeks. Desperate to escape his manor house and its haunting memories, he heads for one of his abandoned London properties. There he meets a beautiful, intriguing woman―trespassing. Reese is far less interested in Sophie’s search for a secret meeting spot than he is in her surprising ability to soothe his demons. So he strikes a bargain with her: his shop in exchange for spending one night a week with him.

Is this love for real―or just a dream?
Sophie never expected this to happen. But she cannot deny the fire Reese sparks in her―and soon their shared desire burns bright. Sophie is irrevocably promised to another. But maybe these two ill-fated lovers can find a way to risk it all―all the way to happily ever after.

Titles in the Debutante Diaries include —  First Earl I See Tonight – The Duke Is But A Dream – When You Wish Upon A Rogue

Title:  When You Wish Upon a Rogue
Series:  Debutante Diaries #3
Author:  Anna Bennett
Genre:  Historical Romance
Published:  May 26, 2020
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press
My Rating:  4.5 stars

When You Wish Upon a Rogue, the third title in the Debutante Diaries series will steal your heart away with a fairy-tale feeling and two people who shouldn’t, couldn’t fall in love – but certainly, most completely did – and they got their happily ever after as well.

Sophie is faced with what many women of her era faced, a loveless marriage arranged for the financial good of others not themselves.  Her family is destitute, rather nasty, and has arranged for a marriage that would save them and sacrifice Sophie.  Her future holds no hope of the happiness her two friends found recently.  She has a few weeks yet, and within that time she must find a new secret meeting place for the gathering of friends to write their column.  And she’s found the perfect place, unfortunately, that perfectly abandoned building is owned by a man who carries his own demons.

Henry never expected to end up with the title, he’d gone into the military and was, to this day, suffering from survivor’s guilt, the sights he’d seen in battle and with what today would have been diagnosed as PTSD.  He cannot sleep.  At all.  To the point where his insomnia is threatening his health.  As he discovers Sophie at one of his properties, Henry makes the surprising discovery that this young woman soothes him, allows him to relax enough to feel as though he could finally rest, sleep a full night.  He strikes a bargain, one night a week, innocently, in exchange for the use of his building.  What began as a bargain turns into love as this couple will get to know each other deeply, share secrets, a rundown garden that is coming to life again, and falling in love – even though that seems dooms since Sophie is betrothed to another.

When You Wish Upon a Rogue was everything I wanted to close out this trilogy (although I often hold out hope for just one more story).  Sophie and Reese have a love story with a whimsical, fairytale feel that reminds me of Beauty and the Beast, right down to the garden, and that rose.  Their story was a joy to read and become part of their world for a bit.  As always with this author the story flows smoothly, while perhaps not totally accurate historically (I rarely find that any Historical Romance truly is) that didn’t draw away from a lovely romance that held my attention and had me wishing for more.  You “could” read this on its own, but the complete series is such fun and gives a much broader story to enjoy – that choice is yours.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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