The Lady Rogue
by Jenn Bennett
Simon Pulse, 2019
YA Historical Supernatural Romance
8 cups of tea out of 11
Summary: Theodora’s dad leaves her at a hotel while he goes in search of Dracula’s grave and his war ring. But when things go wrong Theodora and her father’s protege, Huck, have to work together to save him from the supernatural forces who want to use the ring to take power. In addition to that, Theodora and Huck used to be more than friends.
“I’ve yet to hold the devil’s handiwork. Everything evil I’ve found was made by human hands” (67).
Likes: The characters are so well constructed. The two leads are distinct and fabulous. I like them separately and together. I’m also fond of the romance. I don’t like Theodora’s father but he’s a well-built character. The staff at the one hotel and the Zissu brothers also get honorable mentions. I also felt like I was there in the places Theodora and Huck travel to. The food descriptions were appreciated. Also the tidbits about the local history and nefarious historical figures added a lot.
Dislikes: Theodora’s dad is not that great of a dad and the villain of the book was a lot more frightening before the big finale which made things a little less climactic then they could have been.
Overall it took me a little while to get into this book at first. I didn’t want to but I did go into it inclined to compare it to The Historian because of the subject matter and the books by Bennett I’ve read before which are young adult contemporary romances. But once I got to know the characters and they started to travel I just let all of that go. I enjoyed this one and would recommend it. I also want to read some of her earlier work for adults that I haven’t gotten to yet. One series is supernatural and the other is historical, I think.