Saturday, October 20, 2012

Review: Victoria and the Rogue by Meg Cabot


Growing up in far-off India, wealthy young heiress Lady Victoria Arbuthnot was accustomed to handling her own affairs -- not to mention everyone else's. But in her sixteenth year, Vicky is unceremoniously shipped off to London to find a husband. With her usual aplomb, however, Lady Victoria gets herself engaged to the perfect English gentleman, even before setting foot on British soil.
The Rogue
Hugo Rothschild, ninth earl of Malfrey, is everything a girl could want in a future husband: he is handsome and worldly, if not rich. Lady Victoria has everything just as she'd like it. That is, if raffish young ship captain Jacob Carstairs would leave well enough alone.
Jacob's meddling is nothing short of exasperating, and Victoria is mystified by his persistence. But when it becomes clear that young Lord Malfrey just might not be all that he's professed to be, Victoria is forced to admit, for the first time in her life, that she is wrong. Not only about her fiance, but about the reason behind the handsome ship captain's interference.

I like reading novels set in the medieval to Victorian ages, so this book has been on my to-read list for awhile.

Victoria and the Rogue focuses on Victoria, a girl who grew up in India and is shipped to London to live there, and Jacob Carstairs, a captain who makes it his mission to keep Victoria from marrying Hugo Rothschild.

The plot is predictable, but it's not terrible. Victoria is headstrong and not too preoccupied with being proper and dainty. Those are great traits, however, she is also incredibly bossy and mean to the staff. Since this is a period novel, I can understand that, but I still wasn't comfortable with it.

As a hero, Jacob is brooding and cocky but he is the perfect foil for Victoria. For some reason, I couldn't get into Victoria and Jacob's love story. It's not because it's unrealistic or anything, but more of because it felt expected.


  1. It's a quick romance read.
  2. Victoria isn't your typical swooning heroine.
  3. Jacob is more good guy than rogue.


  1. The plot is predictable.

Then, looking down into her upturned face, he said, “What you’ve got to do now is find someone who doesn’t need you, and marry him.”

  1. You're looking for a light read.
  2. You like Meg Cabot's books.
  3. You like heroines who are take-charge.




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