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To Seduce A Rogue

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To Seduce a Rogue (Southern Heat #1). By Tracy Sumner. 2020. Tracy Sumner (ARC eBook).

Arriving in the small town of Edgemont to oversee the transition of the Edgemont Sentinel’s new ownership, Richmond newspaperman Adam Chase is determined to keep the late owner’s daughter, Charlotte Whitney, in line. But Adam finds Charley’s talent, beauty and scrappy nature evocative, and he can’t help but take her under his wing. Together they begin to turn the Sentinel around and their adversarial partnership grows into a valued friendship. 

For as much as Adam came to Edegemont as an adversary, Charley knows that when the Sentinel is deemed a profitable venture and Adam is called back to Richmond, he’ll leave as her best friend. But her lonely spirit wishes for more. If only she could help Adam overcome his fears of opening his heart fully to love. But can her own heart take the risk?

I truly adored Charley and Adam’s story. To Seduce a Rogue delivers charm, wit and tenderness, heated love scenes and vulnerable overtures. And the elements of the newspaper trade and secondary characters are deftly woven in. Sumner will be an author I look forward to including in my TBR in the future.
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To Seduce A Rogue by Tracy Sumner pulled me in from the get go. Charlie Whitney lost her father and her family’s newspaper. She is furious that she has to answer to Adam Chase A job that should be rightfully hers . Adam Chase just wants to  get the newspaper going then head back to the big city. Charlie needs to work and Adam needs Charlie’s help with the paper. So they put their differences aside for the paper and learn they are more alike than they thought. For me I feel that Charlie was the perfect heroine. She was amazing, honest, straight forward, strong, and very smart. She said how she felt and what she wanted. She never backed down  from her beliefs. She stood out in a small town. Adam was the perfect wounded hero. He had so much pain to work through. Charlie and Adam together was amazing 😉. I loved watching these two characters grow and change because of each other. This was a good well written book.
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I love to lose myself in a Tracy Sumner story. She creates characters who are real and evocative, not to mention memorable. She taps into the emotions of love and loss and longing with precision. Here, she introduces Charlie, a spirited, independent woman who doesn’t quite fit in with her small town (and who, by the way, is incredibly strong), and Adam, a wealthy, experienced newspaper editor...and her new boss. With every interest in common as well as an undeniable attraction to one another, it seems inevitable for them to end up together. However, Adam is determined to never love again, after having lost his mother and his brother to death and feeling devastated. Charlie is willing to accept what little he can give because she loves him enough to not want to cause him the discomfort that would come along with loving her. Adam does everything he can to avoid the final realization that he loves Charlie just as much as she loves him. The journey is poignant, and at times, heartbreaking, but there’s never really any doubt about the happy ending that will eventually arrive.

Personification is always a favorite of mine, so I loved this image: “Moonlight from the lone window poured in, sliding across his legs to pool on the floor in a neat puddle.” And this one was funny: “She tried to compose herself, brushing wrinkles from a dress that looked as if it had jumped off an ironing board minutes before.”

There were some fun similes/metaphors in this story, like this one: “...a rich, all-too-comforting fragrance permeated the air, slashing like a blade as no words could have.” I also liked this one: “The morning was a sharp and frigid as an old woman’s cackle and just as inviting.” And this one, because it was so closely related to the love of writing that Adam and Charlie shared: “...she swayed and slipped to the ground as weightlessly as a piece of parchment in the wind.” This one was an apt reflection of Adam’s state of mind, desperately clinging to the memory of Charlie while fighting his feelings for her: “...he muttered and threw the pieces to the ground. Then, pitifully, like a beggar after a few coins, he gathered them and slipped them in his shirt pocket.”

But Adam’s state of mind was probably best described thusly: “He could not love her. Would not love her. Oh, God. It frightened him to consider that the matter had been decided without his consent.” How many others, throughout history, have lamented just this fact of life?

I enjoyed the voice of the narrator (third-person) and the alternating POVs of Charlie and Adam, with a few from Miles (their mutual friend) and Marilyn (briefly) thrown in. It could have gotten confusing had the author decided to switch to these other POVs more often. As executed, it was perfect for allowing the reader a view of the lovers through the eyes of observers, who clearly saw the love that Charlie and Adam were valiantly denying existed. I really enjoyed the book and I highly recommend it.
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Perfectly charming and heartwarming characters. Witty and romantic! Interesting plot that kept me thoroughly engaged throughout. Enjoyed every minute of it! 

*I received a complimentary ARC of this book in order to read and provide a voluntary, unbiased and honest review, should I choose to do so.
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I had a hard time reading this book. The pace is too slow and I couldn't stay focused on the story. The whole issue with the hero's name was very confusing.  Fortunately I've read more recent books by Sumner that are a vast improvement.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.
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This was a miss for me. I read all types of historical romance but this one even though set in the 1850's seemed off from its timeline with exception to the printing press element. We have a strong female lead Charley and a strong male lead Adam who just cant seem to believe that she is that strong of a personalty but eventually he falls for her.  The story line held great promise but the way it got there was just plain boring. The story starts off odd in that the reader just gets thrown in, without any information and really has to figure things out, then its all explained pages later and your left going, 'yeah I already knew that'. I actually ended up reading the first few chapters, then skipped to the epilogue and read backwards for a few chapters and that pretty much told me the entire book right there. I wasn't even intrigued to go into the book for juicy details or ask what happened. The writing isnt bad for this author, but it could be stronger and needs some minor editing work. 
Overall, I would skip this one.
I was given an advanced copy in exchange for my review
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When Adam comes in as Editor of the small town newspaper after her father's passing, Charlie is determined not to give him a chance.  Even though they're so very different,  there's an instant attraction. Charlie is a bit naive and takes all the risk in their affair.   While Adam is somewhat self-absorbed, takes no risk, but definitely reaps the rewards.  
The story takes a little bit to get into, but all in all was a good book.
Thank you Tracy Summer and NetGalley for allowing me an advance copy for my honest feedback.
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Two interesting characters.
Interesting insight into newspaper world.
1800s in tbe south of the States
I enjoyed seeing the relationship grow between our characters.
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To Seduce a Rogue by Tracy Sumner
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Something I have fallen in love with this year are Historical Romances. I devoured the entire Bridgertons series by Julia Quinn in less than a month. When I saw this book, I got so excited, since I had never even heard of the word “rogue” since this year. Unfortunately, this book did not live up to my expectations. 
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Charlotte (Charlie) Whitney works at her small town newspaper, which used to be run by her father. She is determined to hate the newest editor, Adam Chase, especially once she interacts with him. However, Adam awakens something in Charlie that she has never felt before and she must confront it. Adam has seen his share of tragedy in life and is determined to never love again. Charlie, even with her peculiar ways, terrible wardrobe, and not very lady-like ways intrigues him. 
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What starts as an attraction leads to an affair and so much more. 
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This book was just slow and took a long time to get to anything that drew me in. I enjoyed Charlie and Adam’s romance, but felt like the dialogue was lacking. I would have really liked to see more banter between the two characters. There were also lots of times where I felt like I wanted to shake Adam (or punch him) for being such a jerk. Once I got into the meat of this story, I started to enjoy it, but that didn’t happen until rather late in the book. 
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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
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#QOTD: Are you a fan of Historical Romances? 
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Thank you to @netgalley and BookBuzz.com for this e-book in exchange for my honest review! 
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The start of a new series. At first the story seemed like something that I had read in the past. It did take a few chapters before I got into the book. The characters are wonderful, Chase is an editor that has relocated to a small town in South Carolina. He has a past that has left him a unbeliever of love. Charlie, short for Charlotte worked with her father at the local newspaper. Her father raised her to think for herself, be self-reliant. Which the town frowned upon. Charlie beloved father passes and Chase takes over running the newspaper. He admires Charlie determination, her spunk, her I don’t care want they think. 
The sparks begin to fly between the two, but due to a article Charlie wrote, Chase needs to return to Richmond. He decides it’s safer to take Charlie with him. Or is it? Things heat up between the two, but Chase can’t let go of the past. I am voluntarily posting an honest review after reading an Advance Reader Copy of this story..
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Nice book, I enjoyed the characters and their love story. It felt a little long, not sure how many pages because of the digital form but I caught myself thinking we should be close to the end and I was only %50 through.
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Thank you netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This was an intense, heart wrenching love story. no witty bater or playful words. this was a straight squeeze to the heart, painful unrequired love. through the authors words you felt and saw every detail of their desire and sorrow but they get through it and it ends with a happy ending.
Overall, well written just more emotional than I expected.
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The loss of her father, owner of the Edgemont newspaper, has Charlotte Whitney determined to be its new editor. Yet the role has been handed to Richmond newspaperman Adam Chase. Yet Charlie is determined to succeed, convincing Adam to teach her all he knows. However, Adam is determined to return the paper back to its former glory yet faces attraction of Charlie, which may threaten all he knows.
Charlie is definitely a determined woman and sets the tone of the novel from the start. She also pushes Adam to realise that there is more to life, whilst he challenges her as well. The novel was entertaining and the friendship that developed between the couple, lovely to watch play out. Both their background stories add to the complexity of this storyline. This will be an entertaining series, and an interesting change from the typical historical romance.
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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I do not recommend this book at this time. Normally, I would list a book like this as 'I do not wish to give feedback' and then list my reasons, but this book has some promise and with careful editing, it can be saved from the dreaded 'Do Not Read' pile. I liked the premise of this book. It was a heroine who had inherited a small town newspaper from her father, but something unknown (as in the author did not make it obvious what happened) and the newspaper was sold, a new editor assigned and she worked at the paper. Sounds like a great story! Well, the opening words are the hero talking about the heroine and I guess he is surprised to find that she is a woman. I don't know because the beginning was like opening the book in the middle and reading from there. So, the opening needs to be reworked. They act like they have known each other in the past, but they have just met. So that would need to be reworked. The story goes along. There is a dinner that both are invited to, there is a 4th of July extravaganza,  the hero escorts the heroine's cousin - who is the mean girl of the book, there is a race where the hero's horse gets hurts, and there is a dance. That is as far as I could read. The characters were flat but the author was trying to flesh them out. One of the major areas of improvement was in the retrospection. The author kept bouncing from 1st person to 2nd person narrations. That just doesn't work, makes no sense to the story and shows a very immature writing style. So that needs to be reworked. I am legiti.ately upset that this book that I looked forward to reading was so lacking when it had so much promise. I have to give 1 star because that is the lowest rating.
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