ROGUE COUNTESS by Amy Sandas
Rogue Countess by Amy Sandas
Reviewed by Vanessa
Eight years ago, Jude Montgomery Sinclair was forced to marry Anna Locke as his family’s honor demanded it. Jude felt that the deceitful sixteen-year-old set-up the whole scene, and he wasn’t about to put up with it and give her what he thought she wanted. So within the hour of speaking the words that sealed their fate, he abandoned his new bride to her own destiny without him in it! Jude felt betrayed by family honor and went on a hedonistic lifestyle for four years. Over the next four years, he finds himself suffering withdrawals and learning to grow up. Jude determines that it is time to take on the responsibilities that he has now been cloaked with as the Earl of Blackbourne due to father’s early demise while he was gone.
Anna Locke had always been bullied, used, tossed aside and forgotten; she was tired of it. She didn’t want to be forced into a marriage with her prince charming who later revealed himself to being a toad, but she found that with their nuptials came a new found freedom and area of growth for her. Anna Locke suffered a LOT for this marriage and her independence from the bounds that held her before, but she wasn’t about to let Jude get off scot free of the pain he caused her. She sought retribution and when Jude finally returned demanding an annulment, Anna refused because she wanted him to hurt the way she did. Jude soon realized that Anna is a puzzle that doesn’t fit his preconceived ideas, but she won’t gift him with her secrets that she holds dear. They both discover that the feeling that they incite in one another aren’t just those of anger, resentment, and hurt, but something that could prove their undoing in seeking their goals.
Rogue Countess was a beautifully crafted story that developed both sides of the protagonists’ viewpoints and presented them flawlessly. I truly understood Jude’s stance on the marriage and how he could feel so betrayed by what had occurred. Yet, I also felt for Anna and all that she endured because of Jude and the antagonists of Rogue Countess.
I liked Anna’s strength of character in Rogue Countess, and how it was tempered a bit with the fragility of love and acceptance in the end. Anna became her own hero in Rogue Countess, she learned that she needed to fight for herself, and she did it exceptionally well, and I loved her for it! I did not like that Jude left her that way and that he believed what he did of her, but he needed a villain in his story in Rogue Countess, someone to blame for his actions, and Anna was the perfect villain. He soon realized that no matter what, he still had choices, and he determined to make his selections in the end which showed his growth.
I was a little reluctant to read Rogue Countess as I had just finished another left-at-the-altar story, but this one far out surpassed all my expectations and prejudiced notions of Rogue Countess! I was truly enamored of Jude and Anna’s story and wanted them to work everything out in the end. I thoroughly enjoyed the layers that Anna presented to Jude, as well, in Rogue Countess, and I can NOT wait for another offering by Amy Sandas!! Because of my overwhelming enjoyment of Rogue Countess, I have to Joyfully Recommend this one.