Friday, January 15, 2010


Historical Romance
Berkley Sensation
Sensuality Rating: Sexy
ISBN# 978-0-425-22452-6
328 Pages
Paperback—Available now

Rating: 4 Enchantments

Angela Palmerston is in Stanbrook Abbey, banished to take a vow of poverty, obedience and chastity after her parents disowned her. Six long years have passed since Angela set eyes on a man because the man she loved ruined her for any other. When the abbey takes in a strange man, unfulfilled desire and passion are aroused like a burning fire out of control.

Lord Phillip is a handsome rogue that has ruined many women in his short lifetime. He has a twin brother that took his fortune because he was the good son. Lord Phillip is hell-bent on proving his father right by being the bad son. He gambles away his fortune and almost pays with his life and ends up in Stanbrook Abbey.

Angela and Phillip are thrown together and are quite the opposites. Angela can’t quite control her unrequited passions and falls for the rogue Phillip hoping not to get her heart broken. But Phillip ends up leaving her, due to uncontrollable circumstances, and breaking her heart. Will he ever be able to convince her of the truth and what are the consequences he pays to do that?

THE ROGUE AND THE RIVAL is full of rich characters and sub-plots that make this a real page turner. Maya Rodale takes you back in time where the rules are not the same as they are today and turns Angela into a Women’s Activist for all time. You immediately root for Angela and Phillip to get together, which seems impossible, given their background and status in life. The sex scenes are passionate and you can feel the forbidden desire that makes them so much more exciting. I highly recommend this twisting, turning story that makes you keep turning pages to see if Phillip and Angela will ever get together after resolving all their issues.

Ms. Rodale lives in New York City and is the daughter of the Rodale family of Rodale publishing fame.

Sandy Maffeo
April 2009

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