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A princess in disguise is forced to live with a rogue in order to protect her from danger in this fun, sexy regency romance. Bow Street agent Sebastien Wolff, Earl of Mowbray, doesn't believe in love―until a passionate kiss with a beautiful stranger in a brothel forces him to reconsider. When the mysterious woman is linked to an intrigue involving a missing Russian princess A princess in disguise is forced to live with a rogue in order to protect her from danger in this fun, sexy regency romance. Bow Street agent Sebastien Wolff, Earl of Mowbray, doesn't believe in love―until a passionate kiss with a beautiful stranger in a brothel forces him to reconsider. When the mysterious woman is linked to an intrigue involving a missing Russian princess, however, Seb realizes her air of innocence was too good to be true. Princess Anastasia Denisova has been hiding in London as plain 'Anna Brown'. With a dangerous traitor hot on her trail, her best option is to accept Wolff's offer of protection―and accommodation―at his gambling hell. But living in such close quarters, and aiding Wolff in his Bow Street cases, fans the flames of their mutual attraction. If Anya's true identity is revealed, does their romance stand a chance? Could a princess ever marry a rogue?


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A princess in disguise is forced to live with a rogue in order to protect her from danger in this fun, sexy regency romance. Bow Street agent Sebastien Wolff, Earl of Mowbray, doesn't believe in love―until a passionate kiss with a beautiful stranger in a brothel forces him to reconsider. When the mysterious woman is linked to an intrigue involving a missing Russian princess A princess in disguise is forced to live with a rogue in order to protect her from danger in this fun, sexy regency romance. Bow Street agent Sebastien Wolff, Earl of Mowbray, doesn't believe in love―until a passionate kiss with a beautiful stranger in a brothel forces him to reconsider. When the mysterious woman is linked to an intrigue involving a missing Russian princess, however, Seb realizes her air of innocence was too good to be true. Princess Anastasia Denisova has been hiding in London as plain 'Anna Brown'. With a dangerous traitor hot on her trail, her best option is to accept Wolff's offer of protection―and accommodation―at his gambling hell. But living in such close quarters, and aiding Wolff in his Bow Street cases, fans the flames of their mutual attraction. If Anya's true identity is revealed, does their romance stand a chance? Could a princess ever marry a rogue?

30 review for The Princess and the Rogue

  1. 5 out of 5

    Esther

    ARC provided by NetGalley and St. Martin's in exchange for an honest review. Anastasia Denisova is a Russian princess in hiding. She has established herself as a companion to a dowager duchess in London. Eighteen months earlier she had to run away from a forced marriage from one of her country men. Sadly she had learned her brother had been killed in the battle of Waterloo. Her brother had shared with her a while back that the same gentleman (who was trying to force her into marriage) was under s ARC provided by NetGalley and St. Martin's in exchange for an honest review. Anastasia Denisova is a Russian princess in hiding. She has established herself as a companion to a dowager duchess in London. Eighteen months earlier she had to run away from a forced marriage from one of her country men. Sadly she had learned her brother had been killed in the battle of Waterloo. Her brother had shared with her a while back that the same gentleman (who was trying to force her into marriage) was under suspicion of treason. She is now living modestly (after selling her tiara) near a brothel. She's made friends with the lady in charge and some of the girls that worked there She offered to help the girls learn to read and write with the hopes that they would make a better life for themselves. Sebastian, Lord Mowbray is a Earl and a Bow Street agent. He enjoys his single status. Recently he's become irritated with his fellow friends and comrades when they tease him that he needs to fall in love. He would never admit to his friends that lately he's felt a little off and out of sorts, like somethings missing in his life. He's a confident and wealthy male that is able to get pretty much whatever he wants, he shouldn't be feeling this way. Well Sebastian decides to visit a brothel one evening, the night that Anastasia is scheduled to assists in the girls learning session. He see's Anastasia and there is instant attraction. He assumes she "works" there and the two have a very interesting and heated interaction. Anastasia tries to set the record right but Sebastian finds her a captivating and intriguing. He can't seem to forget her. A situation arrises where he needs to assist he Aunt. The situations becomes a rescue, the rescue of not only his Aunt by Ana. Sebastian's Aunt request that he keep Ana under his protection as she is in danger. Ana doesn't reveal who she is but gives half truths. Sebastian takes her to his gaming hell that he and his other two friends all co-own. The two get to know each other and slowly develop a friendship of some sort. Sebastian is a stubborn male who is suspicious and knows that Ana is not telling him everything. Ana is finding herself developing feeling for him and admires his character and work ethic. The truth of who Ana is and who's after her are revealed to Sebastian. He's not too happy but he learns quickly that he cares for Ana and wants nothing to happen to her. They develop a plan to catch the person or persons that are after Ana and committed treason. There's some action as well as romance in this novel. I liked both the hero and heroine and their character development. I loved the grumpy, alpha male of Sebastian. Ana was strong but sweet too. But I did find some of her actions a little out of character for a princess. Her behavior was not really appropriate for the time period at times. Pretty outspoken and forward thinking. Also her and Sebastian's love scene was out of character, from Ana's stand point I think for a princess/virgin. I understand that she had friends that worked at a brothel and they "told" her things, I still feel she was way to confident, adventurous and forward in that scene. The pacing and writing was good with some exception. I found the introduction a little over the top and a little cheesy. Also the scene of Sebastian rescuing of his Aunt and Ana was pretty predictable and pat. I would also have loved an epilogue a couple years later of their lives together. But all in all this was an enjoyable read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    5 A Royal Love Of Equals Stars * * * * * Spoiler Free Kate Bateman has convinced me to read whatever she writes. I found her through the Bow Street Bachelors and am thrilled I did. It was during a time when I was looking to switch up what I was reading and turned to some past favorites, Lisa Kleypas, Tessa Dare, and Sarah MacLean. I stumbled on Ms. Bateman's first entry and gobbled it up. A new favorite was born. Her writing had everything I needed. It had humor, sass, concern for the betterment o 5 A Royal Love Of Equals Stars * * * * * Spoiler Free Kate Bateman has convinced me to read whatever she writes. I found her through the Bow Street Bachelors and am thrilled I did. It was during a time when I was looking to switch up what I was reading and turned to some past favorites, Lisa Kleypas, Tessa Dare, and Sarah MacLean. I stumbled on Ms. Bateman's first entry and gobbled it up. A new favorite was born. Her writing had everything I needed. It had humor, sass, concern for the betterment of others, and heart. She created three-dimensional characters. They had personalities that jumped off the pages and this was true to both main characters. The woman was equal to the man making it a delight to read. The Princess and Rogue continue in this vein. We have Russian Princess Anastasia Denisova who is hiding in London as a commoner. It is the only way she is able to not be married off to a corrupt man after her riches and knowledge of him being a traitor to Russia. She escaped and is all alone in the world short of a dear friend who ran with her. She has secured a position of assistant to a dowager duchess and has been living a quiet life. She made friends with her neighbor, a woman who ran the best upscale "house". Anya started to teach the ladies how to read and write when she wasn't at work. It was during one of her lessons with the women when Bow Street agent Sebastien Wolff, Earl of Mowbray, comes to the house. He is restless and looking to ease his needs. He heard of the level of ladies offered here and finally decided to try it out. Seb was the last of the Bow Street men who were single. His dear friends and men he fought with each found their woman. They were happy and teased him about when he would find his. He laughed saying he had no interest to be tied to one woman. His friends knew better... Seb sees Anya and immediately wants her. He walks right up to Anya and starts to say how he is ready to take her for the night. Anya is a bit shocked but also finds it ridiculous. Seb asks how much and Anya quotes an obscene amount. Seb says done and looks to take her hand. Seb moves close, Anya is charmed, knows she will never have a chance to experience much so allows a kiss. This is not just a light kiss...it is a swooning, overtaking a body and mind kiss, something capturing both, Seb and Anya. Lucky for Anya, the owner of the house comes in and sees what is happening. She intercedes and explains Anya is not for him. Seb is not understanding but politely allows Anya to leave. For Seb, though, the dye is cast. When Seb discovers Anya is tied to his dowager duchess, all bets are off. He is put in charge of protecting her while he is skeptical of what her position was with his aunt. These two bicker, tease, and learn to trust. Watching them fall for each other is a wonder. Anya gives as good as she gets from Seb. This story had intrigue, mystery, devotion, and passion. Anya was an extremely strong woman and Seb saw that from the beginning. He didn't talk down to her and respected her requests. His love sneaks up on him and confuses him. When secrets are revealed, it throws him for a loop. I thoroughly enjoyed this entry and series. Although all of the men have found their loves, Ms. Bateman did leave a nugget of possibilities with the character Charlotte and her Hayes House. I think there could be much to discover if she is interested...Just a suggestion, hmmmm This Earl of Mine (Bow Street Bachelors, #1) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... To Catch an Earl (Bow Street Bachelors #2) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... The Princess and the Rogue (Bow Street Bachelors, #3) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ~~~~~ Before Reading ~~~~~ Oh, Poor Sebastien Wolff... He May Be Known as Earl of Mowbray... But is Also a Bow Street Agent... And Confirmed Bachelor... Laughs at The Romance... His Friends Fell To... Well, The Last Laugh... Was On Him... When His Lips Meet... The Princess Anastasia Denisova... AKA 'Anna Brown'... All Bets Are Off... With Others Waiting to Harm Her... Sebastien and His Team... Will Not Let That Happen... But What Happens... When Anna Brown Becomes... Princess Anastasia Denisova... Will Their Love Survive As... The Princess and the Rogue (Bow Street Bachelors, #3)-December 29th 2020 A gifted copy was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley for an honest review. For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stacey is Sassy

    A little too farfetched… While I enjoyed parts of The Princess and the Rogue, I must admit to a wee bit of an eye-rolling problem. There is a fine line between realistic and unrealistic, and this story took me beyond my tolerance of unrealistic. Where the heck were her guards when she was running for her life? How is it that a Princess doesn’t have a battalion of staff at her beck and call? Sure, I get that it’s a story and you have to stretch reality to make the storyline progress and be interes A little too farfetched… While I enjoyed parts of The Princess and the Rogue, I must admit to a wee bit of an eye-rolling problem. There is a fine line between realistic and unrealistic, and this story took me beyond my tolerance of unrealistic. Where the heck were her guards when she was running for her life? How is it that a Princess doesn’t have a battalion of staff at her beck and call? Sure, I get that it’s a story and you have to stretch reality to make the storyline progress and be interesting, but there is definitely a limit. Besides my issues with the believability of the story, I struggled with the Princess’ lack of wits when it came to her safety. Knowing that she had a man willing to protect her, she should have given him all the information upfront regarding her identity. Then, for her to drop straight into the hands of the villain with the oldest trick in the books, I was less than impressed. A Princess living next to a brothel AND she decides to teach the ‘girls’ to read, give me a break. Of course, the ‘girls’ wanted to return the favour by sharing their vast experience with men. Now, our Rogue … I liked him and felt that he was unlucky to have fallen for the witless Princess. The poor bloke put his life on the line without a clear picture of whom he was protecting. I’m pretty damn positive he would have approached her safety differently if he’d known she was royalty. Think about the political backlash England would have faced if a royal died while visiting. Ok … ok … I know I’m overthinking it, BUT the fact that I was even contemplating it, tells me that it was a wee bit too distracting. Maybe I’m getting too fussy in my old age or maybe it’s just 2020 is messing with my tolerance. I gave this story 3 stars because even though I was frustrated at times, I enjoyed the Rogue and his fellow Bachelors. They brought a touch of humour to the storyline, and their dedication to each other was admirable. Maybe the problem was that I started with Bow Street Bachelors #3 instead of at the beginning of the series? I may even be tempted to go back to the beginning because I can admit to being intrigued by Bachelor #1 and Bachelor #2's heroines. Please do not judge The Princess and the Rogue by my review alone as a lot of people seem to love this author and her work. Check out other reviews and you may find that this story works perfectly for you. Stacey is Sassy, received an advanced copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Bow Street Bachelors #3 Publication Date: 12/29/20 Number of Pages: 304 I believe this is the final book in the Bow Street Bachelors series and it was definitely a fun wrap-up. I’m the first to admit that I thought the premise of this series was a bit far-fetched – and it is – but it is also delightful and fun and the characters are wonderful. I would have been less skeptical of the premise if the three heroes in the series had been working for the Home Office, but the jobs they performed j Series: Bow Street Bachelors #3 Publication Date: 12/29/20 Number of Pages: 304 I believe this is the final book in the Bow Street Bachelors series and it was definitely a fun wrap-up. I’m the first to admit that I thought the premise of this series was a bit far-fetched – and it is – but it is also delightful and fun and the characters are wonderful. I would have been less skeptical of the premise if the three heroes in the series had been working for the Home Office, but the jobs they performed just didn’t seem to fit with Bow Street. However, none of that matters because I loved the series – just had to really stretch my imagination. Sebastien Wolff, Earl of Mowbray, didn’t inherit his title, even though he is the son of a duke. No, his half-brother Geoffrey will inherit the dukedom. Sebastien earned his title the hard way – through service to the crown. He and his two friends served in the Rifles during the war, and they still provide service to the crown through their work at Bow Street. His two best friends, Benedict Wilde (This Earl of Mine), and Alex Harland (To Catch an Earl), also received titles for service to the crown – and they are partners with Sebastien in a gaming hell, The Tricorn Club. Sebastien watched with great merriment as each of those best friends found the women they would love and marry. Sebastien is very, very cynical about love and marriage after watching so many ton marriages provide nothing but misery and unhappiness. I LOVE what Sebastien had to say at one point in the book where his friends were chiding him about finding his match. Alex and Ben had been talking about how much their wives had irritated them and driven them crazy prior to marriage. His friends are convinced Sebastien is more attracted to the lady in his care than he wants to admit – some of that conversation is: "I thought it was irritation at first," Alex said with a reminiscent smile. "I wanted to throttle her." Benedict chuckled. "Well, then." Seb crossed his arms. "I'm still waiting to find that gorgeous someone who irritates me enough to want to strangle her." Anastasia (Anya) Denisova is a Russian Princess. She’s also very rich and from a very powerful family. Yet, at the moment she is all alone and virtually helpless. Her brother, Prince Dimitri, is working with a Russian diplomatic group and has made arrangements to meet Anya in Paris. On his way there, Waterloo happened, and somehow Dimitri was caught up in it and lost his life. Before they left Russia, Dimitri had told Anya that he was pursuing information on a traitor and he was sure the traitor was Vasili Petrov, but he didn’t yet have proof. Vasili pays Anya a visit in Paris to try to force her to marry him so she cannot testify against him. He is cruelly attacking her when Anya’s best friend and companion, Elizaveta, managed to bash Vasili over the head and incapacitate him. They knew they had to escape and they had to go someplace Vasili wouldn’t expect – definitely NOT back to Russia. So, they sewed whatever jewels they could into their clothing and headed for England. Life hasn’t been easy for them in London, but they have learned how resilient they are. Anya is working as a companion to the Dread Dowager Duchess, as she is known among the ton. The Dowager Duchess puts fear into the hearts of most, but Anya really likes her and they have formed a friendship. It also turns out she is also the great-aunt of Sebastien. I loved the scene where Sebastien meets Anya – and mistakes her for someone/something she isn’t. He can’t forget her, but he knows there is something not exactly true about her. I loved Anya and Sebastian together and I loved watching them come to love each other. It is great fun to watch Sebastien’s friends rib him about his feelings for Anya – especially when he continually denies them. It is a delightfully fun read that is well-written, excellently plotted, and a lovely wrap-up to the series. I would have loved an epilogue set a year or two into the future with all of the folks from the series getting together so we could see how they and their families have grown. I can definitely recommend this book and hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    I've enjoyed the Bow Street Bachelors series by Kate Bateman, and I liked The Princess and the Rogue, even if the plot felt a bit convoluted at times. I haven't read that many historical romances with Russians in them, so I was excited for a "Russian princess meets scoundrel"-plotline. Though I found the book to be entertaining and well-written in general, it was also a bit insta-lovey and outlandish for my tastes. Sebastien Wolff, known rake, was a bit too head-over-heels for the female MC at f I've enjoyed the Bow Street Bachelors series by Kate Bateman, and I liked The Princess and the Rogue, even if the plot felt a bit convoluted at times. I haven't read that many historical romances with Russians in them, so I was excited for a "Russian princess meets scoundrel"-plotline. Though I found the book to be entertaining and well-written in general, it was also a bit insta-lovey and outlandish for my tastes. Sebastien Wolff, known rake, was a bit too head-over-heels for the female MC at first meeting. Of course I expect a bit of fantasy with my romance plotlines, but the coincidences seemed to just pile up. I wanted things to feel more organic, if you know what I mean. I love stories with dashing rogue MCs, so I still enjoyed this one, but it wasn't particularly memorable for me. However, I'm still looking forward to Kate Bateman's next book. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review* goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog

  6. 4 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    The Princess and the Rogue is the third book in the Bow Street Bachelors series. The men of the book are war veterans who started a gaming hell after returning from war. Each so far has met their match when the right woman comes into their lives and now it is Seb’s turn to be put through the ringer. “Alex, do you have any idea why our friend is frowning at my fireplace as if he wants to tear it apart? Benedict poured himself a glass of amber liquid. “Did someone disparage the cut of his c The Princess and the Rogue is the third book in the Bow Street Bachelors series. The men of the book are war veterans who started a gaming hell after returning from war. Each so far has met their match when the right woman comes into their lives and now it is Seb’s turn to be put through the ringer. “Alex, do you have any idea why our friend is frowning at my fireplace as if he wants to tear it apart? Benedict poured himself a glass of amber liquid. “Did someone disparage the cut of his coat? Malign his cravat?” Alex snorted in amusement. “It’s even worse than that, I’m afraid. The end of days is upon us. Seb’s finally met a woman who could resist him.” Princess Anastasia Denisova barely escaped with her life and her honor when she left Paris. Her brother is dead and his frenemy looking to make her his wife to steal her money and power, Anastasia ran to London and moved in next to a brothel. She was there to teach some of the girls to read, when Sebastien Wolff walked in, mistook her for one of the residents and gave her the most intoxicating kiss of her life. Anastasia also is a paid companion Seb’s aunt, who has figured out who the girl is and is delightedly decided to matchmake her favorite nephew with the lovely Anna Brown. Sebastien never had a chance between the two women. They have him all tangled up and Seb is determined to get Anna into his bed thinking that the cure for his obsession with her. Little does he know she will probably make it into his heart before that ever happens, because the stubborn woman is smart, fun and can drink a sailor under the table. I liked Anna, she is strong independent and not willing to budge on her values. She would not become a pawn in someone else’s power play and give up her home, her money and her body to someone she didn’t love and who definitely didn’t love her. She was brave to run away to a new place and hide to start over. Sebastien was a little harder to like, just because he is so dang male, and just makes some really silly plays. But the love of a good woman can tie you all into knots and make sure you come out a better person after. Overall a really fun historical romance that touches on some of the time after the Napoleonic Wars. “Alex, do you have any idea why our friend is frowning at my fireplace as if he wants to tear it apart? Benedict poured himself a glass of amber liquid. “Did someone disparage the cut of his coat? Malign his cravat?” Alex snorted in amusement. “It’s even worse than that, I’m afraid. The end of days is upon us. Seb’s finally met a woman who could resist him.”

  7. 5 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Oh, how the mighty fall. ❤️ Seb’s story! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I think Bateman hit the mark with these three best friends and developing the stories around these guys. They are humorous and definitely don’t let their buddies get away with anything. I love their loyalty and camaraderie and have just really enjoyed the series. This story is about Sebastian. He’s the grouchiest one, I think. So it can only be right that he gets taken down by a princess. The best part of the book is just the unique flavo Oh, how the mighty fall. ❤️ Seb’s story! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I think Bateman hit the mark with these three best friends and developing the stories around these guys. They are humorous and definitely don’t let their buddies get away with anything. I love their loyalty and camaraderie and have just really enjoyed the series. This story is about Sebastian. He’s the grouchiest one, I think. So it can only be right that he gets taken down by a princess. The best part of the book is just the unique flavor that the author brings. This is not a run-of-the-mill story loaded with drama and chatter, Bateman works hard to craft entertaining, sexy, and unique stories that suck you right into a time warp. The characters are perfectly crafted and I just love the slow to burn development of feelings. We even have a touch of suspense to keep it interesting too. With some twists and turns, Bateman develops a wonderful story you can get lost in which includes a little bit of everything. It’s no wonder that I have enjoyed the series so very much. I hope this is not the end. However, I am thinking we might be seeing a few of these characters again soon! Awesome Read! * copy received for review consideration Full review - https://amidlifewife.com/the-princess...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jewlsbookblog

    Hands down, The Princess and The Rogue is my favorite book of the Bow Street Bachelor series! Anya and Sebastien have amazing chemistry and there was just enough push and pull to lure me in and keep me hooked on their journey! The banter was full of humorous quips and sass, and I got a kick out of the guys ribbing Sebastien while he was trying to sort out his feelings for Anya. The hidden identity element was well played too... I could blather on about all sorts of goodies, but I’ll behave:) It Hands down, The Princess and The Rogue is my favorite book of the Bow Street Bachelor series! Anya and Sebastien have amazing chemistry and there was just enough push and pull to lure me in and keep me hooked on their journey! The banter was full of humorous quips and sass, and I got a kick out of the guys ribbing Sebastien while he was trying to sort out his feelings for Anya. The hidden identity element was well played too... I could blather on about all sorts of goodies, but I’ll behave:) It was more than obvious these two were meant to be, especially after the most hilarious meet cute!, and I loved how all the elements came together for a keeper shelf read. I received an advance reader copy from Netgalley/St. Martins and this is my honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Zuzu

    Anya is a Russian princess who’s undercover- fleeing to England from the bad guy who wants to marry her because he thinks she has proof that he was a traitor to Russia. As his wife, she can’t testify against him. She meets Sebastian who initially believes her to be a brothel worker. I didn’t buy the lust at first sight and why they were drawn to each other. The story was just okay for me but I can honestly see others enjoying it more than I did. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an hones Anya is a Russian princess who’s undercover- fleeing to England from the bad guy who wants to marry her because he thinks she has proof that he was a traitor to Russia. As his wife, she can’t testify against him. She meets Sebastian who initially believes her to be a brothel worker. I didn’t buy the lust at first sight and why they were drawn to each other. The story was just okay for me but I can honestly see others enjoying it more than I did. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Debby*BabyDee

    So I finally got around to reading The Princess and the Rogue by Kate Bateman, who I truly love as an author and providing this review. Enjoying this series and it was a delight to read the story of Sebastien and Anastasia and how their attraction moved to the characters falling in love. I believe this is the third story in the series and as always, Ms. Bateman provided adventure, twists and also a bit of humor that kept this reader smiling. An enjoyable read with a bit of opposite's attraction a So I finally got around to reading The Princess and the Rogue by Kate Bateman, who I truly love as an author and providing this review. Enjoying this series and it was a delight to read the story of Sebastien and Anastasia and how their attraction moved to the characters falling in love. I believe this is the third story in the series and as always, Ms. Bateman provided adventure, twists and also a bit of humor that kept this reader smiling. An enjoyable read with a bit of opposite's attraction and intimacy that makes for a good read. Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for this ARC in exchange for my fair and honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Niki (mustreadalltheromance)

    Sebastien Wolff, Bow Street agent, war hero, and newly made Earl of Mowbray, is a cynic after seeing his parents' tempestuous relationship. Even seeing his two best friends find love and marry isn't enough to make Seb believe in love, but a chance encounter with a lovely stranger in a brothel changes everything. When he learns the woman is Russian and possibly linked to the disappearance of a princess, Seb knows he must learn anything he can from her. Princess Anastasia Denisova has been in hidin Sebastien Wolff, Bow Street agent, war hero, and newly made Earl of Mowbray, is a cynic after seeing his parents' tempestuous relationship. Even seeing his two best friends find love and marry isn't enough to make Seb believe in love, but a chance encounter with a lovely stranger in a brothel changes everything. When he learns the woman is Russian and possibly linked to the disappearance of a princess, Seb knows he must learn anything he can from her. Princess Anastasia Denisova has been in hiding for over a year now, working as simple lady's companion Anna Brown. When her treasonous would-be suitor she's been running from turns up in London, Anya is left with no choice but to accept Sebastien's grudging offer of protection and lodging. But with Anya and Seb sharing close quarters in the apartments above his gaming hell, their attraction becomes nearly impossible to ignore. The threat against Anya is stronger than ever, but she must keep her true identity hidden, even from Seb, and when the truth comes out, his less than stellar reputation may render a future between them unattainable. Despite a couple of rocky sections that made me unsure of it, this book wound up checking all my boxes for a good romance. I loved Seb's initial terror and reluctance to admit his feelings for Anya and his jealousy and protectiveness over her. They were so cute together and the hidden identity trope was quite well done here. I loved the danger elements and how they served to strengthen the relationship between Anya and Seb and they had to fight for their HEA. I loved that Anya recognized when she needed help and wasn't afraid to ask for it. The fact that Seb stepped up and provided that and protected her without smothering her. The chemistry between Anya and Seb was amazing and with everything they'd both been through, rooting for them was great fun, and I found myself savoring the read. This had excelled side characters, reappearances from the heroes and heroines of previous books, steamy scenes, suspense, a vile villain, a protective hero whose world has been upended by the heroine. In short, all the things that make a good read for me. I quite enjoyed this series of crime-fighting heroes and found it to be original and enjoyable. I'm sad to see it end, but I'm looking forward to what's next from this author. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog link: https://mustreadalltheromance.blogspo...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stacee

    I have loved the previous two books of this series, but I'll admit I've been waiting for Seb's book. I loved Anya. She's smart and can definitely hold her own. Seb has been a gruff delight since the beginning of the series and he didn't disappoint. Together these two have instant chemistry, loads of irritation, and button pushing galore. I truly enjoyed reading them figure things out. And of course, it's always awesome to see the previous couples. Oh, and Seb's aunt stole every scene she was in. I have loved the previous two books of this series, but I'll admit I've been waiting for Seb's book. I loved Anya. She's smart and can definitely hold her own. Seb has been a gruff delight since the beginning of the series and he didn't disappoint. Together these two have instant chemistry, loads of irritation, and button pushing galore. I truly enjoyed reading them figure things out. And of course, it's always awesome to see the previous couples. Oh, and Seb's aunt stole every scene she was in. Plot wise, it was good. There's a good amount of tension and even though I knew there would be a HEA, it had me wondering about how we'd get to the outcome. My only complaint (if you could call it that) is that I really wanted an epilogue or a future-take of some sort. Having the story end where it did was a little disappointing, but I know most of that is just me being greedy. Overall, I know this will be a series I read again because I just love these characters. I can't wait to see what Kate Bateman comes up with next. **Huge thanks to St. Martin's Paperbacks for providing the arc free of charge**

  13. 5 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Of traitors and princesses! Lively Russian princess Anastasia Denisova escapes to England from Paris after Waterloo. Living under the name of Anna Brown she's become companion to the Dowager Duchess of Winwick, who just happens to be Seb Wolff's great aunt. Mmm! Anya is fleeing a rather nasty Russian nobleman, the scheming Vasili Petrov, who's after her money and lands. Her brother Dmitri, killed at Waterloo 'had told her in confidence that Vasili, or someone close to him, was suspected of passin Of traitors and princesses! Lively Russian princess Anastasia Denisova escapes to England from Paris after Waterloo. Living under the name of Anna Brown she's become companion to the Dowager Duchess of Winwick, who just happens to be Seb Wolff's great aunt. Mmm! Anya is fleeing a rather nasty Russian nobleman, the scheming Vasili Petrov, who's after her money and lands. Her brother Dmitri, killed at Waterloo 'had told her in confidence that Vasili, or someone close to him, was suspected of passing information to the French.' Now Anya is seeking evidence to show Petrov up for who he is. Sebastien Wolff, Earl of Mowbray, and a Bow Street agent is looking for a traitor. When Anya and Seb's paths cross in a brothel (now thats interesting!) things heat up--on many fronts. Seb, the man who doesn't believe in love, finds himself unaccountably unable to think of anyone else. Anya finds herself in a pickle on many levels and Seb is smack bang in the middle of that conundrum. But when danger threatens Seb is the one she turns to, or rather, is sent to. But maybe stepping into Seb's gaming house will prove to be a step too far--for both of them! A racy Regency mystery, with suitably strong main characters and a somewhat predictable plot nicely executed. A St. Martin's Press ARC via NetGalley Please note: Quotes taken from an advanced reading copy maybe subject to change

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    The Princess and the Rogue was a phenomenal read and my favorite book in the Bow Street Bachelors series. Russian Princess Anastasia Denisova has been hiding in London under an assumed name for months, on the run from a traitor who will do anything to find her. After a chance encounter with Sebastien Wolff, Earl of Mowbray, Anya accepts his protection after the person she's running from begins to close in. But living so closely together at Wolff's gambling hell is doing nothing to discourage the The Princess and the Rogue was a phenomenal read and my favorite book in the Bow Street Bachelors series. Russian Princess Anastasia Denisova has been hiding in London under an assumed name for months, on the run from a traitor who will do anything to find her. After a chance encounter with Sebastien Wolff, Earl of Mowbray, Anya accepts his protection after the person she's running from begins to close in. But living so closely together at Wolff's gambling hell is doing nothing to discourage the attraction that blazes between them. With Anya's enemies closing in, will their romance have a chance? Anya is a smart woman who is perfectly capable of taking care of herself. After the death of her brother, Anya was forced to flee after a traitor to her country plans to force her to become his wife. Anya's plan was well thought out and I admired her ability to change things on the fly when she encountered unexpected obstacles. Sebastien is a war veteran whose service to the crown granted him his title as well as a position at Bow Street where, due to his status, he can take on unique investigations. Seb is a confident man who knows what he wants in life and how to go about getting it. Anya and Sebastien's romance doesn't get off to a great start due to a series of misunderstandings. The pair's first meeting is in a brothel where Seb assumes Anya is a working girl and tries to offer her obscene amounts of money when she refuses his advances. After that Sebastien finds out Anya works for his great aunt and assumes she's a scam artist. Once Anya is under Sebastien's protection and the two live together at Sebastien's gambling hell, the pair's relationship drastically improves. Their banter is fantastic and the chemistry between them is off the charts. The steamy scenes are very well done but I do wish there were a few more of them. I thought the final confrontation with the person chasing Anya was well done and I liked the surprises the author added at the end. Overall The Princess and the Rogue was a fantastic book and I highly recommend this series if you're looking for some great historical romances to read. I'm looking forward to seeing what the author puts out next. **I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

  15. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    3.5 stars I can't round up because the whole foreseeable and yet forced drama at the end that had the otherwise very sensible heroine do something incredibly stupid I think my biggest problem is that what I loved most about the other two books is missing here: the sensible heroine, who is strong and independent without being pushy and annoying, and her partner in crime she learns to trust. In the first books, there was a give and take between the couples, with both of them learning how to work t 3.5 stars I can't round up because the whole foreseeable and yet forced drama at the end that had the otherwise very sensible heroine do something incredibly stupid I think my biggest problem is that what I loved most about the other two books is missing here: the sensible heroine, who is strong and independent without being pushy and annoying, and her partner in crime she learns to trust. In the first books, there was a give and take between the couples, with both of them learning how to work together as a couple. Here, we have a princess all on her own, almost killed in the aftermath of Waterloo, on the run from someone who is afraid she has proof he is a traitor to his country. I liked that she had no problems trading in her luxurious life for that of a paid companion, that she had hard choices to make and had to actually work to survive. I really admired her, up to the point where the evil Russian count catches up with her for the foreseeable closing drama. My biggest problem is that, unlike the other heroines in the series, she doesn't trust the men she met enough to confide in them and to come up with a solution together, and instead runs headfirst into danger. It seemed so out of character to me for the otherwise perfectly reasonable Ana. I also didn't like Seb as much as the other two men. They were a bit more fun. Seb is the usual hardened cynic who watches his friends fall in love and finally gets his comeuppance in the form of his own little whirlwind who turns his ordered life upside down, or, in the words of the boys: "I thought it was irritation at first," Alex said with a reminiscent smile. "I wanted to throttle her." Benedict chuckled. "Well, then." Seb crossed his arms. "I'm still waiting to find that gorgeous someone who irritates me enough to want to strangle her." I still love the friendship between those three. But Seb on his own without the boys around was a bit too brooding for my tastes. I still enjoyed the friendship that Ana and Seb formed under the strange circumstances they find themselves in. But the drama towards the end was just too predictable for my tastes, and I ended up skimming a bit. I would still recommend this series to anyone looking for historical romances that are a bit different: we have heroes who *gasp* work for a living and only were awarded their titles after the war, heroines who are courageous and do not have the cushy, comfortable, sheltered lives most HR heroines have, wonderful friendships, a lot of bickering, and couples who actually communicate! Some more than others, but still. It makes for a wonderful change from the genre, at least for me. *I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carvanz

    Wow, I loved this! My first by this author and it was so good I’m questioning why I haven’t read her before. Anya was an interesting heroine as she was fierce and yet needed a certain amount of protection. However, she was no weakling that couldn’t do anything for herself, but she recognized her limitations and sought to correct them. For the era, her decision on taking things with Seb to the next level was liberating but she made it with honest introspection for this time period. Sebastien was p Wow, I loved this! My first by this author and it was so good I’m questioning why I haven’t read her before. Anya was an interesting heroine as she was fierce and yet needed a certain amount of protection. However, she was no weakling that couldn’t do anything for herself, but she recognized her limitations and sought to correct them. For the era, her decision on taking things with Seb to the next level was liberating but she made it with honest introspection for this time period. Sebastien was pure swoony goodness. He was rather grumpy, definitely protective, and had to fight his reaction to claim Anya when society dictated he could not. I had the best time watching him fall for her, help her through her problems, witness his internal battle against everything that was against them at the end and finally see what a contented Sebastien looks like. I can’t help but wonder if the other heroes in this series are just as swoon worthy. This is a relatively fun romance with a hero and heroine that kept each other on their toes as well as myself throughout the story. The steam is beyond anything I’m capable of explaining as it left me dry mouthed and turning the a/c down. While there is danger, drama and intrigue interlaced with the perfect amount of light hearted fare, this never felt heavy or bogged down by the issues needing resolution. It was the perfect combination to keep me turning pages. Definitely recommending this one to those who love their historical romance with a Russian flair! Dual POV Safe (view spoiler)[no ow/om drama; h virgin; H not a manwhore but he does visit the higher class brothels but we never see him with ow, we are just told this is what he does - once he meets h there is no one else (hide spoiler)] Triggers (view spoiler)[no apparent triggers (hide spoiler)]

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jenn (The Book Refuge)

    *I received this book as an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.* This book was so fun!!! I have never read a Kate Bateman and I hadn't read the first 2 books in this trilogy. I don't feel like I was missing anything but I am very excited to go back and read about the other two men of Bow Street, who we see with their wives in this one. This book starts off with a GREAT first chapter and it had me on the edge of my seat. We meet Princess Anya as she and her maid are trying to flee *I received this book as an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.* This book was so fun!!! I have never read a Kate Bateman and I hadn't read the first 2 books in this trilogy. I don't feel like I was missing anything but I am very excited to go back and read about the other two men of Bow Street, who we see with their wives in this one. This book starts off with a GREAT first chapter and it had me on the edge of my seat. We meet Princess Anya as she and her maid are trying to flee Russia after her brothers murder. We have a villain, Petrov, who is a traitor to Russia and he wants to make Anya marry him so that she can't turn evidence against him. He tries to force himself on her and after her maid stops him, they flee. (Honestly, you will get SUCH Anastasia vibes.) We pick up our story 1 year later in London and Anya is a companion to a wealthy Dowager Duchess and she encounters our roguish Hero Sebastian Wolfe when they encounter each other at a brothel. She is there teaching writing lessons to prostitutes and he makes an outrageous offer for her "services". She lets him flirt and kiss with her before she leaves him with his mouth hanging open. Of course, Sebastian is her employers wayward great-nephew and they encounter each other again when Anya is being tracked by Petrov. The Dowager, who knows who Anya really is, charges him to protect her, as he works for Bow Street and can keep her safe. He knows her only as Anna Brown and thinks she was an acquaintance of the late Princess Anastasia and that's why Petrov is trying to get ahold of her. So, this becomes a close proximity novel and the sexual tension is delicious. Anya never thought she would live the life she is living now and though she is in danger, she is more free than she ever could have been as a Princess in Russia. When Sebastian offers to teach her some pleasure, she has to decide if she wants to live in the moment. I loved this book from the beginning, and I think it really kept things moving along nicely. I loved both characters. Sebastian is just roguish enough and his opening scene with Anya in the brothel had me blushing with delight. It was a lot of fun too. There is mystery they are trying to solve and some danger to keep things interesting. Not to mention, Anya is hiding her identity, not just from Petrov, but from Sebastian too. If you love a quick, fun, witty, and sexy Historical Romance, I highly recommend The Princess and the Rogue. I plan to go back to the other two books ASASP. 5/5 Royal Stars.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. I was a bit rusty on my Russian history so first thing I did after starting this book was to look up the date of the Russian Revolution. It took place in 1917. This book takes place in 1816, almost a 100 years earlier. So, that was not a factor in the plot and our heroine, Princess Anastasia Denisova, is not THE Anastasia of legend. But, I digress. Our Bow Street Bachelors are Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. I was a bit rusty on my Russian history so first thing I did after starting this book was to look up the date of the Russian Revolution. It took place in 1917. This book takes place in 1816, almost a 100 years earlier. So, that was not a factor in the plot and our heroine, Princess Anastasia Denisova, is not THE Anastasia of legend. But, I digress. Our Bow Street Bachelors are now two happily married men and one confirmed, cranky bachelor until he meets the beautiful Anya. I loved the set up of this book and enjoyed it immensely until it hit the big reveal. It all when downhill fast from there. Princess Anastasia Denisova fled Paris with her maid and the jewels sewn into her clothes. A traitor is after her and he wants more that the evidence he thinks she has. She has been quietly living in London as Anya Brown for a year, working as a ladies companion and has been teaching reading to her neighbors, a brothel. While Anya was conducting a tutoring session, Sebastien Wolff, Earl of Mowbray happens in and decides he wants Anna for the night and no one else will do. Sebastien is a Bow Street agent along with his two best friends. They also own a gaming hell, and have made a fortune. When Seb finds the beautiful Anya at a house of ill repute he assumes she is a new girl and is instantly attracted to her, kisses her passionately. She turns him down, flat. It turns out that Anya is working for his great-aunt. When Anya ends up under his protection, all bets are off. As Anya is in hiding, she and Seb find that the passion they shared at the brothel was only the beginning. Her real identity causes Seb some serious doubts, keeping her safe takes some serious effort and keeping his heart whole will be a serious problem.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    The Princess and the Rogue is book 3 in the Bow Street Bachelors and although I haven't read books 1 & 2 it was fine as a stand alone. After enjoying this book so much I can't wait to go back and read the first two books. Sebastian Wolff is having a great time being a bachelor, even though his two best friends are both happily married he doesn't see that life in his future. While visiting a brothel he meets the lovely Anna Brown who he wants immediately but is disappointed that she is not intere The Princess and the Rogue is book 3 in the Bow Street Bachelors and although I haven't read books 1 & 2 it was fine as a stand alone. After enjoying this book so much I can't wait to go back and read the first two books. Sebastian Wolff is having a great time being a bachelor, even though his two best friends are both happily married he doesn't see that life in his future. While visiting a brothel he meets the lovely Anna Brown who he wants immediately but is disappointed that she is not interested. Anna Brown who really is the Russian Princess Anastasia Denisova is hiding out in London from a traitor who plans to marry her and claim everything. She has been working as a secretary and companion for a rich socialite who she becomes very close too. Also being the lovely young lady she is she develops a friendship with the Madam of the Brothel next to her apartment. She teaches the ladies etiquette and how to read and write. She is immediately drawn to Sebastian and is tempted to take him up on his offer but she does hold back, even though their chemistry was sizzling. I loved Anya from the beginning, she didn't complain about her situation or feel sorry for herself. She learned to survive and take care of herself while also living in poverty. Sebastian was great too and I loved his confusion about his feeling towards Anya. He made some silly mistakes but in the end he made up for them. ***I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.***

  20. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    Hot Chocolate Dates with The Princess and The Rogue The prologue shares her escape from Russia before we arrive in London. First Date: Princess Anastasia Denisova has been hiding in London as plain 'Anna Brown' and was fortunate to secure a job as a companion to Sebastian's grandmother, the dowager duchess. The two do not meet there, however, they meet somewhere far more scandalous. Sebastian is busy working a case on the docks involving a dead Russian, but he cannot stop thinking about An Hot Chocolate Dates with The Princess and The Rogue The prologue shares her escape from Russia before we arrive in London. First Date: Princess Anastasia Denisova has been hiding in London as plain 'Anna Brown' and was fortunate to secure a job as a companion to Sebastian's grandmother, the dowager duchess. The two do not meet there, however, they meet somewhere far more scandalous. Sebastian is busy working a case on the docks involving a dead Russian, but he cannot stop thinking about Anna. Second Date: It seems Anna cannot escape her past, and the dowager duchess plans to help her by whisking her off to the countryside, but those plans are thwarted. Anna soon finds herself staying in the apartments of the Wolffe. Sebastian lives above the gaming hall he and his friends own. I loved the tension, the knowing, the seduction. It was divine. Third Date: While others know who she is, Sebastian is shocked and of course sets their relationship back even as he swears to protect her. Swoons, startling discovers and reckons kept me flipping the pages until its conclusion. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joana V.

    Review originally published at Romancing Romances. I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you. A Russian Princess and a Bow Street agent – the perfect recipe for a different story! Anna and Seb didn’t hit it off in the beginning, especially considering that Seb believed that Anna was fooling and endangering his grandmother. This forced proximity story ticks all the boxes for a romance from… maybe not completely enemies (but close enough) Review originally published at Romancing Romances. I received an eARC at no cost from the author, and I am leaving a voluntary and honest review. Thank you. A Russian Princess and a Bow Street agent – the perfect recipe for a different story! Anna and Seb didn’t hit it off in the beginning, especially considering that Seb believed that Anna was fooling and endangering his grandmother. This forced proximity story ticks all the boxes for a romance from… maybe not completely enemies (but close enough) to lovers, with lots of danger, history, and sexy times in between. Although I haven’t read the previous books in the series, I really enjoyed meeting the characters that formed the original owners/lodgers of the gambling hell where our hero currently lives. It was very interesting to read about Sebastian’s feeling regarding the changes in his life, and how he was dealing with it, which not the most common situation in romances. You might have the teasing between friends saying “you’re the last one, it’s your time to find a partner”, but here we had the hero actually working through his own feelings of, in a way, losing his best friends, even though they are still around. I really liked Anna, she was very fierce, very determined, very loyal, and very resilient. Not everyone would be able to change lives the way she did. And she took control of what she could! As they slowly fall in love, we see some romantic gestures, and how each of them pays close attention to one another. The writing was compelling, and the book had a good pacing. An enjoyable read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alana Bloom

    (4.5 stars) Spies, criminal investigators, and criminals are all like catnip for me and I have been itching to get my greedy paws on Sebastien's book since the first book in the series. Paired with my fascination with Princess Anastasia and I was smitten. I loved Anya! She is exactly the sort of heroine I enjoy rooting for. Clever, practical, and loyal; she was such a fun heroine to follow. I don't think I've come across a heroine with a Russian background before so I enjoyed learning some of the (4.5 stars) Spies, criminal investigators, and criminals are all like catnip for me and I have been itching to get my greedy paws on Sebastien's book since the first book in the series. Paired with my fascination with Princess Anastasia and I was smitten. I loved Anya! She is exactly the sort of heroine I enjoy rooting for. Clever, practical, and loyal; she was such a fun heroine to follow. I don't think I've come across a heroine with a Russian background before so I enjoyed learning some of the cultural tidbits Bateman wove in. Sebastien was delightfully suspicious of Anya at the start. It made watching his declaring permanent bachelorhood all the more entertaining. The chemistry between Sebastien and Anya was sizzling. That delicious tension and growth from lust to love was perfectly paced and had me hooked for the entire read. As always, Bateman's smexy scenes were on point and blush inducing. Summed up, I adored this couple! A chef's kiss blend of mystery, romance, and action. I only wish we had a little bit more time with Seb and Anya because I wasn't ready for it to be over. I highly recommend if you are looking for a book with a fun royalty spin and a sizzling romance, look no further. It can be read as a standalone, but for maximum enjoyment I recommend reading the whole series. **I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Micaela

    I enjoyed the previous book TO CATCH AN EARL a LOT and when I saw that THE PRINCESS AND THE ROGUE was about one of my favourite tropes ever "The Princess falls in love with her bodyguard" I was even more excited to read it. My enjoyment was worth 4 stars but the whole story is probably a 2/3 stars read. It was hard for me to like Sebastien as a hero because he was constantly thinking about Anya in a sexual way. It wasn't like there were a lot of sex scenes but his thoughts were too sexual and it I enjoyed the previous book TO CATCH AN EARL a LOT and when I saw that THE PRINCESS AND THE ROGUE was about one of my favourite tropes ever "The Princess falls in love with her bodyguard" I was even more excited to read it. My enjoyment was worth 4 stars but the whole story is probably a 2/3 stars read. It was hard for me to like Sebastien as a hero because he was constantly thinking about Anya in a sexual way. It wasn't like there were a lot of sex scenes but his thoughts were too sexual and it gets really tiring to read about a hero who only thinks with his penis. Because of that I didn't buy the romance, yes they had chemistry but their relationship felt like it was based more on lust than love. Aside from that I really enjoyed the secondary characters, there were a lot of scenes with Sebastien and his friends that made me laugh out loud. Even if I wasn't a fan of Anya and Sebastien as a couple I enjoyed reading this book, I was on a reading slump when I started THE PRINCESS AND THE ROGUE and I could get into the story since the very beggining. TO sum up If you're looking for a fun and sexy historical romance THE PRINCESS AND THE ROGUE is for you but if you're looking for a slow burn romance you won't find it here.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Connor

    I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley. Enough time had passed since I read To Catch an Earl for me to forget some of the names of the characters. However, I quickly remembered Alex and Emmy’s story and how much I enjoyed that one. As I read this, I thought I liked it better, but rereading my review of the other, I’m hard-pressed to say which I like better. Both are engrossing, engaging, and unexpectedly sweet love stories. If I’m smart (which is somewhat debatable), I’ll read This Earl o I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley. Enough time had passed since I read To Catch an Earl for me to forget some of the names of the characters. However, I quickly remembered Alex and Emmy’s story and how much I enjoyed that one. As I read this, I thought I liked it better, but rereading my review of the other, I’m hard-pressed to say which I like better. Both are engrossing, engaging, and unexpectedly sweet love stories. If I’m smart (which is somewhat debatable), I’ll read This Earl of Mine, the story of Benedict and Georgie. I’ve added it to my TBR list, which seems to multiply daily. Anyway, back to Sebastien (Sebastien Wolff, Earl of Mowbray) and Anya (Princess Anastasia Denisova). Their meeting is certainly unusual—he comes to the brothel where she is tutoring some of the women, mistakes her for one of the women who works there, and is baffled when she turns down a large sum of money in exchange for a few hours with him. After a scorching kiss, she leaves, wondering whether she made a mistake saying no and he leaves, newly obsessed with her and discovering why she (or anyone) would say no to him. As fate would have it, Anya, having adopted the name of Anna Brown to avoid detection in England, works for Sebastien’s aunt, the “Dread Dowager Duchess.” The Duchess turns out to be surprisingly adept at engineering the eventual collision between Anya and Seb. Though both suspect her, neither is capable of denying the logic of her suggestion they spend time together. After spending time together, “Seb felt as if he’d been taken apart and put back together in a completely different configuration.” When Seb attempts to deny his feelings for Anya, the Dowager is not fooled for a minute, especially when he presents Anya with a gift for her “coming out” that goes beyond anything that could be reasonably expected. Suddenly, Seb realizes “He wasn’t wearing his heart upon his sleeve—he’d put it in a bloody jeweler’s box and handed it to her with a roomful of witnesses.” Nevertheless, he continues to insist it means nothing; he seems to be the only who believes that. Naturally, his friends Alex and Ben tease him mercilessly. Because Anya is Russian, there are quite a few traditional Russian practices thrown into the story, but what I liked most was the use of fairy tales. For one, Seb’s last name is Wolff, and there is reference to “Little Red Riding Hood’s encounter with the wicked, predatory beast,” with Anya musing to herself about the story. “She’d always had a soft spot for the wolf in that tale. What if he were really a man trapped in the body of a beast? What if he fell under the spell of the beautiful girl? What if she tamed him? He’d be the very best protector. She let out a soft laugh at her own foolishness. Wasn’t that what every woman dreamed? That she’d be the one to gentle the beast? No doubt they believed it right up to the moment they were eaten up for dinner. She wasn’t such a fool.” Clever foreshadowing. The Dowager presents Anya with a book of Russian fairy tales and asks Anya to translate them into English. When Seb asks her about her favorite, she relates the story of the ice maiden Snegurochka, a beauty made of snow, the daughter of Spring the Beauty and Ded Moroz, old Father Frost. She does not reveal that she had been dubbed the Ice Princess by the people of Russia because she had been unwilling to accept the marriage proposals of many suitors. Her hesitancy had been due to her position and her fear that it was only that power which attracted them. Immortal, but loney, the fairy tale “ice princess” falls in love with a shepherd boy named Lel. In one version of the story, the act of falling in love causes her to melt and disappear in a puff of water vapor. In another, she marries the shepherd and they have a long and happy life together. Anya admits that although she prefers the second ending, the first is more likely. Seb agrees it’s unlikely any woman would give up her privileged position for love. Again, some clever foreshadowing. When Seb discovers that Anya is, in fact, a princess, he is furious that she tricked him. He calls her “princess,” drawling “the title like an insult, a deliberate bastardization of the term of endearment.” Crushed, she longs for him to use it as an endearment instead. Unfortunately, Seb is not as confident as he had appeared and does not consider himself worthy of her. He pushes down how he feels, certain no woman would ever give up her privileged position for love. Anya is a strong, independent, free-thinking woman, friends with a notorious madam and happy to live like a commoner if it means she is free. She finds an unlikely ally and someone of the same mindset in the Dowager. When the Dowager brings up the issue of a woman being “ruined,” Anya loses her temper. “This is what I hate about ‘polite society.’ If a woman is taken against her will, she’s ruined. If she gives herself to a man willingly, before marriage, she’s ruined. Yet no one expects a man to go to his marriage bed untouched. It’s such a double standard!” When the Dowager immediately agrees with her, it encourages her to finally share her secret. It is likely at this point that the Dowager initially hatches her plan. This is a fun story, with a bit of danger in the form of Vasili Petrov, a Russian traitor determined to find Anya and force her to marry him so she won’t be able to testify against him, and lots of tension between Anya and Sebastien. Anya, determined to never again be a victim, is resolute in protecting herself, but she welcomes the assistance of Seb. The ancillary characters of the story add depth to the plot, but it is really Anya and Seb who carry the story. I really enjoyed it and I recommend it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Genevieve Jack

    A fabulously romantic regency fairytale. Bow Street bachelor Sébastien Wolf doesn’t believe in love until a Russian Princess-in-hiding ignites an undeniable chemistry that leads to a true and lasting love. I am so fortunate to have been given a sneak peek of the Princess and the Rogue. It’s my favorite of the trilogy. I found the characters and situations unique for the genre but still holding to Bateman’s gorgeous prose and witty banter. I couldn’t put it down.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    4.5 stars, rounded up. Princess Anastasia “Anya” Denisova was staying in Paris when she learned that her brother Prince Dmitri perished in the battle of Waterloo. Heartbroken she makes plans to return to St. Petersburg with her companion Elizaveta and is in the process of dismantling her family heirloom tiara to pay for passage when she is accosted by a fellow countryman – Count Vasili Petrov – he is sure her brother sent her evidence of his traitorous activities and wants the letters and demands 4.5 stars, rounded up. Princess Anastasia “Anya” Denisova was staying in Paris when she learned that her brother Prince Dmitri perished in the battle of Waterloo. Heartbroken she makes plans to return to St. Petersburg with her companion Elizaveta and is in the process of dismantling her family heirloom tiara to pay for passage when she is accosted by a fellow countryman – Count Vasili Petrov – he is sure her brother sent her evidence of his traitorous activities and wants the letters and demands that she marry him so she would not be able to testify against him. She refuses but is easily overpowered by the larger man, but thankfully Elizaveta returns in time to save her. And in an instant, their plan changes, since her family is dead, there is no one to protect her from Petrov – so she fakes her death and escapes to England. Fast forward one year, she and Elizaveta have created a new life for themselves and she changes her name to Anna Brown. She has not only taken a job as secretary to the dowager Duchess of Winwick, but she has also befriended her neighbor – Charlotte Haye – the owner of a very exclusive brothel and offered to teach the girls to read and write. It is there that she finally meets her employer’s roguish nephew – Sebastien “Seb” Wolff, the newly minted Earl of Mowbray, owner of the Tricorn Club and sometime Bow Street Runner. She is at the brothel to give reading lessons to some of the girls when Seb comes in the room and mistakes her for a courtesan – they share a kiss and he offers her an outrageous sum to spend the night with him. She refuses and leaves – intent on never seeing his handsome face again. But She that plan is tossed when her worst nightmare comes true – Petrov has followed her. The dowager figures out what is going on and offers to hide her in the country – she will ask Seb to provide them with protection. Seb is intrigued by the girl and amazed that she turned him down, something that has almost never happened to him. He should just forget about her, but he can’t – much to the delight of his newly married friends, who are also his business partners in not only the club but also in Bow Street. They are working the case of a Russian man found dead on the docks and believe it is connected to a Russian spy – a case that is frustrating them and one they could use help with. It is about this time that his Great Aunt asks him to provide an escort to her country estate – he forgot and sets out to find them – what he finds is their carriage under attack and his mystery woman being abducted! He saves her and his aunt insists that he must take her back to London and protect her – but they don’t tell him who she is or why they were attacked. Seb agrees and they return to London. He tells himself that she is off-limits and that she is irritating – but he is still fascinated and attracted to her. He recruits her to help with his case and slowly, she worms her way into his heart and the hearts of his staff. But when he learns the truth – he is enraged and sends her back to his Aunt – with a plan to save her from Petrov – He tried to convince himself that she means nothing to him, but when things go wrong and he finally admits what is in his heart – will he be able to save her in time or will she be lost to him forever? I loved this well written, fast-paced final installment of the series – Seb and Anya are a wonderful couple and I just loved their interactions. The book has it all; intrigue, murder, steamy love scenes, witty banter, delightfully silly Russian superstitions, cameos from the other “Bachelors” and their wives, a really vile villain, a shocking surprise, and finally a hard-won HEA. I am sad to say that while this book was a great read – I was disappointed in the lack of an epilogue – it was the end of the series and I was hoping for a glimpse into the collective HEA – but sigh, no such luck. This is the third and final book in the series, but it could be read as a standalone title with no problems. I highly recommend this book and the entire series! *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by NetGalley and the publisher. *

  27. 4 out of 5

    PlotTrysts

    In romance novels, we want our heroes to be everything, and The Princess and the Rogue delivers. Military hero? Check: Seb was a sniper who helped defeat Napoleon. Nobleman? Check: Seb was ennobled for his good deeds (see: military hero). Law & Order? Check: Seb also works for Bow Street in his spare time. Bad boy? Check: Seb co-owns a gambling hell with his fellow military hero/Bow Street runner/earl buddies. So Seb is basically everything you look for in a romance hero. Anya seems like a great In romance novels, we want our heroes to be everything, and The Princess and the Rogue delivers. Military hero? Check: Seb was a sniper who helped defeat Napoleon. Nobleman? Check: Seb was ennobled for his good deeds (see: military hero). Law & Order? Check: Seb also works for Bow Street in his spare time. Bad boy? Check: Seb co-owns a gambling hell with his fellow military hero/Bow Street runner/earl buddies. So Seb is basically everything you look for in a romance hero. Anya seems like a great counterpart: she is strong, intelligent, and holds her own against him. It's always fun to move outside of the traditional British aristocracy in a Regency, so Anya's Russian heritage added some interesting international intrigue. We were hoping for a twist on the fairy tale ending where the princess saves herself, but were a bit disappointed when Seb has to show up and rescue her. Although not especially groundbreaking, The Princess and the rogue is an enjoyable finale to the Bow Street Bachelors series. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4. 39-Word Summaries: Meg: Why settle for just an earl when you can get one who’s also a Bow Street Runner, military hero, and gaming hell owner? Anya wouldn’t, but Seb (renaissance man extraordinaire) thinks he’s not good enough for a (literal) princess...⁠ ⁠ Laine: Princess on the run falls for her rescuer several times over, especially when they have to hide out in his gaming hell. He proves his love for her using a custom-made tiara and parure, so you know we approve.⁠ www.linktr.ee/plottrysts This objective review is based on a complimentary advanced reader copy provided by NetGalley and the publisher.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    Russian Princess Anastasia Denisova learned her brother died at war. She needs a protector so she's not forced to marry a disgusting traitor. With the help of a dear friend, Anya stage her own death and flee to hide in London. One year later, living next to a brothel and working as the companion of an eccentric Dowager Duchess, she'll meet Bow Street agent Sebastien Wolff, who also happen to be her employer's great-nephew, in a pretty unusual way. Sebastien used to live with his war comrades and Russian Princess Anastasia Denisova learned her brother died at war. She needs a protector so she's not forced to marry a disgusting traitor. With the help of a dear friend, Anya stage her own death and flee to hide in London. One year later, living next to a brothel and working as the companion of an eccentric Dowager Duchess, she'll meet Bow Street agent Sebastien Wolff, who also happen to be her employer's great-nephew, in a pretty unusual way. Sebastien used to live with his war comrades and friends but they both found wives now. An explosion at Waterloo damaged his hearing in one ear but Seb knows he was lucky and he's grateful he survived. He's still happy, as a gambling club co-owner, but lately he started to wonder if there's not more to life for him than what he always known. Married life seem to agree with his friends after all. Then he meet Anya, a pretty and intriguing woman who also seem to be hiding something. A Princess and the Bodyguard trope, I loved everything about this book ! A wild ride in the best way and historical romance as its best.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    THE PRINCESS AND THE ROGUE by Kate Bateman is the third book in the Bow Street Bachelors Series. This is the story of Princess Anastasia Denisova aka 'Anna Brown' and Sebastien Wolff, Earl of Mowbray. I have read the previous books in this series which did add to my enjoyment of this one. But, I do feel this can be a standalone book if you wish to do so. Anastasia is hiding from danger when she meets Sebastien. Sebastien is a Bow Street Runner and he starts to suspect something going on with 'An THE PRINCESS AND THE ROGUE by Kate Bateman is the third book in the Bow Street Bachelors Series. This is the story of Princess Anastasia Denisova aka 'Anna Brown' and Sebastien Wolff, Earl of Mowbray. I have read the previous books in this series which did add to my enjoyment of this one. But, I do feel this can be a standalone book if you wish to do so. Anastasia is hiding from danger when she meets Sebastien. Sebastien is a Bow Street Runner and he starts to suspect something going on with 'Anna', Anastasia growing feelings for Sebastien along with her helping him with his case is bring her closer to the danger that lurks around her. I am a big fan of this author's writing so I do recommend this book and of course her writing.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Donna Sweeney

    Kindly provided with an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review....... The Bow Street Bachelors Bowled me over !!!. This was Seb and Anya's book and it was jam packed with just the right amount of heat, suspense, intrigue and twists. We start our tale with a rather harrowing escape by Anya and then fast forward and catch up with her life from Russia to London. I found her and Sebastian's first meeting hilarious and was cheering Anya on to leave him in her wake with a cheeky smile ! From Kindly provided with an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review....... The Bow Street Bachelors Bowled me over !!!. This was Seb and Anya's book and it was jam packed with just the right amount of heat, suspense, intrigue and twists. We start our tale with a rather harrowing escape by Anya and then fast forward and catch up with her life from Russia to London. I found her and Sebastian's first meeting hilarious and was cheering Anya on to leave him in her wake with a cheeky smile ! From there it was a joy watching these two become entangled in each others lives. Add then our wicked villain and the story heats up as Anya and Seb not only start to ramp up their passion but Anya certainly has to keep out of the clutches of Petrov. Can Seb help keep Anya safe and will her omissions about her past be the end of their growing relationship. Yup, you guessed it...you'll have to read it and see xx From start to finish a great read. Would definitely recommend !! Many thanks for this opportunity and well done Kate xxx Later peeps xxx

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