12 August 2011

Review of Redeeming the Rogue by C.J. Chase








Book Review
by Carrie Fancett Pagels





I gave it Five Stars!  


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C.J. Chase is the author of Redeeming the Rogue (Love Inspired Historicals, August 2011). She won the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award last year for this book and I can see why!  A great read!

Mattie Fraser is a spirited American heroine whose brother had been pressed into services as a sailor aboard a British ship.  She goes to London to inflict revenge upon the man she believes to be responsible for the disappearance of her brother - the captain of the ship that he had been on. Almost as soon as she arrives, Mattie is endangered.  She thinks her weapon, a small pistol will both protect her and will exact the revenge she so desperately seeks. Unbeknownst to her, Kit DeChambrelle, the gentleman who helps her out of numerous scrapes is the brother of the aristocratic man she seeks to kill.  Kit, a British intelligence officer, has his own secrets, including a death that he blames on himself.  And a small (very lovable!) orphaned street urchin, Nicky, can't keep Mattie out of trouble for long, either. 


Kit's disabled sister, who is called Car-o, is a touching character as well as the hero's protectiveness toward her.  I love the twist with the French mother although SPOILER ALERT it was very shocking when she was gravely injured.  


Wonderful characterization, lovely voice, and tight plot make this a strongly recommended read! The romance between Kit and Mattie was very well done and I loved the ending. Great job seamlessly incorporating a strong spiritual thread for both the hero and heroine.  And I really liked the strong Christian character, Harrison.


Bibliotherapy: The hero self-medicates with alcohol, i.e., he has a major alcohol problem, disabled adult child, homeless children, forgiveness, revenge as destructive, and PTSD.


This book is available through CBD as a paperback and also as a Kindle book.


Giveaway: Leave a comment and your email address for a chance to win a copy of Redeeming the Rogue.

27 comments:

  1. I'm loving the book!

    Carrie, I awarded you the Liebster Blog Award. You can check out how it works here: http://torilounge.blogspot.com/2011/08/happy-happy-news.html

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  2. Thanks, Tori! This was really good! I remember last year when CJ was trying to cut words. ACK! That must have been so hard but boy was it worth it to get a result like this!

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  3. Congrats, C.J. on your new book and since I am a contributor on this blog I can't win it,:( but I will put it on my wishlist! Congrats on being awarded the Liebster Award, Carrie, and since I am contributor on the blog, can I win the Lobster Award?...any award will do! LOL Fabulous and insightful review as always, Carrie! It always amazes me how much these authors "squeeze" into these smaller books! Sounds like C.J.'s is packed full of wonderful characters and a great plot!

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  4. Congrats Carrie. A well deserved award! Do you think Diana is jealous now? LOL

    Your review is wonderfull. Sounds like a great book! The cover is lovely!

    Marian

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  5. ACK! I'm so sorry!!! This is a co-blog. My apologies Diana!!!! Let me go back and change my blog post to include you too! :)

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  6. LOL and thanks Tori and Marian. Diana, you are so funny! That is why we all love you! Yes, we are now both officially Liebsterized, Diana! This is our first blog award and since it is post-Diana (kinda like post-hurricane? lol) we definitely want to consider it shared!

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  7. Oh, no, K. Victoria! I was just making a funny! Carrie does ALL the hard work on this blog, trust me. She deserves it!

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  8. LOL, Carrie! Love that post hurricane remark...definitely sounds like me!

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  9. "Cousin" Victoria -- thank you for the kind words and for stopping by.

    And congrats to Carrie and Diana.

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  10. Thanks, C.J.! I think I won by default or in this case, by association. LOL I love, love, love the cover of this book with the young C.J. on the front! Doesn't the cover girl look like C.J. y'all?

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  11. MARYLU TYNDALL: I tried to comment on CJ's review but blogger won't let me. Sigh. I just wanted to say it sounds like my kind of book! Why haven't I heard of it before? Probably because I seem to be always on a deadline with my head stuck in a manuscript.


    MaryLu Tyndall
    Swashbuckling Romances, Anchored in Faith
    Surrender the Dawn – August 2011
    Veil of Pearls – June 2012
    http://www.marylutyndall.com

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  12. Thanks for letting us know, MaryLu! Sorry CJ, you might not be getting your other comments because of this!

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  13. I'm jumping in here because all this is too good to pass up--award, the book--the great review--everything! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, Carrie!

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  14. Sounds like a good read! Thanks for the chance to win. :)
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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  15. Leaving this comment for my sis-in-law who can't enter herself:

    I saw this book giveaway last night. Please enter me. I would love to win this! Thank you!

    Barbara Smith
    thatoldgal@gmail.com

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  16. Congratulations and I really love the cover of this sweet story. I'm not familiar with CJ's writings, but anxious to become acquainted with her. Thanks for this giveaway and the chance to win.

    Blessing,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  17. Hi, Pat, Pegg, and both Barbara's!:) I haven't read C.J.'s book either, but it sounds wonderful and Barb, the cover IS a beauty! I agree, Carrie's reviews are great! You are all officially entered...can't wait to see who the winner is!

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  18. Marylu, I was having problems with logging in the other day, so I had to leave my comments under "anonymous." But this is my first book, so I'm comfortable being anonymous anyway.

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  19. Pat, thank you for the kind words. Carrie did a such a nice job with the review.

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  20. Barb (via Diana), thank you for stopping by. Is it blogger still acting up? Argh.

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  21. Hi, Pegg. Thanks for checking in.

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  22. Barb, (and Diana, who also mentioned the cover), the art department made the heroine's hair lighter than I envisioned it, so it ended up a shade similar to mine. It's kind of a joke in the family now about me being so vain I'm on the front cover of my own novel.

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  23. Hi, all. I'm sorry I wasn't around today. I went to a family reunion, and I didn't take the laptop with me, so I couldn't check in. Oops. Guess I'm still new at this author stuff. Everyone thought it was cool that there is now an author in the family, so I was the "famous" person at the reunion this year. Better milk it while I can, huh?

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  24. CJ, I review with bibliotherapy in mind for one thing and I always think about if something has an element in it that might help someone with psychological issues, too. And reading this on Kindle was great. Hope your family reunion was super!

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  25. Oh, this sounds wonderful... romantic, adventurous. Please add me to the drawing!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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  26. Sounds like an interesting story that would keep you captivated.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  27. Sounds like an interesting story that would keep you captivated.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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