Release Date: May 26, 2020
Series: Debutante Diaries
Heat Level: Hot
Imprint: St. Martin’s Press
When You Wish Upon a Rogue is the third novel in Anna Bennett’s Debutante Diaries series. This novel closes the series out with the story of Sophie, a young woman who is trapped between family expectations and her own desires. Our hero Reese is the new Earl of Warshire and is struggling with the transition from a soldier’s life to one of lord. Reese needs Sophie’s help, but can she risk it all to help him?
The blurb about this book drew me in, Sophie helps organize meetings with other women to discuss the weekly Debutante’s Revenge column. In those meetings the women share openly and honestly about all matters relating to relationships and men. I love a feminist and subversive heroine in historical romance, and Sophie was no disappointment. She is a sweet person that prefers the garden to the ballroom, and though she participates in the meetings isn’t as bold as her counterparts. I liked that she managed to be a beacon of reason and hope to other women in a quiet graceful way.
Sophie meets Reese by chance after one of these meetings and the chemistry was immediately evident. He is newly returned to England to take over the Earldom after the death of his older brother. Adjusting to the new role has taken its tole on Reese and he’s feeling like a shell of his former self. The weight of his new responsibilities as well as his grief is nearly crippling him. That is until he meets Sophie brings light to his world, much like Persephone brings spring to Hades.
Rather than spoil too much of the plot, I’ll say that this book uses one of my favorite tropes very well. Reese can barely function without Sophie, and I am always a sucker for the kind of story where the heroine is the only one that can truly see the hero and help him heal. I loved that Anna gave us a troubled hero that was honest with the heroine from the start about his struggles. He was willing to reach out for help and expose some of his deepest issues to her almost immediately. Sophie of course wants to help, but family and society expectations make that a huge risk for her.
Through much of the story Anna had me guessing about how these two were going to end up together. She did manage to make it seem truly impossible. By the time we got to the resolution I was relived that she managed to tie up the end of the series in a very neat package. I only had one complaint that some of that resolution came out of nowhere for me, so I had a bit of a hard time believing it. However, it was a minor plot piece and really did not detract from my overall enjoyment.
What more can I say about this book, other than I absolutely adored it? I had never heard of Anna Bennett prior to picking up this novel and now I am of course ready to devour everything else she has previously written. Overall, I’ve rated this 5 stars, the first 5 star book for me of 2020, and I’m excited to go back and read the first two books of this series. I would highly recommend this book to fans of Sarah MacLean or Tessa Dare, because the story felt very similar in tone to some of their recent offerings. While I don’t recommend staying up till 3 a.m. to finish the book like I did (hello book hangover), I do recommend you pick this novel up as soon as it’s released.