HE SAYS HE’S NO GOOD FOR HER.
SHE HATES THAT HE MIGHT BE RIGHT.
Brook Dumas found Remington Tate in REAL, and now it’s her best friend Melanie’s turn to find the man who makes her heart sing. After years of searching, one night in the rain, the strong and mysterious Greyson King comes to her rescue. He’s bold, and maybe just the lover, friend, and protector she’s been searching for. When they make love, he says her name like it means something. Like she means something—and that’s everything she’s ever wanted.
He disappears for days without a word, and when he’s around, he says he’ll only hurt her. Buy when he’s away, her heart hurts more.
Then Melanie uncovers the dark world he’d been determined to keep hidden, and suspects that their random first meeting might have not been so random after all.
Caught in a free fall of emotions, Melanie has no one to catch her but the man she should be running from. . .
But what do you do when your Prince Charming has gone Rogue?
This review isn’t easy to write. I absolutely adore Katy Evans and have been in love with Remy’s and Brooke’s story since I first read “Real” and the two following books. The harder it is for me to admit that “Rogue” did not click that much with me. Maybe it a subconscious expectation to read something similar to “Real”, but although I loved the story per se, it didn’t give me the feels.
“Rogue” is about Brooke’s best friend Melanie, who is searching for her Prince Charming, only to fall for Greyson, a guy who couldn’t be farther from a prince if he tried. As both of them hide secrets from each other, his are the ones that could destroy them and the feelings that have been growing between them.
What made this book lose a lot of brownie points for me was the character of Melanie. I can honestly say that there wasn’t a single moment I didn’t want to choke her. She is a young woman who has vowed to live life happily and enjoy every moment, wanting to find Prince Charming and have a family. Instead, she goes from one one-night-stand to another and then is surprised to find that no guy sticks around. Really?!? She is basically living a lie and makes it seem like she is the victim of everyone else’s expectations, while she is the one that makes herself miserable. I didn’t find anything redeeming about her. She was self-centered and took her friends for granted. The fact that she didn’t question the weird, elusive and secretive behavior of a man she just met and instead fell in love with him, which resulted in her thinking with her lady parts instead of her brain, made her seem like a blonde barbie – with the intelligence to match. I really tried to like and tried to find excuses for her behavior but there were none. And when she tried to use Riley and hurt his feelings, that made my blood boil something fierce. To me, she lacked depth and was as shallow as they come.
Thankfully, her character’s faults were minimized by Greyson, who was so much more likeable despite being of questionable character. Growing up with a violent and well, psychotic father in the Underground Fighting Circuit, he has made a name for himself being a ruthless and heartless criminal. But it wasn’t a role he took on willingly. Forced by his father’s actions and the loss of the only person he loved, he did what he had to do to survive and get back what he lost. So although he is calculating, possessive, analytical and cold at times, he has feelings and emotions buried deep inside of him that are brought to the surface by Melanie. No matter how much he fights his feelings for her, he isn’t successful at keeping them buried. Though he doesn’t always make the right decisions, he has Melanie’s best interests at heart and will do anything to protect her from the evil that surrounds him. He is intense and protective. He is all alpha with bottled up emotions that can erupt at any time like a volcano. And he is a saint for loving Melanie the way he does.
The story itself was good and intriguing. It was captivating and especially towards the end there were quite a few surprises in store. For my taste it focused a bit too much on the sex though at the expense of the relationship development between Melanie and Greyson. Especially with the secrets that Greyson was keeping from her, I would have like to see more of their interactions and heart-to-heart talks instead of them getting down-and-dirty. It is hard to see where their emotional connection comes from, which makes their relationship seem very superficial.
Overall, it is a good and intriguing story with an awesome writing style, that unfortunately, did not win my heart the way Remy and Brooke did.
3.5 king-of-the-Underground stars.