A Bit of Rough by Jackie Barbosa

(The House of Uncommons, Book 1)

Published: July 1st 2021

Publisher: Circe Press

Length: 157 pages

My Rating: ⭐⭐ ⭐


Lucas Delgado Guerrero’s skin is too brown for him to feel truly at home in England, but returning to Mexico, which he scarcely remembers, is hardly a choice. So he remains in London, publishing an illegal newspaper devoted to reformist and revolutionary causes. One of his most popular writers is the intriguing and mysterious Polly Dicax, who delivers sharp, witty screeds by messenger every week.

At twenty-five, Lady Honora Pearce is too busy writing seditious treatises to pay much attention to men. Especially when marrying would mean giving up the very rights she argues for in her fierce diatribes. She is, however, intrigued by the editorials written by one of her publishers. Here, at least, is a man with worthy ideas and ideals. Not that she ever expects to meet him, since both their identities must remain secret. But everything changes when circumstances force her to deliver her weekly column herself and, on the heels of her arrival at the printer’s shop, the police raid the premises.

To protect the shopkeeper and themselves, Honora and Lucas must hide together in a small chamber. They shouldn’t have to kiss, but somehow, they do. And when Honora finds she can’t stay away, Lucas discovers he can’t refuse her, even if he can never be more than her bit of rough.

My Review:

I think I’m becoming disillusioned with historical romances. I’m not getting the same enjoyment as I used to from this genre. My rating is a reflection of my enjoyment of the book and is not a reflection on the author’s talent.

Our heroine is the epitome of an independent woman who is supported by her parents. She is forward thinking and anti marriage. She is very much a black or white thinker. There is no grey area for her.

There is alot of heat in this book as you would expect from the title. It is full of raunchiness.

This is a book that will appeal to alot of readers. It is has a headstrong heroine and hero set on social justice and reform.

I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. *Blurb and cover image via Goodreads.


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