Tuesday 14 February 2023

Book Review: A Rulebook for Restless Rogues by Jess Everlee (MM Historical Romance)

Title: A Rulebook for Restless Rogues (Lucky Lovers of London #2)
Author: Jess Everlee
Publisher: Carina Adores
Publication Date: 11 July 2023
Pages: 212
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: MM Historical Romance
Source: ARC via NetGalley

London, 1885

David Forester and Noah Clarke have been best friends since boarding school. All grown up now, clever, eccentric Noah is Savile Row’s most promising young tailor, while former socialite David runs an underground queer club, The Curious Fox.

Nothing makes David happier than to keep the incense lit, the pianist playing and all his people comfortable, happy and safe until they stumble out into the dawn. But when the unscrupulous baron who owns the Fox moves to close it, David’s world comes crashing down.

Noah’s never feared a little high-stakes gambling, but as he risks his own career in hopes of helping David, he realizes two things:

One: David has not been honest about how he ended up at The Curious Fox in the first place

Two: Noah’s feelings for David have become far more than friendly

What future lies beyond those first furtive kisses? Noah and David can hardly wait to find out…if they can untangle David from his web of deception without losing everything Noah has worked for.


A Rulebook for Restless Rogues was a pleasing follow-up work to The Gentleman's Book of Vices. I didn't connect with the characters this time quite as much as I did in the first work, but it was still an enjoyable story that held my attention throughout. The only real issue I had was with the pacing, because after a long build-up the ending felt a little rushed and all worries were solved by the appearance of a deus ex machina (that shall remain nameless to avoid spoilers) that solved everything within a few paragraphs. That was a little anti-climatic for me. But the romance side of things had a believable and interesting progression and it was fun to see favourite characters from the first book make brief appearances in this one too. I would read on in the series if the author pens more works set in this world. This book gets 3.5 stars from me, which I will round up to four.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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