So... here's the thing. I really loved all of the books I've read by Bennett so my hopes were so high for this one - and I'm just not sure it was able to meet them.

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett. Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster Canada and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

This story follows Theodora, her father, Richard Fox and her love-interest turned heart-breaker, Huck. When Richard is tasked with finding the real bone ring once worn by Vlad the Impaler - aka Dracula - he sets up Theo in a hotel room in Istanbul with a tutor and takes off. Shortly after, she is ditched by her tutor who takes all the money and runs off with a musician, leaving Theo alone in Istanbul. The arrival of Huck signals that all is not well - Theo hasn't seen him in a year after he took off - and now he brings news that he has been working with Richard, who has now disappeared. As the two set off on an adventure to find Theo's father, truth's - both between them and centuries-old - arise.

Now, you might be reading this synopsis and thinking to yourself, "Wow, that sounds pretty similar to the sort of thing that Kerri Maniscalco does with the Stalking Jack the Ripper series - of which there is literally a book called Hunting Prince Dracula." If you're thinking this, then, well, you'd be right. Of course, there are differences between the two, Maniscalco's is more about murder-mysteries, Bennett deals with mysteries more generally, etc. But there are similarities - in fact, it was in large part the fact that the synopsis reminded me of one of my favourite series so much that I requested this one for review. All I'm saying is that comparisons are inevitable - and I'm not sure I'd pick Bennett's over Maniscalco's.

While I really liked the setting and general atmosphere of the book, as well as the characters, I just found that not a lot was really happening. Which might seem strange given that, actually, quite a lot happens in this book. It just felt as though the mystery/mission sometimes took a backseat to the romance. I liked the characters and their dynamic, but I wanted more from the plot than what I got.

I won't spoil the ending but I will say that when we finally did get there, I wasn't sure how it was going to play out. There wasn't really much else left to reveal and, at one point, I had 40 pages left to go and I thought to myself, I'm not sure what the big finish is going to be. It just felt like the threads of the story slipped away a bit towards the end.

Overall, this was still a good book, but if you are looking for something along these lines in terms of Dracula, historical fiction, and romance, there are better options.