The heroine of Sophie Jordan’s All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue very nearly accomplishes this task when the book is scarcely underway. That is if implying that his, ahem, masculinity is somewhat lacking counts as ruin.
Aurelia has an unusual talent for drawing unflattering caricatures that she unleashes on Max. She’s in the throes of puppy love until she stumbles upon him in throes of another sort with a housemaid. The two have wasted no opportunity to snipe at each other for years since that incident.
Faced with the prospect of moving to a remote corner of Scotland, Aurelia decides it is time to acquire a husband. Her choices don’t sit well with Max. He says he’s only looking out for her since she is his best friend’s sister. Of course, the bickering has alerted us that he wants Aurelia for himself.
I’m not a fan of this book, I must confess. My tastes tend more toward witty repartee than in cutting remarks. I also felt there wasn’t much plot here.
This is the second book in the Debutante Files.