Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt

Posted May 22, 2015 by Karen in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth HoytDearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt
Also by this author: Sweetest Scoundrel, Duke of Sin, Once Upon a Moonlit Night, Duke of Pleasure
Series: Maiden Lane #8
Also in this series: Sweetest Scoundrel, Duke of Sin, Once Upon a Moonlit Night, Duke of Pleasure
Published by Grand Central Publishing on May 26th 2015
Genres: Fiction, Gothic, Historical, Regency, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
ISBN: 1455586358

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Lady Phoebe Batten is pretty, vivacious, and yearning for a social life befitting the sister of a powerful duke. But because she is almost completely blind, her overprotective brother insists that she have an armed bodyguard by her side at all times-the very irritating Captain Trevillion.


Captain James Trevillion is proud, brooding, and cursed with a leg injury from his service in the King's dragoons. Yet he can still shoot and ride like the devil, so watching over the distracting Lady Phoebe should be no problem at all-until she's targeted by kidnappers.


Caught in a deadly web of deceit, James must risk life and limb to save his charge from the lowest of cads-one who would force Lady Phoebe into a loveless marriage. But while they're confined to close quarters for her safekeeping, Phoebe begins to see the tender man beneath the soldier's hard exterior . . . and the possibility of a life-and love-she never imagined possible.

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First off I don’t know why this book is called Dearest Rogue, as Captain James Trevillion is the most honorable characters that Ms. Hoyt has written, and she has written a slew of honorable men.  First off I can’t say I have always liked Captain James Trevillion because he was pursuing the Ghost of St. Giles.  We Maiden Lane readers know that the Ghost of St. Giles, in his many incarnations was the good guy, actually protecting the residence of St. Giles from evil, alas Captain James Trevillion did not know that.  Then there was that fateful scene in The Duke of Midnight, when Cowslip, Trevillion’s horse is fatally injured.  URGH!!!! My feelings for Captain James Trevillion changed then and in the following up book Darling Beast.   In this book I fell under the spell of the strong wounded warrior, that is Captain James Trevillion.  The story takes us out of London and into the English countryside.  How do we get from streets of St. Giles and Mayfair to the english countryside, well danger of course pursues the Captains charge Lady Phoebe Batten.

I have adored Phoebe Batten since she first stumbled onto Maiden Lane.  The youngest sister of The Duke of Wakefield, and her one wish was to make her debut into society.  That unfortunately would never come to pass as she lost her sight, and Maximus Batten her brother and The Duke, refuses for her to be injured by society and their evil gossip.  Please insert phonograph needle sound effect into your head, or perhaps a screeching car stopping.  The me first point out that I am head over heels in love with Maximus in The Duke of Midnight, but the Maximus in Dearest Rogue is one that I would love to hit over the head with something hard, possibly a baterrang (Those of you who have read The Duke of Midnight will get the joke.)  He is overprotective, overbearing,   a thoroughly dominate jack ass, in this book.  The man that only his wife Artemis sees does not make an appearance, in this story.  He will do everything in his power to protect Phoebe, even to the point that she is withering under his protectiveness.  Her protector comes in the form of Captain Trevillion, and from the first the sparks between Phoebe and James, sizzle and explode.

The end result of the paring of James and Phoebe is a witty, charming, and enchanting tale of love, acceptance and strength.  As Phoebe maybe blind, but she has never been weak, and it is those around her that our blind to this powerful woman.  She is a force to be reckoned with and James is her perfect match.  Hoyt is one of the best historical romance writers today.

Intrigued by Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt read the first two chapters on her website 


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