Blurb:HE CAN GUARD HER
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.FROM EVERY DANGER
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.BUT PASSION ITSELF
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.
Themes: HistoricalRating: 4.25 stars
The long awaited story of Ms. Phoebe has finally arrived, with a vengeance to be sure. I have been dying to read this one for a long time now, wanting to see Lady Phoebe come out of her shell and find her way into the arms of a truly sexy and bad ass (for that era at least) guy of her very own. Living the life of a sheltered lady is usually enough reason for me to want these ladies to have an adventure, but Phoebe’s disability had me rooting for her even more to find a way to spread her wings. Fans of this series have also followed the harrowing story of Captain James Trevillion from villain to hero and every step in between as his life and way of thinking changes. Hoyt has a way of making even the most mundane of adventures seem earthshattering and truly keeps life interesting for her characters. I am curious where the story will be going next, but have my suspicions and am looking forward to it for sure.
Phoebe and James have slowly become more and more dependent on one another as he protects her and keeps her safe from the world she cannot see around her, even as she has fought her gilded cage. James has slowly begun to fall for Phoebe’s sweetness and sass, even as he warns himself from losing his objectivity. Phoebe takes for granted he will always be there to protect her and spar with her, until the moment when he no longer is. But when a plot against Phoebe’s brother puts her directly into the path of danger James will do whatever it takes to keep her safe, including giving up his own sanity or life. Being forced into close quarters means that they have to each come to terms with their feelings and deal with the intense attraction between them, or risk losing it all when the danger passes.
Dearest Rogue is the kind of story that will keep you interested for every moment, especially as you see Phoebe growing into a woman and taking her stand. Though the story moves very quickly, James and Phoebe’s relationship has been slowly blooming for a long time now and there is no denying the depth or sincerity of their love. Phoebe may have always lived in the shadow of her family’s protection, but falling in love with a man like James is no easy road and she is willing to walk every step beside him. James has led a life far more complicated than readers ever imagined and we get to see a lot of the reasons for his determination and anger in previous novels. The best part of this story is that James finally accepts that, while he may not be the best match for Lady Phoebe on paper, he is the best and only man to make her happy, and he will beat any obstacle thrown between them to prove it and win her heart. I enjoyed seeing couples from previous novels as well and seeing how well they have been living their lives. I enjoy this series very much and continue to be amazed at the varied and ingenious ways that Hoyt brings her readers into the darker side of Georgian London and the highs and lows of the day-to-day living of that era. One of my favorite historical authors, Hoyt manages to always put me right into the world her characters exist in and uses the setting not just as a place the story happens, but an integral part of the story itself. Masterful as always Elizabeth, Carry On!
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