Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt (Maiden Lane #8)

Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth HoytAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Historical Romance

Publisher: Grand Central

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Michelle

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.

Dearest Rogue is part of Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series, and while I hadn’t read any of the previous books, this one was fine as a stand-alone. It’s been a while since I’ve read a historical, and after the gritty, raw type of books I’ve read lately, this was a refreshing change. I loved the way the author brought such flawed characters to life, and I am always a sucker for when a couple beats the odds.

Phoebe and James definitely had the odds stacked against them. Lady Phoebe Batten is young, beautiful, spirited… and blind. As the sister of the powerful Duke of Wakefield, she lives a sheltered life and she’s dying to take control of her own life. While she mourns the loss of her sight and acknowledges her limitations, she feels this great desire to just… break free! Free from the rules and constraints and the protection her brother has forced on her, albeit out of love.

One of those “constraints” is Captain James Trevillion, a former dragoon who was injured in the line of duty. Forced to retire from service, he accepts a position as a guard for Lady Phoebe. As much as she resents the need to have him around, Phoebe eventually begins to rely on his presence. Thanks to her brother, she is unable to go anywhere without her constant shadow, and soon she realizes that she has started to think less of James as a burden and more as a friend… and maybe something else?

Practically from the minute he met her, Trevillion was caught, hook, line and sinker. Looking past her handicap, James sees the beauty that is Phoebe – both inside and out. She is vivacious, witty and strong, and so exquisite she takes his breath away. She’s also much too young, too innocent, and too aristocratic for a commoner like him. It’s torture to be by her side day in and day out, knowing she is just beyond his reach.

That all changes when Phoebe becomes the target of kidnappers. Repeated attempts to capture her force James to remove her from London in order to keep her safe. Knowing no one would look for her there, he takes her to his childhood home in Cornwall – a place he’s avoided for over a decade. It is there, in Cornwall, where James confronts his past – with both his father and his enemy – and where he finds his future – with Phoebe.

I love the way Phoebe and James fell in love. Phoebe brought light to his dim world, and James was a constant support for her, without being too restrictive. While most of this book was a sweet, romantic story, the love scenes were incredibly (surprisingly) hot! Blunt, descriptive and drawn out, they made me almost a little envious of the passion between these two. James fought his attraction for so long, for the right reasons, and it was amazing when he finally gave in to his desire.

Elizabeth Hoyt has a way of drawing the reader in with her expressive writing and snappy dialogue, and even though this book was a little slow at times, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I give Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt 4 stars!

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