The wonderful books in this historical romance series are peopled with fascinating characters and this story is no exception. I have a soft spot for tales that have wounded characters and watching both of these strong-willed people deal with their respective handicaps and refuse to let them define them was both inspiring and heartwarming. One of my favorite aspects of any series is the ability to get glimpses of characters from other stories, although I was a bit surprised at the revelations about some of them in this story. The author does a great job of evoking the stifling feeling that Phoebe is combatting even as the concern of those around her is justified by the danger that escalates. This story has great atmosphere and I love watching Phoebe lay siege to the stubborn walls that James constantly erects, and the heat that they manage to generate definitely warrants a fan. There are intriguing secondary characters who deserve their own time in the spotlight and it was great to get insight into James’ family and meet his delightfully precocious niece and her canine companion. This exciting story only whets one’s appetite for more of this delightful series, and although it can be read as a stand alone, it’s much more fun to get to know the other charismatic folks who populate the tales, so why deprive yourself? I look forward to the next installment, especially after reading the excerpt included in this novel!
“Dearest Rogue” by Elizabeth Hoyt is part of the ‘Maiden Lane’ series and centers around Lady Phoebe Batten, who has tragically lost her sight, and her complex relationship with the man assigned to guard her, Captain James Trevillion, who has his own handicap to deal with. Phoebe is unhappy with the strictures placed on her by her protective brother, Maximus (Duke of Wakefield) but circumstances unfold that seem to justify his concern. James is determined to protect her, whether she wants him to or not, but has doubts about his capacity to do so. The lengths that he has to go to may require him to reveal far more than he wants to, especially to the woman who sees him with her heart far more clearly than she ever could with her eyes.
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.