Title: When The Rogue Returns (Book #2, The Duke’s Men Series)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Publisher: Simaon and Schuster, January 2014
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
They are the Duke’s Men: an investigative agency born from family pride and irresistible passion, risking their lives—and sometimes their hearts—as they unravel shocking deceptions and scandalous transgressions!
Victor Cale never imagined that his sweet, shy bride, Isabella, would use her talent for creating exquisite imitation jewels in a criminal way. But there’s no denying that Isa’s handiwork was used in the brazen heist of the Dutch royal family’s diamonds—after she disappeared into the night.
Ten years later, still reeling from her betrayal and enraged that her duplicitous side was so undetectable, Victor is sent to Edinburgh to investigate a wealthy baron’s mysterious bride-to- be. Simple enough—until the “fiancée” proves to be Isa, masquerading as an alluring young widow.
No longer the meek and mild girl he once knew, the bold woman vehemently asserts that it was Victor who abandoned her after he helped steal the royal diamonds! Piecing together the truth of the past reawakens their volatile passion, which burns hotter than ever. But with a decade of secrets between them, Victor and Isa must trust each other in order to bring the real thieves to justice—without getting burned themselves.
No simpering misses here, no ballrooms and, more or less, a the-ton-be-d*&%ed attitude. Yes! Not your usual historical romance. I will not repeat the fine description given. This is a book rife with misunderstandings and the resolution of a decade of deception. There is lots of action and our hero and heroine are somewhat reluctant to trust each other, with good reason. But, their happily ever after cannot come about until some old wounds are not only healed but expunged. Ms Jeffries gives us a unique look at the Regency era and a welcome addition to her “The Duke’s Men Series”. Well developed characters, in a standalone book with plenty of reference to the protagonists past. I recommend this book to all Sabrina Jeffries fans and those who like an infusion of originality in their Historical Romances.