Title: Dearest Rogue (Maiden Lane Series)
Genre: Historical Romance/Georgian
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Publisher: Vision, May 26, 2015
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from the author:
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. He can still shoot and ride like the devil, however, 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, Captain Trevillion 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 when Trevillion rescues her, bringing her to his seaside home in Cornwall, Phoebe begins to see the tender man beneath the hard soldier’s exterior—and a searing passion that puts both their hearts at risk.
In this, the latest installment in Hoyt’s Maiden Lane Series, we are not treated to as much of the underbelly of that nefarious ST. Giles area of London as in previous books in the series, but there is still much adventure and action. Lady Phoebe Batten is twenty-one, raised in a sheltered environment and has slowly been going totally blind since she was fifteen years old. She has been cosseted and protected by her brother the Duke and as such she can be naïve and willful. Captain James Trevillion has been hired by the Duke to guard Phoebe when she is out of the Ducal residence. This constant guard is often annoying and feels restrictive to Phoebe. Even after a kidnapping attempt she is still struggling to be free and independent.
Ms. Hoyt captures the readers attention immediately with her ability to create heart stopping action. Then the reader is forced to rapidly turn pages to find out who the villain might be and will so much interaction between James and Phoebe lead to romance. Red herrings abound and not everything is what it at first appears.
I have enjoyed all of the Maiden Lane Series novels and this one is no exception. There are wonderfully developed characters both protagonists and side characters. We are given glimpses of characters from past books and introduced to new characters who will get a book in the future. Captain Trevillion we have met in the past and reading his story has been very rewarding. This is a standalone novel but I do recommend the entire series.