Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt

Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (240 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum


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.


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.


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.

If ever there was a challenging point of view to write, none could be as daunting as writing from the perspective of a blind heroine. I commend Ms. Hoyt for penning such a convincing novel. Not only did I respect Phoebe, but I believed in her senses, her independence and her capabilities. That’s all due to the wonderful descriptive way in which Ms. Hoyt shows what and how Phoebe ‘sees’ in the world around her. It’s wonderfully done.

Blindness notwithstanding, the most dangerous thing to happen to the heroine was someone’s tenacity in trying to kidnap her. Even though it wasn’t’ meant to be funny, after a while I was amused because it seems that every time Trevillion or Wakefield were distracted, or thought the coast was clear, they were proven wrong and one or the other had to scramble and rescue her. Talk about action, suspense and enough intrigue to keep the pages flipping!

I liked how the relationship grew and warmed between Phoebe and James a/k/a Trevillion. I enjoyed watching James take matters in his own hands and the result is exactly what one would expect, no matter how he tried to delude himself. He was a goner. Eventually, they both were openly besotted with the other – true romance.

My favorite surprise was the smoothing over of troubled waters and the removal of a longstanding threat. It was bittersweet but it left me with a feeling of hope. It certainly played well into the plot because it showcased a depth of emotion and honor in the hero.

I enjoyed the dialogue, the mystery that surrounded Miss Dinwoody and her role, and meeting James’s niece. I liked the romance, the dynamics between Phoebe and her brother, Maximus, and the other secondary characters that populated the novel. There’s so much to like, except for the person who has a unique scent. That one is a whacko genius who reminded me of another villain in a series that liked to ‘collect’ certain somethings. It certainly made for effective conflict motivation.

All in all, Dearest Rogue has everything I look for in an engaging historical romance. This novel is so well done, it’s a must read. I’ve followed the series but this is a solid standalone read and I highly recommend it to new and established fans.

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