Dearest Rogue (Maiden Lane Series #8)

Dearest Rogue (Maiden Lane Series #8)

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by Elizabeth Hoyt
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/20/2015
Hoyt’s eighth Maiden Lane series installment (after Darling Beast) imbues 18th-century England with vivid realism, as a protector falls in love with the woman he is guarding. Capt. James Trevillion, previously a member of the 4th Dragoons, has been hired by the Duke of Wakefield to guard his blind sister, Lady Phoebe Batten, from the threat of kidnapping. Though James doubts that his injured leg will hold up in a fight, he is reluctant to give up his post. Phoebe is initially annoyed by his intrusion into her life, but she comes to rely on his solid protection. Suspense ratchets up a notch when Phoebe and James must flee London to a location where he believes that he can keep her safe; in close proximity, the friends soon become lovers. Hoyt has created an especially strong admirable character in Phoebe, a woman who is determined to experience life to the fullest. Her innocent sensuality is both captivating and enchanting, creating scintillating romance between her and the stoic captain. (June)
From the Publisher
"Hoyt's exquisitely nuanced characters, vividly detailed setting, and seemingly effortless and elegant writing provide the splendid material from which she fashions yet another ravishingly romantic love story."—Booklist (starred review) on Darling Beast"

4 1/2 Stars! Top Pick! Darling Beast is wondrous, magical and joyous — a read to remember."—RT Book Reviews"

Richly drawn characters fill the pages of this emotionally charged mix of mystery and romance."—Publishers Weekly on Duke of Midnight"

4 1/2 Stars! Top Pick! There is enchantment in the Maiden Lane series, not just the fairy tales Hoyt infuses into the memorable romances, but the wonder of love combined with passion, unique plotlines and unforgettable characters."—RT Book Reviews on Duke of Midnight"

4 1/2 Stars! Top Pick! Lord of Darkness...illuminates Hoyt's boundless imagination... readers will adore this story."—RT Book Reviews"

Hoyt's writing is imbued with great depth of emotion."—Publishers Weekly on Lord of Darkness"

I adore the Maiden Lane series, and this fifth book is a very welcome addition to the series . . . [It's] sexy and sweet all at the same time . . . This can be read as a standalone, but I adore each book in this series and encourage you to start from the beginning."—USA Today's Happy Ever After Blog on Lord of Darkness"

Lord of Darkness is classic Elizabeth Hoyt, meaning it's unique, engaging, and leaves readers on the edge of their seats, waiting for the next book . . . an incredible addition to the fantastic Maiden Lane series. I Joyfully Recommend Godric and Megs's tale, for it's an amazing, well-crafted story with an intriguing plot and a lovely, touching romance that I want to enjoy again and again and again . . . simply enchanting!"—JoyfullyReviewed.com on Lord of Darkness"

Beautifully written . . . a truly fine piece of storytelling and a novel that deserves to be read and enjoyed."—TheBookBinge.com on Lord of Darkness"

4 1/2 Stars! Top Pick! Innovative, emotional, sensual... Hoyt's beautiful blending of the essential elements of a fairy tale into a stunning love story enhances this delicious 'keeper.'"—RT Book Reviews on Thief of Shadows"

An expert blend of scintillating romance and mystery... The romance between the beautiful and quick-witted Isabel and the masked champion of the downtrodden propels this novel to the top of its genre."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Thief of Shadows

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455586356
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
05/26/2015
Series:
Maiden Lane Series , #8
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
169,681
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing "mesmerizing." She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

The winters in Minnesota have been known to be long and cold and Elizabeth is always thrilled to receive reader mail. You can write to her at: P.O. Box 19495, Minneapolis, MN 55419 or email her at: Elizabeth@ElizabethHoyt.com.

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Dearest Rogue 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
mtchoffmann More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series is one of the best in this genre. I loved every single one of the books and even re-read most of them (more than twice). This novel focuses on Lady Phoebe a young woman who is going blind. I really liked how Hoyt wrote about her condition, the attention to detail from smells to touch that Phoebe experienced. Although the story was pretty good, it was boring at times. I felt this story would have been better as a novella rather than a novel. It wasn't as exciting as the other novels in terms of action and at times it just wasn't exciting at all. I recommend this series to everyone, this novel included, and I cant wait for the rest of the books to come out! 
Anonymous 10 months ago
London - 1741 Captain James Trevillion has had a very busy and dangerous career. However, a leg injury, requiring the use of a cane for walking, has reduced him to become a bodyguard for a young lady. Lady Phoebe Batten, age 21, is the sister of Maximus Batten, the Duke of Wakefield. She is a pretty lady and kind to everyone except her bodyguard, Trevillion. In addition, she is blind and requires a lot of assistance. The Duke is a very rich and powerful man in England. He is very protective of Phoebe especially since there have been threats of kidnapping her and holding her ransom to try and coerce the Duke into changing his votes in Parliament. When Trevillion thwarts an attempted kidnapping of Phoebe, she doesn’t want him to tell her brother for fear that he will further limit her freedoms to get out and about. But Maximum finds out about the attempt and he requests that Trevillion find out who is responsible for it. In the meantime, Phoebe is to stay inside. Fighting her brother’s dictates, she insists on attending a tea where she meets Miss Eve Dinwoody. Also attending the tea is Mr. MacLeish, an architect hired to rebuild Harte’s Folly, which recently burned down. When MacLeish invited Phoebe to visit the site, along with Trevillion, she agrees only to be attacked once again. While Trevillion and the other man were able to save her, Trevillion quits his job for fear that he is not strong enough to protect her. But Trevillion is determined to find out who is behind these attacks on Phoebe and enlist all the help he can to solve the mystery. Danger continues to lurk for Phoebe and Trevillion takes matters into his own hands to protect her. Can he find out who is at the bottom of these attacks and why? Could it have something to do with MacLeish and Miss Dinwoody? To add to the mix, Phoebe and Trevillion are realizing their attraction to each other. Where could that lead? This was a good story but I did grow a bit weary with the number of kidnapping attempts. But, that’s what makes a story. Copy won as part of a giveaway by the author and Goodreads
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
I looked forward to Phoebe and Jame's story; Captain Tremaine from the get-go was an interesting character, and when I found out that he was going to be Phoebe's guard after his injury, I looked forward to seeing the strict, no-nonsense Captain finds something to cause him to lose that control. Phoebe had spunk from the moment you met her early on in the series, and when we found out that she was going blind, this sweet, always smiling and happy girl still seemed to stay strong and find things to smile about. I like that she stood up to her brother and Tremaine about her need to live, to not be imprisoned because of her blindness and I loved watching Phoebe break down Captain Tremaine's walls to the heart beneath. He was very passionate and emotionally invested in Phoebe. I enjoyed finding out more about his back story and I love how she stood up to her brother at the end to get what she wanted in life, which was James as a husband. Very cute couple.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love her novels. MY FAVE is with Harry Pyle and Charlie.
AustenStudent More than 1 year ago
Dearest Rogue, the eighth book in the wonderfully entertaining Georgian era Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt is perhaps its sweetest, a tender love story between Lady Phoebe, the blind sister of a powerful and influential duke, and Captain James Trevillion, a former dragoon soldier with a damaged leg hired to protect her. Captain Trevillion is the bodyguard employed by the Duke of Wakefield to escort and guard his younger sister, Phoebe, who has been gradually losing her sight for several years and now, at the age of twenty-one, is officially blind. Trevillion is very astute and smart and desperately wants to protect Phoebe, even if it means going against her brother’s wishes. But he finds his emotions are now getting in the way. He has slowly fallen for Phoebe–the teasing, serious way he calls her “my lady,” is endearing–over the past six months, being with her, talking with her, watching her. But Phoebe only wants to be treated as a normal woman and to not be a burden to her family. She has been going stir crazy with all the overbearing protectiveness of footmen trailing her every move, of needing constant assistance wherever she goes, longs to go out freely in the world and travel, and wants marriage and a family, all things she fears she will never have. Phoebe is an admirable heroine, brave and strong. She has a zest for life and wants to experience it to the fullest. Trevillion admires this greatly about her and it is part of the spell she casts over him. Phoebe is also plump, and I like that Hoyt paints her so authentically instead of having a perfect body. She was everything he was not: young, innocent, filled with the joy of life. She had the blue blood of centuries of aristocrats running in her veins. He was a cynical ex-soldier and his blood ran common red. She should be with someone younger. Someone unscarred, unscathed, and able still to look at the world with uncynical eyes. It’s very sweet how Phoebe relates to Trevillion’s own challenge with his weak leg and she sees the man, not his background or physical limitations, just as he sees her real self. The secondary kidnapping plot is a little thin and borders on the farcical at times but, for me, the focus of this long-awaited story is solidly on the romance, which is beautifully depicted. Because Phoebe is a single woman it would normally be improper for them to be alone together, but they often are, in carriages, walking around town, in chambers. But she needs a male escort and a strong presence to thwart the many dangers that threaten her in London. And because Phoebe is blind, people assume she is also simple, that she’s not a complete and whole woman with natural sexual desires and feelings. Blindness had neutered her in the eyes of the world. The Cornwall coast, Trevillion’s home town, comes to life here with vivid descriptions of the sea smells, the beach, and village life; I love reading about their happy interlude here. It’s an idyllic refuge from the dark and dirty streets of London and it’s where Phoebe and Trevillion’s love story culminates. They become friends as she learns more about his life and her isolation pains him. They love each other before they even realize it. Hoyt writes character driven stories against a backdrop of glamour and grunge in London’s Georgian era. She creates likeable heroes and heroines you care about in a fast-paced and sensual love story. To read the rest of this review: http://bit.ly/1MB5dDJ
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
Lady Phoebe Batten has been living under a rock and not by choice. Her brother, the Duke of Wakefield, has kept her close to home because she's his little sister and because she is blind. He wants to protect her and keeping her close (and under guard) is the only way he can think to accomplish that task. Phoebe sees things a bit differently. She resents her guards, she resents not being able to do things on her own and she doesn't understand why her brother is so very protective of her. But thank goodness her brother IS that protective because Phoebe's guard, Trevillion, saves her life and then Phoebe finds herself not resenting the protection quite as much ... as long as it is only Trevillion is the only one guarding her. I've long been a lover of these bodice rippers. I can't seem to get enough of them. I've read one other book by Elizabeth Hoyt and so I knew what to expect ... well written characters, a thought out and full plot and a story that I would be drawn to. That's exactly what I got and I wasn't disappointed in the least with this one. The characters were sweet ... you can't help but love Phoebe and the strange thing is ... I felt absolutely no sadness at her blindness. You know how you may not feel bad for someone but you are empathetic to their situation? I didn't even have that ... Phoebe is a strong character and it would be a disservice to feel sorry for or empathetic towards her in any capacity. The character herself will just not put up with that. She was written as a strong leading lady and that is exactly how she came across. I really enjoyed getting to know her within these pages. I also loved Trevillion ... he may not be my absolute favorite hero but I liked him. I thought that he balanced Phoebe out and it made for a sweet story without any hitches. The storyline was interesting and pretty quickly paced. Historical Romance novels are usually just a tad ... descriptive and sometimes very long winded. I caught a whiff of that in the middle of this one ... the descriptions became just a little too long, so since I'm incredibly impatient, I skipped ahead a bit. But it was just a paragraph or two and funnily enough, I found myself going back and reading those paragraphs anyway. All in all, a pretty awesome book in a good series. I like how Hoyt brings past heroes and heroines back into each subsequent novel just to let us know that she hasn't forgotten about them. I really appreciate it when an author does that in a series. Anyway, I'll definitely check out other books by Hoyt in the future because she never disappoints. * I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
Melissa_W More than 1 year ago
I'm not going to lie. I've wanted a novel for Phoebe and Trevillion ever since it was pointed out that they fight like wet cats - which is about halfway through the previous novel in the series, Darling Beast. So, lucky for me, I didn't have to wait long for Dearest Rogue. In Dearest Rogue, Captain James Trevillion - wounded in Duke of Midnight and unable to remain with the dragoons - has been hired by Maximus Batten, Duke of Wakefield (yep, that Duke), as bodyguard to the Duke's visually impaired sister, Phoebe (who has grown and grown on me since her introduction in the second book, Notorious Pleasures). Even if James had the full use of both legs, this would not be an easy job. He has to shoot a would-be kidnapper in the face. On Bond Street. With Phoebe mounted in front of him on their escape horse. When a kidnapping attempt becomes temporarily successful, James whisks Phoebe away to a secret location for her safety. And to drive himself insane with unrequited love, because a duke's daughter could never, ever love a common soldier with a cloudy past. Or so he thinks. For her part, Phoebe has been chafing against the restrictions imposed by her brother so much she has yet to see Trevillion as a man, not her jailer. As James and Phoebe negotiate how to create new experiences without undue risks, Phoebe realizes how much she doesn't know about James. She had assumed he was old and ugly because she didn't want a bodyguard (he's neither). She had assumed he was uneducated (while not a scholar, he is a middle-class gentleman). She had assumed he was abrupt with her because he didn't like her (she couldn't possibly be more wrong). Just as people make assumptions about her because of her blindness, Phoebe has made assumptions about James. Dearest Rogue is so stinking adorable I want to weep with joy. The trip out of London taken by James and Phoebe is an absolute delight and the development of their love story is spellbinding. Do you know the best part? There's no dancing around the marriage plot, no back-and-forth, no will-we-won't-we-external-forces-are-a-problem-someone-can't-say-those-three-little-words problems. Once James and Phoebe acknowledge they love each other they just decide everyone else can go to hell. I love it. When I was reading Dearest Rogue I was also catching up on episodes of the podcast Invisibilia, specifically the show "How to Become Batman" which dealt with blindness. The intersection of book character and podcast interviewee was so timely my head almost exploded. The Invisibilia producers interviewed a blind man who had developed very precise echolocation - he teaches this technique to other visually impaired people so he touches on the topic of raising a blind child and how attempting to protect such a child from any and all risk, with blindness as excuse, actually prevents that child from being able to properly assess and situation and develop independence. This, precisely, is the point Elizabeth Hoyt allows Phoebe to make in Dearest Rogue: that by artificially limiting her experience, even with the best of intentions, Phoebe's world becomes stagnant and she becomes too dependent on others. It is through the development of this part of Phoebe's and James's relationship that makes Dearest Rogue so wonderful and gives it such depth. In that way, it is similar to my favorite Maiden Lane novel, Lord of Darkness.
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
I loved this book about two imperfect people learning to understand and love each other. I especially liked the extra description from Phoebe's point of view that let us know how she experienced the world since going blind. All the extra attention to the scents, textures, and sounds really brought the setting and characters to life. I'm a big fan of stories where people from two different classes fall in love. The gruff, older former military man, Trevillion, and the young, sweet Lady Phoebe at first butt heads and do a lot of verbal sparring. As Phoebe learns to trust Trevillion and he starts to understand how difficult it is for her to lose her freedom under the guise of being protected, they become quite comfortable with each other. And when he takes her to his boyhood home, it seems a natural fit all around. The mystery behind the kidnapping was at times comical and at times baffling. It kept me guessing until the end--if not who was behind it, then why. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in the series where we find out more about Eve and Asa.
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gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review:  Stars:  Overall  2.5 (Rounded)  Narration 2  Story  2.5 (Rounded)  The second I have reviewed from this series, I love historic romance and wanted to see if my impressions from Darling Beast were a  one-off.  This was Phoebe&rsquo;s story: at 21 she has been progressively losing her sight, and now is nearly blind.  As the sister of a Duke, it has severely hampered her prospects, but her brother, Maximus is a touch over the top in his protective nature.  There was a better feeling for Phoebe in this story: feeling smothered, constrained and even a little bit imprisoned, she was willing to try to do more for herself, but there was always the quick descent into damsel in need of rescue to make her a character that I could fully invest in: her passivity  only slightly broken by flashes of frustration and claims to want to do more made her eye roll worthy very quickly.   When Maximus hires Captain Trevellion to be her protector, his personality and approach are perfectly suited, if a bit unimaginative for  the role.  James is protective by nature and his leg injury seems to give him the potential for sensitivity regarding Phoebe&rsquo;s disability.   Yet, James is expected to function solidly even as Phoebe will flutter aimlessly bound in cotton wool.  Their relationship was one of  forced proximity, and every moment of their interactions had me searching for, and not finding that connection that felt emotionally  compelling.  I should mention that James was pining endlessly for Phoebe (I don&rsquo;t know why) and she was slower to return his  affections.  These two are NOT deep thinkers, and so busy worrying what others may think that they spend little time on their own  thoughts.  It&rsquo;s not a bad story by any means, but it was nowhere near the compelling or emotional story that I wanted, and only in the  loosest sense of the word Rogue, in that it usually refers to a man, does then fit Trevellion.   Ashford McNab again narrated this installment, and my previous experience with her narrative style was problematic.  I wanted to give  her another go before I decided that her style and mine will never jive, so I went in to this title hoping for the best.  Her distinct voicing for characters was solid &ndash; I knew who was speaking, and had no difficulty distinguishing who was who. The male voices were a bit rough, and Phoebe was always squealing, screeching, or far too shrill.  The overall narrator voice was usually pleasant, if rather one-note in inflection for emotion.  I hoped for some improvements, emotion and a sense that the story was being performed rather  than read: none of which I found.  I&rsquo;m disappointed in this listen, and can only say that fans of the narrator may find more enjoyment  than I did.  I received an AudioBook copy of this title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent
brandihowell1 More than 1 year ago
Another Great book in the Maiden Lane Series!!! I have been waiting for Phoebe's story since we were introduced to her a few books ago. I wanted to see how the author would handle her blindness and her family's reactions to it. I was not disappointed. Spoiler!!!!! This book shows the young woman finally standing up for herself and getting what she wants, a man that started out as a pain in the butt but turned into someone who didn't treat her like glass and became a trusted friend. We get a glimpse into James's family life before he became a solider and why he bacame a solider. Also for those that wondered like me, how his horse was to be named Cowslip. The values transcend the years to current day, showing that just because someone is born with a disability it makes them no more a drain on a family than that family lets them be. Can't wait for the next book and I hope that the author gets a renewed contract for this series!!!
Dawncheryl More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Hoyt strikes again! All the books in the Maiden Lane series are exceptional, and this one is no exception!  Phoebe is so far my favorite Hoyt heroine.  She is sweet, strong, and loveable.  Captain James Trevillion has evolved in each successive book, he has always been interesting, and his backstory is great. Hoyt can set a mood and tell a story like no one else.  She's perfect.  Her characters are compellingly flawed and multifaceted, and she will always surprise you with their depth and complexity.  You will care deeply for them and get completely involved with them.  This book is as unique as the rest of her work.  She&rsquo;s head and shoulders above her peers.  Be warned, however; even with such a wonderful story, a strong heroine as Phoebe, and an enthralling hero as James, The Duke of Montgomery steals the show again, just as he did in Darling Beast&hellip;here&rsquo;s hoping that the next book is his.  Valentine really needs his own story told, he&rsquo;s so deliciously nasty!
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
Nearly blind, Lady Phoebe Batten has a bodyguard with her at all times. Her over-protective brother, a powerful duke, hired Captain James Trevillion to be her escort whenever she left the house. Although injured while in service to the crown, James can shoot and ride with the best of them. His injury was never a problem until Phoebe was targeted by kidnappers. Deciding that he could no longer handle being Phoebe's guard, James resigns his position. When a second attempt to kidnap Phoebe is successful, James knows he is the only one that can keep her safe. Once he has rescued her, James takes Phoebe to a place where no one will be able to locate them until the duke can find the culprit. Having always been irritated by James trailing her at all time, Phoebe is surprised when she realizes that her feelings have changed. Will hiding in seclusion change the nature of their relationship? LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this story!! I met Phoebe and James when I read Darling Beast (which was the first book in the series that I read - unfortunately I haven't found time to go back and read the others). I had a feeling that Hoyt would pair the two of them together and blessedly I was not disappointed!! When the two of them are together, sparks just fly!! The bantering between the two of them is a joy to watch. I'm hoping to see more of them in the upcoming book that is set to release in November. Thanks go out to Forever Grand Publishing via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good So far, I've read this book (Book #8) and Notorious Pleasures (Book #2) of the Maiden Lane series, and in that order, too, which was probably not a good idea to read the books out of order.  I've read a few book series in the past that did well as standalone books.  However, I believe that that is not the case for this series.  I think I may have to read some, if not all, of the other books from the series if I don't want to miss out on information involving the secondary characters of those books who would eventually become main characters in their own book.  (did this made any sense?)   For instance, I was confused right at the beginning of this book.  It starts off with Phoebe walking with her bodyguard when all of a sudden, they are being attacked.  Now, because this is the first book I've read from the series, I have no idea why she is even a target or when she was even assigned a bodyguard.  I believe that since I did not read the books in order, that I have missed out on a few incidents involving Phoebe and James mentioned in the other books.  I know Phoebe appears in Book #2 since that book was about her older sister.  Phoebe was a sweet and innocent young girl of seventeen, struggling with her eye sight in Book #2.  Since Duke of Midnight (Book #6) is about her older brother, I would guess that Phoebe also appears in Book #6 as well as James, and maybe that's when Maximus assigned James to be her bodyguard.  I won't know for sure until I've read Book #6.   I recently discovered that some epilogues from this series aren&rsquo;t even about the main characters but of the main characters for the next book.  For instance, the epilogue for this book is about Eve and Asa, who are the main characters for Book #9 Sweetest Scoundrel.   I would rate this book a little higher if I wasn&rsquo;t so confused in the first chapter and not have to read the other books in the series in order to understand what&rsquo;s going on.  Other than that confusing part, I&rsquo;ve enjoyed reading this book.  
GottaHaveBooksJF More than 1 year ago
Great book!! Tender, sweet, hot, lots of hero action, great dialogue, every detail accounted for and no loose threads left hanging...perfect.
zeeba More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Dearest Rogue is another amazing books in &quot;Maiden Lane&quot; series. I really enjoyed reading this emotional and fabulous story with strong characters. Lady Phoebe is a beautiful, strong and stubborn heroine who doesn't want her powerful brother treat her like a delicate doll because she is blind. Captain James Trevillion is a former king's dragoon and Lady Phoebe's bodyguard who never thought his job as a bodyguard would be so challenging. This is a sweet romance with danger, passion and adventures I can't wait for the next in this series. Thank you Elizabeth Hoyt
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Hoyt is one of my favorite historical romance authors and I've thoroughly enjoyed the Maiden Lane series with its colorful cast of characters  and intriguing story lines . This latest entry in the series is the tale of two people who have been previously introduced in earlier books, though it's not necessary to have read them in order to pick this one up as each can be read as a standalone (however I would highly recommend them!) Lady Phoebe Batten is the younger sister of the Duke of Wakefield - and a genetic condition has left her blind at the age of 21. James Trevillion who previously was a soldier but was injured in the line of duty has been hired by the Duke to be Phoebe's protector and guide. While Phoebe laments her lack of freedom, it becomes clear that there are those who wish to get at her rich and influential brother by kidnapping her. Even with James by her side, Phoebe is not entirely safe and James has his hands full.  But the more time they spend together, the more Phoebe realizes that she is starting to see James as more than just her stoic and unflappable guard. With danger on all sides, will James be able to keep her safe, and more importantly, will he be able to keep the walls up around his heart? Phoebe is such an intriguing and unique character.  Her blindness has been slowly increasing such that though she can't see anything now, she still has the memories of what things looked like when she was younger. Her attitude towards her blindness is admirable - there is no point in crying about it, she has accepted that there is no cure and she is determined that it will not stop her from living her life.  She is brave, sometimes foolish, sweet and lovely and with a sense of humor that is undimmed by her disease.  I love how she goads James into discussions and arguments and always keeps him on his toes. James is wonderful as a strong, courageous, loyal and protective man.  He cares more for Phoebe than he's willing to admit (at least at first) and his number one duty is to keep her safe from harm.  But when it comes to matters of the heart, he doesn't feel that he is good enough for her.  He is older (33), wiser, and jaded.  He knows that a marriage between a common ex-soldier and a society lady isn't in the cards for him, no matter how much he might wish it weren't true.  But Phoebe is unconventional. She already is seen differently by society due to her blindness. She cares not a whit for what they think and desires only to have a man want her for herself and not her money.  As she and James spend more time together, her feelings for him change, and she senses that things are not so cut and dried for him either.   The chemistry between them leads to some sweet, steamy and delightful love scenes as James loses his heart to Phoebe once and for all.  He tries hard to balance giving her the freedom she needs while still being at her side.  I really loved the two of them together.  There is a bit of action and intrigue throughout the story as the mystery of who is trying to kidnap Phoebe becomes more complex and I enjoyed this aspect of the plot as well.  I was delighted to see Phoebe get her romantic happy ending at last with a wonderful man like James and enjoyed the brief glimpses of characters we have seen in previous Maiden Lane stories. It was thoroughly charming. 4.5 stars. 
KatinkaB More than 1 year ago
I won a Goodreads First Reads paperback copy of this book, and also received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. DEAREST ROGUE (Maiden Lane #8) is a sweet and passionate romance between a blind aristocratic lady and her steadfast bodyguard, and one of my favorites in Elizabeth Hoyt&rsquo;s Maiden Lane series. Lady Phoebe has been gradually losing her eyesight, so her brother Maximus, the Duke of Wakefield, has hired James Trevillion to be her bodyguard. Trevillion had to retire from his job as a former Dragoons captain due to a leg injury, but that doesn&rsquo;t stop him from being Pheobe&rsquo;s hero. In the opening scene, Trevillion fends off three thugs from kidnapping Phoebe. His cane doesn&rsquo;t prevent him from competently firing a pistol and riding a horse, and though Phoebe resents being constantly watched, she leans on him and trusts him to keep her safe. His caring for her goes beyond the job; it is personal because he has feelings for her. He&rsquo;s the one who comforts her when she loses her eyesight completely and when she chafes at her overprotective brother&rsquo;s restrictions. When James realizes that Phoebe is no longer safe in London, he takes her away to the only place where he knows he can protect her. I loved Phoebe&rsquo;s spunk, spirit, and resilience. Even though she mourned the loss of her sight, she refused to let her disability prevent her from enjoying life. In fact, she fought for her independence. I loved how she stood up to her brother and expressed how much his restrictions hurt her. I related to her so much in that moment because I also have a disability, bipolar disorder, a severe mental illness that limits my ability to do the things I want and used to do. I loved how Phoebe wanted to try new things that were previously forbidden to her, to test her wings, and wasn&rsquo;t afraid to fall. How she appreciated the small things that people sometimes take for granted. I loved James for treasuring all those things that were precious to her and about her&hellip; the seashells she had never seen before and would never be able to see. I loved the way Phoebe experienced the beach for the first time. And I loved the couple&rsquo;s private moments, their insights into each other&rsquo;s souls and their profound love for each other. Though I thought that their lovemaking in the middle of the novel were more affecting, poignant, and honestly written than the latter sex scenes, and though I didn&rsquo;t approve of how the cover and inside front cover featured a slender model, I still highly recommend this book. I loved that Phoebe was plump and petite, that James loved and saw her for who she was and only wanted her to be happy, and that Phoebe&rsquo;s beauty was expressed in the way she saw the world, through touch and scents and sounds, and above all the imagination. I liked DEAREST ROGUE better than the previous novel in the series, &ldquo;Darling Beast,&rdquo; because Phoebe and James had a stronger emotional connection. Also, Artemis and Maximus were more involved in the plot this time, and felt like real people and not just cameos. I was so pleased that my favorite recurring character in the series, the courageously, street smart Alf, had a relevant role in this novel! I am hoping she will be a heroine in a future novel in the series. I liked that the plot briefly took us back to St Giles, because there&rsquo;s a certain atmosphere about the place that distinguishes this series. I honesty do miss the Ghost of St Giles, the ideals he stood for, such as justice and social equality. DEAREST ROGUE is an outstanding entry in the Maiden Lane series and the historical romance genre overall. Readers will be further intrigued by the enigmatic Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, who reprises his role as the duplicitous dandy. The novel also introduces an equally intriguing, secondary character, who will be the heroine in the next Maiden Lane novel, &ldquo;Sweetest Scoundrel.&rdquo; I can&rsquo;t wait to read tawny, brawny Asa&rsquo;s story! Tawny is so my thing
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
DEAREST ROGUE by Elizabeth Hoyt is an exciting Historical Romance. &quot;Maiden Lane&quot;, book 8, but can be read as a stand alone. The Maiden Lane saga continues, in Ms. Hoyt's latest tale of passion, secrets, mystery, and romance. A blind heroine, Lady Phoebe, Maximus' beloved sister and her bodyguard, Captain James Trevillion. Together, they not only make beautiful magic, but face danger, kidnapping, passion, and the magic of love. Fast paced tale that will leave readers on the edge of their seats. I enjoyed the way Phoebe and es interacted, the way he was so very protective and her self independence, and her inner strength. A roller coaster ride of a story. Fans of Ms. Hoyt, Historical Romance, Regency Romance, suspense, and Mystery will enjoy &quot;Dearest Rogue&quot;. Another hit for Ms. Hoyt. She never disappoints her fans, and writes beautifully, masterfully tales of magical romances, stolen kisses, Alpha heroes, and strong-willed heroines. Fantastic!! Strongly recommend tale of romance and finding true loved. *Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Galley* Rating: 4.5 Heat rating: Mild Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
def618 More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful book in the Maiden Lane series. Lady Phoebe, blind sister of the Duke of Wakefield, is tired of her overprotective brother running her life, even though she is attracted to her guard. Captain James Trevillion has been hired to guard her whenever she leaves the house. He is attracted to her but knows it can never be.When she is truly threatened James takes matter into his own hands and the rest you will have to read for yourself. I highly recommend this book.
Lynngrier More than 1 year ago
Dearest Rogue is my first Maiden Lane novel. This was a good read for me and loved Phoebe and James. Kept my interest going enough to read more of the series. You won't be disappointed!
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Reviewed by Annie and posted at Under The Covers Book Blog It&rsquo;s been such a long time since I read a Historical Romance novel that I nearly forgot just how much I adore them. DEAREST ROGUE rekindled that love in a big way. As the eighth book in the Maiden Lane series, I was wondering what else Elizabeth Hoyt could do that she hadn&rsquo;t done already. But I found that I absolutely loved what she did here &ndash; she took a blind heroine in Lady Phoebe and paired her with her bodyguard, Captain James Trevillion. As sister to Maximus, Lady Phoebe is an important woman but her physical disability causes a lot of distress to her. Not born blind but is nearly completely blind now at the age of twenty one, Lady Phoebe needs the help and protection of Captain Trevillion especially when someone tries to kidnap her. I heard that some readers were disappointed that the next book was Phoebe and James&rsquo; but I wasn&rsquo;t at all. In fact I absolutely loved that Hoyt gave the heroine a disability that she couldn&rsquo;t do anything about but also didn&rsquo;t let her give up in the face of it either. Phoebe easily became one of my favorite things about this book. Her charisma and charm really shone through and paired with the Captain&rsquo;s sternness, it really is a wonderful match. Of course now I have to touch on James as well because he turned out to be such a wonderful hero for Phoebe. I loved his presence and loyalty to her and her brother. Nothing makes me swoon more than a man who is willing to lay his life on the line for another person like James does in this book. As his pasts gets revealed in small increments, Hoyt really does give readers a hero to die for. I have to share this one particular scene because I think it aptly communicates the heart of this novel: &ldquo;Thank you, Captain.&rdquo; &ldquo;For what, my lady?&rdquo; &ldquo;For letting me soak your shirt with salt water.&rdquo; She smiled, though it was harder than usual. &ldquo;For not giving me platitudes. You&rsquo;re quite right. I don&rsquo;t need lies from you.&rdquo; &ldquo;Then I shall endeavor to give you nothing but honesty,&rdquo; he replied. Those words were exchanged when Phoebe mistakenly commented that the sky was overcast when the sun was shining down on them. It signals that her eyes are getting worse and when Phoebe cries about her deteriorating eyesight, James simply holds her, offering better comfort than any warmth the sun could give her. It&rsquo;s so subtle but creates big leaps in the romance. I absolutely love this book. DEAREST ROGUE is wonderfully written, blending together charm, action, suspense and the most romantic love story I&rsquo;ve read in a long while.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** Lady Phoebe Batten is a powerful duke's sister and is blind. She yearns to have a &quot;normal&quot; life. Unfortunately, both stop her from having one. Captain James Trevillion is a former King's dragoon. He has brooding, serious and has a permanently injured leg, forcing his early retirement. He was hired by Phoebe's brother as her personal guard. When several kidnapping attempts are made, James takes Phoebe somewhere safe where not even her brother can find her. When they come back, they both will have lost their hearts. This is the first book I've read from this author and having just come from reading a bad historical novel, I was a little skeptical. However, once I started reading it, I had a hard time putting it down when I was forced to go to work. Phoebe, not having been born blind, is forced to become strong in a way most people can't imagine. She guides herself through scent and touch and an inner-sense that tends to be spot on. through the book, she realizes how much she has come to rely on James for his friendship while resenting her cage. She deals with feelings she never thought she'd be able to experience because of the different situations life has given her. James has already lived a long and not very happy life. He's mostly a loner and his pride in his job is the one thing he's always relied on, even with a lame leg. When he realizes his feelings for Phoebe have gotten past being a protector, he tries to stay away to keep her safe. During this book, he is able to heal long-buried wounds and by the end of the book, he is finally able to find peace. I really loved these characters and this story. I highly recommend it to anyone that likes this genre.