Gentle Rogue

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Heartsick and desperate to return home to America, Georgina Anderson boards the Maiden Anne disguised as a cabin boy, never dreaming she'll be forced into intimate servitude at the whim of the ship's irrepressible captain, James Mallory.

The black sheep of a proud and tempestuous family, the handsome ex-pirate once swore no woman alive could entice him into matrimony. But on the high seas his resolve will be weakened by an unrestrained passion and by the high-spirited beauty ...

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Gentle Rogue (Malory Family Series #3)

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Overview

Heartsick and desperate to return home to America, Georgina Anderson boards the Maiden Anne disguised as a cabin boy, never dreaming she'll be forced into intimate servitude at the whim of the ship's irrepressible captain, James Mallory.

The black sheep of a proud and tempestuous family, the handsome ex-pirate once swore no woman alive could entice him into matrimony. But on the high seas his resolve will be weakened by an unrestrained passion and by the high-spirited beauty whose love of freedom and adventure rivals his own.

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A dreamspinner extraordinaire.
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Lindsey has mastered her craft . . .She creates fantasy ... You -want romance-you got it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380753024
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: Malory Family Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 155,129
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

One of the world's most successful authors of historical romance, every one of Johanna Lindsey's previous novels has been a national bestseller, and several of her titles have reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Lindsey lives in New England with her family.

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Chapter One

1818, London

Georgina Anderson held her spoon up backward, placed one of the pared-down radishes from her plate in the bowl of the spoon, pulled the tip back, and shot the radish across the room. She didn't hit the fat cockroach she was aiming for, but she was close enough. The radish splattered on the wall only inches from her target, sending said target scampering for the nearest crack in the wall. Goal accomplished. As long as she couldn't see the little beasts, she could pretend she wasn't sharing accommodations with them.

She turned back to her half-eaten dinner, stared at the boiled food for a moment, then pushed the plate away with a grimace. What she wouldn't give for one of Hannah's rich, seven-course meals right about now. After twelve years as the Andersons' cook, Hannah knew just what pleased each member of the family, and Georgina had been dreaming about her cooking for weeks, not surprising after a month of shipboard fare. She'd gotten only one good meal since she'd arrived in England five days ago, and that was the very night they docked, when Mac had taken her out to a fine restaurant just after they had checked into the Albany Hotel. They'd had to leave the Albany the very next day for much, much cheaper accommodations. But there was nothing else they could do after they returned to the hotel to find all their money miss, ing from their trunks.

Georgie, as she was affectionately known to friends and family, couldn't even in good conscience hold the hotel accountable, not when she and Mac had both been robbed, but from different rooms, even different floors. it was most likely accomplished while the trunkswere together on that long ride from the docks on the East End to Piccadilly on the West End, where the prestigious Albany was located, when the trunks were strapped on top of the hack they had rented, with the driver and his helper up top with them, while she and Mac blithely ogled their first sight of London Town.

Talk about your lousy luck, and it hadn't even started there. No, it started when they reached England last week and found out their ship couldn't dock, that it might take anywhere up to three months before it was given quay space to unload its cargo. Passengers were more fortunate in that they could be rowed ashore. But they'd still had to wait several days before this was accomplished.

She shouldn't have been surprised, however. She had known about the congestion problem on the Thames, a very big problem because ships came in seasonally, all being subject to the same unpredictable winds and weather. Her ship had been one of a dozen from America arriving at the same time. There were hundreds of others from all over the world. The appalling congestion problem was one of the reasons her family's merchant line had kept London off its trade routes even before the war. Actually, a Skylark Line ship hadn't been to London since 1807 when England began her blockade of half of Europe in her war with France. The Far Eastern and West Indies trade was just as profitable and far less troublesome for Skylark.

Even after her country had settled its differences with England with the signing of a treaty at the tail end of 1814, the Skylark Line stayed clear of the English trade, because the availability of warehousing was still a serious problem. More times than not, perishable cargoes had to be left on quayside, at the mercy of the elements and the thieves who stole a half million pounds of goods a year. And if the elements didn't ruin perishable goods, then the coal dust that enveloped the whole port would.

It simply wasn't worth the aggravation and loss of profits, not when other trade routes were just as lucrative. Which was why Georgina hadn't come to London on a Skylark ship, and why she wouldn't find free passage home on one, either. Which was going to be an eventual problem, what with Mac and she reduced to a grand total of twenty-five American dollars between them, all that they had been carrying on them at the time of the robbery, and they didn't know how long that would have to last--a good reason why Georgina was presently ensconced in a rented room above a tavern in the Borough of Southwark.

A tavern! If her brothers ever found out ... but then they were going to kill her when she got home anyway for sailing without their knowing, while each was off in some other part of the world on his own ship, but more to the point, she'd left without their permission. At the least, she could expect to have her allowance suspended for a decade, to be locked in her room for several years, to be whipped by each one of them ...

Actually, they would probably only do a great deal of shouting at her. But having five angry brothers, all older and much bigger than she, raising their voices in unison and accord, and directing that anger at her when she knew she deserved every bit of it, wasn't at all pleasant to contemplate, and could, in fact, be anticipated with total dread. But, unfortunately, that hadn't stopped Georgina from sailing off to England with only Ian MacDonell as her escort and protector, and he no relation at all to her. Sometimes she had to wonder if the common sense allotted her family hadn't run out by the time she was born.

The knock came at the door just as Georgina pushed away from the little table the room offered for solitary meals. She had to bite back the natural tendency to simply say "Come in," which came from a lifetime of knowing that anyone who knocked on her door would be either servant or family, and welcome. . . .

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

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    My Favorite Malory

    Loved it. it's one of my favorite malory books. I personally fell in love with james malory. James is all male and Knows what he wants thats what i loved most about him. an English man / ex-pirate he wanted georganna an Fiesty American with 5 brothers and went after what he wanted. knowing he'd have to face the brothers that loved a good fight. they didn't count that he loved a good fight as much as they did. so the book takes you from England to America back to england on james Ship. where George (as James Call's her) poses as a cabin boy. but james knows she's a female. let the games begin.. it had me from the beginning to the end and I couldn't put it down so i finished the book in less then half of a day.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Love Johanna Lindsey!!

    I love Johanna Lindsey and this book is another great one. While I like the highlander stories she writes more, this book was also very enjoyable and I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes romance.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

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    My favorite Malory novel

    Gentle Rogue is an absolutely beautiful novel. This was the third Malory novel I read and I loved it. It is the story of James Malory, the family ex-pirate, and Georgina Anderson, a heartbroken American. Johanna Lindsey brought to life two very lovable characters. I laughed at the antics of James and his brother Anthony. And when Connie, friend of James, is added to the mix, it is downright hilarious. The love scenes between James and Georgina are without a doubt superb. There is so much tenderness between the two that you will fall in love with them as they fall in love with each other. Tender Rebel, the Malory novel with Anthony as the main character, is closely tied to Gentle Rogue. Some parts of the story overlap with Tender Rebel, but they are still very entertaining. I can't wait to read about the other members of this wonderful family; once you start reading this series, you get hooked!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2012

    Order in which to read the Malory series to

    How do i know in what order to read then without knowing in advance what happens next. I hate reading out of order because it gives story line away.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    LOVED LOVED LOVED

    I loved this book, hard to pick my favorite Malory Series book

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    One of the best romances...ever.

    This book is FOREVER in my top ten list. Love every single page. Three words - read it NOW!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

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    Gentle Rogue Rocks!

    An amazing book in the Mallor series. Love this book! Actually read it so many times in paperback over the years that I had to replace it, so I got the eBook version. :) Love this story. Every time I read it, I find that I can't put it down until the end. Johanna Lindsey is one of my all time favorite authors! Enjoy this book! I know I still do.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2010

    The First

    It may be because it was the first of the series I read, but to me this is the best one in the series. When I hear Johanna Lindsey, I think of this book. I love the characters and it's so funny. The writing stlye and the way the characters interact is witty and hilarious that it makes me happy for hours after reading the book. I highly recommend this book. And of course, when you read one you must read the rest!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2009

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    Gentle Rogue is the most amazing book ive ever read. I absolutly love all of the malory/anderson novels and you cant help but fall in the love with all the books. Never had a series that i could read over and over again and not get sick of them.

    In gentle rogue who wouldnt fall in love with the arrogant, heart-stopping James Malory. Any women would fall madly in love with the dreamy ex-pirate who lives by his rules. In this spectalcular journey you discover just what love is and how right its suppose to be between two people. James's story is one that will catiplate women all around. James meets the beatiful georgina as she signs on as his cabin boy and seeing through her disguise, the seduction begin, i just wonder whos going to be seducing who, London's most nortorious rake or the beautiful willful american. Join the amazing love story and i bet you cant put the book down once...its that GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2014

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    George/Georgie/Georgiana had her hands full to the max. On the v

    George/Georgie/Georgiana had her hands full to the max. On the venture to reclaim/retrieve her fiance. She ends up on an adventure to find her way back home and away from the cursed England. This one return adventure provides her with a treasure she is unwilling to give up.

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  • Posted August 21, 2013

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    I LOVED this book! James Mallory is my favorite of all the Mallo

    I LOVED this book! James Mallory is my favorite of all the Mallory brothers. I love his wit, and sarcasm, and that fact that he is a pirate doesn't hurt either! This book made me LOL! A wonderful addition to the Mallory novels, Johanna Lindsey is fantastic!(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    POSIDEN CABIN


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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2013

    James Malory .. almost like saying or picturing Thor..lol ..Loved iiiit!!

    My allllllltime FAVORITE ..bcuz James Malory is just my ideal picture of a mate... n Georgina is soo cute in how butt headed she is, but sooo innocent with feeling 'sick'.....Totaaaally wasnt putting the book down after that... have purchased the whole Malory series... then the whole JL collection!! Loooove it again!! Must've read it like 7 times already...still smile n sigh each time..go ahead.. READ IT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2013

    highly recommend

    very enjoyable and entertaining reading,

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  • Posted June 21, 2013

    LOVE IT!

    I've read the whole Malory series and I loved them all. But the story of James and "George" is my all time favorite. I could read this again and again. There's just something about big, though, scary James being helpless when it comes to falling in love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    Great

    Wonderful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Good

    Great characteristics


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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Really good

    Very romantic read. Ive read several of johanna's books and they are all very romantic and surprisingly funny. Not that they are supposed to be comedys but mostly it's the stuff that goes on in georgies mind that is so funny and the banter between all the brothers is sometimes funny too. Really enjoyable love story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Great read!

    This is james malory story. I loved it. James is very clever and georgina is halarious with her thouhts. She is not too defiant which i like. They travel across the ocean. Miss Lindsey is a great romance writer and i love her work. The Malory family is rich talented, smart, and funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    Awesome

    Love the entire series.

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