A young love torn asunder by tragedy and deceit. A lady resolved to put away the past and learn to love again. A sea captain returned home after six years to claim his bride. Will the scathing secret Robert harbors tear he and Lady Phoebe apart once more, this time forever?
“It’s not as though I’ve been hiding myself. You’ve seen me every day for the past fortnight whether you would or not,” Robert said, trying for a smile.
Phoebe returned it but faintly. “True, but you have secrets. There are shadows in your eyes that weren’t there before. You hold things back and not only from me.”
He swallowed--hard. “I’m the man who loves you more than his own life. What more could you possibly need to know?”
Averting her gaze, Phoebe brushed a light finger over the carved ivory bracketing his left wrist. “For one, how did you come by this odd adornment? A love token from the bountiful Princess Nadia, perhaps?” she added, teasing but only in part.
Before he could stop her, she’d pushed up his sleeve and the bracelet with it. “Dear Lord!”
Following her gaze to the white scar banding the pulse point inside his wrist, he bit back an oath. “'I have…a great many scars.”
Cornflower blue eyes lifted to his. “I’m only asking about this one.”
“An accident. It was…an accident,” he finally answered, and it was so clearly a lie that they both looked away.
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About the Author
Hope Tarr is the award-winning author of 25 historical and contemporary romance novels including OPERATION CINDERELLA, the launch to her "Suddenly Cinderella" series optioned by Twentieth Century Fox as a major motion picture. She is currently at work on her women's historical fiction debut, set in Gilded Age through Jazz Age New York. Hope is a co-founder and current curator of Lady Jane's Salon®, New York City's only monthly romance fiction reading series, now in its seventh year and featured in TIME OUT NEW YORK and THE NEW YORK POST. Find Hope online at www.HopeTarr.com and www.LadyJaneSalonNYC.com as well as on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Claimed by the Rogue was an enjoyable read the left me looking forward to Ms. Tarr’s next installment in the series, while at the same time sending me off to search her backlist to see if she has released Chelsea and Anthony’s story. While Robert is far more damaged of a hero than I usually get in my historical romances, he has managed to overcome the horrors he was exposed to during his time away. But he is soon to learn that while Phoebe has not married another, she is not the same girl he left behind six years earlier. Ms. Tarr not only takes Robert through the paces as he attempts to woo Phoebe again, but she also adds a good bit of intrigue and a bit more spice than I expected to find in a book of this genre, but by no means am I complaining. I quite enjoyed the banter between Robert and Phoebe. Much like her actions, Phoebe’s tendency to bicker with Robert was a sure sign that she wasn’t “over him.” Quite the contrary, her tendency to lash out merely highlighted how much his supposed death had broken her heart and how his subsequent desertion had hurt her. Were it not for all that Robert endured and overcame during his time away, he may have given up his attempts to win her back. Thankfully Phoebe’s hardheadedness is matched by Robert’s persistence and love for her, and he refused to let her wed another without fighting for her. Unfortunately Phoebe’s intended is not quite the gentleman he purports to be and has no qualms about fighting dirty in order to thwart Robert’s efforts and I for one was stunned by the lengths to which he went to secure Phoebe’s hand in marriage. I was also surprised by the level of intimacies that Phoebe allowed. Despite being in her mid-twenties and a near-spinster, I was surprised with the liberties she allowed Robert. My surprise had little to do with the genre or Phoebe herself – because despite all that she said, her love for Robert clearly never waned – but rather my surprise had to do with Phoebe being willing to risk her mother’s wrath. Lady Tremont was certainly a force to be reckoned with and one I cannot imagine waving the proverbial red flag in front of, but it merely added to the excitement of their predicament. That said, Robert proved to be worth the risk and I’m not sure I could have resisted him either had I been in Phoebe’s position (pun intended). Ms. Tarr does a delightful job of weaving action, intrigue, steam, and love within this second chance romance that kept me up late until my eyes would read no longer. Claimed by the Rogue was a delightful read for me and I look forward to reading more of Ms. Tarr’s work. I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
Somewhat trite and blah
This is book 1 in the Claimed series. Having given up her beloved for dead, Lady Phoebe Tremont has decided that she must marry. Even though her heart is still with Robert Bellamy, she thinks she can have a comfortable life with a dashing French aristocrat. But that all changes on the night of her engagement ball. Her long-thought dead, lost love is suddenly by her side. Thinking to be gone 6 short months, which turned into 6 years, Robert never let himself believe that he wouldn't get back to Phoebe. He will do everything in his power to get her back, but can she ever forgive him for not letting her know he was alive? This was my first book by Hope Tarr, but it definitely won't be my last. I loved the romance/adventure/mystery story that she wove together. She had me hooked from the very beginning and I couldn't put the book down. I can't wait to see what she does with the next book in the series! Thanks go out to Samhain Publishing via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
I have rarely enjoyed a book more.
Thanks Hope Tarr for a great read and start to a new series. Everything I love......great h/h, fast pace, great villian, loved the steamy scenes, orphans and Pippen.