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.
Rating: 4 stars
DEAREST ROGUE is a sweet romance that warms the heart.
Lady Phoebe Batten started going blind when she was but a young girl, and for her safety, her brother hired Captain James Trevillion to act as her bodyguard. They were at odds from the start, but when danger stalks Phoebe, James realized he would do anything to keep her safe, even give up his own life for her.
Phoebe is a sweetheart, a great heroine. She didn’t let her blindness be an obstacle; instead, she let it become her stepping stone to become more than what her condition could have reduced her to. Despite her dependency on people due to her blindness, she is wonderfully independent, and you can read and feel her soul fighting to soar free of the cages that she was imprisoned in due to her condition (and her brother). Kudos to Elizabeth Hoyt for this!
James is also a wonderful hero. How could you not love a man who could see past a person’s blindness to the woman underneath? Who would risk his own life to keep the woman he loves safe? I love his confidence, his belief that only he could keep Phoebe safe, even stealing her away from her brother’s house. Of course, that’s how their romance could also develop!
Without giving anything away, aside from the suspense aspect (someone wanting to kidnap Phoebe) spurring our main characters’ romantic development, I really can’t make heads or tails out of why this person would want to kidnap Phoebe or some other person is forced to marry Phoebe. Perhaps the villain is insane, but that’s a too simplistic excuse for such an elaborate scheme. That’s the only thing that mars my enjoyment of this story. And without that aspect of the story, there would be no reason to spirit Phoebe away from the family; James and Phoebe would just go on “biting” at each other, barely scratching the surface of who they are or what they could be to each other.
That said, this is still a fine addition to the Maiden Lane series. And if you’re a fan of the series, you won’t want to miss Phoebe and James’ story! New-to-the-series readers can also start here, as Ms. Hoyt does give enough background information to catch new readers up to speed.