‘Dearest Rogue’ by Elizabeth Hoyt

dr ehSTORY: 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.

REVIEW: 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.

Complimentary copy won in a giveaway by the author and Goodreads

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