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.


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.


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.




I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I’ve followed this series ever since the first paragraph of the first book. I’m not very much into historical romance. However, Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series has captured my attention and its hold never wavered. There may have been some books that I liked the least, but all in all, I think this series is wonderful and entertaining.

This eighth book, Dearest Rogue, is about Phoebe Batten and Captain James Trevillion, two characters that series fans are more than familiar with. Phoebe is now almost completely blind and James is her bodyguard. At first, they didn’t sound like a good pairing because James was too uptight and Phoebe was more radical. As the book goes on, though, you will find the appeal of their love story and will start rooting for them.

I really liked the fact that even if this book took place mostly outside of the usual circle, but it still centered on family and forgiveness. We get to know the real James Trevillion apart from the stiff existence we’ve been picturing him on for the past several books.

The main conflict of the story wasn’t really the suspense; however, that factor definitely added a whole new level of thrill and excitement in the story. Maximus is an integral part of this story, as well, and while I am not his biggest fan, he was amazing in this book.

Elizabeth Hoyt is definitely one of my go-to’s in this genre. I always enjoy her books. Her characters are great fictional people that you’d love reading about. The way she writes her stories are seamless, making it easy for readers to be hooked.

I am most excited for the next book because it goes back to the Makepeace family, this time with Asa. Kudos to Ms. Hoyt for yet another successful installment in this very well-received series.



Reading Order [book-series]

Book 1 – Wicked Intentions

Book 2 – Notorious Pleasures

Book 3 – Scandalous Desires

Book 4 – Thief Of Shadows

Book 5 – Lord Of Darkness

Book 6 – Duke Of Midnight

Book 6.5 – A Maiden Lane Christmas Special

Book 7 – Darling Beast

Book 8 – Dearest Rogue

Book 9 – Sweet Scoundrel




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