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.
©2015 Elizabeth Hoyt (P)2015 Hachette Audio
I love losing myself in books of any kind
This book was so very good. It is not often you get a romance with handicapped characters playing the hero and not the victim. Ms Hoyt is a go to for me when selecting historical romance. This book was one of my favorites.....Loved both the characters and romance was believable.
The book started out good. I liked all the characters but then the story became more and more unbelievable starting with whisking away the Duke's sister to safety without his knowing where. Also not making sure all propriety was maintained during her travels? Sharing the same room and bed? Ummm.....no again. He should have known that would have meant a slow death set upon him by the Duke. This then leading to an end with a VERY unlikely match. A retired, poor, disabled soldier and a Duke's sister? Not believable. Maybe nowadays we can believe in "Pretty Woman" type Cinderella stories, even had the poor disabled character been a woman, I still could have seen the match going through. The roll reversal just does not work. All the exciting moments are also too quickly and simply solved but well.... still an okay book.
This book is well written, and satisfying. I love how Elizabeth Hoyt writes characters that are so straight-laced, but are secretly passionate. Trevilian's integrity makes me love him even more.
Her approach to Phoebe's situation is also refreshing. Though you feel for her, you never pity her. She is as strong as every other heroine.
I'm so happy Ashford McNabb is back! Honestly, I had to grit my teeth through that first book without her. If it weren't for my love of Elizabeth Hoyt's writing, I would have had to miss Megs' story. Fortunately, the AudioGods heard my prayers!
I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must
I love the Maiden Lane series and this book didn't disappoint. I honestly was worried about this book because of who the hero & heroine were. From previous books we got to know Phoebe & Trevillion and I just had a hard time believing I would enjoy a love story between them. Well I shouldn't have questioned Hoyt's brilliant writing abilities. This was a fabulous book that I did not want to put down. The dialogue between the H&H was just as expected - terrific!
McNab is Maiden Lane for me....she is great as always.
Los Angeles, CA
I enjoyed this new story very much. A very good pace with a realistic but still dashing hero. The narrator is good, although she is a bit too slow at times.
Characters, especially the heroine, are memorable and I would like to meet them in person. Story line is predictable, but it's about the details. Nice little twist at the end.
I absolutely loved this book. Elizabeth Hoyt kept Phoebe to the character she had developed in all previous books - sweet, accepting of her blindness and just wanting to live an independent life and be treated like everyone else. I see Phoebe as the person that EVERYONE likes and in turn she likes everyone.
Captain Trevillian is a perfect hero and the fact that he fell so hopelessly in love with Phoebe was fantastic. He's so charming and he deeply cares for his family although he hasn't seen them in some time and I like the fact that he stands up to Maximus.
The love scene are always fabulous in Elizabeth's books.
Ashford McNab is the voice of the Maiden Lane Series. She is fabulous, but (you knew the "but" was coming) I only wish she wouldn't give all of the children lisps. In all of the books I've listened to by her, she always gives the children a lisp.
(SMALL SPOILER: I really enjoyed the story and I think Elizabeth Hoyt puts into words what everyone is surely thinking when Phoebe is kidnapped the second time by having Phoebe's thoughts concentrate on the word "again". I liked it!)
I liked the development of the Eva Dunwoody and I can't wait to listen to her Asa's and her story in the next book.
I loved the developing relationship between Phoebe and James. It was so heartwarming to see Phoebe blossom in her relationship with James. Phoebe and James complemented each other but Phoebe's strength, bravery and determination was very emotional. A small bit of insight into how a person with impaired sight must face each day and how strong a person they really must be.
One of the most memorable moments for me was Phoebe's walk on the moors. That scene was very vivid in my mind. Phoebe falling, getting up and then doing it all over again touched my heart. Equally as touching was James by her side allowing her the freedom to experience the moors on her own terms.
As usual Ashford McNab's performance is flawless. She is hands down my favorite narrator. Listening to her narrate a book is like watching a play with many characters. Each character is defined by their own individual speech patterns, accents and mannerisms.
I absolutely loved this book! There were parts that made me tear up and others that made me laugh out loud. This book is definitely a keeper.
Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane Series is one of my favorites and I have loved each book. Dearest Rogue is by far my favorite of the whole series. To me it was perfection and I will be listening to this book again and again whenever I need a pick me up or a sure fire perfect romance. I think I enjoyed the story of The Kelpie at the beginning of each chapter almost as much as the main event. :-) Well done, Ms. Hoyt!! I can hardly wait for the next story in this series.
The male characters are voiced in absurd, irritating and completely unattractive ways, esp the hero's - hard to understand why the narrator would do this. It was an irritating aspect that I had to try to overcome throughout the book. I don't know who would think this is interesting or attractive. It diminished my enjoyment of this very good story significantly.
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