Review: Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt

Dearest Rogue - Elizabeth HoytPublisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 25th 2015)
Paperback: 400 pages
Series: Maiden Lane #8
Source: Edelweiss
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Rating: 4 of 5 stars


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.


This is the eighth book in the Maiden Lane series, and I’m still loving reading it. That’s how you know it’s an awesome series.

This book (of course) stars Lady Phoebe Batten, sister of Maximus, Duke of Wakefield (aka. Duke of Midnight) and ex-Dragoon Captain James Trevillion. Max thinks Phoebe needs a guard, and apparently that man is Trevillion, injured leg an all and despite both their objections. So ensues banter, action, romance!

I adore Phoebe. She’s strong-willed, sassy, brave, oh and did I mention blind? I love that she wants to live a life that includes adventure and true love despite what other’s think of her disability and limitations. And that she goes and grabs it with both hands. She’s also pretty sassy when she wants to be and knows how to push Trevillion’s button (which is great).

“I’m so glad you worn the perfume I gave you last night.”

“Of course, my lady,” He glanced at the footmen, who were studiously looking the other way. “Perhaps you ought yo scent-mark Reed and Hathaway as well?”

Reed shot him a wide-eyed look, but Lady Phoebe waved the suggestion away. “No need. It’s only you I need to keep track of.”

Trevillion was also a pretty captivating character. We’ve seen him here and there throughout the story, but now we finally get the full picture of him. Trevillion is definitely proud, and brooding. He has a few chips on his shoulder from the past and with the lost of his identity as soldier with a leg injury that’s forced him to make big changes in his life, he struggled to find his purpose in life. Then enter Phoebe, who just turns his world upside-down.  I loved seeing him learn to deal with the optimistic Phoebe and watching him fall in love.

How strange it was to be in love. To spend some three-and-thirty tears not even aware of the existence of a small, pretty, kind, funny, ferociously stubborn woman; to spend day after day with her, arguing, debating, sitting sliently sometimes; all to finally come to this day and knowledge that she was everything to him. That if he lost her from his world, the sun might as well disappear from the sky.

He wondered if she had any idea of all the power she wielded over him with her tiny palm?

Everybody, all together now: aawwwwww.

Together they are a pretty interesting couple, a lady and a commoner, a blind woman and a crippled man. They certainly defy many odds to get their HEA (not even counting yet tortured pasts and over protective brothers). I really enjoyed them together. And like the rest of the Maiden Lane series, the book is packed with action. There’s attempted kidnaps, attempted marriages, a road trip, hiding in secrecy, lots of secrets, and etc. to top of the story.

Overall, it’s a both that’s undoubtedly a book worth picking up especially if you’re already hooked on the Maiden Lane series. And if you’re not, it still is because of the wonderful characters. The book is also chalked full of cameos of previous characters, so we get a nice update from them (there’s one hilarious scene with Margaret and Godric’s (of Lord of Darkness) new baby girl that just cracks me up).

{* Thanks to Grand Central Publishing & Edelweiss for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Review: Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt”

  1. Yes, my kind of book! This series sounds like such a winner, and I’m really liking the sounds of Phoebe and Trevillion. Sassy + brooding= “So ensues banter, action, romance!”
    I will have to check book one out in this series – Thanks!
    Lovely review, Cyn – have a terrific weekend 🙂

    1. They’re a pretty awesome couple! The series is really good! Highly recommended 😉 Hope you enjoy them!
      Thanks, Kim!

  2. I really need to start this series and once again love the sound of this installment. I am glad they work as standalone and that you enjoyed it so much,

    1. They do well as standalones, but it’s nice to have all the background story from the previous books. It’s a great series to get into (:

  3. Ah, Trevillion definitely reminds me a lot of Mr Darcy! I love how the main character is blind as well but she manages to capture the attention, they make a really dynamic duo. Great review cyn!

    1. A brooding guy who’s just in love, haha. They definitely are an interesting pair!
      Thanks, Jeann!

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