Title: Dearest Rogue
Author: Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Maiden Lane #8
Lady Phoebe Batten is pretty, vivacious, and yearning to live her life. Unfortunately because she is blind her brother is overprotective and insists she has an armed bodyguard with her at all times. After an attempted kidnapping, Phoebe finds her feelings changing for her irritating bodyguard, Captain James Trevillion.
This book was wonderful! I have not wanted to put this book down since I started it and finished it within a couple of hours. Phoebe was a wonderful heroine. She was kind, sweet, and very courageous. I loved her determination to live and go against her brother, and society dictates. She was so inspiring. I adored her from the very first page!
“It’s not my blindness that cripples me, it’s everyone else deciding I can’t live because of my blindness.”
Captain James Trevillion was a protective man who didn’t let his injured leg prevent him from doing his job. I really loved how James seemed to come to terms with his limp the more time he spent around Phoebe, who was determined to still enjoy life. He definitely learned to relax more with Phoebe and actually enjoy life instead of just focusing on his duty as a guard. His family was wonderful and I loved seeing him get acquainted with his father, and getting to know his niece.
These two had a slow building relationship that grew from all the time they were together. I really enjoy forced proximity romances and this one worked wonderfully. I adored James and Phoebe’s banter and his determination to keep her safe. Everything about their relationship just worked perfectly for me and I know this will be a book that I will reread in the future. These two were just a wonderful couple and I couldn’t get enough of them.
Trigger Warnings: kidnapping, references to rape