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To Rescue A Rogue Mass Market Paperback – September 5, 2006
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Into this half-existence drops the ebullient Lady Mara St. Bride, younger sister of his good friend and fellow rogue, Simon. Dare comes to Mara's rescue one night when she foolishly goes in search of a little fun and almost loses her virtue. Mara decides to rescue Dare in return, whether he wants it or not. She is determined to draw him out of his cloistered existence - and hopefully into her waiting arms.
This story started out well, and the couple was pleasant enough, but it never really took off. There was no buildup to the couple's falling in love, or for that matter much buildup of anything, nor was there anything remarkable to compensate. Mara was likeable, but needed more depth, and Dare should have had more to him considering his eventful past. I liked the opium addict angle and felt this was the most compelling part of the story. Overall, this was a likable couple and an OK read - just not very exciting.
As for this book -- Someone complained about the lack of action. For me, that was one of the things I most enjoyed. This is a nice, quiet book. It's about a man and a woman coming to know each other rather than an action plot about spies or whatever. Everything in this story is about the couple. About their relationship and how it grows. And about Dare overcoming his addiction -- and Mara growing up enough to realize that she can't simply jump on a white horse and ride to the rescue, like a character in that book she and Dare plot out together. Real life -- and real love -- is more complicated than that. Messier. Less sure of a Happily Ever After ending.
And no, there weren't any great obstacles put in their way (as someone else complained) -- Dare's addiction included. But so what? Why can't we occasionally have a book that flows gently along instead of rumbling into action or bouncing from problem to problem (or bedroom scene to bedroom scene)? Something different -- something out of the ordinary -- is a refreshing change.
If all the other books in the series are like this, I'm going to be one happy reader!
After the battle of Waterloo, Dare had been presumed dead. Instead he'd been rescued and kept prisoner of sorts by a bitter enemy of the founder of the `Rogues'. Mortally wounded he was initially given laudanum for the pain but was then given larger amounts than needed for a longer period of time to purposely turn him into an addict. Now two years later Dare, once one of the more carefree and boisterous of fellows, fought a tortuous battle to free himself from the `monster within'. The battle would be laden with many pitfalls, least of all rumors that Dare had cowardly fled the battlefield. As Dare fights his addiction, Mara appoints herself to be the one who brings the `old Dare' back into the light, redemption, and land of the living and loving.
*** Jo Beverley has always written edgy historicals and has concluded her "Company of Rogues" with one of the more powerful and compelling reads in a tremendous finale of this exceptional series. The last unmarried rogue, Dare Debenham's battle to overcome his addiction was extremely well done giving the reader an unforgettable experience of the ravages of addiction and the tortuous journey one needed to free oneself from the beast.Read more ›
KUDOS to jo beverley - this is a great book.
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3.5 stars out of 5
I've never listened to or read Jo Beverley's romances before, but I did enjoy listening to this audio book. Read more
I have been reading the whole Rogues universe series in order, so I have 12 books against which to judge this one. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Magev
I have seen addiction and can understand the reasons behind it. I have been dealing with pain since two weeks old and it gets worse every second. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ruby Slippers
This book is longer and goes more slowly than most of the books I read, but that is not necessarily bad. Read morePublished 7 months ago by L. Busch
I'm a nurse and would never knowingly marry an addict. I sympathized with both characters and read the whole book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by J. Neal
Beverly novels have a lttle intrigue, a little mystery, a litle love, a little of everything and never over the top. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Elaine Witkowski
You can never go wrong with Jo Beverley, and this book is one stunning end to a series... if only is wasn't the end.Published 14 months ago by Matthew Ehrlich