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The Rogue's Return Mass Market Paperback – March 7, 2006
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The St. Bride men are famous for not wandering far from home, but Simon proves there is an exception to every rule. In 1812, he leaves his family's English estate for Canada, to fight the Americans and corruption in the Canadian government. Simon is finally prepared to heed his family's ceaseless nagging to return home when he becomes involved in a duel to defend the honor of Jane Otterburn. Simon is ultimately forced to marry Jane, and worries that she will find it difficult to fit in with the St. Brides. Just as Simon finds himself falling in love with his capable, competent new wife, both a secret from Jane's past and a dangerous new enemy threaten to destroy their fragile new marriage. In the latest installment in her Company of Rogues series, Beverly beautifully blends complex characters, an exquisitely sensual love story, and a refreshingly different Regency setting into one sublime romance. John Charles
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It is amazing how you weave people who are supposed to lower class become very acceptable to the highest classes, it's wonderful and gives hope to us little people.
I would have enjoyed being one of the women introduced to the Rogues, which one? I cannot choose that either. What wonderful excitement these characters play!
I truly am impressed by these Rogue stories. Another job well done Jo. Now on to book 13.
Jane Otterburn had secretly admired Simon for some time but never dreamt that there could ever be a future for someone like her with him, nor in the present situation, did she want to appear to trap him. Jane knew she was totally unsuitable and held a terrible secret of her true heritage that could ruin any chances Simon had for a political future should it be revealed. Forced into marriage, they would eventually discover a rare and passionate love and a new enemy that threatened their newfound happiness.
*** Beverley continues to delight readers with tales of complex people caught up in romantic love stories and surrounded with adventuresome exploits and intrigue. While this had less intrigue than usual the romance was divine. Beverley slowly and with a deft hand unraveled the lead's uncertainties weaving them back into a stronger and tighter fabric in their resolve of loving and protecting one another. The author keeps the tension high with Jane/Jancy falling deeper and deeper in love with her new husband, knowing all the while that she really should leave him to find a more appropriate wife. Scared to death of what he would think of her with her Haskett background, even because of that background she was eventually able to save him from amputating his arm, he returned that love ten-fold in their deeply moving confessions. Bottom line is that this author continues to give thought provoking, appealing and well researched stories with intelligence, caring and of course, steamy romance. I've never been disappointed and know one can expect the best from this author who delivers in spades prime historical romance reads.
Marilyn Rondeau, RIO - Reviewers International Organization
Simon is aware that McArthur has been embezzling money and gifts that are supposed to go to the Indians and he is attempting to stop him. Jancy is hiding a huge secret and now that she is married to Simon, the one man she has always wanted, she is terrified of what will happen when he finds out who she really is. Another duel is set and afterwards they realize that someone is after the documents that Simon has obtained that damn McArthur.
As Simon and Jancy's relationship grows closer, her secrets are gnawing at her. She longs to tell Simon the truth. With Simon's life in danger again, they leave York for England. There, they hope Simon will be out of danger and he can bring the documents to the proper authorities.
They travel to England by boat where they are given plenty of opportunities for their relationship to grow. Which is does. Simon and Jancy become very close. But when the truth is revealed will Simon still accept Jancey; the woman he has come to love, or will he turn her away?
The Rogue's Return is largely based on the relationship between Jancy and Simon. I really enjoyed watching their relationship grow. Jancy and Simon are so loving with each other. Their mutual desire is both tender and passionate. I was anxious, but then relieved to see the events unfold as they did. Ms. Beverly is very descriptive with some of the characters' injuries and illnesses, which had me grimacing often. Definitely not a deterrent, but graphic none the less! The Rogue's Return is a beautiful story about love withstanding all obstacles and I enjoyed it very much.
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