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The Suspect's Daughter: Regency Romance (Rogue Hearts) (Volume 4)
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"A highly enjoyable read, equal parts tender and mysterious, with characters you'll cheer for from the beginning to the very satisfying end."
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Though Grant Amesbury is a cynic and a loner, his brothers always turned to him when they needed help. Grant would be the last one to classify himself as a dark knight, but he thrives on chasing down villains and dragging them to justice--dead or alive. Intriguing and enigmatic, Grant has captivated readers since the first book in the series, The Stranger She Married, hit bookstores. And each time he appeared in subsequent books, The Guise of a Gentleman, and A Perfect Secret, his fan base grew as did requests for his very own story.
In this new novel, Grant has met his match. Not only is Jocelyn his perfect opposite--light to his darkness--but she matches him in wit and courage. But Jocelyn has her own problems, and a troublesome man does not fit into her plans.
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One of the things I was disappointed in was that the other brothers and sisters weren't featured in this very much at all. I like it when they all get together and rescue each other as they did in the other books.
Grant has intrigued me since the beginning of the series. He has been a crusty curmudgeon who allows himself no soft feelings nor does he allow anyone to show him any soft feelings. We finally learn why in this book. Yes, much of it came from the war, but he was already primed for that because of the way his father treated them.
Since his return from the war, Grant has become a protector of the innocent by working with Bow Street Runners. In this case, he is requested to investigate a member of parliament who is trying to be the next Prime Minister. That candidate, of course, has a lovely daughter who is absolutely sure her father is innocent of the crime.
Jocelyn is full of optimism and sunshine. She always has a smile and sees only the very best in Grant. She finds all of those dark places in his heart and fills them with her sunshine. Jocelyn isn't your ordinary empty-headed miss. She's smart, courageous, steady and utterly convinced her father is innocent and she'll help Grant investigate in order to prove it.
There are a couple of really interesting characters that have been in the series and I wonder what will become of them. Maybe they'll be the ones that the two sisters end up with. James Ingle has a history of some sort with Rachel, evidently he broke her heart, but it isn't ever really spelled out. Then, there is Connor Jackson and I really like him! He's a Bow Street Runner, but he speaks like an aristocrat, has a signet ring and went to school at Cambridge. I sure would like to know more about his story.
I'm sad that I now have to wait for the next book - Margaret's - to be released. But, I am so glad I read this series!
Grant has been one of the favorite characters from the beginning. His story is compelling, fraught with danger, and endearing. I love characters with depth and mystery. Grant does not disappoint. This brooding, handsome and complicated man needed a woman who could love and feel deeply enough to break through his walls and distrust.
Jocelyn is a strong, compassionate, and caring woman. She puts her own needs aside and is determined to see her father happy. When she meets Grant Amesbury she knows he has a troubled past but looks past his shield to see the man inside.
I loved the interaction between the two main characters. The open honest way which they dealt with each other captured me from the beginning. I enjoy reading books with strong, female characters. What I loved most about Jocelyn was not only her strength but her patient and understanding heart. The slow building passion between Grant and Jocelyn was compelling. Grant even though he had a difficult past, was never a brute. He was even in his worst times mindful of his gracious up-bringing.
Donna Hatch has been an auto-buy author for me for a long time. I have loved this entire series. I will be looking for more from Donna Hatch in the future!!!
He is indeed working on a project for Bow Street. The head of the organization has asked him to help determine the validity of rumors they have heard about a possible assassination attempt on the Prime Minister. Since Grant is the brother of an earl he is asked to infiltrate the upper crust friends and advisors of a man who hopes to become the next Prime Minister to see if he is really involved in a conspiracy. Grant hates the thought of participating in society events but if it for an investigation he will do it to ensure the safety of England. While doing so he meets the suspects daughter and finds himself attracted to her. He is determined to not let her charms distract him from his job, because "all women are snakes just trying to get their fangs into any unsuspecting man". He has walled off his heart and he will never allow another woman to trick him again. What other woman? Did he allow a woman into his heart only to have it broken? Does he hate all women because of that one? Hmmmmm,,,,
Meanwhile, Jocelyn Fairley, daughter of the suspect, has had three seasons with no interest except two men; one a fortune hunter and the other not approved of by her father. She has decided not to participate in this season in hopes she can help her father with his political career. She will host parties and dinners for her father so he can become the next Prime Minister. She is relentlessly cheerful, smiles all the time, considers herself a little too plump, and if after one more season next year she doesn't find a husband she will make a happy life for herself as a spinster. She is so kind hearted she can't help take care of people in need and tries to rescue anyone she has to power to help. Will she be the one to rescue Grant from his past? Can she ever convince Grant that he can trust her not to break his heart if he opens it to her? She is very determined to love Grant until his brokenness is healed. She might be the one who can do it; we will just have to keep reading to see if it happens.
This book is very well written, no major typos that I remember, maybe use of foul language once but not really that bad, and the story is logical with no major plot holes. All in all, a great book and very worth the read.