Dearest Rogue (Maiden Lane #8) by Elizabeth Hoyt
Synopsis: HE CAN GUARD HER
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.
FROM EVERY DANGER
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.
BUT PASSION ITSELF
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.
Review: I looked forward to Phoebe and Jame’s story; Captain Tremaine from the get-go was an interesting character, and when I found out that he was going to be Phoebe’s guard after his injury, I looked forward to seeing the strict, no-nonsense Captain finds something to cause him to lose that control. Phoebe had spunk from the moment you met her early on in the series, and when we found out that she was going blind, this sweet, always smiling and happy girl still seemed to stay strong and find things to smile about. I like that she stood up to her brother and Tremaine about her need to live, to not be imprisoned because of her blindness and I loved watching Phoebe break down Captain Tremaine’s walls to the heart beneath. He was very passionate and emotionally invested in Phoebe. I enjoyed finding out more about his back story and I love how she stood up to her brother at the end to get what she wanted in life, which was James as a husband. Very cute couple.