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4.0 out of 5 stars a fun romp through histroy,
When the Rogue Returns. Sabrina Jeffries
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews. I've never read any of Sabrina's work before but this was tempting. Its first in a new series and is a promising start. I'm not a huge lover of historicals, but like to dip into the genre on occasion and this was an enjoyable, fun read. Its not heart stopping drama but a gentle romance with a clever, and at times complicated back story, that sows the seeds for further novels involving the newly formed Dukes Men PI agency. Its was fun to read about the world of high society, and how rigid and complex the rules could sometimes be. Isabella was a great lead, her sister and brother in law perfect necessary unpleasant contrasts to her good nature. Victor – a real hero and I understood his shock on finding Isa blamed him, likewise her shock at what she learned at her families actions. Overall a fun read, a slip back in time as it really felt as though I was there. I enjoyed the characters, and the plots. The little snippets about making paste jewellery too were interesting. I enjoy little additions like that in my reading. Not hot and heavy drama – though there's a couple of hot and heavy moments between Victor and Isa! I hope we see more of them in later novels, they were a fun couple, ready to throw societies norms out, having come from very non traditional backgrounds. You won't be anxiously turning each page, riveted to your kindle. Its a more gentle, slow read, one to savour and enjoy not rush through desperate to find out what happened. Its priced at £4.99 for 400 pages. Stars: four, a fun romp through history :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Victor Cale is a Fabulous Main Guy - Angry/Wounded/Forgiving,
We were first introduced to Victor Cale in the first book in this series, "What The Duke Desires" which featured the story of Max and Lisette. "When the Rogue Returns" begins six months after Victor is introduced in Book #1. The first chapter of this book goes takes us back ten years in the past to Victor's life shortly after his marriage to his true love, Isabel or "Isa" as he called her. Their brief marriage was disrupted due to deception brought about by Isa's sister, Jacoba, and her husband Gerhardt.
Ten long years have passed since Victor has seen his wife and he doesn't know where she is or what has become of her. In his desire to find her, he decides to seek a position with Manton Investigations, an investigative agency known as "The Duke's Men." While interviewing for the job, he learns that Dom and Tristan have an available job which would take him to Edinburgh in order to investigate a young woman who goes by the same name as his mother's maiden name - Franke. Suspecting that this could be his wife, he goes to Scotland and voila! - he finds her and the story takes off.
I loved the fact that Victory and Isabella didn't dwell overlong on the misunderstandings in their past and immediately went forward with their love for one another. This is a compelling romantic story based on true love that lasted through many long years even though they were apart. I truly enjoyed this story. Some cute twists and turns take place due to Isabella's friendship with a young baron who fancies himself in love with her. Victor's proprietary manner is so sweet and romantic toward Isabella as he struggles to put up with the young baron who has no idea that Isabella is married to Victor. Toward the end of the book, the story brings in some other members of the "Duke's Men" to help Victor in his quest to take down the bad guys. I think we get a little advance notice of the next story-line which I suspect will feature Tristan - can't wait for his story.
**Spoiler** A huge bonus and something you don't find very often in this genre. Most of the time, the women in these books are expected to remain celibate and faithful to their spouses - the men rarely do. In this case, Victor remained faithful to Isabella during all the years they were apart even though he was very wounded and hurt.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing is ever as it seems!,
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I really enjoyed this book. The story of Victor Cale, who had been searching for his wife Isabel for ten years. He thought she had left him to face the consequences after some royal jewellery went missing from the jeweller's shop where they worked, and she thought he had left her when she was vulnerable and pregnant (not that he knew she was pregnant) when in fact the treachery was that of her sister and brother in law. When Victor gets word of a woman who fits his wife's description, he sets out to confront her. But he discovers that nothing is as it seems and they both realise that other people were responsible for them being seperated and in the end bring the culprits to justice.
5.0 out of 5 stars love reunited,
When Isabella fled, she thought she'd been duped by her husband. She has a new life and has guarded a secret from her estranged husband--a child. After 10 years, Victor discovers his wife and intends to find out why she deceived him. Secrets unravel, betrayals made aware, and more make this an intriguing romance. I loved this story--Sabrina Jeffries never disappoints!
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovers reunited,
Originally published at Rookie Romance.
I was immediately intrigued by the blurb of this story, it sounded like a fresh and original plot. It definitely lived up to my initial thoughts. Victor and Isa were married young and in love, but betrayals and lies separated them. Ten years later they meet again, both of them labouring under misapprehensions about each other.
Isa was a fiery and strong heroine, who does what she has to to make a better life for herself and her daughter. She was much meeker when she first met and married Victor, but she's definitely grown in confidence and become more independent since then.
Victor is just the sort of hero I enjoy. He's proud and not happy to lead an idle life, but he has a dark past that has hardened him in some ways. Part of that past is what he believes to be Isa's betrayal and subsequent abandonment of him.
They both harbour so much anger and resentment towards each other, that the tension is palpable when they meet again. it's not long before their heated arguments reveal that they both have vastly different versions of what happened. Then it seems that all their passion for each other explodes in a different area, because they had some crazy good chemistry!
It's so sad to think that they missed out on their relationship for ten years because of the scheming of other people, but it does make it all the more poignant when they finally become truly reunited after learning to trust each other again.
Sabrina Jeffries consistently writes wonderful and emotionally rich romances, and this is no exception. The plot is refreshingly unusual and there's suspense in the threatening form of figures from Victor and Isa's past. This is more than the story of reunited lovers, they have to learn to be able to trust not only in each other but in their own instincts. I'm loving this series so far, and I am eagerly waiting to see what's to come next!
*I received a review copy from the publisher, via Edelweiss, for my honest review. Thank you!
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When the Rogue Returns by Sabrina Jeffries (Paperback - 30 Jan 2014)