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Dearest Rogue

(Maiden Lane #8)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  6,790 ratings  ·  861 reviews

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.


Captain James Trevillion is proud, brooding, and curs
Mass Market Paperback, 326 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Grand Central Publishing
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Linda Grand Central is part of Hachette Publishing but now that everything is back to normal with Amazon everything should be fine. Honestly-you should fine…moreGrand Central is part of Hachette Publishing but now that everything is back to normal with Amazon everything should be fine. Honestly-you should fine a good local indie store to order from who won't pull this BS and keep your $$ in your community.(less)
Barbara I usually prefer reading series in order, but don't always. If you have read the books leading up to this one, the secondary characters mentioned will…moreI usually prefer reading series in order, but don't always. If you have read the books leading up to this one, the secondary characters mentioned will mean more to you. You will understand Phoebe's brother better and why he is so controlling. You will understand how far James as come. That said, this one could be read as a stand alone. Enough of the back story is given so that you won't be lost.(less)

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Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it

“You’ve ruined me. I don’t know if I can breathe without you. I don’t know how I can ever live without you.” –James Trevillion

Much better than my expectations. Thoroughly beautiful!

I postponed reading this book for so long, considering I wasn’t impressed with Phoebe's character in the previous book. I found her quite stubborn, so I was afraid she would get on my nerves in this installment. But oh, how wrong I was to think of her that way! She was nothing like I thought she would be. Ho
Lady Wesley
7 May 2015
My thoughts upon finishing Dearest Rogue
Warning! Do not begin this book unless you are prepared to stay up all night finishing it. Dearest Rogue may be my favorite Maiden Lane book yet. The romance between Phoebe and Trevillion will sweep you up, and besides that there is adventure, mystery, and an adorable child.

29 May 2015

Elizabeth Hoyt’s books just keeps getting better! As I noted in my five-star review of her last book, Darling Beast, she has taken the Maiden Lane series in a new
Robin (Bridge Four)
I’m going to tell you that I might be a smidge biased about this book as this is really one of my favorite tropes and I’m a sucker for a Captain, any kind of captain in fact from Captain Jack Sparrow, to James Tiberius Kirk, to Captain Malcolm Reynolds and let us not forget Captain Thorn (the Lunar Chronicles), Both Captains of the Queensgaurd, Hector (Girl of Fire and Thorns) and Amon Byrne (Seven Realms) and last but not least Captain America. But this has the added bodyguard who falls in love ...more
Lacey (laceybooklovers)
If you're looking for a bodyguard romance to love, you HAVE to read Dearest Rogue!! The heroine is the sister of a duke, is blind, and has a huge grump of a bodyguard. James is broody but you can just feel how much he adores Phoebe and is willing to do anything to protect her. There's also the "only one bed" trope AND they have to pretend to be husband and wife during that scene. I just had so much fun reading this one! ...more
Sam (AMNReader)
This, my 16th high rating reread, held up. Damn, I love these two (might be a 4, but tripping across moors is one of my all time favorite scenes.) Original review:

*Tosses kobo aside. Steeples fingers. Leans forward. Raises eyebrows*

Oh. I've found another for my collection.

*Plucks James from pages. Adds to "heroes I want to lick" shelf.*

I've enjoyed Phoebe's parts in the books prior to this and her book was not at all disappointing.I also l enjoyed the image of Trevillion just moments behind ea
I've given this an A- at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars rounded up.

While I’ve enjoyed all the books in Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series, Dearest Rogue has been the one I’ve most eagerly anticipated. In fact, it’s one of my most highly anticipated books of 2015. Perhaps that’s a little unusual, considering this is the eighth book in a long-running series, but something about the pairing of the older, world-weary, dour ex-officer with the young, vital but blind sister of a duke is intriguing and
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Better than the last one. High praise, indeed. And, sure this couple was also boring, but the story was sweet and actually a little bit believable. There was actual chemistry.

So, we have Phoebe, a blind girl who gets all annoyed when people want to help her walk without falling into a hole. And, James, her bodyguard who is a bit crippled from injuries to one of his legs who gets annoyed if anyone wants to help him in any way. Perfect match.

They fight, she resents him, he secretly loves her, he
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So sweet. Wasn't sure how I would like this one. Trevillion is a bit of a moody character in the previous books ... but he ended up being a real sweetheart.

TREVILLION woke the next morning as he often did: all at once, at exactly six of the clock , and with a stiff cock ...

Of course Trevillion was not of her station so did not feel worthy of her.

God, he was a cad.

"You've ruined me. I don't know if I can breathe without you. I don't know how I can ever live without you."

"Then don't." s
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
*** 4 ***

A buddy read with the Romantics at the MacHalo Freaks :) Because we love love!!!

Yes, we are back in 18th century England, Maiden Lane, ravaged by Gin and poverty, crime and filth... Well, that is on Maiden Lane... In the houses of the Ton, life seems much easier and more gentile... It does not matter where or when you are, money and privilege are always a plus.

"...“I don’t want you hurt,” he said gruffly.
“I know.” Her smile was winsome. “But falling isn’t the end of the world. I ma
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
**3.5 Stars**

It's no surprise that this is my favorite historical series. Only a few authors are on my "auto-buy" list and Elizabeth Hoyt is one of them. This story was sweet...which is not bad but I'm so used to the action, suspense and intrigue from the other books that I kind of missed it it in this one...and I'm especially missing the Ghost of St. Giles. I really wish there could be a fourth one!

This was a sweet read, and my first book where the heroine is blind. EH is such an amazing autho
Princess under cover
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I upgraded the rating from 4 the first time around to 4.5 rounded to 5 this time. Maybe I'm just in a generous mood.

What I liked about it:

The wounded Hero, gruff, serious, truly a hero and leader of men. He's always been such a stick in the mud from previous books and you know he's one of the good guys but you can't help but think - someone needs to pull that pole out of your ass! So I was curious how EH would treat him in this book, how she'd open him up and get us to fall in love.

She did grea
Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*
Was she more to him now than simply a duty?
Big smiles, you guys. Big, BIG smiles. Such a solid read. I loved it!

Phoebe was a fabulous heroine. I adored her. She was strong, kind, and optimistic in a way that didn't grate on my nerves. I applaud Hoyt for not allowing her blind heroine to flounder around in the deep end of the schmaltzy cheese pool.
"I just want to live."
Trevillion was just as wonderful; strong, noble, and severe in an edgy way that didn't grate o
Like many fans of the "Maiden Lane" series, I've been curious about a story for Lady Phoebe Batten, a young woman who's been progressively losing her sight over the course of the previous books in the series, and one for Captain James Trevillion, who started out as sort of the Sheriff of Nottingham to the previous heroes and then became an ally. Their pairing is a fairly obvious choice for romance -- vulnerable heroine with protective hero. (Who also has his own vulnerability, because of a leg i ...more
Steven Walle
Apr 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This romance was very well written and a delight to read. An old soldier is hired to protect a young blind lady. Durring there relationship they fall in love and have a beautiful romance which was fraught with parils from kid nappers, and the young lady's brother who is a Duke.
It has a very happy ending.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Dec 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, series, 1700s
3.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Lady Phoebe has been steadily going blind for the last couple years and as the sister to a powerful and rich duke, her brother hires a bodyguard to keep her safe. Captain James Trevillion used to ride the streets of St. Giles chasing down gin makers until an accident left him lame in one leg but still highly capable he becomes Phoebe's bodyguard. The ar
Another sexy, suspense filled, and romantic read! In this one the heroine is blind, and she falls for her bodyguard; who we have come to know in the past books as Trevillion. He takes things in his own hands when it comes to protecting his charge...and his life and hers will never be the same.

I am still loving this series, and I definitely recommend this one for anyone who is interested in Historical Romances. Elizabeth Hoyt does a brilliant job of creating a steamy and exciting romance!!! This
Blacky *Romance Addict*

It's 4,5 because of the explanation in the end about the (view spoiler). Pretty ridiculous, I guess I expected something more complex haha but oh well. The romance part was amazing, James is so lovely *sigh* so that got me rounding up to 5.

Lover of Romance
Review-Dearest Rogue I received a ARC copy in exchange for a honest review, thanks to Netgalley…this does not alter my view of this title 
Lady Phoebe, has known for most of her life, that she was losing her vision, and she knows that soon she won’t be able to see anything at all…not even the light. Phoebe is a woman of strength, and is determined to not let her very over protective brother, smother her in safety, she wants to live and experience life even if she is blind, she knows that
Have you ever read romance where the two leads are so well matched and so perfect for each other that you would read a 10 book series of them living their lives doing everyday things together?

For me, this is that book. Phoebe and James are that couple.

I live for the short glimpses of them in the other Maiden Lane books. I could read 100 pages of them planting a garden or something and be happy.

I love them to death, and there is absolutely no way that I can give this book a coherent review ev
Audio-book: Narrator - Ashford McNab

Love the life and passion this narrator brings to these characters. Such an enjoyable audio to listen to. Each voice very distinctive.

My heart has hurt for Phoebe since I first met her and realized her plight. So I was particularly invested in her story and who this author would pair her with. Wow! I couldn’t have dreamed of a better couple. The fact that James was so kind and considerate to her and yet knew she needed her freedom was sometimes so beautiful t
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
In a nutshell:

I almost gave up on Dearest Rogue. I was already halfway finished and there still wasn't any significant developments in James and Phoebe's relationship. To make matters worse, I was already at my wits end with Phoebe and her spoiled attitude. Maximus was equally irritating with his fiercely autocratic and arrogant disposition. Save for James, I really couldn't give a fuck about any of the characters (it's my first book in the Maiden Lane series so I don't have any prior attachmen
Juliana Philippa
"Phoebe. You haunt me. You drive me. You possess me. [...] You've ruined me. I don't know if I can breathe without you. I don't know how I can ever live without you."

"Then don't," she murmured into the eternal darkness. "Then don't." And knew that if he was ensnared, then so was she.
4 stars
Bottom Line, Up Top. Terrific read! The Maiden Lane Series continues to excel and be one of my favorite romance series out there. Phoebe and James are both delightful characters and they're a complete trea
3.5 stars, possibly 4. The heroine is BLIND, so I just had to read this Georgian romance, set in London and Cornwall sometime around 1745. I am drawn to stories with blind characters.

In this case, Phoebe wasn't born blind but began losing her sight at age 12. In this story, she is 21 and totally blind. As younger sister to the Duke of Wakefield, she feels overly protected, cosseted, almost caged. The Duke hires Captain James Trevellian, wounded in the King's Horse Dragoons, to act as Phoebe's b
edge of bubble
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Penelope and Travellian's story was sweet. I was going to give them 4 stars but for the little story in the beginning of the chapters. I know that it's just an intro, doesn't have an importance compared to the main story but... fook that!

spoiler alert for the little story

There is this siren/selkie who spares the life of a young prince. Naturally young prince chains her with iron in her horse form when she delivers him to the land from the sea and rides her into his search of a kingdom to invade.
The eighth addition to the Maiden Lane series by Elizabeth Hoyt. Captain James Trevillion is in the employed of Maximus, Duke of Wakefield, and charged with the protection of his sister, Lady Phoebe Batten. He takes his job seriously but when a kidnap attempt is made he has his doubts on his abilities. Lady Phoebe lost her sight and must rely on others but that doesn't mean she doesn't want her independence. She wants to be allowed to fall and get back up but her brother is determined to keep he ...more
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt
Book Eight of the Maiden Lane series
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: May 26, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***

Summary (from Goodreads):


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
Lori Foster
LOVED that Lady Phoebe was so confident despite her blindness and LOVED that James Trevillion, a former dragoon with a bum leg, was so committed to her. Even with the super sexy love scenes, this was an amazingly sweet story. Nonstop action, amazing characterizations, compelling dialogue, and an all-around wonderful story.
3.5 stars but the end of the book *after they go to Cornwall* made it well worth rounding up to 4. Best part of the book for me was Phoebe telling Maximus where he could stick his high-handedness, in a well-bred ladylike manner, of course. Still a fabulous series!
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Phoebe and Trevillion were great, but I miss how it all started. With the Makepeaces and the Ghost of St. Giles. Excited to read about Asa next.
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Elizabeth Hoyt is a New York Times bestselling author of historical romance. She also writes deliciously fun contemporary romance under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with three untrained dogs and one long-suffering husband.

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“I'm not letting you go after this." He raised his head. "Marry me, Phoebe, please. Damn the courtship. Damn your brother. Damn the waiting. I can't...I can't breathe when you're not with me. I love you with all my cynical heart. Be my wife and teach me to laugh and let me buy you beer and ride with me on the beaches of Cornwall. Be my love and my wife forevermore." (Captain James Trevellion)” 13 likes
“Somewhere, at some indefinable point, he'd crossed a bridge and the bridge had crumbled behind him. There was no going back. He cared for Lady Phoebe Batten more than anything else in life. More than his family. More than his honor.
More than his freedom, should it come to that.
Bringing her joy was worth more than any amount of money. He knew--without doubt, without fear--that he would kill for her.
That he would die for her.
It was almost a relief, this realization. He might fight intellectually against it, using all those well-worn arguments: he was too old, she was too young, they were too far apart in class, but it simply didn't matter. His heart performed a
coup d'état over his mind and there was nothing more to be done about it.
He loved Phoebe Batter, now and forevermore.”
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