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The Soldier's Rebel Lover

(Comrades in Arms #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  24 reviews
When Major Finlay Urquhart was last on the battlefield, he shared a sizzling moment with daring Isabella Romero. Two years later, Finlay has one final duty to perform for his country, one that reunites him with this rebellious senorita! Except Isabella has her own mission, which means that no matter how much she craves Finlay's touch, she can never tell him the truth. But ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 15th 2015 by Harlequin
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Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars

The second book in Marguerite Kaye’s Companions in Arms duo, The Soldier’s Rebel Lover is a worthy companion piece to the equally good The Soldier's Dark Secret, and like that book, takes a thoughtful look at the after-effects of war on those who fought and what happens to them when war is over. As well as all that, there’s a swoonworthy hero, a tender, well-developed romance, and a dash of adventure – all of it beautifully written and develope
Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
This is the final book in Marguerite Kaye’s Comrades in Arms mini-series and, whilst I enjoyed it, I didn’t find it as compelling or emotionally charged as THE SOLDIER’S DARK SECRET.

The son of a Scottish farmer, Finlay has succeeded in rising to the rank of major against all the odds, resulting in Wellington dubbing him “The Jock Upstart”. The army has been the only life he has ever known and, after the war ends, although he loves his family, he knows he could never settle for a life that is saf
Kay (aka) Miss Bates
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes ye olde Regency feels like tired romance material, and sometimes, there's Marguerite Kaye! Major Finlay Urquhart, with enough of a brogue to make him sexy and fun, is also a man of honour and integrity, the best kind of hero. Now that the Peninsular Campaign, indeed the war, is over, his growing realization of how dispensable England's war veterans are leaves him disillusioned. But he cannot deny his friend Jack Trestain's, Wellington's code-breaker, request to rescue the Spanish parti ...more
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This, the second in Marguerite Kaye’s Comrades in Arms duo, is set during the aftermath of the Peninsular campaign or what the Spanish preferred to call the War of Independence. It has at its centre, dashing and honourable Major Finlay Urquhart and bold, beautiful Isabella Romero.

Finlay is at a loose end after the bloody war that has seen so many of his comrades killed and injured; however, he is a career soldier, so when his friend and army colleague, Lieutenant Colonel Jack Trestain (Wellingto
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
An intensely intriguing historical tale of passionately compelling romance...

"What the hell do you think you are doing, creeping about in the night in woman's clothing? I could just as easily have killed you?"
The sheer audacity of her remark rendered him speechless for a moment, and then Finlay laughed. "This, senorita, is a kilt, not a skirt, and you did not for a moment come close to killing me, though I don't doubt that you'd have tried if I'd given you half a chance."

Good book about two people whose lives are defined by what they see as their duty. Finlay and Isabella meet in 1813 as both come across a cache of French weapons. As one of the Spanish guerilla fighters, Isabella promises to get the information to El Fantasma, a guerilla leader, so that it can be taken care of. Finlay and Isabella are intrigued by each other and share an instant connection, but are parted by the needs of the war.

Two years later, Finlay receives a request to return to Spain and f
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited to read this book, as it follows up Jack's story in The Soldier's Dark Secret - which I enjoyed and follows his friend and army colleague Finlay. I have to say, I found the cover disappointing on this one (the heroine looks bizarrely Edwardian, and it doesn't reflect the story), as Jack's was unusual and gorgeous.

For me, this was a game - or book - of two halves. The first half, I didn't like so much, the second half was much better. My main problem was with the hero and her
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If there's one thing British authors can write brilliantly and with accuracy, its historical romance. Marguerite's sequel to The Soldier's Dark Secret does not disappoint at all.

Finlay and Isabella's romance is seamless in the way both points of view are woven in, capturing the reader's imagination from the very first page, leaving me (the reader) reluctant to say farewell at the end.

Their relationship keeps the reader turning over page after page, 'willing' them to have their happy ending, and
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Major Finlay Urquhart of the Ninety-Second Regiment of Foot has been fighting in Spain during the war with Napoleon. A Scottish man, he prides himself on wearing his kilt. He is on lookout when he catches a Spanish woman named Isabella. At first thinking she is a French spy, he soon learns that they are on the same side. They rest, share some food, and talk. Finlay is intrigued by her but they part soon after.

England - 1815

Finlay has returned home after the war to live with his brother at Tresta
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book had likable characters with a strong female heroine and an honourable hero. The plot sees Major Finlay Urquhart venturing into Spain to rescue a Spanish Partisan and falling in love along the way. The plot was good with a realistic historical setting and although predictable it was a good a read. With the exception of the end, it was a clean read. If I have a niggle, I found the build up to the end of the story a little laboured, only to be followed by a sudden finish. The historical ba ...more
Oct 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lootsin paremat aga kahjuks jäi see raamat ikka lahjaks.
“The Soldier’s Rebel Lover” is the final installment in the series "Comrades in Arms", but can be read as a stand alone. I absolutely adored this series! Although, I must say I adore ALL of Ms. Kaye's stories. She is an amazing storyteller who transports the reader to another era with her strong, feisty heroines, her alpha heroes, and her alluring, compelling and compassionate stories.

Another intense, intriguing, compelling and passionate tale of romance and love with some twists and turns along
Clare O'Beara
Spain during the Napoleonic era is the setting for this strong story of love, danger and sacrifice.

A kilted Scots Major is spying out a French arms cache when he meets a partisan Spaniard on the same errand. They are in the wooded, rough, Basque country. The partisan turns out to be a girl, dressed as a man. She agrees to tell El Fantasma, the Phantom, who is a rebel leader, about the arms so that the British soldiers don't need to risk splitting their forces to take it out of French hands.

Charlotte Mcfall
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
With the Soldiers Rebel Lover there is no need to worry about historical accuracy with Marguerite Kaye, you can be rest assured the author will have done her research.

This is the last book in the Comrades in arms series, although perhaps a book updating the readers on Isabella's family would be good.

Our kilt wearing hero is Finlay Urguhart, and i must say i love a man in a kilt. Caputures our heroine Isabella whilst on duty. Initially he thinks that she is a French spy. The novel is set during t
Trudy Miner
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
While in Spain Major Finlay Urquhart spent the night in a field with guerrilla fighter Isabella Romero on a scouting mission during the war with France. He never dreamed that two years later he would be back in Spain seeking to find the elusive El Fastisima or The Ghost in order to protect English secrets nor did he think he'd see the feisty Isabella again. As Spain seeks to put an end to the Resistance fighters, Finlay and Isabella face danger together and must flee for their lives. In the proc ...more
Mary Hart
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The Author builds up the romance, it's a slow burn and I was invested in the outcome. I could understand both points of view as throughout the novel the author explains Finlay and Isabella's ideas, life experiences, regrets and aspirations. This book is the second in the comrade in arms series and as, in my opinion, both protagonists in first book were guided by issues of guilt, in this one both are touched by their duty to others. It's rich in historical detail and ...more
Aug 31, 2015 rated it liked it
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Harlequin Books
"Kaye delivers a vivid tale of unexpected love in the next installment of her Comrades in Arms series. The author weaves genuine characters, rich setting and authentic conflict into a delicious, full-bodied historical that readers will savor" (RT Book Reviews, 4 stars).

Miniseries: Comrades in Arms
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very well developed and written quick novel. I loved the little bit of history between Isabella and Finlay. And I LOVED the way it developed and their loyalties to each other and their causes. Overall a great read.
Nancy Reynolds
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another great book from author Marguerite Kaye. As always, the historical setting and facts are wonderful. The hero/heroine are great. I always know I'll have a great read when the book is written by this author. ...more
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I liked the book just wanted a little more in the epilogue
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