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Gone With the Rogue

(First Comes Love #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  439 ratings  ·  278 reviews

A powerful handsome rogue finally meets his match in Gone With the Rogue, the second book in the First Comes Love series from bestseller Amelia Grey.

She had an acceptable marriage of convenience. Now widowed, can this determined and beautiful mother find true and forever love?

The sinking of the Salty Dove took her husband’s life—but it didn’t drown Julia Fairbright’s

Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 352 pages
Published April 28th 2020 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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This is a Historical Romance Fiction, and I found it overall just ok. I did not love it and did not hate it. I did like the beginning more then the rest of the book. So, In this book Julia is trying to get from under the control of her late husband's father (The Duke). She does fall in love with Garrett in this book, but Julia does not know if he will make a good father for her son. So, she just wants to court someone. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher or author via N ...more
Amy Imogene Reads
3.5 stars

Love always wins, even when the obstacles seem insurmountable. Time for a classic Regency romance!

Pacing: ★★★
Characters: ★★★
Enjoyment: ★★★

Gone with the Rogue is the second in the First Comes Love series, but like many other romances it can be read as a standalone—I, personally, can vouch for that as I'm a newbie to the series with this book.

Julia Fairbright's husband drowned at sea, leaving her with their young son and under the "protection" of her father-in-law, the duke. The duke is
This is my first Amelia Grey. This book reads fine as a standalone having not read book #1.

This book started out absolutely amazing. I was totally in love with everything. It starts with the heroine, Julia, playing in the park with her 4 year old son and getting stuck in a tree while trying to get his butterfly net out. She meets the hero, Garret, this way while waiting for her son and maid to go get help. I adored that scene. It was such a wonderful meeting, a bit silly and somehow built this
Ameilia Grey is a new to me author and this is the second in this "First Comes Love" series that I was glad to get a copy to read and review as I enjoyed the first book.

Ms. Julia Fairbright has been in the state of a widow for about 4 years and is somewhat at the mercy of her father-in-law who has his own notions of what a prim and proper widow she should be. Essentially she is a prisoner to the man and it doesn't help that he is a Duke. In any case she has to walk on eggshells around his staff
Risking a second chance!

A brilliant beginning had me on the edge of my seat waiting for more. Julia Fairbright is a widow laboring under the demands of a harsh father-in-law whose never forgiven her for marrying his son.
Her authoritarian father-in-law, the Duke of Sprogfield, a stickler for stringent etiquette and behavior forms, who relished the good opinion of society, a standing he basked in, has threatened to cut Julia off from her son if she ever deviates from his tyrannical demands around
Julia is a widow with a young son, but has to live under the strict rules of her publicly pious father-in-law. Since he happens to be a Duke, his decisions rule the roost so to speak and can I just say he was a jerk! Julia is trying to find a way to escape his clutches and keep her son with her, but her efforts are turning fruitless. Enter Garrett.

A chance encounter at the park, in a tree no less, Garrett is fascinated by Julia. Literally, all I could think was Garrett was like a moth to a flame
Robin Loves Reading
Just as in the first book of this series, we have another widow. This one is Julia Fairbright and she has defied convention and made a life for herself and her son. Meeting a notorious rogue soon begins to change Julia's outlook.

Garret Stockton may be a rogue with plenty of women in his past but there is one woman that just might change everything for him and that is Julia. They are a lot a like, and what is more they share an undeniable attraction to one another. Before long Garrett soon wonde
Barbara Rogers
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Series: First Comes Love #2
Publication Date: 4/28/20
Number of Pages: 352
** 3.5 Stars **

In the first book of the series, The Earl Next Door, we learned about the sinking of the Salty Dove and the impact that had on the families of the passengers and crew. We also met and got to know the ladies who are featured in this series and their struggles to come to grips with what happened by creating a school to educate the young girls who were orphaned by the sinking. While this book is part of a series,
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a courtesy copy of this book and I’m voluntarily leaving a review. This has been an enjoyable read for me, a story that reflects the opinions of its time. Julia is a widow who is trapped by the hatred of her father in law. She has a mission, that is she wants to break free from the clutches of the Duke and the only way to do it is to find evidence against his respectability. When this strong and stubborn lady encounters the most unruly man of London, she decides to take the risk and t ...more
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gone With the Rogue is the second book in the First Comes Love series by Amelia Grey. It can be read as a standalone but I think you will enjoy it more if you have read the first book already.

Julia Fairbright is a widow with a young son. She lives with her controlling father-in-law who threatens to take her son away from her if she so much as thinks of courting another man. When she realises there is a way to blackmail him into letting her live her own life away from him without losing her son,
After reading The Earl Next Door, I was eager to read Gone With the Rogue to get Julia's story.

Julia is a widow and is totally at the mercy of her father-in-law, who happens to be a duke. It's a situation which would have been very typical during that time where women had very little control over their own lives and were often at the mercy of the men in their families. In Julia's situation, her father-in-law wasn't treating her in the kindest manner and her situation was definitely not a good on
Amary Chapman
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Kitson Fairbright, widowed and mother of Chatwyn is at the mercy of her father in law, the Duke of Sprogsfield. He is control of the property that became her husband's upon their marriage and won't let her take her son and set up house elsewhere. He threatens her often with taking her child, so when she overhears a conversation that has the possibility of her escape from his prison, she is determined to make it work.
Garrett Stockton, a charming rogue is in town and spies her in a bit of a
Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}
3.5 Stars

Cute story that I enjoyed, but didn’t love.

The story started off strong, with an absolutely adorable ‘meet cute’ between our two main characters Julia and Garrett. But as the story went on, I felt that it began to drag and I began losing interest. Along with the romance there was a bit of a mystery element with Julia trying to find out information on her father in law to help her get out from under his control.

Garrett helps her in this endeavor, and it was very much a hero swooping in t
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enticing, witty, and seductive!

Gone With the Rogue is set in London during the early 1800s and features the independent, spirited widow, Julia Fairbright and the dashingly handsome, womanizer, Garrett Stockton as they navigate undeniable attraction, a mystery involving scandalous businesses and encrypted documents, and an overbearing, controlling, powerful father-in-law.

The prose is engaging and light. The characters are resolute, focused, and passionate. And the plot is a push-pull tale of fami
Janet Newport
Thank you NetGalley and St Martin's Press for this arc.

This was a light and easy read for me. While the author's intention seemed to be not just the romance but also to highlight the lack of women's rights during the Regency period, I did find the never ending repetitions of Julia's "abuse" at the hands of her father-in-law heavy handed. I found the main characters, Julia and Garrett to be somewhat one dimensional and less than fully developed/credible. BUT, character development and plot line c
Caitlyn Lynch
I didn’t like The Earl Next Door, the first in this three book series about three widows finding new love, but I was convinced to give this one a try in hopes that I’d like the hero a bit better. And, thankfully, I did, because Garrett Stockton is a thoroughly decent man. Although he has the reputation of a rake, he doesn’t so much as look at any other woman than Julia in this book. From the first moment when he has to rescue her from being stuck up a tree, to his dedication to helping her out o ...more
Pelusa Rivera
This is the second book in this series and I recommend reading the first book, you could probably get away with it but I still recommend to get the whole picture. So we met Julia who is one of the widows that lost their spouses in the salty dove, so between her and her two other friends they started a school for the kids of the workers who lost their life in the salty dove (ship that sank). Julia had lost her husband and now she was a single mother who was under her husband fathers thumb, he was ...more
“I’m not going to leave you. I’ll be here waiting for you when you are ready for us to make a home together”... She had no doubt he was settling his claim on her and leaving no room for anyone else.

Julia is a young widow held captive by her father in laws threats to take her son if she doesn’t do exactly as he commands. His requests are oppressive and constant. She longs to be free to make her son and live a build a new life of her own. An overheard conversation leads her to believe her pious fa
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second story in the series but can be read as a standalone. Lady Kitson ( Julia) is controlled by her father in law, the Duke of Sprogsfield. He dictates what she can do, where she can go and what to wear. She meets Mr. Garrett Stockton in an unusual circumstance. Garrett is a wealthy shipping merchant and has the reputation of a rogue. Garrett helps Julia to find evidence against her father in law, so that she can live her own life as she wants. As they work together, so their feeli ...more
Kristy Pinkley
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the second book in this series. Julia is a great heroine with a feisty spirit. She is being hindered by her dead husband’s father, the duke, because he rules her every move. If she doesn’t obey, she will lose her 4 year old son to him. She meets Garrett in the beginning of the book & sparks immediately fly. Garrett makes his living at sea & is only in London briefly. I highly recommend reading this book to find out what happens between this characters. I also look forward to the next b ...more
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sweet book!

This story was very nice and sweet. I felt that is was a slow pace but I didn’t mind that. There was no OW conflict or jealousy. It was a clean read. So for those of you who love that, this historical romance is perfect!

I also want to add that I mostly read historical romance books and prefer explicit and steamy scenes. This book didn’t have that. I enjoyed the book but I also didn’t stay up late at night because I was eager to find out what happens next. It usually takes me 1-2 days
Niki (mustreadalltheromance)
Widowhood hasn't brought the freedom it should have for Lady Julia Fairbright. Though she mourned her husband, theirs was largely a marriage of convenience, but their elopement displeased her father-in-law, the Duke of Sprogsfield, and now, if she wants to stay with her son, Julia must abide by the duke's staunch rules of propriety. When she meets handsome adventurer, Garrett Stockton, Julia finds a stir of attraction she'd thought long dead, but the only way she'll ever have the freedom to purs ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of Amelia Grey for a long time. I enjoyed this book but it was not my favorite. The story is about Julia Fairbright’s who is trying to create a proper life for herself and her young son after her husband died. Garrett Stockton owns a successful shipping company of course his likes Julia. The characters and the story were well developed.
May 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to Netgalley, St. Martin's Press and author Amelia Gray for giving me the opportunity to read and review this lovely romance.
Julia Fairbright became a widow after her husband was lost in a shipwreck. She has pulled her life together for her young son Chatwyn. She would like to be more on her own and move on with her life, but her father-in-law, referred to as the Duke, has her under his control by telling her that she cannot leave his home with his grandson. He is extremely controlling on
Erica Chilson
I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

Gone with the Rogue is the second installment in the First Comes love series. It can be read independently of the series with little to no confusion as a standalone.

As the daughter-in-law of a duke, a widowed Julia Fairbright is left to raise her son without a father. Under the duke's protection, Julia struggles as her son is used as a leash to keep her under control. Imprisoned by society as a woman, trapped due to her cir
Vania Nunes
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lady Julia Fairbright, widow, mother of little Chatwyn, wanted to break free from the yoke of her father-in-law, the Duke of Sprogsfield, who never forgave her for misrepresenting his youngest son and preventing him from marrying a more influential family lady. It would not do to explain to the duke that the marriage between her and Kitson, when they eloped, was precisely because they both wanted to escape the future plans of those who had raised them.

The duke, a man raised to be a priest, but w
Tracy Emro
Widow Julia Fairbright wants nothing more then to be free of her overbearing father-in-law, the Duke of Sprogfield. To avoid unwanted marriages, Julia and the duke’s son Kitson, ran away to Gretna Green and married. Theirs was not a love match, but they were happy together and all was well until Kitson died when the Salty Dove went down. Widowed and pregnant, Julia had no choice but to submit to the duke’s will. Four years later, the duke is still dictating and has made it clear, Julia can do as ...more
Carole Burant
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I often think I would have loved living in the Regency era but then I read stories like this one and it reminds me how little say women had back then. To be ruled by men like the old Duke (her father in law) would make me want to run away like Julia wants to do!!

Happy is the day when Julia meets Garrett and the attraction is immediate and mutual. He's so different than the men she's had in her life, he doesn't want to rule her but to help her. Passions flare and the chase is on to find the proof
Addie Yoder
These stories by Amelia Grey are so light and fun and perfect for this time in life. However, I really wanted more relationship development between Julia and Garrett. They had chemistry from the first moment, but I didn't feel their emotions deeply like I wanted to. I love the connections between the three friends, but did miss Adeline and Lyon from the first book. It was warm and fun and light, but I think I wanted MORE. ...more
When she was young, Julia Fairbright eloped with lord Kitson, the son of the Duke of Sprogfield, and felt his ire as soon as they returned. Widowed while 8 months pregnant, she is now under the 'protection' - rather the control - of the Duke, who holds his guardianship of her son, Chatwyn, over her like the sword of Damocles. If she so much as steps a toe out of line from what he expects a prim and proper widow to do, he will take her boy, and she'll never see him again. The only freedom Julia h ...more
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