Review: Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt

Review: Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth HoytDearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt
Series: Maiden Lane #8
Published by Grand Central Publishing on May 26th 2015
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Personal Copy


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 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.


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.

Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt is 100% my kind of historical romance. After enjoying The Serpent Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt, I decided to try out some of her other books and Dearest Rogue really appealed to me. I even bought the book full price at Barnes and Noble’s. So it’s so very awesome that I completely adored Dearest Rogue.

Dearest Rogue is set in the mid 1700s England and focuses on Phoebe Batten and Captain James Trevillion. Phoebe is a lady from an aristocratic family, and she is blind. While she wasn’t born that way, over the years her eyesight became progressively worse, and now she can’t see unless it’s a very, very sunny day. And even then, she can’t really see much. So her (understandably) over protective brother hired Trevillion to watch over Phoebe.

Phoebe is such a wonderful woman. Although she wishes she had her eyesight back, she never lets her blindness get her down. She’s wonderfully strong, and she wants to be independent more than anything. While she wasn’t thrilled with Trevillion’s presence initially, they have formed a connection, of a sort.

As much as I loved Phoebe (and I really, really do) Trevillion absolutely stole my heart. Trevillion was in the Dragoons, and excelled at his job. But, due to an injury, he is no longer a part of that, and he is now a Bodyguard to Lady Phoebe. Trevillion takes his job of protecting Phoebe very seriously, and did he ever make my heart swoon. He has this fondness for Phoebe, but he keeps it to himself because he’s worried about class differences. He feels like he is not good enough for Phoebe, which of course is not true. This quiet love he has for Phoebe that he never shares with anyone just made me adore him so much.

Trevillion’s worries about not being good enough for Phoebe and his fear that his injury prevents him from being able to protect her leads to some conflict, but as frustrating as it was for me as a reader, it’s exactly what makes me love Trevillion all the more.

Trevillion and Phoebe are just so perfect for each other. Obviously, as this is a romance, I know that Trevillion and Phoebe are going to get together, but Elizabeth Hoyt made me believe that they actually belonged together. I can see how their different personalities fit so well together.

Dearest Rogue is also full of fabulous secondary characters, and I especially loved meeting Trevillion’s estranged family. Really, there isn’t much I didn’t love about Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt. You all should read it RIGHT THIS MINUTE!

14 Responses to “Review: Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt”

  1. Stefanie

    I wasn’t able to request the first book from my library and wanted to know why was it listed when there were no available copies. So good think I thought to call and the librarian was so helpful! She found a copy in Sacramento so I’m waiting for it to come down.

  2. anna@herding cats & burning soup

    Ahhh I need to read this one. Love the series and reading the one out later this month now but missed this one when it released. So glad to hear it was good. I loved the hero as a secondary character 😀

  3. Sophia Rose

    I think this one sounds great, too. I like the way you describe Phoebe and Trevallyan and their believable relationship. I’ll have to get this one.

  4. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I love the sound of this one! I’ve read a historical where the hero was blind by not the heroine. I always feel like I’m taking a big risk when I buy a book at full price so it’s doubly disappointing if I don’t love it. I’m glad this one was everything you wanted it to be!

  5. Nick

    I didn’t know where to start with this author. All her books sound so terrific, but they are also overwhelming because she has so many. I want to read this one badly though. I wasn’t aware it had a blind heroine and I want to read it for that. I love that she’s so strong despite it and is so positive. And I have to say, you make a very strong case for Trevillion and I’m already a little bit in love with him. I love heroes are quietly in love with the heroine. I can’t wait to pick this up!
    Lovely review, Quinn!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      She does have so many books, and it is overwhelming. I think starting with Dearest Rogue is a fabulous idea! It is part of a series, but I don’t think it really matters. And Trevillion – he totally made me swoon.

  6. Kaja

    I liked Dearest Rogue, too! I find it great that romances sometimes feature characters with disabilities.
    I did wish the language (the descriptions of certain body parts) were less “authentic” (historically, I mean, reading “clitty” is just… weird for me).
    But it was a good read nonetheless and I’ll be giving Hoyt another chance soon.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      Hahahahahaha. I know what you mean about the language. I can’t actually remember that word, but I’ve been pulled out of a story because of the langue before too.

  7. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

    I loved this book too! James and Phoebe are just fabulous. I think you would enjoy the other books in the Maiden Lane series. Great review!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I definitely plan to read more in the series. And just more of her books in general. I really like her writing. But I’m not sure anything can top this one.

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