I was lucky enough to win an ARC of When the Rogue Returns from Sabrina Jeffries herself! I couldn't wait to read it. After reading the first book in The Duke's Men series, What the Duke Desires, I was excited to see that this next book was about Victor Cale.
In When the Rogue Returns, Victor Cale is headed to Scotland to investigate a woman, Sofie Franke. He has his suspicions that this woman is actually Isabella, his wife who disappeared on him ten years before. He has spent the last decade searching to bring her to justice after she stole the royal jewels and left him to behind to deal with the authorities. Isabella Cale, now known as Sofie Franke, has built a new life for herself and her ten-year old daughter after her husband ran off with the royal jewels.
Are you intrigued yet?
Victor and Isa's first meeting was great! Both blame the other for the missing jewels, and both are greatly suspicious of the other's motives. Despite their renewed feelings of passion and love for each other, they just cannot get over their extreme fear that the other is lying. Victor, however, grows jealous of another man in Isa's life, and Isa fights her own feelings for Victor. Once they both realize they were framed for a crime neither committed, they must work together to find the real thieves and make sure justice is served.
I love how Sabrina Jeffries is able to mix romance and mystery together to create an amazing chemistry between Victor and Isa. As they struggle to come to terms with the truth, you sense how they are still haunted by their vulnerabilities. I think that's what I liked most about the book - they both seemed so innocent and honest, yet also so tortured by the incidents of the past. It wasn't just two random people fighting feelings of lust for each other, rather it was two people joined by marriage yet torn apart by another person's lies.
When the Rogue Returns will be released on January 21. I highly recommend it. I was lucky enough to also receive an autographed copy of What the Duke Desires, signed by Sabrina Jeffries! In anticipation of the upcoming release, I am giving that copy away here to one lucky winner. Good luck!
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