Sabrina Jeffries is one of my favorite historical romance authors and I had the pleasure of meeting her at a conference a few years ago and discovered that she is just as nice in person as she seems from her website. Sadly, one of the websites that she was an active participant in has gone away but she still has a very lovely website of her own at this link.
4 out of 5 stars
When the Rogue Returns by Sabrina Jeffries is a historical
romance that continues the ‘Duke’s Men’ series which highlights members
of an investigative agency. Victor Cale is uncomfortable with the
recent changes in his life and seizes the opportunity to request an
assignment to investigate a widow in Edinburgh who sounds suspiciously
like the faithless wife who abandoned him to be charged with the theft
of the jewels she counterfeited. Isabella Franke has gone on with her
life after being betrayed by her family and husband and she is prepared
to defend her new life against everything but the longings that reawaken
once she is in the presence of the man who hurt her so long ago.
This intriguing tale continues to explore
the amazing men who have discovered unexpected connections to the
powerful Duke of Lyons as they try to deal with their complicated lives.
The conflict between society’s expectations and their own inclinations
provide interesting situations that allow them to display their
strength of character and ingenuity. I liked the premise of this story
but thought that some aspects stretched incredulity a tad too far even
though I enjoyed watching the various characters dance around the
complications caused by their attraction. I look forward to reading
more about the ‘Duke’s Men’ and revisiting some of the characters
already introduced and finding out what other adventures they can get
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I received a copy of this title in return for an honest review.