Review: When the Rogue Returns by Sabrina Jeffries

Posted February 1, 2014 by Amanda in Book Review | | 1 Comment

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: When the Rogue Returns by Sabrina JeffriesWhen the Rogue Returns by Sabrina Jeffries
Series: The Duke's Men #2
Published by Simon and Schuster on 01-21-2014
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover
Source: Author
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Victor Cale never imagined that his sweet, shy bride, Isabella, would use her talents for creating exquisite imitation jewels criminally. But there's no denying that her handiwork was used in the theft of the Dutch royal diamonds-- right after Isa disappeared into the night.

Ten years later, Victor is sent to Edinburgh to investigate a wealthy baron's mysterious bride-to-be... who turns out to be Isa, masquerading as an alluring widow. No longer the meek girl he once knew, Isa boldly asserts that it was Victor who abandoned her, after he helped steal the royal diamonds!

Piecing together the truth of the past reawakens their volatile passions, which burns hotter than ever. But with a decade of secrets between them, Victor and Isa must trust each other to bring the real thieves to justice-- without getting burned themselves.

The setup

The plot was a classic historical storyline with a typical historical romance misunderstanding between the main characters.

Ten years prior, Isabella thought her husband had abandon her after helping her sister and brother in-law steal from the jewelry store she worked at. However, Victor was under the impression that Isabella had run off with her criminal family and framed him for the theft. This confusion bred mistrust and bruised their love.

When they meet up again, they know they must figure out the truth, swallow their pride, and push aside their hurt feelings.

The issues

My biggest issue with When the Rogue Returns was connecting with the characters. They didn’t draw me in and I wasn’t emotionally involved with their romance. I also didn’t like how there were so many side characters, I felt there were a lot of  other things going on.

I also didn’t like how suspicious Victor was, even before he was officially assigned the job that helped him find Isabella…It’s difficult to explain his thought process without spoilers…

What I liked

I liked the writing, I really enjoy Ms. Jeffries’s style. Her books flow very well. I did like reading about the past characters of her series.

The bottom line

This was an enjoyable read with likable characters. I would recommend this series as well as the Hellions of Halstead Hall by Sabrina Jeffries to all lovers of historical romance. However, for me, this book fell a little short, I didn’t become invested in the characters. Overall, it was a good book.






About Sabrina Jeffries

Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of 35 novels and 8 works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas). Whatever time not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze of dreams and madness is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions—jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and music. With over 6 million books in print in 18 different languages, the North Carolina author never regrets tossing aside a budding career in academics for the sheer joy of writing fun fiction, and hopes that one day a book of hers will end up saving the world.

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Amanda J. Greene is a paranormal romance author. When she is not writing, she can be found playing the role of a university student who also works full time at a cosmetology school. She lives in Southern California with her very supportive husband and their two dogs, a sweet cocker spaniel and a rambunctious blackmouth cur mix. Doing all the above and being a military wife is not easy, but rewarding! Of course, she accomplishes everything with a strong cup of coffee in her hand.
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