Title: When the Rogue Returns (The Duke's Men)
Series: The Duke's Men
Classification: Adult Fiction
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Paperback; 400 pages
Publisher: Pocket Books (January 21, 2014)
Notes: I received and eARC loan from the publisher and am a member of Pamela's street team. In other words, I love her books so much that I've volunteered to help her get out the word about upcoming releases.
Ten years ago after a week of marriage Isabella was abandoned by her husband.
Ten years ago Victor was betrayed by his wife.
Ten years ago the jewel heist of the century took place and a web of lies was weaved ensnaring a pair of unwitting victims.
Ten years ago the lives of two individuals were thrown off course and irrevocably changed.
After ten years, the truth is about to set them free...
Isabella 'Isa' is a smart and strong woman. Ten years ago Isabella found herself alone and pregnant. After escaping from her sister and brother-in-law, she managed to find a job with a jeweler who specialized in the manufacturing of imitation jewelry. Her sister and brother-in-law had orchestrated a jewelry heist from Isa's former employer using the fake jewelry she'd crafted. She'd wanted no part in the heist, but once the imitations had been created there was no stopping it. Isa had tried, but she'd been out maneuvered by the pair. After waiting four months for her husband to appear, she'd come to the realization he'd taken his portion of the proceeds and abandoned her. Desperate to make sure she wouldn't be involved in any future heists, she'd left all but her belongings behind in an attempt to start anew. A gutsy move for a pregnant eighteen year old woman.
Victor is a kind, loyal, honest and trustworthy individual. Ten years ago his wife betrayed him and left him behind to clean up the mess she'd made. He'd had to face the police and the knowledge his wife had set him up to be the scapegoat. At first he refused to believe she'd played any role in the heist, but as weeks turned to months he realized just how wrong he'd been about her. Over the years, he's looked for her, but it was like she'd disappeared into thin air. Now, while working on a case for Manton's Investigations, he's been asked to check into the background of a woman. A woman who with each new bit of information, sounds more and more like his wife, who played him for a fool. Could he have finally found her? Will retribution finally be his?
This was both a charming and heartbreaking tale that I just adored. I loved both Victor and Isabella from the very beginning. It was fun seeing these two jockey for position at the beginning while trying to fight the feelings each still had for the other. It was heart wrenching to see them uncover what happened all those years ago and come to the realization of what had been done to them and what had been lost. I absolutely adored how they had to build up their trust for one another and attempt to figure out where they as a couple stood. I gave this one 5 out of 5 roses. A total and utter book seduction for me. This one is going on my keeper. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed.