The sinking of the ‘Salty Dove’ took her husband’s life―but it didn’t drown Julia Fairbright’s courage to endure. She creates a proper life for herself and her young son. But now, the ton’s most notorious rogue is back in London, and how he makes Julia feel is anything but proper. She can’t deny the desires he awakens in her, even though she knows that the handsome devil will surely break her heart.
Garrett Stockton owns a successful shipping company and is rumored to have a woman on every continent and half-a-dozen in England. The truth, however, is that Garrett has but one mistress: the wide-open sea. That is until he meets Julia, whose spirit of independence matches his own. What begins as a flirtatious battle of wits turns far more passionate than either of them could have imagined. Suddenly, Garrett’s only desire is to sail into the sunset with Julia as his wife and young Chatwyn his son. But she won’t take his hand―how can he convince her that his love is real and his heart is hers?
Title: Gone With The Rogue
Series: First Comes Love #2
Author: Amelia Grey
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: April 28, 2020
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Gone With The Rogue is the second title in the First Comes Love series and brings two intriguing, stubborn people together for a romance that will change their lives. I was easily drawn into Garrett’s and Julia’s story and while I didn’t over the top love this one I did enjoy the time spent I with them.
The first meeting between Garrett and Julia was definitely chuckle-worthy as he rescues her from a tree she was rescuing her son’s kite from – rather unsuccessfully. As a widow firmly under the control of her powerful father-in-law, Julia doesn’t have a lot of options in her attempts to free herself and her young son from the Duke’s influence. But she does have a plan – and that plan didn’t include the handsome rogue Garrett, yet it seems Garrett has other ideas.
Garrett’s and Julia’s romance is quite quick, and although a combination of sweet and sexy the more sizzling moments are fade to black… and there are only a few. Without giving away more than I want to, Gone With The Rogue is a good story with likable main characters. I like the idea behind this series of the doomed ship the Salty Dove going down and how that affects the lives of so many other people – and the women who come together to help the young daughters of those who died in the tragedy. Yet, Julia and Garrett were far too often overshadowed by the actions of the Duke who is really good at hiding his misdeeds and pushing his own agenda on his daughter-in-law and grandson. So, I liked the story, it moves the series along, but I didn’t fall in love with the characters. It happens sometimes. I would still recommend the series in general, and I do look forward to the next story – it’s just that this one fell a little flat for me, but you should make up your own mind.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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