Gillian Chauncey, Baroness Chauncey, is a master of disguise, trained by her expatriated husband, a former French royalist, in the arts of espionage. When a dangerous life or death secret lands in her lap, she’s thrust into a perilous world of ticking clocks and desperation, arrowing her directly into the arms of the man who arranged her marriage.
Lord Simon Danbury is no ordinary nobleman. He’s been tasked by Admiral Nelson to organize an elite group of clandestine first sons willing to sacrifice all to protect England’s shores. When an assassination attempt is made on Nelson, Simon isn’t sure what poses more danger, the enemy or the masterfully seductive Gillian.
Publisher and Release Date: EsKape Press, May 2014
Time and Setting: London, 1801
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 1
Reviewer Rating: 4 stars
Review by: Claudia
My Lord Rogue is a prequel novella to this author’s Nelsons Tea series and it is a worthy but dark first book which promises more enjoyable books to come.
Although only a novella with a focus on the two main characters, the storyline is fascinating and I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know what was coming next. Gilian’s resourcefulness – in the theatre scene especially – gives us an interesting insight on how tense and dangerous this whole undertaking was for all who were involved. I rarely read a novella with so much characters depth and such an intense storyline and it speaks highly of the author’s writing ability.
Simon and Gilian are honorable characters with many secrets and a lot of history between them. They are forced into each others’ way and although both try desperately to ignore it, they cannot deny the chemistry and the truth of their feelings for each other. Both characters are exceptionally well written, especially for a novella, and the reader can feel their pain and their clear devotion to each other.
Katherine Bone does a wonderful job in giving us the chance to know both characters and experience their exceptional honor and loyalty. Through her ability to transport readers back in time and in the way she gives us tidbits about their history, we are able to learn what both experienced in order to make them into the people we meet in this book.
Ms Bone’s writing is very sensitive and she approaches the subject of arranged marriages and possible unfaithfulness very carefully, but without crossing a line – which most readers would not want to see crossed, even at those times one might wish otherwise because the depth of feeling between the characters are so strong.
The only thing which took away some my reading pleasure is that there is no real HEA for Simon and Gillian. On the one hand, that works, as this book is too short to give their story the justice it deserves and it would have left a bad taste in my mouth for different reasons at this time, but on the other hand it’s unsatisfying.
I really have to read the other books in this series just to get glimpses of both Simon and Gillian – and I hope there will eventually be a full-length novel telling their story. They deserve it and I can’t wait to read it.