Saturday, March 28, 2015

Claimed by the Rogue by Hope Tarr Review @samhainpub

Claimed by the Rogue (Claimed, #1)
Release date: March 4, 2015
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: Claimed #1

He crossed an ocean to find her. His secret could prevent him from claiming her heart.

When Robert Bellamy signed on with the East India Company and set sail for Calcutta, Lady Phoebe Tremont took his promise to heart. Their separation would be but brief; in six months he would send for her.

Six years later, believing her love to be drowned at sea, Phoebe hides her tears behind a disguise at a masked ball to celebrate her engagement to a dashing French aristocrat. It is there she encounters a handsome guest costumed as a rogue of the sea—a pirate. When he drops his mask, she finds herself looking into a dead man’s eyes. A ghost’s eyes. Robert’s eyes.

Through hardship and degradation, Robert never lost his resolve to return home to England a rich man. Now a successful ship’s captain, there is one prize left to reclaim—Phoebe.

But the demure debutante he left behind has grown into a dazzling, decidedly self-determined woman. Nor is Robert the callow youth who set sail in search of adventure. Yet the one thing that could win her heart is the very dark truth his pride warns him never to reveal…

Warning: This book contains steamy sex, some violence—and a hero so swoon-worthy you’ll find yourself seduced into staying up into the wee hours turning pages.

My Rating: 4 Roses

A nice romance about a second chance, Claimed by the Rogue was a lovely read and I enjoyed it.

Phoebe was a great heroine. She had put herself back together after Robert's "death" and became a stronger, kinder, and a better person in general. She could be stubborn about the wrong things sometimes (like, why did it have to either be Robert or her fiance? If she wasn't ready to trust Robert, that didn't mean she HAD to marry Aristide. She could have simply said she didn't want to marry him anymore, especially after she acknowledged to herself that she knew it wouldn't be a happy marriage). But, overall, I liked her.

Robert was also good. He had gone through a lot, but refused to let all of it make him bitter. He still dreamed of returning home and having the happy life he always wanted. Though, it turned out to be harder than he expected. My only issue with him was that, like Phoebe, he had something that he was annoying stubborn about. I get why he didn't want to tell Phoebe what he had been through but when it came to the point of either telling her the truth or losing her, it should've been a much easier decision. Especially because Phoebe wasn't an idiot and she knew his story was off. However, I still liked him overall as well.

The romance was nice. It was clear that, despite Phoebe's protestations, their time apart, and how much they had changed during that time, they still loved each other. So, I thought they were great together.

The plot moved quickly and kept me engaged. There was a secret about a certain fiance that actually took me by surprise. I enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely.

Claimed by the Rogue was a lovely historical romance and I liked it. Romance lovers, you might want to check this book out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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