When the Rogue Returns (The Duke's Men #2)
Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: 21 January 2014
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.
I was immediately intrigued by the blurb of this story, it sounded like a fresh and original plot. It definitely lived up to my initial thoughts. Victor and Isa were married young and in love, but betrayals and lies separated them. Ten years later they meet again, both of them labouring under misapprehensions about each other.
Isa was a fiery and strong heroine, who does what she has to to make a better life for herself and her daughter. She was much meeker when she first met and married Victor, but she's definitely grown in confidence and become more independent since then.
Victor is just the sort of hero I enjoy. He's proud and not happy to lead an idle life, but he has a dark past that has hardened him in some ways. Part of that past is what he believes to be Isa's betrayal and subsequent abandonment of him.
They both harbour so much anger and resentment towards each other, that the tension is palpable when they meet again. it's not long before their heated arguments reveal that they both have vastly different versions of what happened. Then it seems that all their passion for each other explodes in a different area, because they had some crazy good chemistry!
It's so sad to think that they missed out on their relationship for ten years because of the scheming of other people, but it does make it all the more poignant when they finally become truly reunited after learning to trust each other again.
Sabrina Jeffries consistently writes wonderful and emotionally rich romances, and this is no exception. The plot is refreshingly unusual and there's suspense in the threatening form of figures from Victor and Isa's past. This is more than the story of reunited lovers, they have to learn to be able to trust not only in each other but in their own instincts. I'm loving this series so far, and I am eagerly waiting to see what's to come next!
*I received a review copy from the publisher, via Edelweiss, for my honest review. Thank you!