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A powerful handsome rogue finally meets his match in Gone With the Rogue, the second book in the First Comes Love series from bestseller Amelia Grey.
She had an acceptable marriage of convenience. Now widowed, can this determined and beautiful mother find true and forever love?
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, 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?
The beginning of this book set me off with a giggle. Stuck in a tree by the lace collar of her dress, Lady Kitson Fairbright (Julia) was impatiently awaiting the return of her son’s governess so she could cut herself down. While she’s stuck she thinks about the conversation she heard between her father-in-law and his solicitor regarding papers and titles of properties that need to be disposed of. Since she’s alone in London with the Duke in the country fighting illness, she hopes she can find these documents and use them to free herself and her son from under the Earl’s constant watch.
Of course that’s when a gentleman stops under the tree and sees her predicament. Garrett Stockton is the first son of a third son and as such he decided to take on the seas and trade rather than depend on an allowance from his titled third cousin. According to society he has overstepped the boundaries of Gentleman and Tradesman. His company is profitable and he travels with his ships, collecting things all over the world to sell in London.
After rescuing Julia, he can’t seem to get her out of his mind and he knows she has some sort of problem with the Duke of Sprogsfield and would love to help her. Julia has to trust him enough for that as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were fun and intriguing. Julia and Garrett are the perfect couple and relationship grew steadily throughout the book. Julia’s son Chatwyn is a delight and his interactions with Garrett were perfect for his age.
Lots of intrigue, some hold your breath moments, some interesting ways of handling people and a simmer to sizzle relationship that had me turning the pages until I was done.
I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us in the next book of this series.
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Amelia Grey (aka Gloria Dale Skinner) grew up in a small town in the Florida Panhandle. She has been happily married to her high school sweetheart for over twenty-five years. She has lived in Alabama, Connecticut, New Hampshire and now lives in Florida.
Amelia has won the coveted Romantic Times award for Love and Laughter, the prestigious Maggie award for best historical and Affaire de Coeur’s best American historical award. She has been a finalist for the Golden Heart and the Holt Medallion awards which are given by Romance Writers of America and numerous other awards. Her books have been sold to many countries in Europe, Russia and China.
Amelia likes flowers, candlelight, sweet smiles, gentle laughter and sunshine.