by Elizabeth Hoyt
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Page Count: 326
How got book: personal Kindle library
Why read: I'm always a sucker for blind protagonists in HRs.
HE CAN GUARD HER
Lady Phoebe Batten is pretty, vivacious, and yearning for a social life
befitting the sister of a powerful duke. But because she is almost completely
blind, her overprotective brother insists that she have an armed bodyguard by
her side at all times-the very irritating Captain Trevillion.
FROM EVERY DANGER
Captain James Trevillion is proud, brooding, and cursed with a leg injury
from his service in the King's dragoons. Yet he can still shoot and ride like
the devil, so watching over the distracting Lady Phoebe should be no problem at
all-until she's targeted by kidnappers.
BUT PASSION ITSELF
Caught in a deadly web of deceit, James must risk life and limb to save his
charge from the lowest of cads-one who would force Lady Phoebe into a loveless
marriage. But while they're confined to close quarters for her safekeeping,
Phoebe begins to see the tender man beneath the soldier's hard exterior . . .
and the possibility of a life-and love-she never imagined possible.
Star Rating - 4
The best word to describe this book is sweet. It’s one of those romances
that make you go “aaawww” and just grin in happiness at the romantic schmoop.
There are a few darker elements explored to contrast with all that romantic
stuff, but in this work, it definitely doesn’t take over. I usually like a bit
more emphasis on the darker; yet, in my first work by Hoyt, I found the
overemphasis on romance and love fitting and enjoyable.
I really liked the characters in this one, especially Phoebe. Her blindness
doesn’t become a crutch nor define her character. She doesn’t let it limit her
exposure to the outside world or prevent her from enjoying life. She’s a
bright, strong spirit that I enjoyed reading. The hero, James, was also a guy I
could get behind. A bit angsty at times, he still acted when he felt he needed
to to protect the woman he loved and overcome his past to put himself forward
as a romantic prospect.
The overall plot was OK, pretty typical for a historical romance actually. I
rolled my eyes more than once at the multiple kidnap attempts and rescue
scenarios. Yet, I’m always game for a good rescue, and I love the idea of the
noble girl/common guy. So the clichés didn’t bug me all that much this time
A pretty enjoyable historical romance, this book has great characters and
the perfect level of emotional resonance and romantic fluff. While there are
some clichés of the genre that caused a few sighs, they don’t overtake the
whole story. Highly recommended for lovers of the genre as I think you’ll
definitely enjoy it. I’ll be looking for more by this author.