Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Irresistible Rogue by Valerie Bowman

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Lady Daphne Swift and Captain Rafe Cavendish are married! We found this out at the end of ...., her brother, Julians story. It seems they married to perform a mission, a mission that went south with Rafe and her other brother Donald, captured and tortured. Rafe blames himself for Donalds death and vows to avenge him. Only he needs Daphne's help again to accomplish it.

Daphne is seeking to annul her marriage to Rafe and become engaged to a nobleman. Rafe agrees to accept the annulment if Daphne spends a week with him, helping him capture Donalds' killers. Daphne agrees as she wants vengeance as well.

Rafe Cavendish could have turned into a very dark individual in his circumstances, but he's a very charismatic and witty guy by nature and that comes through. He let himself be blackmailed into marrying Daphne, "for the mission", initially but he can't seem to let her go, although he knows he isn't near good enough for her.

Daphe Swift had a huge infatuation with Rafe for years, she saw an opportunity to marry him and took it greedily. When she finds him in a compromising position at the end of the mission, she realizes he never felt anything for her but the mission. She runs back to her family and immediately puts herself back on the marriage mart in order to forget him, conveniently forgetting she's still married to the rogue! She is a very loving and nurturing woman at heart and it certainly is shown.

Overall this was an enjoyable adventure, filled with spies, secret marriages, false cabin boys, kidnappings and who knows what else?! Valerie Bowman doesn't disappoint with this one! Just look at that gorgeous cover!! The secondary characters are fully fleshed and I just loved Deliliah and her penchant for spouting French!


Lady Daphne Swift comes from a family with two brothers who have proudly served the Crown. She may be a female, but she's willing to do whatever it takes to prove that she's as useful to the war effort as her brothers. She even went so far as to secretly marry a spy. The fact that she just happened to have been pining for Captain Rafe Cavendish for years didn't hurt matters. But after their first mission, when she realized their marriage had been strictly business, Daphne immediately wanted an annulment. The fiery Daphne has always been a multi-tasker and now she's hell-bent on two things: finding the men who killed her brother and securing her engagement to another man to forget about Rafe forever.
As a spy for the War Office, Captain Rafferty Cavendish has been on dozens of missions. But one mission haunts him, the mission that resulted in the death of Daphne Swift's eldest brother, Donald. Rafe agreed to work with Daphne once and put her life in danger. Now he must find the men who killed Donald, avenge the family, and convince Daphne to give him one more chance. But Daphne's enlisted her other older brother, Julian, to help her get a quick and quiet annulment so that she can marry a fop who only wants her for her title and money. Can Rafe convince Daphne to give him one more chance, on the mission and with her heart?