Gone With the Rogue is the second book in the First Comes Love series by Amelia Grey. But it can also read as a stand alone if you haven’t already read the first book.
Julia is a widow with a 4 year old son. Her father in law(the duke) controls every aspect of her life, down to what a proper widow should wear. All Julia wants is a little bit of freedom and to be in charge of her own sons upbringing. Garret is the owner of a shipping company and he is ready to settle down. He is tired of living the life of a roguish sailor.
I liked this book for the most part. I really enjoyed the beginning of the story. Julia meets Garret while stuck in a tree. Their meeting was really sweet and made me fall for Garret. He is drawn to her right away and knows he wants her to be apart of his life. I liked that he didn’t fight his feelings. Julia kind of annoyed me. She wanted her freedom to make her own choices but still was very focused on what society would think. I still liked her but she was very inconsistent.
The real problem I had with the book was that it become solely focused on the duke. Julia constantly worried about where he was or what would happen if she got caught. I know that the plot of the book was to expose the duke for someone he wasn’t but I think it was too focused on him instead of the growing relationship with the two characters. I just didn’t care about the Duke plot. I wanted more with the relationship.
Overall I say this is a solid historical romance. It was an enjoyable read. I say if you like a rogue who is actually isn’t very rogue like and a woman who just wants what is best for her and her son, then give this one a try!
Thank you St Martins Press and Netgalley for the early copy of this book.