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April 27, 2020

Gone With the Rogue by Amelia Grey ~ a Review

by MK French

Julia Fairbright had a marriage of convenience that ended when her husband died at sea. She delights in her young son, enduring the critical eye of her father in law in order to retain custody. Garrett Stockton is a second son that had gotten successful at shipping and has always loved the sea. When the two meet by chance, it's only the beginning.

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April 2020; St. Martin's; 978-1250218780
ebook, print (304 pages); Regency romance
Gone With the Rogue is the second book in the "First Comes Love" series, after The Earl Next Door. It's not necessary to have read the first novel in this series, though I do enjoy Amelia Grey's novels so it might be worth a look anyway! In this one, the meet-cute occurs right away, when Julia is stuck in a tree that Garrett happens to tie his horse to as he avoids the ladies of the ton looking to introduce themselves. The two hit it off right away, though Julia is more frightened of the reputation he carries than his actual behavior. Her father in law had always been held up as the bastion of good manners and propriety, and he went out of his way to make Julia's life miserable to pay for eloping with his youngest son. There's very little to suggest any kind of warmth or redemption for the elderly Duke, but that's not the point of this story.

The point is that Julia, who had thought that love was beyond her, has finally found it again. Garrett, who had never felt at home in London, finally sees a kindred spirit. The two had often felt isolated prior to meeting each other, and now there is someone they look forward to sharing the future with. Julia has a slim opportunity to escape the tight strictures of her father in law so she can live her own life and raise her son as she sees fit, and I like that she has the strength of will to take it. Garrett doesn't overstep the bounds she places on him and does what he can to help her, even when she initially rebuffs his advances. He's genuinely a kind and caring man, even if his reputation doesn't say so.

We have our happily ever after, and it's one that they absolutely deserve and earn.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever. 

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