the irresistible rogue


Daphne Swift has not laid eyes on her devilishly charming husband, Captain Rafferty Cavendish, in quite some time. As a matter of fact, she wants the rogue to annul their brief marriage so that she can marry the reliable and estimable Lord Fitzwell. But the breathtakingly handsome Rafe is not interested in letting Daphne go-at least not without paying his scandalous price…

Rafe prefers to face the dangers of spying alone, but this time he needs his innocent, fiery wife to uncover the information he seeks. He has even agreed to release her from their marriage if she submits completely to his plan. However, Daphne’s alluring combination of courage and curves makes her a dangerous distraction, and it is not long before Rafe is trading subterfuge for seduction in order to prove that Daphne is meant to be his and his alone…


I loved this book about Rafe and Daphne. The story starts with Daphne maybe getting engaged to a the very boring Lord Fitzwell – that is if she can get an annulment to her marriage of convenience to Captain Rafe Cavendish (who she has loved for awhile), they got married so Daphne (who craves adventure) could accompany him on a mission for the war office – as his cabin boy, if she got found out as being a woman then her reputation would not be destroyed as she is already married to him. After the mission Rafe left and Daphne has not seen him since.

This is where the fun begins because Rafe knows that Daphne is wanting to get engaged and he does not like her choice of gentleman so Rafe says he will only grant Daphne an annulment if she accompanies him on another mission to find out who killed her brother. Daphne agrees to assist him one more time and leaves to go on his ship.

This story keeps you entertained the whole way through, I loved Daphne’s cousin Delilah and Aunt Willie, these two characters together cause a lot of mischief and I loved it, along with the attraction between Daphne and Rafe and both of them fighting it.

This is one of my MUST READS if you like historical romances. I will be putting Valerie Bowman on my authors not to be missed list.



Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps!

Valerie’s debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction.

Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her rascally rescue dog, Roo. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.

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