Gone With the Rogue (First Comes Love Book 2) by Amelia Grey #bookreview

Gone With the Rogue by Amelia Grey

A powerful handsome rogue finally meets his match in Gone With the Rogue, the second book in the First Comes Love series from bestseller Amelia Grey.

She had an acceptable marriage of convenience. Now widowed, can this determined and beautiful mother find true and forever love?

The sinking of the Salty Dove took her husband’s life—but it didn’t drown Julia Fairbright’s courage to endure. She creates a proper life for herself and her young son. But now, the ton’s most notorious rogue is back, and how he makes Julia feel is anything but proper. She can’t deny the desires he awakens in her, even though she knows that the handsome devil will surely break her heart.

Garrett Stockton owns a successful shipping company and is rumored to have a woman on every continent and half-a-dozen in England. The truth, however, is that Garrett has but one mistress: the wide open sea. That is, until he meets Julia, whose spirit of independence matches his own. What begins as a flirtatious battle of wits turns far more passionate than either of them could have imagined. Suddenly, Garrett’s only desire is to sail into the sunset with Julia as his wife and young Chatwyn his son. But she won’t take his hand—how can he convince her that his love is real and his heart is hers?

Book Review by Tanya Kannta for Love Books Group

With everything COVID-19 nowadays, having a book to escape with is sublime. If you’re like me, my brain candy reads must include some banter and humor, some romance and sizzle, as well as a happily ever after (HEA). Moreover, during these stressful times, I’m looking for something that has more of a light tone to the read, something that isn’t dark and gut wrenching. And Gone With the Rogue by Amelia Grey fits the bill perfectly for what I’m looking for.

This is the second book in Grey’s historical romance First Comes Love series. While this can be read as a standalone, I find myself more engaged and invested in the story if I’ve read the first in the series, having met some of the characters to come in future books.

Julia Fairbright is a widow with her four-year old son, Chatwyn, under the protection of her father-in-law, who also happens to be a controlling and domineering duke. This does not bode well for the strong-willed Julia who longs to have her independence. Yet given the time frame and how little women’s rights and opinions factor into society, Julia feels trapped. Rightly so. She has little power, though she inserts her will whenever she can.

Enter Garrett Stockton. He’s a rogue and a wanderlust. A successful businessman who owns an even more successful shipping company. When he docks in London for a spell, he runs into Julia, stuck in a tree. It’s a fabulous meet-cute and sets the tone for the remainder of the story. After this serendipitous meeting, Garrett is entranced by Julia, and does everything in his power to win her affections, despite his initial aversity to marriage. Moreover, with the duke threatening to take Chatwyn away, Julia’s fears prevent her from accepting Garrett’s initial courtship.

Yes, Garrett and Julia eventually fall in love, though it’s not immediate. There’s flirtation and denial. There’s chivalry and a battle of wits. And then there’s trust that develops. As well as a plan that allows Julia and Garret to have their HEA, without the dictatorship of the duke. 

For historical genre purists, Gone With the Rogue may not be the read for you. But if you are looking to whet your appetite for a fun, sweet with some saucy scenes, historical romance, give this one a shot.

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