The Rogues Club
Beauty resides where gentleness and love are the
wondrous of gifts . . .
Huntington was moving on with her life; she stood before the altar
to pledge herself to another. A year had passed since she had been
widowed when her husband died on the battlefields of Waterloo. Her
thoughts were haunted by the love she felt for her first husband,
who she had loved since childhood—a love that was never returned.
She was shocked when she saw a limping stranger slowly making his
way towards the altar. There was something familiar about the newcomer
that made her heart beat faster. When she heard a voice from the
past declare that he was her husband come back to her from the dead,
she felt herself go faint. Had her thoughts of her beloved been
turned into a reality?
Bryceson Wakefield, Duke
of Hawksworth had returned from the war a changed man. No longer
did he possess the golden looks that had once made him the catch
of London’s elite society. His face and body exhibited hideous
scars that were a daily reminder of what he had suffered that ill-fated
day when he was given up for dead. He felt that his scars make him
unworthy to claim his husband’s rights to his beautiful wife.
Although he felt he was not worthy of his wife, he refused to allow
her to marry an enemy, the Viscount Chesterfield. Stopping the wedding
ceremony was his only option. Seeing the beautiful swan his wife
Alex has become in the year they had been apart only heightened
his awareness of how beastly he must appear to her. Secretly he
vowed to one day release her from the commitment that bound them
together. Only his heart knew of the magnitude of his love for her,
a love that did not become apparent to him until he lay so close
to death. Such a love could not be forced to live with the beast
that he had become.
As a reader/reviewer I
have made it a point to seek out and read every Beauty/Beast theme
reads that I can lay my hands upon. Since childhood, this theme
has been one of my all time favorites. I can honestly say that Annette
Blair has written the best Regency I have found in this genre. Annette
Blair’s characters magically wrapped their way around my heart.
My tears of sorrow quickly changed to joy as I finished the last
heart-wrenching page. To say that I was impressed with the first
book that I have read by this author is an understatement. I am
thrilled that there are other sequels to come from this book. I
can easily see this memorable series being made into a mini-series
for television. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!