Title: Gentle Rogue
Author: Johanna Lindsey
Series: Malory-Anderson Family #3 (Books are stand-alone)
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: March 29th 2005 by Avon (first published December 1990)
Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★
Heartsick and desperate to return home to America, Georgina Anderson boards the Maiden Anne disguised as a cabin boy, never dreaming she’ll be forced into intimate servitude at the whim of the ship’s irrepressible captain, James Mallory.
The black sheep of a proud and tempestuous family, the handsome ex-pirate once swore no woman alive could entice him into matrimony. But on the high seas his resolve will be weakened by an unrestrained passion and by the high-spirited beauty whose love of freedom and adventure rivals his own.
Cover art: 3/5 stars. Simple but at least not tacky (like most historicals are).
4 of 5 stars to Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey
I found out about this book from Sarah Maclean’s Top 100 book recommendations (link here) and I’m so glad I did! This book is wonderful. I have read so many historicals that I didn’t think I’d find anything more to like but this one just hit me at the right spot. It’s too early to say Johanna Lindsey is going to be in my favorite authors yet. I’ll have to read more of her works first. I can’t wait!
What I love about this book is that it’s entirely character driven and both are amazing. There really wasn’t a conflict to the story that has to do with the setting/history but was focused entirely on the couple, a factor which I liked. Surprisingly, I adored the Georgina’s impulsiveness and sassy attitude as much as I did James’ playful yet snobbish character. Do not expect any romantics from James. He is bossy all throughout the book. They may have unlikeable personalities but they are both very interesting characters that made the reading experience engaging and enjoyable.