WHEN THE ROGUE RETURNS
Jeffries continues the Duke’s Men series as mystery and romance merge in a suspenseful jewel heist/blackmail scheme that spans decades. She skillfully draws her characters into danger and passion. Not only is this a compelling story brimming with unexpected twists, but it’s also an emotional romance that touches on many levels. The dynamic characters and fresh storyline will captivate readers willing to be lured by the slow reveal of secrets and the rebuilding of a relationship.
Victor Cale is a guard for his wife Isabella’s employer, a prominent jeweler. Isa creates realistic copies of fabulous jewels, and he’s shocked when she steals the Dutch royal diamonds, blames him and disappears. A decade later, Victor is hired to investigate a baron’s lovely fiancée — Isa! Isa has built a reputation in trade, believing she is safe from the husband who stole the royal gems and abandoned her. Their distrust stands in the way of Victor’s investigation, but no more than their desire. Tension is high as Victor calls in the Duke’s Men, and he and Isa must realize their love is what makes each of them strong. (POCKET, Feb., 400 pp., $7.99)