Review: Rescued by a Rogue


In 1783, the Revolutionary War is ended, and Major Alexandre Beauvisage is making his way home, anticipating a return to the wicked pleasures of his former life. However, while riding through the Connecticut woods, Alec comes upon a boy lying unconscious in the autumn leaves…and closer inspection reveals that the figure in breeches is actually a lovely young woman, suffering from amnesia.

Against his better judgment, Alec christens the foundling Caroline and takes her with him to his home in Philadelphia. Soon, life becomes increasingly complicated as the fiery attraction between them builds and Caro’s dangerous past reaches out to her.


I do enjoy historical fiction so I decided to give this book a try. Unfortunately, I didn’t like it very much.

The hero is not heroic to my way of thinking. He all but raped a young woman he found unconscious and alone in the woods. She doesn’t know her name, where she came from, or anything else about herself, but none of that mattered. Then to add insult to injury he tells her he’ll be her guardian and find her some nice man to marry even though he’s quite taken with her himself.

The heroine Caroline is better, but she is surprisingly unconcerned about her amnesia. She starts a new life never knowing what she left behind.

I liked the secondary characters better, but I thought they seemed a bit stereotyped.

I know many readers will disagree with what I’m about to say, but I thought the book had entirely too many seduction scenes in it. They weren’t over the top by any means, but I just didn’t enjoy them.

What I did like about the book was the plot. If you read the blurb you know the premise of the story is good. Did I read it to the end? Yes. I wanted to know how it came out, and the ending was satisfactory. The period details in the book were nice too.

Other people may like it more than I did. I’d love to share the cover with you, but WordPress has a new system, and I can’t figure out how to insert a picture yet.

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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5 Responses to Review: Rescued by a Rogue

  1. I can understand all of your concerns about the book, Elaine. Total amnesia is extremely rare yet used all too often in stories, especially in period tales. And I agree about seduction scenes. I am no prude, but often they throw them in for the sake of throwing them in. However, it sells, and these writers sell out. I have stopped reading former favorite authors because such scenes became more and more …and more graphic. Yet, this is what many of their readers asked for. In fact, more than one ex-Fox left over the years to write spicer stuff.
    I used to finish every book tot he bitter end, now, not always, but some nag at my curiosity.
    Good critical review, Elaine.


    • Elaine Cantrell says:

      You’re right. It does sell. I know that some readers will love the book for the same reasons that I dislike it. I’m no prude either, but it does seem as if the writer just threw them in for the sake of having another seduction.


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    yes, as I read your first paragraph — presenting the premise of the novel — I was also thinking, “hey, that sounds pretty cool.”
    But with the remainder of your review, I don’t think I’d find the book worth reading either.


  3. Sounds like a great plot. I don’t care for too many seduction scenes either. I have skipped over certain scenes in order to finish a book before. I tend to read more sweet romance now so that I don’t run into that problem too often.


  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    So do I. Read sweet romance, I mean.


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