Jacob Preston has three requirements for a woman desiring access to his bed: She must be enthusiastic in affairs of passion, jaded in matters of the heart, and – to ensure the first two qualifications – she must be married. Lady Julianne Cambourne’s unmarried status should render her firmly off limits. Instead, it proves a temptation, especially when she comes to him in desperation, looking for the kind of answers only he can give. For, beyond his rakish reputation, Jacob is known for the mysterious power of detection he commands through his sense of touch. And Julianne, surrounded by secrets that threaten to ensnare her in a deadly trap, will do whatever it takes to recruit his skills…using every form of persuasion at her disposal…
Review: I went into reading this book not knowing it was the second in a series. I realized it about 1/3 of the way in. However, it completely stands on it’s own. The reading experience may have been enhanced if I’d read it’s predecessor, Touch of a Thief, as it’s stars end up playing a prominent role in this story.
But on to Touch of a Rogue. This is the story of Jacob, a brother of an earl who is quite the rogue with an unusual sensitivity to metals. And then there is Julianne, an actress turned countess, who has gone to Jacob to help her prove her husband’s death wasn’t suicide.
This is a very solid historical read with a touch of paranormal. As Jacob and Julianne investigate her husband’s death, the reader is pulled into an interesting and dangerous underbelly of London society. Druids, a nasty bad guy with magic abilities and mystery to solve, I was drawn in and held captive by these pages.
Add into the mystery and intrigue a solid romance between two headstrong characters, and I found this to be a very enjoyable read. The chemistry between Jacob and Julianne is well developed and smoking hot. I had fun watching the two circle each other, clash, retreat and do it all over again.
I’ll admit that I had some misgivings over Jacob’s ability in the beginning. But Ms Marlowe won me over by the end of the book as it, as well as all the magic displayed by the characters fit seamlessly in the story. I’m going to have to get my hands on books one and three to see where this trilogy is going to go. This is a good series for those who love historical with a small taste of the paranormal.