by Jennifer Blake

January 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2405-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

Nicholas Pascquale was going to hell. His past exploits gave plenty of reason but his latest would surely seal the deal. What else could a man lusting after a nun expect? As if that were not enough he’d ask her to marry him. He was stealing away a bride of Christ. Worse yet was that upon finding out Juliette’s identity Nicholas began to quickly back paddle. Not so much an auspicious beginning for a devil and an angel.

He was the answer to her prayers. Juliette was in need of a husband and only moments after asking the Holy Mother to grant her this request New Orleans most feared Maître de Armes asked Juliette to marry him. Other men either feared or aspired to be like Nicholas, aka La Roche. His intimidating presence would ensure that her sister’s intended could not gain control of the Armant family thus sending their mother to her grave.

Juliette had been told since childhood that she was intended for the church. Juliette did not feel the calling but she always did as she was told, unlike her twin. When she was unexpectedly called home Juliette found that her life as she knew it had been false. Deceptions created a mess that her family now looked to Juliette to repair. Jealousy, greed, and treachery hindered Juliette’s efforts. Afraid Nicholas had changed his mind she knew she had to take a more aggressive approach.

Humbled by a nun. His fellow Maître de Armes were not likely to let this opportunity to goad Nicholas pass. Nicholas had recently won the state lottery, accepted responsibility for a brood of street urchins, and was willingly entering into holy matrimony. Nicholas had his own reasons for seeking a wife. It was a means to an end. But when he looked into Juliette’s eyes all he could think was that he needed to know her better.

Rogue’s Salute is a brilliant addition to Jennifer Blake’s Maître de Armes books. I have to say it is my favorite. Juliette and Nicholas are perfect for each other. The author’s exceptional descriptions make you feel like you are there with the characters. The love story is more prominent in this book than in the others in my opinion. It is one of the most romantic books I’ve read. Fans of historical romance will not want to miss it.

Reviewed in December 2006 by Rho.

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