by Cindy Holbrook, Debbie Raleigh, Donna Simpson

January 2001
ISBN: 0-8217-6772-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Pandora Sabatini had a dream that she had to use her wiles to help a couple find their true love. In her dream, she saw Betty carrying a huge Valentine Card from Westbrook Lockyear, the Earl of Hart. So she thought Betty, who is Jacklyn Armstrong’s maid, and Westbrook were to be true loves. Well, things did not work out that way; Jacklyn was falling in love with Westbrook and he was in turn falling in love with her. Only thing was Jacklyn was acting as a chaperone for Westbrook and Betty. Things are not going as well as they are supposed to be, with people not falling in love with who they are suppose to be falling in love with. A Valentine Dream gets pretty comical at the end, with everyone confessing to each other who their true love really is and the people who get drug into the confessing at the end.

In The Merry Cupids, we get to meet Millie Windmere and Ella Windmere, the aunts of Guy Ravendell. Millie and Ella are playing cupid, trying to bring together Bianca Stone with their nephew Guy. The only problem is neither one really likes the other, that could be because Guy said something that should not have been said when he first met Bianca. Now he is staying with his aunts to find out if Bianca was just after his aunts’ money they had already left to her in their will, or if she was completely innocent. This story has some funny moments throughout and some sad ones as well. We get to see Guy and Bianca work through their problems and finally realize they are in love with each other.

Bron Alvarice, the Viscount of Blackthorne, sees a young lady across the dance floor at a Valentine Ball. The young lady is one Honey Stillwell, who is making her debut in the London Season. Only problem was the one ball was Honey’s only ball for her season, because her father married her off to Abner Hockley. After twelve years off not seeing one another, they finally met again. Only Honey does not know that Bron, Mr. Black, is the man she remembers seeing from across the ballroom. Bron was not using his real name because of a scandal in London he is hoping will blow over soon. Bron would help women that were in trouble in the name of Wild Honey because he could not forget Honey from that one look. There are many ups and downs in this story of them falling in love and the obstacles they overcome to finally be together. It takes another Valentine Ball for most of their difficulties to be worked out.

Out of all three stories in Valentine Rogues, I would have to say that Wild Honey was my favorite, the story of a love that didn’t start right away but was finally realized after the characters were reunited after twelve years. The Merry Cupids was also a good story; it is nice to read a story of two people thrown together by two elderly maidens, where the hero/heroine never suspected anything.

Reviewed in February 2003 by Pam.