St. Ives, Cornwall 1820
The entire Ton was abuzz! The last of the rogues, Lucas, Viscount Westmore, had done the unthinkable! After the suicide of his latest paramour, Luc decided to take a vow of celibacy for an entire year, leaving behind his life of debauchery and retiring to the small coastal fishing town of St. Ives. This is the perfect place to lose himself to his self pity and remain in his self-imposed celibate state. It is the vision of beauty Luc spots up on the cliffs that starts to stir his rogue blood, and make it very hard to keep his vow! After questioning the townspeople and following this stunning apparition for many days and nights, Luc learns she is very real! She is Bliss, the daughter of the squire of St. Ives. While shadowing Bliss, Luc inadvertently discovers that Bliss and the majority of the townspeople are smugglers!
Bliss Hartley is a desperate woman. Her ailing father is slipping deeper into illness, and the only alternative to the country bumpkin doctor who has no answer to the squire’s mysterious affliction is to take her father to a London specialist. This, however, costs money that Bliss doesn’t have. What better way to cover the medical costs and help the struggling fishermen of her village? Smuggling seems to be the answer all around. That is until the stormy nights uncover more then the contraband being brought ashore. Bliss cannot deny the passion she feels for the mysterious Lord Westmore. Luc has to stop Bliss from this madness before it is too late, and she is arrested and hanged for crimes against the crown.
The Last Rogue is the third in the rogue trilogy by one of my all time favorite authors, Connie Mason. I must admit I was a little disappointed in this latest outing. Luc began to get on my nerves with his whining about having to give up his decadent ways to make Bliss an honest woman. Bliss, strong willed for a simple country lass, sure does catch on quickly on how to manage a rogue like Luc, especially in the bedroom. If you are a die-hard Connie Mason fan then you will no doubt have to read The Last Rogue. But if you are just begining to get into Connie Mason then read some of her earlier efforts.