Gentle Rogue (Malory-Anderson Family Series #3)

Gentle Rogue (Malory-Anderson Family Series #3)

by Johanna Lindsey

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Heartsick and desperate to return home to America, Georgina Anderson boards the Maiden Anne disguised as a cabin boy, never dreaming she'll be forced into intimate servitude at the whim of the ship's irrepressible captain, James Mallory.

The black sheep of a proud and tempestuous family, the handsome ex-pirate once swore no woman alive could entice him into matrimony. But on the high seas his resolve will be weakened by an unrestrained passion and by the high-spirited beauty whose love of freedom and adventure rivals his own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380753024
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/29/2005
Series: Malory-Anderson Family Series , #3
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 112,719
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

One of the world's most successful authors of historical romance, every one of Johanna Lindsey's previous novels has been a national bestseller, and several of her titles have reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Lindsey lives in New England with her family.

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Chapter One

1818, London

Georgina Anderson held her spoon up backward, placed one of the pared-down radishes from her plate in the bowl of the spoon, pulled the tip back, and shot the radish across the room. She didn't hit the fat cockroach she was aiming for, but she was close enough. The radish splattered on the wall only inches from her target, sending said target scampering for the nearest crack in the wall. Goal accomplished. As long as she couldn't see the little beasts, she could pretend she wasn't sharing accommodations with them.

She turned back to her half-eaten dinner, stared at the boiled food for a moment, then pushed the plate away with a grimace. What she wouldn't give for one of Hannah's rich, seven-course meals right about now. After twelve years as the Andersons' cook, Hannah knew just what pleased each member of the family, and Georgina had been dreaming about her cooking for weeks, not surprising after a month of shipboard fare. She'd gotten only one good meal since she'd arrived in England five days ago, and that was the very night they docked, when Mac had taken her out to a fine restaurant just after they had checked into the Albany Hotel. They'd had to leave the Albany the very next day for much, much cheaper accommodations. But there was nothing else they could do after they returned to the hotel to find all their money miss, ing from their trunks.

Georgie, as she was affectionately known to friends and family, couldn't even in good conscience hold the hotel accountable, not when she and Mac had both been robbed, but from different rooms, even different floors. it was most likely accomplished while the trunkswere together on that long ride from the docks on the East End to Piccadilly on the West End, where the prestigious Albany was located, when the trunks were strapped on top of the hack they had rented, with the driver and his helper up top with them, while she and Mac blithely ogled their first sight of London Town.

Talk about your lousy luck, and it hadn't even started there. No, it started when they reached England last week and found out their ship couldn't dock, that it might take anywhere up to three months before it was given quay space to unload its cargo. Passengers were more fortunate in that they could be rowed ashore. But they'd still had to wait several days before this was accomplished.

She shouldn't have been surprised, however. She had known about the congestion problem on the Thames, a very big problem because ships came in seasonally, all being subject to the same unpredictable winds and weather. Her ship had been one of a dozen from America arriving at the same time. There were hundreds of others from all over the world. The appalling congestion problem was one of the reasons her family's merchant line had kept London off its trade routes even before the war. Actually, a Skylark Line ship hadn't been to London since 1807 when England began her blockade of half of Europe in her war with France. The Far Eastern and West Indies trade was just as profitable and far less troublesome for Skylark.

Even after her country had settled its differences with England with the signing of a treaty at the tail end of 1814, the Skylark Line stayed clear of the English trade, because the availability of warehousing was still a serious problem. More times than not, perishable cargoes had to be left on quayside, at the mercy of the elements and the thieves who stole a half million pounds of goods a year. And if the elements didn't ruin perishable goods, then the coal dust that enveloped the whole port would.

It simply wasn't worth the aggravation and loss of profits, not when other trade routes were just as lucrative. Which was why Georgina hadn't come to London on a Skylark ship, and why she wouldn't find free passage home on one, either. Which was going to be an eventual problem, what with Mac and she reduced to a grand total of twenty-five American dollars between them, all that they had been carrying on them at the time of the robbery, and they didn't know how long that would have to last--a good reason why Georgina was presently ensconced in a rented room above a tavern in the Borough of Southwark.

A tavern! If her brothers ever found out ... but then they were going to kill her when she got home anyway for sailing without their knowing, while each was off in some other part of the world on his own ship, but more to the point, she'd left without their permission. At the least, she could expect to have her allowance suspended for a decade, to be locked in her room for several years, to be whipped by each one of them ...

Actually, they would probably only do a great deal of shouting at her. But having five angry brothers, all older and much bigger than she, raising their voices in unison and accord, and directing that anger at her when she knew she deserved every bit of it, wasn't at all pleasant to contemplate, and could, in fact, be anticipated with total dread. But, unfortunately, that hadn't stopped Georgina from sailing off to England with only Ian MacDonell as her escort and protector, and he no relation at all to her. Sometimes she had to wonder if the common sense allotted her family hadn't run out by the time she was born.

The knock came at the door just as Georgina pushed away from the little table the room offered for solitary meals. She had to bite back the natural tendency to simply say "Come in," which came from a lifetime of knowing that anyone who knocked on her door would be either servant or family, and welcome. . . .

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Gentle Rogue 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 185 reviews.
aprilsturn More than 1 year ago
Loved it. it's one of my favorite malory books. I personally fell in love with james malory. James is all male and Knows what he wants thats what i loved most about him. an English man / ex-pirate he wanted georganna an Fiesty American with 5 brothers and went after what he wanted. knowing he'd have to face the brothers that loved a good fight. they didn't count that he loved a good fight as much as they did. so the book takes you from England to America back to england on james Ship. where George (as James Call's her) poses as a cabin boy. but james knows she's a female. let the games begin.. it had me from the beginning to the end and I couldn't put it down so i finished the book in less then half of a day.
Jenna21 More than 1 year ago
I love Johanna Lindsey and this book is another great one. While I like the highlander stories she writes more, this book was also very enjoyable and I definitely recommend it to anyone who likes romance.
Kiko1021 More than 1 year ago
Gentle Rogue is an absolutely beautiful novel. This was the third Malory novel I read and I loved it. It is the story of James Malory, the family ex-pirate, and Georgina Anderson, a heartbroken American. Johanna Lindsey brought to life two very lovable characters. I laughed at the antics of James and his brother Anthony. And when Connie, friend of James, is added to the mix, it is downright hilarious. The love scenes between James and Georgina are without a doubt superb. There is so much tenderness between the two that you will fall in love with them as they fall in love with each other. Tender Rebel, the Malory novel with Anthony as the main character, is closely tied to Gentle Rogue. Some parts of the story overlap with Tender Rebel, but they are still very entertaining. I can't wait to read about the other members of this wonderful family; once you start reading this series, you get hooked!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How do i know in what order to read then without knowing in advance what happens next. I hate reading out of order because it gives story line away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is FOREVER in my top ten list. Love every single page. Three words - read it NOW!
ccbean99 More than 1 year ago
An amazing book in the Mallor series. Love this book! Actually read it so many times in paperback over the years that I had to replace it, so I got the eBook version. :) Love this story. Every time I read it, I find that I can't put it down until the end. Johanna Lindsey is one of my all time favorite authors! Enjoy this book! I know I still do.
Kimberly Person More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, hard to pick my favorite Malory Series book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It may be because it was the first of the series I read, but to me this is the best one in the series. When I hear Johanna Lindsey, I think of this book. I love the characters and it's so funny. The writing stlye and the way the characters interact is witty and hilarious that it makes me happy for hours after reading the book. I highly recommend this book. And of course, when you read one you must read the rest!
Sundancer20 More than 1 year ago
In gentle rogue who wouldnt fall in love with the arrogant, heart-stopping James Malory. Any women would fall madly in love with the dreamy ex-pirate who lives by his rules. In this spectalcular journey you discover just what love is and how right its suppose to be between two people. James's story is one that will catiplate women all around. James meets the beatiful georgina as she signs on as his cabin boy and seeing through her disguise, the seduction begin, i just wonder whos going to be seducing who, London's most nortorious rake or the beautiful willful american. Join the amazing love story and i bet you cant put the book down once...its that GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Always a fan
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SabrinaJeffries on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay, I'm cheating here, and I don't like them all equally, but I do love the Mallory's. They're all funny. I especially liked "Love Only Once" (the first book), "Gentle Rogue" (my favorite), and "The Magic of You" (where the heroine chases the hero shamelessly).
montse2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gentle Rogue was the first book that I read by Johanna Lindsey and just like chocolates you can't have just one. James and Georgina are a very unlikely couple who meet while Georgina is trying to find her fiance in London. The courtship between James and Georgina is rocky but you can't help love them. James is a sarcastic rogue that believes in doing what ever he wants and Georgina is a head strong woman who doesn't let anyone step over her.
tundra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a fun story. My primary reason for reading it is that it was recommended as a cross-dressing romance book, meaning that a woman dresses as a man and a man falls for her. In this one, the guy knows she is a woman early on so it didn't have quite as much hijinks, but I still enjoyed the story. The sex scenes are more vague than what is printed commonly nowadays, so that was a nice change.
pkitty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is just one Malory Novel. All of them are just lovely, and a must read, but start from the beginning...
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One of my favorite books. I have re-read several times. I love this series.
RAW1 More than 1 year ago
I loved James and Georgia story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to anyone!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished this book. Couldn't put it down, but didn't want it to end.
zeeba More than 1 year ago
This is the 4th or 5th times I read this book, I still couldn't put it down. love this amazing book with great plots, adventures, romance and passion. I highly recommend this fantastic book. Thank you Johanna Lindsey.
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Romantic-Heart More than 1 year ago
This is absolutely one of my favorites. Characters are detailed and interesting, the plot has twists and turns that make you want to continue to read. I like that the heroine is naive but not completely ignorant and has a strong backbone. Steamy romance scenes that flow with the story line and are not just thrown in there for appeal. This is the first 5 stars I have ever given. Already ordered several more of this authors books and I am so excited.