Twice Tempted by a Rogue by Tessa Dare
Also by this author: One Dance with a Duke, Romancing the Duke
Series: Stud Club #2
Also in this series: One Dance with a Duke
Published by Ballantine Books
Read in: June 2015
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The daring members of the Stud Club are reckless gamblers and no strangers to risk--until love raises the stakes in Twice Tempted by a Rogue.
Luck is a double-edged sword for brooding war hero Rhys St. Maur. His death wish went unanswered on the battlefield, while fate allowed the murder of his good friend in the elite gentlemen's society known as the Stud Club. Out of options, Rhys returns to his ancestral home on the moors of Devonshire, expecting anything but a chance at redemption in the arms of a beautiful innkeeper who dares him to take on the demons of his past--and the sweet temptation of a woman's love.
Meredith Maddox believes in hard work, not fate, and romance isn't part of her plan. But when Rhys returns, battle-scarred, world-weary, and more dangerously attractive than ever, the lovely widow is torn between determination and desire. As a deep mystery and dangerous smugglers threaten much more than their passionate reckoning, Meredith discovers that she must trust everything to a wager her heart placed long ago.
I’m going to start off by saying this book was rough for me in the beginning. I almost DNF’d this book because in the beginning the male lead, Rhys, was driving me crazy. He approached our female lead, Merry, with this attitude that he was back and he was going to marry her no matter what she said. He carried this attitude throughout most of the first 100 pages. I really hate insta-love and I didn’t want our rough and tough male lead to fall so fast. So I put this book down and read something else until I felt I was ready to continue on.
I’m really glad that I picked the book back up because after those 100 pages the book does get better when Merry starts to stand up to Rhys about what she wants. She is not willing to just step aside and let him have his own way. She is an independent female lead who knows what she has worked hard for all these years that he has been gone and she knows what she is doing in life. From here the story improved greatly because Rhys, although still intent on marrying her, started to provide some much needed romance and close times together with her. He started to adapt and change for the better. I really enjoyed all of the sweet moments in this book as well as the rough and tumble ones! Plus the intimate scenes in this book provided enough detail without being over the top for a historical romance book.
Overall, I did end up enjoying this one although the biggest downfall for me was the fact that Rhys always thought everything had to do with faith and belief in a greater power or system. I tend to think more like Merry and believe that hard work gets people where they are not faith. So I had some issues with Rhys overall in this book but I feel that in the end everything worked out. I still enjoyed the first book in this series more though and I hope the last book provides me with a male lead that I can get along a bit better with.