Jul 6, 2014

Twice Tempted by a Rogue by Tessa Dare (Stud Club Trilogy #2)

Twice Tempted by a Rogue by Tessa Dare
Genre: Historical Romance
Bottom Line: Another great romance by Tessa Dare with a seductive leading lady and a sweet hero.  

Stud Club Trilogy
1.  One Dance with a Duke
2.  Twice Tempted by a Rogue
3.  Three Nights with a Scoundrel

Synopsis (Goodreads):

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.

My Thoughts:

This was a bit of a different historical romance. I think Dare's use of a lower class of aristocracy opened up the plot a little bit, since barons and barmaids aren't expected to act the same as dukes and ladies. It helps that half of the aristocracy trembles in their boots at the sight of Rhys St. Maur, so he really held no illusions of grandeur. The majority of this story takes place in a quaint little town that has been falling apart since Rhys' family abandoned it. But Meredith, the owner of the local inn, is devoted to keeping her little town together on her own.

I'm not sure what it is with the members of the Stud Club, but these men are incredibly impulsive! Like Spencer in the previous book, Rhys sets his mind to something and decides it will happen. Especially when it comes to Meredith.  Rhys was a little overbearing in this book, but Meredith was the perfect character to counteract him. I really enjoyed the romance here. We see a bit of reversal in roles compared to other historical romance novels; Rhys, the brutish, scarred aristocrat played the honorable, sweetheart of a man, while Meredith played the seductress. In fact, I'm thinking maybe the "Rogue" in the title should apply to Meredith instead of Rhys.

I liked the plot in this story, but I did tire of Rhys' self-loathing after a while. It dragged on quite a bit, and eventually I just wanted him to cut himself some slack! But it certainly added to the tension in the story, and I would still highly recommend this series to any historical romance reader.

Rating: 8

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