Twice Tempted by a Rogue

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Twice Tempted by a Rogue

Stud Club Trilogy, Book Two

Rhys St. Maur is part-owner of England's most famous stud horse, Osiris, and as such, a member of the elite Stud Club. He's a war hero and a man with the luck of the devil. He should be dead, but fate isn't ready for him yet. Unfortunately a good friend and founder of the Stud Club has been murdered. With no leads, he returns to his ancestral home to take care of his past. But what he finds may be the answer to his future.

Meredith Maddox has no time for fluff and romance. As the owner of the town's only Inn, she is determined to make her business prosper. When Rhys steps back into her life, she want's to sooth the battle-scared warrior, but he's not the same boy she yearned for. Now a widow, she is tempted to follow her feelings, even if just for a brief taste of passion.


As much as I love Tessa Dare's writing, Rhys and Merry were not favorite characters of mine. I felt the storytelling was good, the characters where well-written, and I enjoyed how it all played out. I just didn't care much for Rhys and Merry. It's not that I didn't like them, I just didn't click with them.

My first impression of Rhys was a dark brooding hulk, but what I quickly learned was that he was much more sensitive and sentimental than broody. These aren't bad traits, but I guess I was put off by his sudden “happy-go-lucky” turn about. Merry's attitude just annoyed me. She was so temperamental with Rhys. I didn't expect her to fall right into bed with him, but when he was genuinely trying to help her, she would turn stubborn. The town characters were a bit over-the-top, but that's what made them interesting, and helped make their roles more entertaining and maddening.

I did like what Julian brought to the table, with the added clues to Leo's murderer. I am looking forward to reading Julian and Lily's story next. They have some obstacles I can't wait to watch them overcome! And I can't wait to find out the true motivation and culprit of Leo's murder.

Book Blurb for Twice Tempted by a Rogue

How long could she resist him?
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 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.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2010 4.00