• Twice Tempted by a Rogue

  • The Stud Club Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (295 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 Eve Ortega (P)2014 Eve Ortega

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AN AVERAGE REGENCY ROMANCE

Now I love an arrogant Rogue story who are always changed by the one woman he feels differently about and she tames his wicked ways (Mmmm delish). But with this book? well, I really don't know why it's got 'Rogue' in the title because Rhys is a scarred and battle weary Lord who has come home to rebuild his life however the demons of his childhood always haunts him as he walks through life and now they're also present as he revisits the ashes of his ancestral home. When he arrives he sees beautiful Meredith and 'instinct' takes over.... especially when he finds out she's a widow.

Meredith is a strong independent character who owns the local Inn and is trying to 'upscale' the look despite her brawling patrons. Her Dad worked for the family in the Stables and, even as a child, she has always been attracted to Rhys so when he walks into her Inn it brings back good and bad memories and stirs up her passions too. Despite secrets, Rhys suddenly has a new purpose in life - to start over, to rebuild his home, to refresh the village and to get married to Meredith but she has different plans..... and secrets of her own.

A nice, instant-connection type of romance with likeable characters but did it hold my attention.... sadly not. It was just all ok, nice, a bit of angst, a few dramas, a couple of surprises along the way, some sex and a bitter-sweet romance that gets tested by the truth. R.L.'s narration was, as always, spot on but not even she could stir much enthusiasm to this listen.

Worth a credit? Sadly No, I think I'll leave the Trilogy here.

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A good solid listen...steamy & centered on the H&H

I see after reading the second book in the series...the books are very centered on the relationship between the H & H. I personally like that. Dare does a good job building the relationship. There isn't much more of a side story...there is one....but it doesn't overpower the relationship side of the story. But I will say...there was quite a twist near the end.

I liked this book. It was good...not earth shattering...but good. The sex scenes are pretty steamy.

Meredith is a great character. Dare seems to be pretty good at writing her female characters.

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This was a chore to finish

I almost don't know what to say. I'm a fan of Tessa Dare. I've enjoyed her historicals and I was looking forward to this next book in the Stud Club story. But this book was almost painful to listen to. Even the fabulous Rosalyn Landor's narration may have added to my discomfort. Her interpretation of Rhys' voice made him seem always grumpy and curt. I don't know if I would have understood him to be that way if I were reading the words instead of listening. In any case, he was not at all likeable and I almost stopped reading. I found the story dull and the characters flat. It was very disappointing. This was a 2.5 in my opinion. Even the best author can have a bad day.

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Not the best Tessa Dare

I have read/listened to all of Ms. Dare's books but this one was slow going. The very few steamy scenes were alright but not as good as they normally are in her books. Storyline wasn't bad but didn't keep my interest at all times.

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Not Tessa Dare's best work

This is the first book by Tessa Dare that wasn't a page turner for me, it was a struggle to finish the book. The story was flat and the characters were just too weak to hold my attention. Their passion was all contained in the first 2 chapters and after that the fire just seemed to go out between the hero and heroine and it didn't really seem to matter if they ever got together. It's a pity really as Tessa Dare is one of my favourite writers.

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  • K
  • 12-29-14

Not A Chore At All..

Pleasant book to listen to but obviously a second in the trilogy. Narration was fine and easy to listen to. I hope the third book is available soon!

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Romance Factor 1000

I always love Tessa Dare, but this is by far one of the most romantic stories in her catalogue IMHO. The final scene had me in all my feels - 10/10 recommend.

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Much, much better!

I enjoyed this story more than the first. I believe it was because there were times when it was really intense. The women were strong and the men were handsome rogues. As usual, I wish the ending took the reader farther into the future. I like to know the fate of the characters a year or two later. But that’s just me! The trilogy is worth your time,

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Great Author, Great narrator, Boring Story

I love Tessa Dare. Duchess Deal is probably one of, if not, THE best of the genre. And Rosalyn Landor is a top-shelf narrator. But, this one was a slog.
The story isn’t BAD, it’s just crazy boring. In short, he sees a girl and instantly wants to marry her. And she’s like, “great. I’ve actually been in love with you since I was a child.”
The rest is just housework and shopping. Almost no real conflict anywhere in the story. (There is, but it’s weak)
Good for them, bad for the reader.
I can usually polish off one of these in an afternoon. This one took me nearly a month. I just didn’t care.
It’s a trilogy, so you’ve gotta just power through it. But, maybe listen at high speed.

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Not a fan of the heroin / good set up for book 3

I found the heroin's side of the story kind of exhausting.

Hero is lovely ...... story came full circle in the end, but her dragging along and being so stubborn made me frustrated with her.

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  • faye
  • 09-12-15

An enjoyable book wi th have some casual twists .

Excellently narrated with enough passion to keep you focused on th he story. Not Tessa Dares best but it dies challenge some of her other works.

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