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.My Thoughts: Man, I love Tessa Dare's writing. Her characters shine and the situations they find themselves in break my heart just the tiniest bit. Added plus, I still giggle whenever I read "Stud Club." WIN!
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.
This time around we have Rhys who is sadly tormented by his past and has had an unfulfilled death wish for AGES. Poor guy. Between his craptastic childhood and his guilt over the events that led to him leaving Buckleigh-in-the-Moor years before, I just wanted to weep for him. Also, the whole, "let me put myself in danger because I'm nigh invincible" was just sad. He can't imagine any woman wanting him because of his scars, so when Meredith gets all flustered around him he emotionally retreats.
There is seriously so much to love her. Sassy, spunky, knows what she wants Meredith is a treat. Fallen dove Cora is sweetly lovable. The townsfolk who hold such ill will toward Rhys's family, the people who have done what they need to do to hold the town together, the jibes and jabs and the belief that Rhys is only going to abandon them again... LOVE!
One more book to go. I'm ready to see the whos and the whys behind Leo's murder and fall into the next set of well-written characters!
Books in this series
1. One Dance with a Duke
2. Twice Tempted by a Rogue - Paperback | Kindle
3. Three Nights with a Scoundrel
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