Continuing my obsession with all things historic romance, please read on for a review and excerpt from Samantha Grace, from book three in her Regency-era series, Rival Rogues. Additionally, there is a tour-wide giveaway for 3 signed copies of IN BED WITH A ROGUE by Samantha Grace.
The Best of Both Rogues
The first I have read in this series, The Best of Both Rogues brings us a reunited lovers, of sorts, plot. Years ago, Ben and Eve were engaged to be married, but on the day of the wedding, Ben had a panic attack and fled. Eve was not pleased, as you can imagine, and it has left her with some fairly outspoken opinions about Ben, her desires, and men in general. But, she does have a new fiancé and Ben’s return to her life only brings up issues with that relationship.
Ben was loaded with issues when he left Eve at the altar, and he’s managed to rein most of them in: he’s decided that Eve is who he wants, and he’ll go to great lengths (even conspiring with her current fiancé) to get his way.
I’m of two minds with this title: while there was very little action until the last quarter of the book, the pacing was less of an issue for me than the rather undefined characters. Oh, they had all of the “tell me” elements you would look for, but there wasn’t a strong defined emotional element that really had me engaging with them. Perhaps the very frequent (and oft repeated) POV switches between Eve and Ben were to blame: neither seemed to have any real emotional connection to the ‘problems’ they kept raising, and they were frequently lamenting the same issues in repeating POV switches. I wasn’t bored, I just wasn’t compelled to rush through searching for that “aha’ moment that would bring me the emotional breakthrough I wanted.
I was interested and curious to know what would happen, and if a reconciliation was possible, and as I mentioned earlier, the action does increase dramatically in the last quarter of the book, rushing to an ending that will please many readers. Fans of this series should find this book a satisfying installment.
Title: The Best of Both Rogues
Author: Samantha Grace
Series: Rival Rogues #3
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Published on: 7 July 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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Lady Eve Thorne was devastated when Mr. Benjamin Hillary left her at the altar. She’s no longer that starry-eyed young woman, and now that he’s back, he can go hang... At least that’s what she keeps telling herself. Eve has a new man in her life, and Ben is nothing but trouble.
The worst thing Benjamin Hillary ever did was abandon his bride-to-be on their wedding day. The hardest thing he will ever have to do is watch her marry another man. But once Ben realizes he might have a chance, he’ll do just about anything to win back Eve’s heart—anything.
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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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