The Best of Both Rogues

The Best of Both Rogues

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by Samantha Grace
     
 

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"Everything Regency fans love."-Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel

The worst thing Mr. Benjamin Hillary ever did was leave his bride-to-be on their wedding day.
The hardest thing he will ever have to do is watch her marry another man.

After two long years abroad, Ben

Overview

"Everything Regency fans love."-Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel

The worst thing Mr. Benjamin Hillary ever did was leave his bride-to-be on their wedding day.
The hardest thing he will ever have to do is watch her marry another man.

After two long years abroad, Ben finds Eve every bit as captivating as she was the first time he saw her, and he vows to set things right.

Lady Eve Thorne has a new man in her life, and Ben is nothing but trouble. She is no longer a starry-eyed young woman, and now that he's back, he can go hang for all she cares. At least that's what she keeps telling herself...

Rival Rogues series:
One Rogue Too Many
In Bed with a Rogue
The Best of Both Rogues

Praise for One Rogue Too Many:
"Filled with humor and witty repartee... Grace woos readers in true Regency style."-Publishers Weekly
"A merry romp... Grace captures the essence and atmosphere of the era."-RT Book Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/08/2015
Grace’s latest Rival Rogues Regency (after In Bed with a Rogue) is filled with sweet forgiveness. Eve Thorne was devastated when her fiancé, Ben Hillary, left her at the altar on the day of their wedding. After spending two years in India, Ben returns to England, determined to woo Eve and earn her forgiveness—but she’s now engaged to another man, Sir Jonathan Hackberry. Ben even approaches Jonathan about collaborating to get her to cry off. But the possibility that Ben and Eve might be able to have a future together means that Ben will need to disclose his reasons for leaving her in the first place and reveal the tragedy of his first young love. Flawed yet affable characters are part of the allure of this page-turner, leaving readers guessing whether true love will triumph over past hurts. Agent: Nephele Tempest, the Knight Agency. (July)
From the Publisher
"An enjoyable read with charm and humor." - Fresh Fiction

"Grace's latest Rival Rogues Regency is filled with sweet forgiveness... Flawed yet affable characters are part of the allure of this page-turner, leaving readers guessing whether true love will triumph over past hurts." - Publishers Weekly

"Grace pulls readers into a lovely, warm second-chance romance. With engaging characters, sweet sensuality and a quick-moving plot filled with several twists and surprising revelations, fans will enjoy a pleasant read. 4 Stars." - RT Book Reviews

"Readers who relish Regency-set historical romances served up with plenty of wit and passion will revel in Grace's latest light and frothy romance, the third sparkling addition in her Rival Rogues series." - Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781492608103
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
07/07/2015
Series:
Rival Rogues , #3
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
618,178
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Historical romance author Samantha Grace discovered the appeal of a great love story when she was just a young girl, thanks to Disney's Robin Hood. She didn't care that Robin Hood and Maid Marian were cartoon animals. It was her first happily-ever-after experience and she didn't want the warm fuzzies to end. Now Samantha enjoys creating her own happy-endings for characters that spring from her imagination. Publisher's Weekly describes her stories as "fresh and romantic" with subtle humor and charm. Samantha describes romance writing as the best job ever.

Part-time hospice social worker, moonlighting author, and pilates nut, she enjoys a happy and hectic life with her real life hero and two kids in the Midwest. Visit her at: www.samanthagraceauthor.com.

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The Best of Both Rogues 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
This was my first foray into the writing world of Samantha Grace and to be honest, it might be my last. Initially, I was really intrigued by the blurb on this one. I thought that it would be an interesting push and pull between two men that Eve are attached to ... one from the past and one from the present. And I thought that both dudes would be a bit sketchy because hey, the book is called The Best of Both Rogues. But that is not what I encountered. At all. I guess I'll just start with the title ... which was a little misleading, in my opinion. In these historical romance novels, when I see the word 'rogue', it leads me to believe that the man in question is sketchy or naughty or has some deplorable quality that (I will find endearing) will make him unappealing to a lady in the book. The two men involved in this novel aren't rogues. Hell, I even had to look up the definition because I thought that maybe what I thought was a rogue wasn't a rogue and I have been totally wrong all these years. But rogue means dishonest or unprincipled ... a villain, scoundrel, rascal, miscreant. I just didn't see one of these male characters as that and maybe I could see the other one as a scoundrel but it was only if I pulled a Mona Lisa ... you know ... when you squint and look away really quickly ... anyhow. The title was misleading. I didn't have a problem with any of the characters, I generally liked all of them. I enjoyed getting to know Eve and Ben. I thought that Ben was a nicely tortured character (my favorite) and Eve was a sweet, yet strong female lead but other than just a general and flat feeling of being okay with these characters, I really had no other feelings toward them. None of them knocked my socks off or made me wish that I could have just one more sentence, paragraph or chapter with them because the thought of the book being over and the character's stories being done was close to crushing my soul. I was just okay with it being done. The story itself was interesting but it felt pushed along. The plot didn't go just buzzing along at an interesting place, I found myself having to push through paragraphs just to get to the next part of the book. That is never a good feeling to have. Especially when it is a book in one of my favorite genres. I should be left wondering how the characters are doing or wishing that I could see just a few more instances where sparks are flying between the to leads. I wasn't to the point of wishing for my death rather than having to finish this book but I didn't seek the book out in my free time, either. All in all, I might pick up another book by this author and I might not. I don't know. I do know that this book has received a pretty high rating, so I might be super wrong about what I'm feeling and my thoughts on this one. Maybe I missed something. Maybe there is an outside reason why I didn't connect and maybe I would change my mind on my rating if I read it again. At this point, I stand completely behind my rating and I hope that the experience is different for other readers. * I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
SW57 More than 1 year ago
In reading this book, I think it would be helpful to have read some of Samantha's prior books, Lady Amelia's Mess and a Half, Ms Lavigne's Little White Lie and In Bed With a Rogue (at least this one), as some of the characters take part in this book. Ben Hillary has returned after 2 years away, before which he had left Eve at the alter. She never knew why, but had waited for him. At the point he returned, she had given up on him & was getting engaged to someone else. Ben decides he will win her back & enlists the help of his brothers & their wives. That situation resolves, but Ben still has the same problem that made him run from her in the first place, which is some form of PTSD, with panic attacks & nightmares. Ben & Eve obviously love each other so much that they have to figure out how to deal with this problem together. This was a sweet romance & I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review** Eve Thorne was jilted at the alter by Benjamin Hillary two years before. She was never given a reason as he left and went to India. She accepted another man’s proposal and now he’s back and seems to be turning up everywhere she goes. Overall this was a decent story. It had the makings of being really great. I really liked Eve’s character during the first half of the book, but when she forgives him easily after just a few words, I felt it wasn’t deserved yet as he still hadn’t really given her a reason. From his POV, we already basically know why he left and his reasoning, which is definitely different from a lot of the historical romances. There weren’t really many huge plot points or pivotal moments, but it was decently written and there were definitely some funny parts. I did like the subterfuge of the second fiancé’s character. I think anyone that likes historical romances will like it.
SummerSnowFalls More than 1 year ago
On the day of their wedding, Lady Eve Thorne was left abandoned at the altar by Benjamin Hillary. In the throes of a panic attack, Ben ran from the church, out to the docks, and off to India. Now, several years later has returned with the intent of reclaiming his bride. Except she is engaged to another man! Eve keeps telling herself that Ben is a good for nothing rogue and to stay strong, denying her feelings for him. Because despite the pain and humiliation he caused, Eve never stopped loving Ben. Ben picks up on her hesitancy at marrying her current beau and enters into a scheme with Eve’s fiancee to make Eve admit her true feelings for Ben and break off her current engagement. I struggled with this novel. The characters were okay – not brilliant, just okay. Though I didn’t dislike them, I found them to be a little flat, particularly Ben and Eve’s new beau. Eve wasn’t too bad. She had quite an aggressive personality for the time period and didn’t put up with shenanigans from Ben and her beau. But what really got to me was the lack of plot. The synopsis I wrote above? That’s essentially the whole novel, minus the HEA ending. I spent long portions reading wondering when something exciting was going to happen. Instead, it was a lot of back-and-forth jumping from Eve’s head to Ben’s head with the characters having essentially the same internal monologue the whole time. The action finally started in the last quarter of the novel, but by then the book was almost over so it seemed very, very rushed. To be clear, THE BEST OF BOTH ROGUES is not a bad book. I remained interested enough to keep reading, just not enough to rave about it. I did enjoy Ben’s tenacity at convincing Eve to marry him and there were some laugh-out-loud parts with Ben and the beau working together with their match-breaking hijinks. THE BEST OF BOTH ROGUES is part of a series, but you do not need to read the other novels to fully enjoy this one. Originally posted at Plot Twist Reviews [dot] Com I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 3 in the Rival Rogues story. Lady Eve Thorne was devastated when Mr Benjamin Hillary left her at the alter. She has finally given up hope of his return and is about to get engaged when he shows back up in London. She is doing her best to not let his presence interrupt her life, but everytime she sees him she realizes that her love for him has not changed. The worst thing Ben ever did was to give up Eve. Now he must convince her that he is the right man for her. He even goes so far as to approach her fiancee to help him. Can Ben win back the love that he walked away from? LOVED this story! I have read any of the other Hillary stories (Beau Monde series), but after reading this one I'm going to have to go back and read about Ben's brothers and sisters. While reading In Bed with a Rogue, I felt so sorry for Eve. I hoped that Grace would give Eve her HEA because Ben was such a fiend for leaving her. So having read the previous book in the series, I didn't like Ben much at the beginning. But he quickly grew on me as I saw his love for Eve shine through in everything he did. Throughout the book, we see Eve struggle with what she knows she should do and what her heart is telling her she needs to do. It's hard to give up that first love! I kinda fell in love with Jonathan (Eve's fiance) toward the end of the book and hope that Grace gives up his story in the future! He deserves his HEA too! Can't wait to see what Grace gives up next! Thanks go out to Sourcebooks for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Usually like her books. These characters were actually iritating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Engaging story...loved the romance and sincere, heartfelt relationships. Excellent rrad...can not wait for next!
gaele More than 1 year ago
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. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
CrystalCB More than 1 year ago
Samantha Grace is a new to me author. The Best of Both Rogues is the first book I have had a chance to read her work. Let me tell you it certainly will not be my last. My goodness this lady can write a historical romance full of sweet romance, steam, a little mystery and twist or two. I found myself completely engrossed in this awesome story from the beginning to the end. Lady Eve Thorne has all the characteristic I enjoy in a heroine. She is strong, independent, charming, and is just a little bit sassy. I admired this young lady for all that she has been through and for being brave enough to deal with all the gossip about her. Just when she is ready to give up on Ben Hillary and move on with her life, he arrives in town. Benjamin Hillary is charming, handsome, entertaining, and creative. He is also very remorseful after having left Eve the day of their wedding. He knows what he wants and what he wants is forever with Eve. Now he just has to figure out how to convince her that is what she wants too. I really enjoyed reading about Eve and Ben. Their story is full of drama, some humor, really sweet romance, and touch of mystery. There is a dramatic It's a lovely second chance romance story with a touch of friends to romance feeling. The Best of Both Rogues is part of the Rival Rogues series. I have not read the other books in the series and I had no problem reading it as a stand alone. I didn't feel like I was missing any pertinent information at all. After reading this book thought I would love to read the first two books in the series. I am sure they are just as wonderful as this book. I love books that involve interaction with the families. It just seems to add more to the storyline and I feel it lets me get to know the characters a little better. Samantha Grace has created a very unique storyline that kept me flipping pages to see what could possible happen next. She added a few interesting twist to the story that I certainly did not see coming. She has a lovely writing style that I found very enjoyable. I know I will certainly be on the look out for more stories by this talented author. I was given the opportunity to read this great book so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you on The Best of Both Rogues.
JeneratedReviews More than 1 year ago
The Best of Both Rogues is part of Samantha Grace’s Rival Rogues series. What came to mind over and over again while reading this novel was how sweet it was. Yes there was the prerequisite passion and subterfuge in abundance but the underlying sentiments that prevailed throughout this work were sweetness and kindness. Ms. Grace did a praiseworthy job of portraying the devastating effects of PTSD while still being able inject humor in her work without belittling the seriousness of the subject matter. This well constructed story was a lovely read. *I received this ARC via Netgalley* *While part of a series this book can be read as a stand alone*