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Twice Tempted (Drake's Rakes Series #5)

Twice Tempted (Drake's Rakes Series #5)

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by Eileen Dreyer

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Fiona Ferguson's troubles began with a kiss . . .

It feels like a lifetime ago that Alex Knight saved Fiona from certain doom . . . and stole a soul-shattering kiss for good measure. Wanting nothing more than to keep her safe, he left her in the care of her grandfather, the Marquess of Dourne.

But Fiona was hardly safe. As soon as he could, the


Fiona Ferguson's troubles began with a kiss . . .

It feels like a lifetime ago that Alex Knight saved Fiona from certain doom . . . and stole a soul-shattering kiss for good measure. Wanting nothing more than to keep her safe, he left her in the care of her grandfather, the Marquess of Dourne.

But Fiona was hardly safe. As soon as he could, the marquess cast her and her sister out on the streets with only her wits to keep them alive.

Alex has never forgotten that long-ago kiss. Now the dashing spy is desperate to make up for failing his duty once before. This time he will protect Fiona once and for all, from a deadly foe bent on taking revenge on the Ferguson line-and anyone who stands in the way . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Dreyer’s fifth Drake’s Rakes Regency (after Once a Rake) sizzles with romance enhanced by intricately woven tales of espionage. Lady Fiona Hawes has always taken care of her twin sister, Mairead, and continues to do so after being cast out by her grandfather. Fiona tutors young girls in London, barely making enough money to support herself and her sister. When Alex Knight, Lord Whitmore, learns of her troubles, he declares his intention to help Fiona and Mairead take their rightful place in society. Fiona believes that she is doomed to disappointment if she relies on anyone else, but when she can no longer protect herself and her sister from harm, she’s forced to lean on Alex. As Fiona and Alex succumb to their mutual attraction, rumors of treasonous plots and secret codes swirl around them, and they are both forced to make exceedingly difficult choices. Fiona is an admirable heroine whose tenacity will keep readers cheering. Agents: Andrea Cirillo and Christina Hogrebe, Jane Rotrosen Agency. (Nov.)
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"Eileen Dreyer has created excellent plotting, characterizations, and pacing of narrative. Ms. Dreyer presents the reader with an exciting, well written story of romance, spies, loyalty and betrayal."—Fresh Fiction on Twice Tempted

"Top Pick! 4 ¿ stars! Dreyer is a master storyteller who merges intrigue and passion perfectly. With characters you can see and almost touch, action/adventure, dark secrets, vicious spies, tenderness, compassion and deep love, Once a Rake is hard to put down and difficult to forget. Happily, it is just the beginning of a new trilogy in Dreyer's Drake's Rakes series."—RT Book Reviews

"In the fourth addition to her top-notch Drake's Rakes series, Dreyer dazzles readers with her incomparable gift for creating heartbreakingly real characters and her inimitable flair for fusing sexy passion and dangerous intrigue in a richly emotional, wickedly witty, and altogether enthralling historical romance."—Booklist, Starred Review, on Once a Rake

"Exquisite writing, historical accuracy, a clever plot, and complex, enthralling, walk-off-the-page characters make this another fascinating gem for the award-winning Dreyer."—Library Journal, Starred Review, on Once a Rake

"4 ¿ stars! Her novels have every hallmark of a memorable historical romance: passion, unforgettable characters, an engrossing plot. May she continue to deliver her fantastic historicals!"—RT Book Reviews on Always a Temptress

"Fueled by a surfeit of sizzling sensuality, chilling suspense, and delectably dry wit, Always a Temptress brings Dreyer's first historical trilogy to a smashingly successful conclusion. Strong secondary characters add depth and humor to the book's emotionally compelling, impeccably researched plot as Dreyer again deftly combines deadly intrigue and sexy romance in a swoon-worthy read."—Booklist, Starred Review

"Vivid descriptions, inventive plotting, beautifully delineated characters, and stunning emotional depth."—Library Journal, Starred Review, on Barely a Lady

"Readers will love the well-rounded characters and suspenseful plot, and will cheer on intelligent, resourceful Olivia and Lady Kate as they take on disparaging men, backstabbing relatives, and stealthy assassins."—Publishers Weekly on Barely a Lady

"Barely a Lady is addictively readable thanks to exquisitely nuanced characters, a brilliantly realized historical setting, and a captivating plot encompassing both the triumph and tragedy of war. Love, loss, revenge, and redemption all play key roles in this richly emotional, superbly satisfying love story."—Booklist, Starred Review

Library Journal
★ 12/01/2014
Lady Fiona Ferguson is forced to fend for herself and her twin sister, Mairead, when their cruel, judgmental grandfather tosses them out upon hearing that their brother, Ian, had been accused of treason and is now dead. Her brother's friend government agent Alex Knight tracks Fiona down, though, with the news that Ian is alive and exonerated but in hiding. Though Alex was her teenage crush, Fiona is not so pleased with his determination to "rescue" her and her sister and return them to society. The young women are content with their quiet life of teaching and astronomy, until a fire and a gruesome murder turn their lives upside down and they become targets of a particularly vicious killer. VERDICT A smart, savvy heroine and a dashing "White Knight" are joined by a plethora of engaging, beautifully rendered supporting folk in this complex, exquisitely crafted romance that gifts fans with a tender, secondary love story and adds another winner to Dreyer's irresistible series. Dreyer (Once a Rake) lives in St. Louis.

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Grand Central Publishing
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Drake's Rakes Series , #5
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4.10(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

New York Times best-selling author Eileen Dreyer has won five RITA Awards from the Romance Writers of America, which secures her fourth place in the Romance Writers of America prestigious Hall of Fame. Eileen is an addicted traveler, having sung in some of the best Irish pubs in the world. Eileen also writes as Kathleen Korbel and has over three million books in print worldwide. Born and raised in Missouri, she lives in St. Louis County with her husband Rick and her two children.

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Twice Tempted 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
With a sweet romance and intriguing espionage, Twice Tempted was a lovely book and I enjoyed reading it. Fiona was a mostly good heroine. She was extremely smart, very protective over her sister, and unrelentingly resilient. For that, I liked her. However, she also had a tendency to assume the worst, which was somewhat justified given her background. But, it became vaguely annoying when she kept up with that habit in regards to Alex, even after he had done enough to earn her trust several times over. Especially when it led her to do some uncharacteristically impulsive things. Other than that, though, I thought she was great. Alex was likable. He was sweet and very loyal to his loved ones. However, I wish there had been more to him. I got that he was a good man who carried the burden of guilt heavily, but not much of a deeper sense of who he was. It wasn't an issue, but it would have been nice to get to know more about him. The other two major characters who had their own secondary romance were Chuffy and Mairead. I thought both were great. They were both out of the ordinary, but they were perfectly matched for each other. Chuffy was so genuinely kind and adorable and Mairead was an interesting character herself. I liked them both. The romance between Fiona and Alex was good. I did like them together and they definitely had chemistry. Oddly enough, though, I was actually more invested in Chuffy and Mairead's romance. Perhaps it was because I found them to be more interesting or maybe it was because they seemed to fit perfectly together, but I was really into their relationship. But, I thought both romances were lovely. I had one final issue with the book and it was that there was just too much going on. There were a lot of conflicts introduced and it didn't feel like they were all resolved.Take Minette Ferrar, for example. She was introduced and seemed like she would act as a major obstacle but, other than a few further mentions, I didn't get anything else about her. An unnecessary blackmail scheme was another extraneous conflict. I just wish that one conflict had been focused on and delved into deeply. The plot was good and kept me interested. Despite the issues I had, I still enjoyed the story and I liked it overall. Twice Tempted was an enjoyable historical romance. It might not have been perfect, but it was a good read. Romance lovers, this might be one you'll want to check out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
EllenParker More than 1 year ago
Twins in Unexpected Trouble Fiona Ferguson always looks out for her twin, the impractical Mairead. When news arrives that their brother has died an accused traitor, their grandfather turns them out. Within the month they are living a quiet life in London, teaching tradesmen’s children and house sitting for a friend. Alex Knight and his friend, Chuffy Wilde, believe they carry the good news that Ian Ferguson lives and has been cleared of all crimes. Instead, they learn his sisters, the twins, have vanished. Telescopes, codes, puzzles, and kisses are liberally sprinkled in this most recent of the Drake’s Rakes tales. Alex moves the twins from one location to another to stay ahead of danger – sometimes not by more than a moment. Fiona’s expert survival skills learned in the streets thwart Alex’s need to protect her – until they save his life. This is a good read with lots of sexual tension and science of the era sprinkled in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was an excellent addition to this series. It ties up a few more loose end in the series. Alex and Fiona are really tasked hard to get a better life for themselves and they do persevere to get it in the end. Duffy and Mairead get their happy ever after too. Love these stories,can't wait for the next one or anything by Eileen Dreyer.
MADreaderMD More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the complex plot of this spy-thriller-romance. Brilliant young astronomers and mathematicians, Fiona and Mairead Ferguson, once had to survive on the streets in their childhood. After finally coming to live with their grandfather, the heartless marquess of Hawesworth, they thought they had some measure of safety. But when given the news that their brother died in a traitorous plot, the marquess tosses them back out onto the streets. Fiona then has to figure out how to survive and provide a place where Mairead can continue her studies. While brilliant, Mairead would today probably be diagnosed as somewhere on the autism spectrum, so the challenge is extra daunting. Alex Knight had to deliver the bad news of his friend's death to the ladies, but this was not his first encounter with the lovely Fiona. She had once tried to run away from her school to get to her sister, and Alex had retrieved her. He had also stolen a kiss from her and had never forgotten that moment. Now armed with new knowledge that exonerates Ian Ferguson, Alex and his friend Chuffy, who are both members of Drakes Rakes spy organization, have to find the women and restore them to their proper place in society. Caught in the middle of the plot by the traitorous group called the Lions, the women have to earn a living, avoid detection, survive an assassin, clear their names, break a code, stop the Lions, and try to find their own happiness. Alex had always been called the "White Knight," but he feels such guilt over the secrets of his past, that he may be the one who needs saving this time around. Now, of course, I'm going to have to read the rest of the Drakes Rakes series to learn all about the other characters that play a part. The overall spy plot is not completely cleared up, so I'm sure further adventures await.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a good little read it wasnt my fav but it was cute
Anonymous More than 1 year ago