The Rogue Is Back in Town: A Wayward Wallflowers Novel

The Rogue Is Back in Town: A Wayward Wallflowers Novel

by Anna Bennett

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The Rogue Is Back in Town: A Wayward Wallflowers Novel by Anna Bennett

Hide your daughters and your maiden aunts…Lord Samuel Travis is back.
The London Hearsay, special society edition

Equal parts scoundrel and seducer, he’s returned to London determined to mend the rift with his older brother. All Sam must do is take possession of a tumbledown town house. A seemingly simple task, except the house is occupied—by an infuriating, whip-smart beauty who refuses to do his bidding.

Miss Juliette Lacey’s wallflower days are over. She has a plan to turn her eccentric family into the toast of the ton—but the devilishly handsome rake trying to oust them from their home thwarts her at every turn. How can one man be so vexing and make her simmer with desire?
As her attraction to Sam deepens, Julie’s problems grow—she may have, once upon a time, secretly shared a kiss with his honorable older brother. Suddenly, Julie’s caught between a rogue and a marquess, between passion and respectability. Torn between two brothers, what’s a girl to do?

Don’t miss the Wayward Wallflower books by Anna Bennett!
My Brown-Eyed Earl (Book 1)
I Dared the Duke (Book 2)
The Rogue is Back in Town (Book 3)


What Reviewers are saying:


"Fans of Regency romance authors Eloisa James, Tessa Dare, and Mary Jo Putney will go wild for...Bennett’s Wayward Wallflowers trilogy." - Booklist Starred Review on The Rogue is Back in Town


"A standout historical romance novel...truly delightful." - Romancing the Book Worm on The Rogue is Back in Town



"Smart and sassy romance...simply a joy!" - RT Book Reviews Top Pick on The Rogue is Back in Town

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250100955
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Series: Wayward Wallflowers Series , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 30,762
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Anna Bennett started swiping romances from her mom’s bookshelf as a teenager and decided that books with balls, dukes, and gowns were the best. So, when she had the chance to spend a semester in London she packed her bags—and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance,but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.

Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anna found her way back to writing the stories she loves and won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart®. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children,who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. She is the author of My Brown-Eyed Earl.


Anna Bennett started swiping romances from her mom’s bookshelf as a teenager and decided that books with balls, dukes, and gowns were the best. So, when she had the chance to spend a semester in London she packed her bags—and promptly fell in love with the city, its history, and its pubs. She dreamed of writing romance, but somehow ended up a software analyst instead.

Fortunately, a few years and a few careers later, Anna found her way back to writing the stories she loves and won the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart®. She lives in Maryland with her husband and three children, who try valiantly not to roll their eyes whenever she quotes Jane Austen. Other weaknesses include reality TV, cute shoes, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. She is the author of My Brown-Eyed Earl.

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CHAPTER 1

London, Fall 1818

"His Lordship requests your presence in his study."

A summons at this ungodly hour? Holy hell. Lord Samuel Travis moaned and pretended he still slept.

A brief pause. "At once."

Sam cracked open burning eyes and scowled at his valet. "Go away, Ralph." He threw an arm across his face to ward off the menacing rays of sunlight that streamed between the curtains. Damn it, he'd passed out in the library.

Ralph cleared his throat. "What shall I tell the marquess?"

Sam grunted. "Tell my brother he can go hang himself."

"Forgive me, my lord, but he was terribly insistent. If you don't go to him at once, I fear he'll be most displeased."

"Then he can hurl a vase against the wall and curse my name. I'll hear his tirade from right here." Sam patted the leather armchair that had served as his bed. Surprisingly comfortable, but then his slumber had been enhanced by copious amounts of brandy. His stomach churned at the thought. "Leave. If I haven't emerged in three hours, return to check if I'm dead. No — on second thought, just send the undertaker."

The valet's boots remained rooted to the floor, and he swallowed nervously. "The marquess said that if you fail to report to his study he shall ... terminate my service."

Jesus. Sam might have admired his brother's uncharacteristic ruthlessness if it didn't feel like a hundred chickens were on the inside of his head trying to peck their way out. Still, his valet didn't deserve to be a pawn in Nigel's futile campaign.

Sam was never going to be respectable enough or gentleman enough or worthy enough. Not in his brother's eyes — and not in his own.

Nigel had assumed that spending six months on the Continent would cure Sam of his rakish tendencies — that if he rubbed elbows with society's upper crust, some of their polish would inevitably wear off on him. It hadn't. Because Sam had returned to London exactly one week ago and had already succeeded in disappointing his brother — in a spectacular fashion.

Groaning, he propped his elbows on his knees and waited for the room to right itself. "We can't allow him to sack you, Ralph. Who else could make me look halfway respectable and keep my sordid secrets?"

The valet exhaled in relief. "Thank you, my lord."

Sam pressed a hand to his throbbing forehead. "Just give me a minute."

But Ralph was already circling his chair, assessing the damage from all angles. "Your jacket's wrinkled and there's a small tear near the shoulder." He froze and pressed a hand to his chest. "You didn't remove your boots?"

"Easy, man. It's not a cardinal sin." Which wasn't to say he hadn't committed others in the course of the evening.

"Your boots are on," the valet repeated dryly, "and yet, your neckcloth's gone missing. Have you any notion where —" Clucking his tongue, Ralph plucked it from the top of an unlit lamp. "Never mind."

He snapped the cloth in midair, then held it at arm's length, turning his head as though he dangled a diseased rat. "It reeks of gaming hell. But there's no time to fetch a new one, so we'll have to make do with —"

"No neckcloth." Sam pushed it aside. "My brother will be too preoccupied with skewering me to notice."

"I don't believe I've ever seen him so irate, my lord." Ralph gulped and extended a hand. "May I help you up?"

"I can manage," Sam said with significantly more cockiness than he felt. He gripped the arms of the chair and pushed himself to his feet —

Just as his brother stormed into the room.

The valet cowered behind Sam for two seconds, then decided better of it and fled.

Over six feet of coiled muscle and barely contained rage, Nigel stalked across the library and stood toe to toe with Sam. Looking at his brother's face was like looking into a mirror — except for the eyes. Nigel's were the same icy blue as his, but they perpetually signaled disappointment and disgust. Usually with good reason.

Nigel shoved a rolled-up newspaper at Sam's chest, slamming him back into the armchair. "You've been consorting with that actress again," he spat. "It's all over the gossip pages."

Sam tossed the paper to the floor, dragged a hand down his face, and shrugged. "She ended the affair before I went away. If the rags are still dwelling on it, they must be suffering from a serious shortage of scandal."

"Oh, there's no shortage." Nigel's face was mottled red. "They'll be able to write a whole column based solely on your escapades from last night."

Shit. Sam vaguely remembered losing a vast sum at the hazard tables. Followed by a shoving match with an earl who'd mocked him. And at the very end of the night ... bloody hell.

"Lord Harborough just paid me a visit," Nigel said through his teeth.

Sam pinched the bridge of his nose and prayed his murky recollection of the encounter with their neighbor was a bad dream. "A friendly call?" he asked hopefully.

Nigel pressed his lips into a thin line and paced as though the sight of his hungover brother was more than he could bear. "You waltzed into his house in the wee hours of the morning and ... and ... crawled into bed with his spinster aunt."

Damn. That was beyond the pale — even for Sam. He made a valiant attempt to explain. "Our houses look remarkably similar in the dark. Harborough's butler should really lock the door."

Seething, Nigel stared down his nose at Sam, pinning him to the chair. "You didn't enter through the door. You shattered the window of their parlor and crawled into the house like a thief. His poor aunt nearly suffered an apoplexy when she woke and found your head on the pillow next to hers."

Sam cringed. "I thought I was in my bedchamber." He vaguely remembered being dragged out of the house by a pair of footmen and deposited on his own doorstep. "Once I'm presentable, I'll go next door and offer my apologies."

"The last thing they want is a visit from you." Nigel clenched his fists. "Besides, I have another sort of penance in mind."

A chill slithered down Sam's spine. His brother had the devil's own temper, but he usually vented his anger with shouted insults, thrown objects, and slammed doors. Nigel's simmering rage was far more alarming.

"What sort of penance?"

"Come with me." His brother's stony expression revealed nothing, but Sam knew better than to poke the bear.

"Fine. Allow me to change, and I'll meet you in your study within the hour."

"I'm through with waiting." Nigel snapped his fingers, and three burly men appeared in the doorway.

Sam jumped out of his chair and braced for a fight. "Who the hell are they?"

The trio stalked across the room and stood behind Nigel, glowering like they'd leap at the chance to throw a few punches. "Hired help. I found them working near the docks."

"Jesus, Nigel. Paying someone to do your dirty work?"

"On the contrary. I'm cleaning house. It's time for you to move out."

Sam blinked. He'd lived in their London townhouse his whole life. Its stately design and elegant furnishings served as the backdrop for every fond memory he had of their father, who'd died barely a year ago. He'd hated it when his sons fought, but he'd always sided with Sam. Always encouraged Nigel to forgive his younger, mischievous brother. But even Father would have had a difficult time defending him this morning.

"Look, I realize my behavior last night was abominable. It won't happen again."

Nigel snorted. "I've heard that verse before, Samuel. It's invariably followed by the refrain of excessive drinking, gambling, and whoring. This time, I'm teaching you a lesson. I want you out."

One of the dock workers cracked his knuckles.

"You're exiling me to the country house?" Sam asked, as though it were a life sentence in Newgate Prison. The truth was, if he laid low for a few months, he should be able to return to London before Christmastide.

"Not the country house," Nigel intoned.

The burly men behind him shifted their feet ominously. The hairs on the back of Sam's neck stood on end. He had to tread lightly here. "I suppose I could let an apartment at the Albany, but I'll need an allowance —"

Nigel barked a laugh. "No. I'm cutting you off. Although, if you're desperate for funds, you could always sell Father's pocket watch. It would fetch a pretty price."

Sam instinctively reached for the gold watch in his pocket, taking comfort from its familiar warmth and weight. "I would sooner die than sell it."

"Suit yourself," Nigel said with a shrug.

Good God. Sam closed his eyes and swallowed before searching his brother's face, hoping to find a shred of compassion. He hated to beg, but as a younger son with no fortune of his own, he had little choice. "Where would you have me go? Surely you don't mean to throw me out into the street?"

"It would serve you right if I did, but no — I'm presenting you with an alternative."

Sam bit back a curse. "I'm listening."

"While reviewing our father's papers I recently discovered that the estate includes a property in London. It's a small, fairly dilapidated house on Hart Street."

"Sounds charming," Sam quipped. "So, my penance is to move into a vacant tumble-down flat with no servants and no money?"

Nigel crooked his finger at the burly men, and in an instant, two flanked Sam, seizing his biceps in viselike grips. He squirmed but froze when the third man grabbed his collar from behind.

"You have the right of it," Nigel replied, "except for one thing. The house is not vacant. Our soft-hearted father allowed a distant relative to inhabit the property."

"A relative?" Sam managed, in spite of the fact that his collar nearly strangled him. "Who?"

"She died many years ago, but her widower has continued to rely on our generosity. I want him gone." Nigel stared out the library window, his gaze calculating and cold.

"Where will he go?"

Ignoring the question, Nigel said, "Consider it a test — and not a very difficult one at that. You'll do something useful for once. Take possession of the property and send me an accounting of its condition. I have a potential buyer for the house, and the sale would go a long way toward paying off your debts."

"You could have simply asked for my help," Sam said. "Without resorting to force."

"Without force, you'd still be in that chair, sleeping off the effects of last night's debauchery."

True enough. "I'll ask Ralph to pack a few things for me and we'll leave immediately."

"You'll leave now. Alone. Don't ask for so much as a shilling until the house is vacated."

Sam started to protest, but his brother turned away as the trio of dock workers dragged him out of the room like yesterday's rotten garbage.

He told himself that the task would be accomplished by day's end. The man who occupied the house would cooperate, Nigel's temper would subside, and Sam could return to his devil-may-care ways.

But as the workers shoved him into the coach with nothing but the clothes on his back, his gut told him something wholly different.

His damned goose was cooked.

CHAPTER 2

Miss Juliette Lacey paused in the doorway of her uncle's study. Several of the books and journals that she'd shelved the day before were now open, strewn over every available surface. The piles of papers she'd painstakingly organized seemed to have multiplied overnight.

Uncle Alistair paced the room, flitting from book to book like a butterfly in a meadow of colorful blossoms, unable to settle on one. Suddenly he froze, his gaze locked on the portrait of his beloved wife that graced the wall above the mantel. "You mustn't fret, my love," he said earnestly. "All will be well." He paused briefly and tilted his head as though listening intently. "Indeed. I promise I'm working on it."

Julie's heart sank. When he thought he was alone, her uncle, the man who'd generously taken in her and her sisters after they'd lost their parents in a horrific coach accident, had recently begun talking to his wife — who, sadly, had died twenty years ago. He'd always been eccentric, but this latest development troubled Julie more than his habits of inserting the wrong words into sentences and forgetting why he'd walked into a room. She couldn't bear the thought that he was desperately lonely ... or worse, mad.

Hoping to spare him embarrassment, she breezed into the room as though she'd just arrived. "Did you say something, Uncle?" she said lightly.

He blinked and shook his head, causing the wild, white tufts of hair above his ears to sway. "No, no, my dear," he sputtered. "I was just reading a most edifying letter written by a colleague in New South Wales. The flora and fauna there are remarkable. Like nothing we've seen here or on the Continent."

"Forgive me for saying so, but you haven't seemed yourself of late." Julie walked over and squeezed his sloped shoulder. "Is anything troubling you? Do you feel unwell?"

"Not at all. I'm as pale and hearty as ever. Perhaps because I was never very fit to begin with." He shot her a crooked smile that nearly melted her heart.

"Do you miss Meg and Beth?" Neither of Julie's sisters was in London at the moment. The eldest, Meg, and her dashing husband had removed themselves to their country house, as she was anxiously awaiting her first babe. Beth and her handsome duke had gone to the Continent for their honeymoon and wouldn't return for a few weeks.

So, for now and the foreseeable future, Julie considered herself her uncle's caretaker. After all he'd done for her, the least she could do was to look after him. Besides, she adored him.

"Of course, I miss your sisters, but it's not as though they've left us forever. And I'll tell you a secret, my dear Juliette ... you've always been my favorite."

"Hogwash." And yet, his confession held a kernel of truth. She'd been only eleven years old when she'd moved into his cozy, chaotic house. Uncle Alistair had been the one to kiss her skinned knees, teach her to play the piano, and tuck her into bed at night. Some days, it seemed she could barely remember her parents' faces. Kissing her uncle's wrinkled cheek, she said, "You're far too charming for your own good, you know."

He waggled his bushy gray eyebrows as he shuffled to his desk. "That's what the ladies tell me."

Julie breathed a little easier. Perhaps her concerns were unfounded. Uncle Alistair talked to himself now and then, but it was hardly evidence of madness. If it were, half of England would surely be carted off to Bedlam.

Still, she reasoned that what her uncle needed was a project. An engaging task to sharpen his mind, ease his loneliness, and impress the intellectuals who looked down their noses at him — and she'd thought of just the thing.

Over the last few days, she'd been debating the best way to broach the topic with him, for he could be terribly stubborn. But the heartbreaking sight of him conversing with Aunt Elspeth's portrait convinced her to speak her mind. "I've been thinking," she began, "that I could help you organize all your research." She waved an arm around the cluttered study. "You've written copious notes and made countless calculations. Wouldn't it be grand if all your papers were sorted and filed?" She spoke in the same hopeful tone a nursemaid uses when trying to convince her charge that Brussels sprouts are tasty.

"Why would I wish to organize my notes?" he said, slightly offended. "I know precisely where everything is. This journal contains sketches and descriptions of moss spores." As he held it up for her to see, several pages drifted to the floor, and she scooped them up and placed them on the corner of his desk. "This shelf," he continued, pointing to a row of books behind him, "houses my daily recordings of temperature, humidity, and precipitation. Pick any date within the last decade, and I will tell you the exact weather conditions."

"I don't doubt your ability to do so," she said — even though she did question whether he could locate anything amid scores of unlabeled ledgers. "You've amassed so much valuable information in this room," she said soothingly. "And it's high time you share your considerable knowledge with others."

He scratched the top of his head, clearly confounded. "What are you suggesting, my dear?"

Julie took a deep breath. "I think you should use all of this" — she swept her gaze over the mountains of papers, drawings, and journals — "to write a scientific paper which you could present to the Royal Society."

Uncle Alistair gaped at her for several seconds, then dragged a gnarled hand down his face as he slowly rounded his desk and sank onto the threadbare cushion of a faded arm chair. As he looked up at her, his eyes shone with affection. "I am beyond flattened that you think I might have any knowledge worthy of offering to that esteemed group of scholars, Juliette. But alas, I do not. They have no wish to hear from the likes of me."

(Continues…)



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The Rogue Is Back in Town 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
DianaSMcC More than 1 year ago
Lord Samuel (Sam) Travis has been told by his brother, Nigel, the Marquess of Currington, that to make up for his reckless ways, Sam’s funds are being cut off and he is kicked out of his brother’s house. The only way to get back in Nigel’s good graces is for Sam to evict the tenants of one of Nigel’s properties, people who have not paid rent for years. Miss Juliette (Julie) Lacey and her siblings were raised by their aunt and uncle for years after the loss of their parents. The aunt has passed away and her sisters have married well, one to an earl and one to a duke. Julie is the youngest and continues to live with and care for her uncle, Lord Whittmore. Sam goes to Lord Whittmore’s house and explains to Julie that he is Nigel’s representative and is evicting them from the house. Julie doesn’t believe him, and tells him to bring her proof of ownership. Julie tells Sam that she needs a week to hunt for the deed to the house. Her Uncle’s office is in shambles and she has no idea where he put the deed. Sam agrees, but insists on staying at the house, as he has nowhere else to stay. He tells her he will get proof from his brother, and will keep an eye out for the deed. He really doesn’t want to see this young lady and her uncle evicted. Julie tells him he can stay if he acts as an assistant to her Uncle, who is becoming more and more confused. She wants him to help her uncle sort through the mess in his office. Sam reluctantly agrees. Sam doesn’t know, but his brother Nigel has his eye set on Julie as a mistress. Sam struggles with his feelings for Julie, and finds he doesn’t much care for his brother trying to take advantage of Julie. When she goes to a ball, and Sam stays at the house, (which he can’t leave or Julie will not let him back in to stay), he follows her anyway and indirectly saves her from being compromised by his brother. There are many cute incidences of gallantry on Sam’s part. Julie thinks Nigel is courting her when a piece of jewelry arrives. She soon finds out he feels she is only good enough to be his mistress. Nigel says he didn’t know the house belonged to her uncle. When Julie asks if he would give them time to find the deed, Nigel explains they can stay in the house if Julie agrees to become his mistress. Otherwise they are to be out of the house by the end of the week. Julie and Sam become close and share some steamy kisses. She sees a kind man who is patient with her confused Uncle. Some hot and steamy scenes develop. There’s a good mystery about the missing deed, good story line with the riff between the brothers and Lady Julie falling in love with the Sam. The author created a really fun character in Uncle Whittmore. And Sam is a great rogue turned gentleman. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from Romance Junkies Reviews.com for my honest review.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book of the series! Characters are well developed, but not always what they seem. The uncle just becomes more lovable and quirky.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved Sam and Juliette's story!! They were absolutely perfect for each other! Too bad Juliette thinks she is in love with Sam's brother, talk about an bump in the road to their HEA!! Now that this series is complete, I'm excited to see what Bennett comes up with next!!
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Anna Bennett’s The Rogue Is Back in Town The rogue, Lord Samuel Travis, is back in town!!! But he gets thrown out from the family home and financial cut off by his brother, Nigel the marquess, due to Sam’s behavior. To obtain good standing with his brother, the rogue is tasked with evicting the people from a certain property. Easy task or so Sam thinks.....he believes he will be able to quickly evict the occupants and get back into his brother’s graces. Upon arrival at the property, Sam is in for a huge turn of events!! It is occupied by an eccentric uncle and his niece, Miss Juliette Lacey. Julie flat out refuses to leave the property. She is an unexpected spitfire who will do anything to protect family and their property. There is undeniable chemistry between Julie and the rogue but a task is a task and since they will not leave.. Sam moves in with them. Meanwhile the marquee purses Julie. He gives her an option or how to protect her family. Who should she trust?? There rogue decides to leave the property to rethink his life. Is it too late for Sam to reform, get an honest job plus win Julie’s heart from his brother?? The main characters plus the supporting characters were well fleshed out, realistic, relatable and very well defined. Talented descriptive writing made me part of all the action taking place around me. The intricately woven story with many unexpected twists and turns that will delight and entertain the reader. I volunteered to read The Rogue Is Back in Town. Thanks to St Martin Press via NetGalley for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an entertaining read, with good character development and a decent plot. It is hindered by the slow pacing and the sudden unheralded appearance of brother Nigel's ugly side. Thank goodness the slow crawl of the story was mitigated by the heat between Juliette and Sam! Worth reading, but not the best of this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
London - 1818 Lord Samuel (Sam) Travis has been summoned to see his brother, Nigel, the Marquess of Currington. Sam is being put out of his brother’s home and his funds are being cut off His days of being a lazy scoundrel have caught up with him. He is to live in a tumble down flat in London. Miss Juliette (Julie) Lacey and her siblings were taken in by their aunt and uncle years ago after the loss of their parents. Now, their aunt has passed away leaving just their uncle, Lord Whitmore, and Julie provides care for him. Her two sisters are now married and Julie is the one sister left to care for her uncle. They were once known as the Wilting Wallflowers. Now, one sister is married to an earl and the other to a duke. When Sam pounds on Julie’s door telling her that he is evicting her and reclaiming the house, she is shocked. She demands that he show proof of his claim and he agrees to ask his brother to provide it. In the meantime, he has no other place to stay so he insists that he has to move in with them since his brother kicked him out. She reluctantly agrees to his demands. Thinking he has sweet-talked her into letting him stay, she turns the tables on him and lets him know he will have to work for his housing by being an assistant to her uncle. Uncle Whitmore is becoming more and more confused and Julie is worried about him. He talks with his deceased wife whom he still adores. The home is cluttered with things he has collected that he feels could be worth something to the country. Therefore, Sam has been enlisted to help him sort through the mess and put it in some sort of order. Nigel thinks that he can easily claim Julie as his own and tries to seduce her. This infuriates both Julie and Sam because the two of them have found a fondness for one another. Will it turn out that Julie and her uncle will have to leave their home? Will Julie and Sam have a future together? This is a cute story but not one of my favorites by this author. While it seemed to drag a bit, I did enjoy the author’s signature humor with which she peppers her books. She created a really fun character in Uncle Whitmore. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
The Rogue is Back in Town by Anna Bennett, book three in her Wayward Wallflowers series, is Juliette’s, the youngest of the Lacey sisters, story. She stands her ground when scoundrel and rogue Sam Travis tries to oust her and her uncle from their town house. Sam is only doing his older brother, the Marquee’s, bidding as he attempts to once again end their rift. Julie’s attraction to Sam grows and surpasses what she thought she felt for the Marquee. However, the brothers are not really all they seem to be; as one is only polite in the public while the other is truly kind and caring. With both brothers wanting her, Julie needs to decide between passion and respectability, between a rogue and a marquee. Whatever shall she do? I really enjoyed reading this book but struggled with the pacing at a few places. I did love how Ms. Bennett created Juliette as a strong, single woman, especially for the times, who stood her ground for her family. Also, she did an excellent job showing the growth, changes, and realizations of Sam, as well as describing Nigel's true colors. I can definitely recommend this book to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
The Rogue is Back in Town by Anna Bennett, book three in her Wayward Wallflowers series, is Juliette’s, the youngest of the Lacey sisters, story. She stands her ground when scoundrel and rogue Sam Travis tries to oust her and her uncle from their town house. Sam is only doing his older brother, the Marquee’s, bidding as he attempts to once again end their rift. Julie’s attraction to Sam grows and surpasses what she thought she felt for the Marquee. However, the brothers are not really all they seem to be; as one is only polite in the public while the other is truly kind and caring. With both brothers wanting her, Julie needs to decide between passion and respectability, between a rogue and a marquee. Whatever shall she do? I really enjoyed reading this book but struggled with the pacing at a few places. I did love how Ms. Bennett created Juliette as a strong, single woman, especially for the times, who stood her ground for her family. Also, she did an excellent job showing the growth, changes, and realizations of Sam, as well as describing Nigel's true colors. I can definitely recommend this book to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Ajgray More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily read a copy thru Netgalley. Sam, a second son, comes to see how ruthless his older brother, Nigel is even though he has presented himself as the pillar of society he is far from it. Nigel is trying to blackmail Julie into becoming his mistress to safe her uncle. Sam meets and quickly falls in love with her. The story is well written and interesting. I would recommend this book for a quick read.
Aquamarine1951 More than 1 year ago
This was the first time I have read a book by Anna Bennett but it won’t be the last. This Regency romance was a really wonderful read and I really enjoyed the story. Ms. Bennett has a creative writing style that weaves a story that is so much more than a romance. The storyline is well written and rich in substance, held my interest and had me fully invested in Juliette Lacey and Lord Samuel Travis budding relationship and their road to romance. I loved the chemistry and banter between them and also the addition of Juliette’s eccentric Uncle Alistair, Lord Wiltmore was a stroke of genius and added much to the story. The novel was fast paced and the characters were well developed and engaging. I also loved the surprise ending twists. I never give specific spoilers because I fell each reader needs to savor a novel to appreciate an author’s talents. I’ll end by saying Ms. Bennett wrote a fun, heartwarming and sometimes emotional romance about the true meaning of love, redemption and family loyalty that made me wonder which of the two brothers was really the rogue in her story. I highly recommend this novel. I look forward to reading more of her books. I received an advanced readers copy from NetGalley for my honest opinion. It was a pleasure to read and review this book.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
The Rogue Is Back in Town by Anna Bennett is book Three in "The Wayward Wallflowers" series. This is the story of Juliette Lacey and Samuel Travis. I have read the previous books in this series but I thought this is easily a standalone book. Sam has returned home after a banishment that he is now trying to put behind him. But he has fallen into his old ways which has left him in trouble with his older brother Nigel. When asked by Nigel to kick some people out of his property to get back into his good standing, Sam thinks he will have a easy time of it. But when he shows up to do what has been requested he faces Juliette who is not having any of it. Juliette stands her ground and asked for proof that this is his property....which puts them at a standoff. There was some questionable parts in this book that did have me pulling back from my 5 star rating but overall I enjoyed this book. I will be looking for my books by Ms. Bennett and can't wait for the next installment into this series.
def618 More than 1 year ago
Juliette Lacey lives with her eccentric, elderly Uncle Alistair who has taken care of her and her 2 older, now married, sisters since their parents died. They live in a small house that she believes Alistair owns. Juliette has a crush on Nigel, the Marquess of Currington. Unbeknownst to her, Nigel wants them out of the house he believes is his and sends his younger brother, Lord Samuel Travis, to kick them out. Juliette is not moving! She wants to see the deed, but is willing to let Samuel stay with them since his brother kicked him out. Her crush on Nigel does not last when she realizes he is not interested in marrying her. While waiting for Nigel to prove his ownership, Sam becomes a part of the household. Juliette begins to rely on him and likes his being there. You'll need to read this cute story to see how they get to their HEA. Thanks to the publisher for allowing me an ARC. No one has influenced my review. I enjoyed this story.
LindaC1 More than 1 year ago
What a great read. A story about Sam, who has to prove himself responsible, and Julie, who has to realize what true love is. Throw in an eviction notice and a past love interest and this romance starts to spice up. I couldn’t put this story down and read well into the night. Loved it!
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
The Rogue is Back in Town by Anna Bennett Wayward Wallflowers Series #3 Love it or hate it – that is what readers will probably decide once they finish this book. As I read I had the feeling I was reading what could have been seen in a silent movie or the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons with the evil Snidely Whiplash, Dudley Do-Right and Nell Fenwick. I had trouble with the believability of this story even though I really did try. Samuel Travis was the rogue sent out by his marquis brother to evict poor Juliette and her uncle from their home. Samuel is trying to redeem his name and improve the way his brother and society see him. Juliette’s sisters are busy with other things and married to men with rank in society while she stays home to tend her eccentric uncle. Nell has kissed Sam’s brother Nigel and thought he would ask to court her…he has other plans for her entirely. Sam and Nigel find Juliette a tasty morsel but only one will end up with her by his side in the end. I am conflicted on this one…I wish it had been better…and again…if it could be made into a cartoon or silent movie it might do well… Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – This is my honest review. 2-3 Stars
grammyx3 More than 1 year ago
The Rogue is Back in Town is the first book I have read by Anna Bennett and has inspried me to read more of her stories, especially the stories of the other two Wayward Wallflowers about Juliette's two sisters. The author's characters are very likeable and this story flowed very well. I always enjoy reading about characters redeeming themselves and Lord Samuel Travis definitely needed redemption. I also really enjoy female heroines who are strong, steady and indepentdent. Juliette Lacey is those things and more. Author Anna Bennett added lots of fun and interest with her characterization of Juliette's Uncle Alistair. He is such a quirky, yet lovable character. The interaction between Sam and Juliette kept me turning the pages and I adored them as a couple.
grammyx3 More than 1 year ago
The Rogue is Back in Town is the first book I have read by Anna Bennett and has inspried me to read more of her stories, especially the stories of the other two Wayward Wallflowers about Juliette's two sisters. The author's characters are very likeable and this story flowed very well. I always enjoy reading about characters redeeming themselves and Lord Samuel Travis definitely needed redemption. I also really enjoy female heroines who are strong, steady and indepentdent. Juliette Lacey is those things and more. Author Anna Bennett added lots of fun and interest with her characterization of Juliette's Uncle Alistair. He is such a quirky, yet lovable character. The interaction between Sam and Juliette kept me turning the pages and I adored them as a couple. Anna Bennett has now earned a spot on my "Must Read" authors list!
McM0mmy-PW More than 1 year ago
The story line had promise, but I wasn't impressed with either Sam or Juliette. He was too quick to change from a rake and she was idiotic with her choices not to contact either of her brother-in-laws with as serious of a situation that they had. Bad choice to wear the earing's, which was a sure sign that she accepted Sam's brother's offer. I also didn't like how the ending came about. There was no epilogue that wrapped up any of the problems still in effect.
georgia1 More than 1 year ago
Heartwarming and surprising! I really enjoyed this story with several twists and turns. Lord Samuel Travis is the second son of a Duke and has always been at odds with his older brother. Now that there father has died, Sam returns home but soon his brother is fed up with him due to his debauchery. He gives him one last chance to redeem himself by throwing out the tenants of a house he owns so that he can sell it. Well as things often goes, the residents of the home, Miss Juliette Lacey and her uncle are not what he expects and he is persuaded by Julie to give her some time. Then the fun starts or rather the confusion begins!! The characters and dialogue kept me entertained and I did enjoy the storyline. Seeing the emotions build between Sam and Julie had humor and strong attraction with Sam determined to do better for himself. In the end, Love does find a way but you will be delighted at the path it takes to get there!!
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Mischievous meets scandalous and breeds marvelous. The Rogue is Back in Town is meant to be lighthearted fanfare, but every once in a while there are moments that hit you in the heart and are reluctant to let go. For the love of her family Julie will risk it all, heart, pride and freedom. For the respect of his family Sam will try his hand at responsibility. Neither plan works in their favor, but each learns something along the way. How to fall in love. Anna Bennett wrapped me in knots with her frustrating, clueless, heartwarmingly irresistible couple.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book and the inside is completely blank! Such a waste of time and money.