Twice Tempted by a Rogue (Stud Club Trilogy #2)

Twice Tempted by a Rogue (Stud Club Trilogy #2)

by Tessa Dare
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Twice Tempted by a Rogue (Stud Club Trilogy #2) by Tessa Dare

The daring members of the Stud Club are reckless gamblers and no strangers to risk—until love raises the stakes in Twice Tempted by a Rogue.
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.

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345518880
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/22/2010
Series: Stud Club Trilogy Series , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 8,682
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Tessa Dare is a part-time librarian, full-time mommy, and swing-shift writer. She makes her home in Southern California, where she shares a cozy, cluttered bungalow with her husband, their two children, and a dog.

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Twice Tempted by a Rogue (Stud Club Trilogy #2) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
funNflirty79 More than 1 year ago
The only thing that made me put down this book was that I could not stay comfortable in one position to finish in one sitting. I was skeptical picking up this series because I wasn't too found of author's first three book series. The determining factor was that all the books are well written even if you do not like the plot. This book and the whole trilogy are great reads. There is more plausible plot outline and even something like the "stud club" fits. This was my favorite of the three but I like them all. Well written, engaging and a bit humorous. This is definitely a "two thumbs up"
harstan More than 1 year ago
After years at war with a death wish never granted, battered combat vet Lord Rhys St. Maur comes home to Devonshire. He enters the Three Hounds Inn in Buckleigh-in-the-Moor where a fight has broken out. Before he can intercede a beautiful woman ends the dispute. He learns she is no barmaid but Mrs. Meredith Maddox, the widowed wife of the old owner. Meredith loved Rhys before he left for the service. She fears she still does. He is attracted to her but believes he does not deserve love. As she encourages him to work hard at overcoming his demons, they investigate the murder of his friend and nasty treacherous smugglers while the locals distrust Rhys. This is a terrific Stud Club Regency romance (see One Dance with a Duke) starring a feisty kick butt female and a PTSD veteran who had memorial issues before he ran off to die at war. Readers will enjoy their escapades as the townsfolk trust the double-dealing smugglers more than the returning lord; which speaks volumes of the class warfare. Starting with Meredith stopping a fight in the inn by ripping skin off the combatants, Twice Tempted By A Rogue is a strong Stud Club entry. Harriet Klausner
epicrat More than 1 year ago
Okay, this may sound silly, but I tend to get a little teary whenever I read a decent romance. When I picked up Twice Tempted, I wasn't expecting it to completely blow Book 1 out of the waters - holy SMOKED KIPPER, did I ever bawl my eyes out! Which is why I am writing the review for Book 2 first - don't get me wrong, I adored Book 1 (One Dance With A Duke) - but I loved Twice Tempted so much more! I don't think I've met a more emotionally-charged couple than Meredith and Rhys - they were so achingly love/hate, yes/no, go away/come back - that I just got swept in their relationship. It was really adorable to see Rhys try to bully Meredith into marrying him after one day and, even though she refused, he went ahead with building their cottage with his bare hands to prove his seriousness. Not to mention, I laughed at how he tries to circumvent Meredith's adamant refusal and carries on with their "engagement" because he knows she'll cave eventually. He only got more attractive when he finally listens to Meredith and attempts to woo her, though he manages to always say and do the wrong things. His intentions and sincerity were just to die for - and it is simply mind-boggling to see how long Meredith tried to resist him! Meredith, on the other hand, was not the usual virgin-in-distress - she was perfectly capable of handling herself and running an inn to drive the entire village's economy. It was great to see a woman who wasn't inhibited by manners and societal rules, but instead independent and hard-working! She didn't need Rhys and his lordly riches - she could manage just fine on her own financially - but Meredith didn't count on falling in love with Rhys for just being himself, a 110% sincere man who is trying very hard to do the gentlemanly thing despite wanting to do all sorts of naughty things to her! Twice Tempted was such an unexpected delight! The plot was very engaging with a whole motley crew of characters, and Ms. Dare threw in a few plot twists that kept my curiosity purring like a contented cat - and when I finally hit the final aha!, was I ever stunned! Quite simply, the title sums my reaction very accurately since I am sorely tempted to re-read at least once more (maybe twice!) and dream about Rhys and his Wolverine-like gorgeousness some more!
Anonymous 13 days ago
This one is really dragging. I'm halfway done. Merry is way too aggressive and it's as unattractive on her as it would be if it was a man. Rhys is trying to be a gentleman and he's explained why he wants to wait but she doesn't want to listen. I like to be pulled into a story but it's like I'm still on the outside looking in.
Anonymous 9 months ago
The characters have flaws and history, which makes their heroic actions all the more enchanting. Another name for this story might be "Between a rock and a hard place" Take time to read this story. You don't need to read the first book in the series to follow the line. Also, I thought the critics write up unfair and disparaging to a book that deserves a good read.
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This is the second book in the Stud Club series; I highly recommend reading them in order, but you can read them alone as well. This was sexy, as is Tessa Dare's style. Love her books and this was no exception.
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I have read ALL of Tessa Dare's novels and love them! I checked out some from my library and own all the Spindle Cove novels and novellas as well as the Werestag novella. You will not be dissapointed with any of her writings except that they end! I would like to find a "comparable" author because I just know Tessa's work to be the best for my tastes with the right amount of story, character development, setting, and spice. I was not actually a romance reader until I stumbled upon a free offering of one of her ebooks on my Nook. That was how I even found this genre and now am hooked! I have always been a fan of period romance movies and am a stickler for anything set in the Victorian (or earlier) settings of Europe which all of her books are. I do have a few other free historical romances but I just know already I won't be as pleased. I wish Tessa would go full time just writing ONLY Spindle Cove series and that PBS or BBC would pick up the rights and make an ongoing romance seriers for TV that would be hot and heavy and for adult viewers but tasteful. Maybe Netflix??? Wouldn't that be incredible! LOL Bascially to sum all this up do not worry one bit about purchasing any of her materials. You will love having them. I have read each of the Spindle Cove series twice and plan to re-read each once a year- Yes they are that good! I stay tuned for pre-orders and have always been on of the first to get a book as it comes out.
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This was very good and I thought realistic. The loves (sex) scenes are awesome.
SLWPA More than 1 year ago
2nd in the series and it just keeps getting better and better. Can not wait to read the 3rd.
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Well done
Phyl12 More than 1 year ago
Surprised tessa dare made Merry so hard n worldly. Didnt make sense when she probably didnt enjoy her husband cause he was so old. So why would she take lovers for meaningless sex when she could have waited for the right guy? Disappointed tessa dare fan.
quanOR More than 1 year ago
Even better than the first in the series. waiting for the third.
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BeeMac More than 1 year ago
The three heroes of this trilogy are intriguing scoundrels. Each has his own reasons for his wild and wicked ways. This story features a broken war hero and the unexpected love and tenderness of a woman (of course) and the story is nothing short of magnificent. I highly recommend this book and this series.
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