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Unforgettable Rogue (Rogues Club #2)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  952 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
The day of a wedding is no time for the bride's first husband to show up—especially when he's supposed to be deceased! Can a couple who missed their first chance at happiness find it the second time around?

After being reported dead, handsome as sin Bryceson Wakefield, Duke of Hawksworth, returns home scarred and beaten by war, only to find his hoyden of a wife blossomed in
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published January 5th 2012 by Annette Blair (first published October 1st 2002)
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Jun 23, 2012 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read that is the second in this series and one that is, in many aspects, picking up the story and characters introduced in book one. However, it can indeed be read as a stand alone book. While it is not an innovative plot and story line, the characters themselves make this book. It is another novel that highlights the barbarism of war, especially fought in hand-to-hand combat as was the Napoleonic War. While our veterans today suffer terribly from PTSD, there was almost no understanding o ...more
Tammi Owens
This story was so much like the first in the series that I must replicate the review from that book: "A good story. Not much frisson because the narration always made clear what the characters were feeling. Many ups, downs, misunderstandings, of course. A few good laughs, a decent, if short, action scene [note: no real action scene in this one. pity.]. Some steamy moments, but nothing exceptionally graphic. A happy ending. Good enough to read before sleeping, but would not read again." Won't go ...more
Trudy Miner
Nov 10, 2014 Trudy Miner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bryceson Wakefield, the new Duke of Hawksworth, marched off to fight Napoleon after promising his father he'd do so on his deathbed. Declared dead on the battlefield at Waterloo, Bryceson's bride finally decides to marry again after a year to Viscount Chesterfield Hawskworth's arch enemy. Much to everyone's surprise, the derelict who shows up at the wedding is none other than Hawksworth himself, returned from the dead to reclaim his wife at the altar! Now Alexandra and Bryceson must find a way t ...more
Rishi Diams
Mar 22, 2009 Rishi Diams rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I made it to exactly page 152 before I finally decided that I could take no more. I usually love the tortured hero but in this case the characters are flat, the dialog even worse - as a whole, the book is totally forgettable. Ms. Blair seems intent on forcing the minutiae of her character's lives upon the reader and her level of detail about the various shops as her characters drive along Bond Street is barely skim-worthy. (building, building, building, ooh, this one's 3 stories tall, building, ...more
Hina Tabassum
A spin to the tale of the beauty and the beast.

It was enjoyable but could have been way better.
Oct 30, 2013 Mackenzie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: regency-romance
Alexandra Huntington thinks she is the luckiest person when she marries her childhood friend and her love, Bryceson, the Duke of Hawksworth. Unfortunately, he leaves her at the church and goes off to war. He thinks he has done well and has left security for his family.

Alex is devastated to learn of Hawks death. But she does everything she can to keep her family in tact, especially when the new heir kicks them out. She returns to her rundown childhood home and carries on. When she has the opport
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Feb 06, 2014 Angie ~aka Reading Machine~ rated it really liked it
Bryceson Wakefield (Hawks), Duke of Hawksworth, believed to be dead by his wife Alexandra (Alex) Huntingdon Wakefield. He must stop Alexandra from committing bigamy because he's not dead. Hawks expecting to find his simple hoyden instead beauty beyond his worth. Hawks wonders if she can love him as scarred and broken that he is now. Sabrina and Gideon St. Goddard, Duchess and Duke of Stanthorpe, tell Hawks that he's wrong for not telling Alex that he's alive and well. Alex's heart breaks upon se ...more
Missy Jane
I loved the first and fourth book in this series a lot and was disappointed by how much the heroine in this one annoyed me. Both Alex and Hawk should have been smacked upside the head early in the book, because if they had just TALKED to each other things would've been different. Then we wouldn't have had the story, I know, but it was still frustrating. One minute Alex is weeping over the return of her 'dead' husband, the next she's weeping over how he treats her. I think what annoyed me the mos ...more
Jan 31, 2016 Melissa rated it really liked it
Spoiler Alert!!!
Bryceson marries Alexandria right before leaving for war, mostly because he his best friend and need some to watch over his family when he leaves. She is in love with him but they don't even have a honeymoon night. Word comes that he died in the war but turns out he was thrown in a mass grave and rescued by a boy who was scavenging the dead bodies. When he found Bryce alive and the army surgeons too busy to come get him, he was taking to the boy's home and nursed to health. He re
Well, this second entry into the Rogues Club series was much better than the first. As with the first book, the plot is unoriginal and I have read better books with the same theme, but it was still a nice, easy, and sometimes humorous read. Also, I love scarred/tortured/etc heroes, they're my weakness! :P All the characters were much more enjoyable and believable, especially Alex and Hawk (I've found that Annette Blair's secondary characters are usually more interesting than the hero and heroine ...more
Cyndi Fowles
Jan 20, 2016 Cyndi Fowles rated it really liked it
Classic romance

This book is part of a series. I believe that each book can stand alone.
I have always read romance novels and gothic novels. I prefer them to have a story to tell besides just the sex. This one does. It is about a man coming back from the dead and having to face his life and deal with what remains of his former life and family, while trying to come to terms with the here and now.
Good character development for the primary players. I am hoping that we get to know some of the seconda
Nubia Sanchez
Aw!! Such a sweet story!! A man named Hawk who is scarred in his face and body due to the war in Waterloo. After coming home and finding out that his wife was to marry another man, a man he despise, so he stopped the marriage. Though he stopped the wedding he questions if his wife still love after what he put her through to take care of his and her family. When Alex discovered that her husband stopped her wedding, she was shocked and angry with him because he left her after they got married a ye ...more
Cora Lee
2 and 1/2 stars. There was probably more to like about this book than I was able to see. But right off the bat there was a major factual error: the hero believes he can annul his marriage as long as he and his wife don't consummate it. The law at the time, though, was that a marriage could be annulled if the husband was *unable* to perform, not unwilling. After that, every little thing about this story bothered me, and the ending seemed unremarkable (as if the author decided just to be done). I ...more
This is the second Annette Blair novel I've read, both in this series, both a slow read for me. Both plots I enjoyed and the characters as well so it must be the writing that is a bit tedious for me. I would dearly loved to have read one of the other romances in this story, as a novella possibly.Note: I read this from Scandalous Brides Four Bestselling Full-Length Regency Novels compilation.
Aug 09, 2016 Cary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was an OK book for the reason that if someone would only volunteer their true feelings then it would be smoother and shorter cause what would fill the time. We wouldn't have to have so much whiny "she doesn't love me" & "he doesn't love me" I'll sacrifice my love for him/her even if it makes me unhappy. This just started to get on my nerves. Didn't care a bit about who was beautiful now vs. then issue!
May 21, 2012 Paraphrodite rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
This is one of those Return from the Grave, Scarred War Hero, arriving just in time to stop his bride/widow from marrying his nemesis story. Not very original but readable. Good for a quiet afternoon.

There are a few oddly abrupt conversation jumps in this book, I noticed it also in the previous book. Feels as if the editing needed some work but it could also be the writer's style. Let's see if it's the same in the next books.
Sep 11, 2016 SandraE rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I read this book last even though it was 2nd in the series. I did not enjoy it as much as the others probably because I knew that it was that there were no books in the series that I had not read yet. Also this book had a lot less humor than the others. Admittedly the storyline is more serious than the others so it is understandable but it still affected my rating. Had I read them in order this book would have been at least 4 stars.
Out of the 3 books in the series this was my least favourite. I liked Alexandra and felt rather sorry for her to have a husband whom she loves dearly, who only married her for support. Throughout the book I found myself getting bored and willing the book to be finished soon. It was obvious that Alex loved Hawk, but for some reason he couldn't see that which was annoying. It was a nice ending but not my favourite.
Rebecca (everyday reader)
Bryce is back from the dead, shocking his family and makes his widow faint at the altar when she is about to marry another. Alex has taken care of his family since he went to war and died at Waterloo. She has loved him since she was 3 and he doesn't realize it, so she sets out to seduce him into finally consumating their marriage. Some secrets come to light, a few surprise couples emerge, blackmail and villainy is stopped. Good read!!
Aug 26, 2012 Stasha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fluff, nookcolor
Not as good as the first one; Hawk's war wounds only pain him when it's convenient for the plot line. The secondary romance was better and much time was spent introducing Reed's dislike for children which will play into the next book. Reed was also an excellent plot device for explaining scenes from the war which the other men tried to protect the women from.
Debating whether to read the next one especially as the lost heir plot has been done to death and I'm not seeing a new twist here.
The story is as interesting as the characters. It shows that beauty is more then skin it involves the character, the soul and the mind. Beauty is not to be measured by skin but it has more to it. A very good lesson for people who judge others by the looks. There is perfection in every imperfection. Kudos to the author for this storyline.
This book was so much better than the first, but still don't be surprised to find a lot of the story contrived and making no sense. It was entertaining and overall I did enjoy it, but it would have been so much better if story elements were thought through and polished a bit so the character's behavior seemed more like that of real and sane human beings.
Read this (#2) first, as part of the Scandalous Brides compilation. No issues, but nothing that swept me away either. LOL at Alex & Bree's seduction plans - Rogue's Club, indeed. Did really enjoy the dynamic between Hawk & Gideon, though I was more interested in the coupling of Bree & Gideon. But I guess that was book 1.
Dawn (Kat N Hat)
This was a simple twist on a beauty and the beast tale, where beauty is already in love with the man before he becomes the beast, and now must seduce him. The story was good, if just a bit drawn out because of stuborn characters but the ending was well done.

The version I read was a free kindle version and needed some editing and formatting and some spell check
I can't help but to think if the main characters in this book just spoke to one another they might have been a lot happier. Then again, with so much angsty handwringing going on with this one, had that been the case the book would have been about 50 pages.
Oct 14, 2015 Pat rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
I have read the other Rogue books and really enjoyed them, but this one was boring. I had a difficult time staying focused on it. The plot was lacking excitement and there was no charisma between the hero and heroine. The best character was little Bea and her hedgehog.
Melanie Tikalsky
This is the second book in the series by Annette Blair. I found this story to be a little different from the first book. That's not a bad thing. Our hero in this book is a wounded war rogue who believes that his injuries make him unworthy of the love and the woman he desires.

Great read!
Jan 28, 2015 Joannine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the book but I wanted to grab a hold of the two of them Hawk and Alex and crack their heads together. For being English aristocracy hawk is numb skull, and Alexandria is too good to be true. I truly did like the book
Rachel Paulson
Apr 01, 2012 Rachel Paulson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a great book. There were points where I think Annette Blair got a little to wordy trying to explain something, and ended up making it a little confusing as to what was going on. However, she was able to make us love all of her characters! I read the whole book in less than 4 hours!
Feb 04, 2013 Dawn rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Alex has loved Hawk all her life, but he leaves her at the alter to go to war. Away from her, she is all he can think about but he comes back scared and damaged with plans to let her go. Second, in the series.
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“From my own experience, after my time in the colonies, I know that a man home from war has much to deal with that is not within sight of his family, but in his head and his heart. The demons of war can be dark and tenacious, distorting even the obvious goodness in life. Past and present become entangled with a soldier’s confusion and self-reproach for living when others perished, and with his need to make life as it once was. Except he cannot go back, because time has passed and people have changed and learned to live without him.” 0 likes
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