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Twice Tempted by a Rogue (Stud Club #2)

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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 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 innke ...more
Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Published June 22nd 2010 by Ballantine Books
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Beanbag Love
I liked this book but I didn't all out love it. I don't know if I liked it more than the last one, but I did enjoy it. Rhys is a very lovable hero. Very tortured (yay for angsty heroes!) and Merry was an incredibly capable heroine. I completely believed their chemistry.

What brings it down to a four star was one of the things I had a problem with in the first one. It takes forEVER to finally get the info out about Rhys's past. We get a smidgen of information and then that same smidgen is basicall
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UniquelyMoi ~ The 1-click Diva

The second installment of the Stud Club series almost didn’t feel like part of the series at all due in part to the fact that we really hadn’t gotten to know Rhys St. Maur very well at all in One Dance With A Duke, so in this book he seemed to me to be a totally new character. In addition to that, the continuing storyline revolving around Leo’s death didn’t really come into play until the latter part of the book. I didn’t mind any of this because Rhys’ and Meredith’s story was strong enough to s
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Rane

Tessa Dare continues the new Stud Club trilogy with Rhys St. Maur, whom we meet in One Dance with a Duke, I really was looking forward to his book, wanting to know more about Rhys and this book didn’t let me down!

Rhys, newly Lord Ashworth has finally come home, to a home he hated from the start, but to see the lands his title has brought him, he forces himself to see the place that driven him away so long ago, stopping at the local inn, he comes across a beautiful strong woman, whom knows her
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valee
Well kids, today I will teach you all a lesson about books. It is very important that you listen carefully to each word, because after reading this review you'll discover something very important. LOL.

I have always read each and every single book in a series. Never in my life have I not follow the reading order, not even if the book had the worsts reviews. But I'm ashame to let you all know that in this case I was about to do just that. It was said that books 1 and 3 were actually the good ones,
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Catherine
I seem to have a problem being engaged by this writer. I can see the skill, and know that I would usually enjoy the characters, but something still holds me back. I like them, but it's a kind of distant liking. I never really feel invested in their characters. I was coasting along feeling rather disappointed, but then came Rhys's breaking point, and I was sucked in!

Rhys was a very interesting character. In the beginning he didn't really match up with the personality I had imagined while reading
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Tammy Walton Grant
5 stars.

Loved this book. Loved it, loved it, loved it.

Loved the heroine, who had watched and wanted the hero from afar since she was a girl. Loved how she found him beautiful, how she lusted after him, how she tried and tried to wear him down.

But most of all I loved Rhys. He is one of my favourite hero types -- strong, silent, tortured. Reserved and quiet, but with wit and humour and depth that he shows only to the heroine. Determined, almost dogged in his pursuits - most of his life seeking dea
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Amy
Disarray. That's the first word that comes to mind when describing the hero and the overall feel of Twice Tempted by a Rouge. I had high expectations for the second installment of Tessa Dare's Stud Club trilogy, but was disappointed and confused overall with the slow character development and less than intriguing, disjointed storyline.

Rhys St. Maur, (Lord Ashworth) is an extremely broken man, both physically and emotionally. Riddled with guilt and low self worth from tragedies during his childho
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Shawna
4 stars – Historical/Regency Romance

This is my third read by author Tessa Dare, and so far they’ve all been good/like, but not great/love, 4 star rated reads for me. I really enjoy and appreciate her writing, especially the hot love scenes. But the main reason I don’t give them 5 stars is that I just never feel a strong connection between or care all that much for the characters, and the stories are rather forgettable.

The relationship between Rhys and Meredith in Twice Tempted by a Rogue was be
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willaful
I usually grade books based on gut instincts, which works well with GoodReads format: my gut generally knows pretty easily whether a book was okay, or I really liked it, or it was amazing. This book I had to grade in a more intellectual way, because I find myself really liking so many aspects of it, without exactly getting to that warm, squeeing, “I really liked this!” place. So here's everything I liked:

The hero, Rhys: one of those huge guys that I love. Life has been hard to him and it’s shape
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Laura the Highland Hussy
This book was great. I normally don't put a lot of quotes in my reviews, but I just can't help it here. Rhys was sweet and eloquent. I think he's one of my favorite heroes. Merry was a determined woman who worked hard and helped keep the town afloat when Rhys left home, and his family home burnt to the ground.
We met Rhys in One Dance With a Duke, and we learned about the Stud Club. Leo, the founding member of this tongue-in-cheek club, was murdered. The murder is as of yet unsolved, but we've le
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Mandi Schreiner
Why I read: ILove Tessa Dare books.


Favorite Quote: “Oh Rhys,” she sighed, tilting her head back.
The way she moaned for him…it made his blood catch fire.
”Oh my God,” she cried, craning her neck a bit more. “Just look at the scrollwork on that ceiling.”
”To hell with the damned ceiling,” he growled…..

One thing Rhys St. Maur, the newly appointed Lord Ashworth knows for sure is that fate wants him to live. Having suffered brutal beatings growing up, horrendous battles in war, and just being all a
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Cheryl
Twice Tempted by a Rogue, the second book in the Stud Club trilogy, had all the makings to be an outstanding book... tortured, battered and scarred hero who has been celibate for 11 years with the physique of a Warrior and a soul in need of rescuing... sign me up and I'll take two please! But instead of wowing me with a phenomenal book I was left with a book that just didn't seem to come together right... 3 stars!

This is the first Tessa Dare book that I have given 3 stars to, it is the fifth boo
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D.G.
It took around 250 pages for this story to get to the point.

In the previous book, we learned that Rhys, the hero, has had a death wish for 10+ years. This is something that I expected to be addressed as soon as this book opened. Why would a big, strong, healthy, titled man wanted to die for half his life? Not complete revelations of course – I expected those to come slowly – but I really thought that was going to be the main conflict/plot of the book. Instead, most of the first 250 pages deal wi
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Barbara M.
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Keri
Wonderful read!! I won't do a full review as my friends have already reviewed this great read. Loved Rhys and Merry as a couple. The start was unique as it was Merry trying to get Rhys into bed without matrimony and then they switch places. There was a lot of chemistry between the two and I loved the tub scene and thought the orange scene was flat out sexy. Keep up the great work Ms. Dare. I hope someday we get to revisit the Stud Club as I didn't want to leave these couples, kinda like Kleypas' ...more
Isabel
This is sweet story and very emotional. I would have enjoyed more, if there were more sex scenes :)

BTW the portuguese word for "water" is "água".
Holly
This is the 2nd book in Dare's Stud Club series. I was really looking forward to it because Rhys intrigued me in the first book. He was so bent on self-destruction I wanted to see how his character would develop and what his past would reveal.

On that score I wasn't disappointed. Rhys really came alive for me. His past and his self-destructive bent were explained well, and we got a lot of insight into his character.

On the opposite side was Meredith. If Rhys was dark, brooding and complex, Mered
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Joy
In this sequel to The Stud Club trilogy, Tessa Dare writes about Rhys, Lord Ashworth and Meredith's story.

It had a promising start, young love (at least on Merry's part), Rhys being indestructible after wanting to die, and for a man like him it's amusing how he believes in fate/destiny. The instant attraction was there when Rhys stepped in the Three Hounds tavern and saw Merry, who didn't recognize him at first.

I liked their easy camaraderie and how everything felt right. Rhys wants to rebuild a
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Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
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Rhys, Lord Ashworth, has decided to go back to his childhood home despite all the violent ghosts of this past that live there. After having a hellish childhood he has tried most his life to find ways to die, he joined the army and charged headlong into every fight, but without success, he always survives where other men fail. Now he is back though and determined to build something and equally determined to have Meredith Maddox, the owner of the Inn, the only source of in
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Anja
Jun 14, 2014 Anja rated it 3 of 5 stars
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3.5 stars.

Meredith runs the inn in the village near the estate Rhys is from. He left 14 years prior and hasn’t been back since. After his father's death, he returns to scope the place out. His father had let the economy in the area suffer and Meredith wants to use the inn to bring in high ranking guests who will bring profits and future customers once word spreads among the elite. Rhys determines it is his responsibility to make the village prosperous and intends to rebuild his estate and marry
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Colleen
This is the 2nd book in Tessa Dare's Stud Club series. The Stud Club has three members - Duke of Morland, Rhys St. Maur and Julian Bellamy. All of these characters we met in the first book,One Dance with a Duke. This is Rhys St. Maur's book.

Rhys is the newly appointed Lord Ashworth. He returns to the place where he grew up and finds himself feeling responsible for the state of the village. He also reacquaints himself with Meredith, a girl from his childhood that always carried a torch for Rhys.
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Ruth
One Dance with a Duke had me melting over a selfish, arrogant, emotionally-challenged (but secret romance-fan) of a hero, and Twice Tempted by a Rogue had me in raptures over a scarred, wounded, ticklish hulk, starved of affection all his life, but single-mindedly determined to get what he wants, but in rather a sweet way.

I love this author's heroes. They are closer to reality than most HRs, although still dreamily imperfect. The heroines are also great - strong women, making the best of what t
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RomanceNovelNews.com
Written by C.M. Lessard for RomanceNovelNews.com

As the newest Lord Ashworth, Rhys St Maur has a lot to make up for. After 14 years – with most of those years waging war on the battlefield - Rhys returns home to assess his inheritance, including the family estate at Nethermoor Hall. It is where he suffered relentless abuse as a child and the scene of a devastating stable fire that destroyed the property and almost killed him.

Upon entering the Three Hounds, a local inn run by the widow Meredith Ma
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Sarita
Yay! I'm so happy to have Rhys's story! I was looking forward to this one and I loved every minute of it!
Great job Tessa!!!!
Jan
I liked it, but not as much as I expected. Rhys St. Maur didn't seem as grumpy as in the first book, and I like grumpy stories. His sad past that keeps on hunting him also didn't really hunt him until the later parts of the book. I think that has to do with the fact that he finds a purpose and some joy in the village, but still, I expected more angst and a bit more darkness.

Merry was a lovely and original heroine though, and I really liked her a lot. Especially her insistance that life isn't up
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Jessa ♥dhanger♥ EvilDarkSide
I was a little weary going into this book because of the mixed reviews....but I have to say that I enjoyed this book immensely.

Rhys St. Maur courted death. After enduring many hellish years of abuse then seeing death all around him during his time in the army, he just simply didn't care if he lived or died. And death always seemed to stay just out of his reach. Then Meredith storms into his world and he no longer wishes for death. He wishes for the love and affection of the strong-willed and in
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Megan
It's been awhile since I finished the first book in this series, One Dance with a Duke, and I was afraid I would be too far out of the story to jump into this one. Luckily for me, the events of the first book only marginally effect or are even mentioned here.

We met Rhys St. Maur in One Dance with a Duke as one of the three remaining members of the Stud Club, a horse club set up by the now deceased Leo Chatwick. My memory of him from that book was a man who was quiet, blunt, and maybe a little s
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Amanda
*flails* TESSA DARE, WHAT YOU DO TO ME. The more I read by her, the more I want. Good thing I still have quite a few books left to read...

So I wasn't quite sure about Twice Tempted by a Rogue because Rhys wasn't exactly a character who makes you say, "Yes, I want to read his story!" You want to know more, yes. But... well, he's intimidating and scary even as you want to know more. Which is why you have someone like Meredith.

And after reading so many books with the virginal heroine, it was so dam
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Gemma
Apr 10, 2013 Gemma marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
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I've enjoyed this author before (the first Stud Club book was a keeper for me), but sadly, this was a DNF book.

"I'm going to marry you."
"No you're not."
"Am so."
"Are not."
"Am so."
"Are not."
"Am so, it's fate."

Gah!!!! (Okay, I'm paraphrasing here, that's not exactly how it was written, but you get the idea.)

I don't get where the hero's determination to marry the heroine came from. Out of nowhere, it seems. It's not like he's even in love with her at first sight, he just decides it's fate and keeps
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KarenF
This one was definitely angstier than the first, which is why my rating it slightly lower. But that's totally based on my personal preference. I just typically like a "fluffier" sort of historical romance. That said, Rhys and Merry certainly have their lighter, wittier moments and their relationship is fun in the way some typical gender roles are reversed. Merry is a no-nonsense widow who has been attracted to Rhys for years. When he resurfaces she doesn't hide her desire to go to bed with him. ...more
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“The pain of an injury is over in seconds. Everything that comes after is the pain of getting well." He gave her a heartfelt look, full of apology. "I'd forgotten that you see. Coming back to life ... It hurts.” 67 likes
“I knew right then you were the only one for me." He pulled her hand
from his face, kissed her palm, then pressed it flat against his chest. "Beatings, battles, fights. No matter how bleak the circumstance, no matter how my soul despaired ... this heart never once gave up." His voice deepened, went thick with emotion. "I've a theory as to why. Do you want to hear it?"
She nodded.
"This heart is yours. It's yours," he said. "It always will be.”
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