“Everything Regency fans love.”—Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Miss Hillary Schools a Scoundrel
The worst thing Mr. Benjamin Hillary ever did was leave his bride-to-be on their wedding day.
The hardest thing he will ever have to do is watch her marry another man.
After two long years abroad, Ben finds Eve every bit as captivating as she was the first time he saw her, and he vows to set things right.
Lady Eve Thorne has a new man in her life, and Ben is nothing but trouble. She is no longer a starry-eyed young woman, and now that he’s back, he can go hang for all she cares. At least that’s what she keeps telling herself…
Rival Rogues series:
One Rogue Too Many
In Bed with a Rogue
The Best of Both Rogues
Praise for One Rogue Too Many:
“Filled with humor and witty repartee… Grace woos readers in true Regency style.”—Publishers Weekly
“A merry romp... Grace captures the essence and atmosphere of the era.”—RT Book Reviews
Grace's latest Rival Rogues Regency (after In Bed with a Rogue) is filled with sweet forgiveness. Eve Thorne was devastated when her fianc , Ben Hillary, left her at the altar on the day of their wedding. After spending two years in India, Ben returns to England, determined to woo Eve and earn her forgiveness but she's now engaged to another man, Sir Jonathan Hackberry. Ben even approaches Jonathan about collaborating to get her to cry off. But the possibility that Ben and Eve might be able to have a future together means that Ben will need to disclose his reasons for leaving her in the first place and reveal the tragedy of his first young love. Flawed yet affable characters are part of the allure of this page-turner, leaving readers guessing whether true love will triumph over past hurts.
Fans of this series should find this book a satisfying installment.
The first I have read in this series, The Best of Both Rogues brings us a reunited lovers, of sorts, plot. Years ago, Ben and Eve were engaged to be married, but on the day of the wedding, Ben had a panic attack and fled. Eve was not pleased, as you can imagine, and it has left her with some fairly outspoken opinions about Ben, her desires, and men in general. But, she does have a new fiancé and Ben’s return to her life only brings up issues with that relationship.
Ben was loaded with issues when he left Eve at the altar, and he’s managed to rein most of them in: he’s decided that Eve is who he wants, and he’ll go to great lengths (even conspiring with her current fiancé) to get his way.
I’m of two minds with this title: while there was very little action until the last quarter of the book, the pacing was less of an issue for me than the rather undefined characters. Oh, they had all of the “tell me” elements you would look for, but there wasn’t a strong defined emotional element that really had me engaging with them. Perhaps the very frequent (and oft repeated) POV switches between Eve and Ben were to blame: neither seemed to have any real emotional connection to the ‘problems’ they kept raising, and they were frequently lamenting the same issues in repeating POV switches. I wasn’t bored, I just wasn’t compelled to rush through searching for that “aha’ moment that would bring me the emotional breakthrough I wanted.
I was interested and curious to know what would happen, and if a reconciliation was possible, and as I mentioned earlier, the action does increase dramatically in the last quarter of the book, rushing to an ending that will please many readers. Fans of this series should find this book a satisfying installment.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.