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Three Nights with a Scoundrel (Tessa Dare, Stud Club #3)

2 out of 5 stars

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An intriguing heroine (who has been deaf for almost a decade now due to a fever), a murder mystery, and some last minute plot twists can’t save this romance from its one irredeemable feature — a truly punch-worthy leading man. He has built a reputation upon being a mimic, has been in love with his (now dead) best friend’s younger sister for years, is obsessed with solving his friend’s murder, and is just infuriatingly, unbearably arrogant.  Since the first novel in this series he has made wild accusations, lashed out at others and himself in his guilt, never apologizing, and up through almost the last pages, is still presuming he knows better (and thus deserves to make the decisions for his lady love). I might have been better able to engage if I weren’t so busy wishing I could strangle the hero for so much of the novel.
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Twice Tempted by a Rogue (Tessa Dare, Stud Club #2)

3 out of 5 stars

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The writing is crisp, clean and fluid, and the plot is quick and diverting — in many ways, this is an enjoyable read. I particularly like the female protagonist, who is a fully independent, sexually confident widow used to caring for her inn, her maimed father, and half the village. On the other hand, our hero isn’t just the tortured man full of angst, he’s had a full-on death wish for more than a decade. We start the novel after he’s discovered a newfound lease on life (or just that he’s given up passive suicidal ideation) and we don’t get the reason behind his death-wish for more than two-thirds of the novel (though it’s one of the easier plot points to guess, it was a little annoying to be purposefully in the dark while he brooded). Though there are references to how our protagonists knew one another when they were adolescents, most of the in-story development relies more on heady physical attraction, which isn’t my favorite… There’s also continual references to a murder that happened in One Dance with a Duke that feel very out of place — all of this adds up to this being a recommended, but fairly forgettable read, made up of nearly equal parts enjoyable and annoying.

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One Dance with a Duke (Tessa Dare, Stud Club #1)

4 out of 5 stars

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She’s the supposedly overlooked, almost matronly, spinster who loves nothing better than to embroider and plan menus; he’s the irresistibly mysterious duke who rarely shows his face in society.  It’s that unlikely combination of rake and wallflower that shows up a little too often in regency romance.  Add in a dash of murder and an obsession with horseflesh that is probably believable for the time period but not at all my thing, and I didn’t really expect to like this book. Except it’s actually fun, interesting, and well written. Dare is great at miring the readers in scenes that are long enough to really see character motivations and growth arcs, and though they still occasionally surrender to stereotypes and misunderstandings, overall, this is a sweetly sensual, often humorous romance whose characters take deft, surprising turns just as you’re about to lose faith in them…
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