‘Twice Tempted’ by Eileen Dreyer

tt edSTORY: Fiona Ferguson and her twin sister Mairead are missing. Sisters of an alleged traitor, they have been cast out by their noble grandfather, who believes their brother’s reputation will taint them. Furious at the old man’s behavior, Drake’s Rakes Alex Knight and Chuffy Wilde set out to find the sisters.

What Alex and Chuffy don’t know is that they are also leading agents for the traitorous cabal The Lions right to the women. Caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, the sisters and their rescuers are forced farther and farther into the slums of London to escape not only the Lions, but Minette Ferrar, a notorious assassin looking to revenge herself on Ian Ferguson by killing his sisters. What Fiona Ferguson cannot escape, though, is the dawning realization that she is falling in love with Alex Knight, who is burdened with secrets that pose the most danger of all.

REVIEW: I’m a huge Eileen Dreyer fan and especially of her Regency tales and this is the fifth book of Drake’s Rakes series. I looked forward to it ever since the introduction of these two in Ms. Dreyer’s little novella, ‘It Begins with a Kiss’ and if you haven’t read it, now is the time to get it. You’ll love the intro into these characters [my review of it here].

Here’s the thing. If I find an author that does characterization well, I’m hooked for life. Plot, pace and all else is secondary to me.  I am in heaven when an author goes out of her way to give me complex, smart characters stuck in difficult and untenable situations. Ms. Dreyer’s writing is such that it never fails to leave me breathless. There is only a handful out there these days that can do that for me, and she is right up at the top.

‘Twice Tempted’ is well told tale of two people that never thought would or could end up together. Fiona and Alex separately of each other are strong characters, but together they are invincible. I loved this chick so much. It seemed to me that whatever ills that she survived in her young and tender age, had shaped her character and ready her for that day when Alex would finally notice her as a woman who she is. I loved the way her wit and intelligence as well as her beauty were seen by Alex.

Theirs is a romance for the romantic in all of us. This review wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention the secondary romance of Maired and Chuffy. People, this romance was sweet and tender and funny.

I highly recommend every book in this series [btw they’re still on sale for $1.99 each and worth every damn penny; start off with ‘Barely a Lady’], including this one, and if you’ve never read this author, I beg you to sample her and dare you not to love her stories.

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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