This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Rogue Is Back in Town by Anna Bennett
Series: The Wayward Wallflowers #3
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
Release Date: January 2, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Hide your daughters and your maiden aunts…Lord Samuel Travis is back.―The London Hearsay, special society edition
Equal parts scoundrel and seducer, he’s returned to London determined to mend the rift with his older brother. All Sam must do is take possession of a tumbledown town house. A seemingly simple task, except the house is occupied—by an infuriating, whip-smart beauty who refuses to do his bidding.
Miss Juliette Lacey’s wallflower days are over. She has a plan to turn her eccentric family into the toast of the ton—but the devilishly handsome rake trying to oust them from their home thwarts her at every turn. How can one man be so vexing and make her simmer with desire?
As her attraction to Sam deepens, Julie’s problems grow—she may have, once upon a time, secretly shared a kiss with his honorable older brother. Suddenly, Julie’s caught between a rogue and a marquess, between passion and respectability. Torn between two brothers, what’s a girl to do?
In The Rogue is Back in Town, Lord Samuel Travis is the typical second son of a nobleman who had no real responsibilities in life and saw to it to enjoy himself. Unfortunately, he had made a muck of things one too many times and now he was being cut off. Sam had blown his many chances to prove that he could be responsible and his elder brother was giving him one last chance but it was not going to be without difficulty. Sam was going to be cast out on the streets unless he could clear a house of its tenants because the Marquess wanted to sell it. This was his one last chance to prove to his brother that he could be reliable and put the family interests above his own.
Sam, realizing that he had truly pushed his brother past his breaking point, decided that this time he was not going to let his brother down. Even though he was not thrilled about the idea of evicting the residents, he was less thrilled about being penniless. What he was not expecting to find at the residence was a beauty such as Miss Juliette Lacey, he also did not expect the fight that she would put up about her and her uncle being asked to leave. Sam was equal parts frustrated and turned on by this woman but despite his attraction to Juliette, he was determined to see this task through.
Juliette had just returned to living with her uncle who was more like a father to her in many ways. Juliette and her sisters had been orphaned at a young age and it was their uncle and his wife who had taken them in and cared for them. Juliette had grown up in the same house that Sam was trying to evict her and her uncle from and she was not having it. It was her home for as long as she had known and it was a treasure to her. She refused to believe Sam at first and told him that he had to prove that his brother did indeed own the house and that he had legal right to even be making the claims he was. I liked that she was a spitfire and that she used her head in that situation.
Too bad that Juliette did not use her intellect all the time, especially when it came to matters of the heart. Juliette had returned to her uncle’s house to be with him but also because she was waiting to see if her secret dalliance was working out like she had hoped. She had shared a secret kiss with Sam’s brother (although she hadn’t known Sam at the time) and was hoping to secure herself as the Marquess’s wife. Not a well thought through choice though and because of her inappropriate behavior combined with her growing attraction to the rakish Sam she managed to land herself in quite the predicament.
Juliette started making one bad decision after the other and it really showed her complete naivety which took away from the story for me. I keep having thoughts like “wow, you really just did that?” and “seriously, can you not see how that is not going to go in your favor?.” Then there was Sam, just a misunderstood man who was really not a rake way down deep in his heart, apparently all it took was five minutes in the company of such a woman as Juliette to cure him of his rakish ways. Not buying it. Juliette started out great but as the story went on she just displayed such ignorance and naivety that I was left feeling that their attraction was nothing more than that, lustful attraction. Not once in a lifetime love that would make overcoming all the hurdles they would have to worth it.
Something that was nice though was that this story was not without a villain and all the conflict that goes with a truly despicable character. I love it when there is conflict with a nasty character and I actually liked the idea that there was a wolf in sheep’s clothing in this story. For the genre though, I felt that the character was entirely too despicable and I wasn’t satisfied with how things played out with that character in the end. I liked the first half of the book but the second half just did not sit well for me. In the end, for me, The Rogue is Back in Town just didn’t give me the romantic escape from reality that I was looking for.
*Thank you to Netgalley & St. Martin’s Press for this eARC of The Rogue is Back in Town*