Published by St. Martin's Press on January 2nd 2018
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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?
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Rogue Is Back in Town is the third book in The Wayward Wallflowers series by Anna Bennett.
Samuel and Nigel are brothers, the former a Lord, the latter a Marquess. They have never had a good relationship, and things haven’t changed for the better since their father died 12 months ago. Nigel despairs of Sam ever changing his ways, giving up his womanising and partying and after one particularly bad night where Sam pushes things too far Nigel loses his temper. He kicks Sam out of the house and cuts off his money. The only way he will allow him to return home is if he moves into one of their father’s occupied properties and kicks out the current tenant who has no claim to the place. Sam isn’t happy about being kicked out but he figures he will be back home in 24 hours, surely it won’t be difficult to evict the person living there now.
Juliette Lacey lives with her eccentric uncle and her one desire is to make society stop ridiculing him. He may be eccentric but he’s a wise man and has spent his life researching many things.
Juliette and her 2 sisters were always known as wallflowers because of her Uncle’s eccentricity, but the elder two found wonderful, powerful husbands so it’s left to Julie to look after her Uncle. It isn’t a hardship because she loves him with all of her heart. Her uncle loves her as much and his dearest wish is for her to find a husband. They are both content with their lives as they are so it comes as a massive shock when Sam turns up on their doorstep demanding entrance and also giving them notice to immediately leave the house. At least he says as much to Julie, her Uncle is in the study which is a good thing because Julie pleads for time to prove that she and her uncle have a right to be living in the house. She doesn’t want her uncle to know because it will upset him dreadfully. Sam’s not as hard-hearted as Nigel and gives her some time. Time in which he admits to himself that he is seriously attracted to her, and time in which he realises that her Uncle is a wonderful, clever man. He wants to do all he can to help them both, but also wants to try to keep Nigel happy because he is the only family that Sam has left now.
So that’s how our couple meets, certainly not the best circumstances. Added to that is the fact that Julie knows Nigel, and after one passionate kiss with him a while ago she thought herself in love with him. He didn’t seek her out after that one kiss though, and Julie was left heartbroken. It’s with great shock that she finds herself feeling greatly attracted to Sam despite what he is trying to do on Nigel’s behalf. An even bigger surprise is when she learns that Nigel actually still lusts after her, and pretty much gives her a chance to keep the house if she becomes his mistress! It’s not long before she learns that Nigel isn’t the decent man that she thought he was, and that Sam isn’t the scoundrel that society says that he is. She wouldn’t mind losing the house if it was only her she had to worry about, but she doesn’t want to uproot her Uncle. Should she take up Nigel’s offer? She doesn’t want to, especially as she finds herself falling in love with Sam. There really seems no to be no light at the end of the tunnel. Or is there?
This book was a delight to read. Poor Julie was put in such a dilemma as was Sam and all for the sake of the supposedly kind, well-bred Marquess, Nigel. He didn’t need the money from the sale of the house, or the house itself, he didn’t need to involve Sam, he is an out and out wastrel. Watching Julie and Sam’s relationship develop, including some very passionate yet romantic lovemaking was really sweet. Never knowing how they could stop Nigel in his tracks was worrying and I couldn’t read quickly enough to find out how our couple could get their happy ending. OK, a time or two in the book I thought the actions of the characters, Nigel, in particular, may not have been plausible, but it certainly didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.