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The Best of Both Rogues (Rival Rogues) Mass Market Paperback – July 7, 2015

3.7 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Rival Rogues Series

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"An enjoyable read with charm and humor." - Fresh Fiction

"Grace's latest Rival Rogues Regency is filled with sweet forgiveness... Flawed yet affable characters are part of the allure of this page-turner, leaving readers guessing whether true love will triumph over past hurts." - Publishers Weekly

"Grace pulls readers into a lovely, warm second-chance romance. With engaging characters, sweet sensuality and a quick-moving plot filled with several twists and surprising revelations, fans will enjoy a pleasant read. 4 Stars." - RT Book Reviews

"Readers who relish Regency-set historical romances served up with plenty of wit and passion will revel in Grace's latest light and frothy romance, the third sparkling addition in her Rival Rogues series." - Booklist

About the Author

Historical romance author Samantha Grace discovered the appeal of a great love story when she was just a young girl, thanks to Disney's Robin Hood. She didn't care that Robin Hood and Maid Marian were cartoon animals. It was her first happily-ever-after experience and she didn't want the warm fuzzies to end. Now Samantha enjoys creating her own happy-endings for characters that spring from her imagination. Publisher's Weekly describes her stories as "fresh and romantic" with subtle humor and charm. Samantha describes romance writing as the best job ever.

Part-time hospice social worker, moonlighting author, and pilates nut, she enjoys a happy and hectic life with her real life hero and two kids in the Midwest. Visit her at: www.samanthagraceauthor.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: Rival Rogues (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (July 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492608106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492608103
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,137,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the third story in Rival Rogues series from Samantha Grace and it’s Eve’s story, Sebastian’s jilted sister from ‘In Bed with a Rogue’, book two.

Lady Eve Thorn’s fiancé left her without a word of explanation and it took her two years to come to terms of that abandonment, finally finding a man that she might like, if not love, and make a future for herself.

Benjamin Hillary, Viscount Margrave had abandoned a woman that he loves with not so much as a word about why he had done so, and after two years out of the country, he’s ready to face the consequences and the woman he loves.

I had a very hard time with both of these characters and with the plot itself. I had no respect for the hero from the start. Abandoning her meant a huge scandal for her and no amount of groveling on his part ever redeemed him in my eyes.

Eve just baffled me to no end. If I was jilted, and I see the man who this to me, my first question would be, WHY?! No, that’s not Eve’s question, and that’s when I got pissed.

Samantha Grace can write fun, entertaining and complex characters, yet this is the second book that she wrote characters that are perplexing and unsympathetic.

I’m not giving up on this series or the author because I’m her fan so I’m hoping that the next one will have me laugh out loud as her first series did.

Melanie for b2b

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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.
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This is a second chance romance, a popular trope I love–Persuasion, anyone?–but Samantha Grace’s latest book makes it a little hard to swallow.
I don’t think the reason Ben leaves Eve is very plausible or even a good enough explanation. Ben is wracked with profound (and debilitating) guilt over a youthful infatuation with a tradesman’s daughter and he suffers panic attacks, one of which strikes him at the altar on his wedding day. I don’t quite understand what triggers it, perhaps other than his too tight cravat? Anyway, he runs away on one of his family’s ships to India and is gone for two years, leaving Eve with a beautiful necklace, a broken heart, and a ruined reputation.
Ben’s abandonment, however unintentional, ruined her reputation and Eve’s protective older brother, Sebastian, has never forgiven him. But Ben claims he still loves Eve and has always regretted his hasty and ungentlemanly departure. Ben never even wrote Eve a single letter during the entire time he was away!
Eve is a stronger heroine than we are first led to believe based on her depiction in the first book in the series, In Bed with a Rogue, which is Eve’s brother Sebastian’s happy ending. In that book, she is a sad and pitiable character indeed, having been jilted at the altar with rampant gossip swirling around her.
In this book, however, she displays a quiet, inner strength that will serve her well. She is the stronger of the two in their relationship. She gives Ben another chance, she helps him through his angst-ridden nightmares and attacks, and she keeps them together by refusing to leave him even as he tries to push her away. Most women would have given up, but not Eve. In our twenty-first century mindset, however, we might call her a doormat.
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This is the third book in the Rival Rogues Series. I've read In Bed With a Rogue and reviewed it here.

Ben has returned, at the urging of a friendly vicar who knows both he and Eve. The vicar knows Eve is marrying another, Sir Jonathan Hackberry, and figures if Benjamin comes home, they can both be happy.

Benjamin has always loved Eve, but a panic attack on their wedding day caused him to run. Later we find out her brother sent him on his way when he got his wits back, and the young man left England. Now Eve is marrying a nice guy, Sir Jonathan Hackberry. She doesn't really know him, but he's not Ben, so that should be good. He's actually a bit boring, until, well, he isn't.

Ben decides to fight for Evie and Jonathan decides to let Evie go. Well, that won't work since Evie's been jilted before, Ben is worried that it will break her spirit. He and Jonathan decide that Evie must do the breaking up, to save face and all that. The lengths these two men go to to get her to do that made for some LOL moments. There's a scene with an onion that made me cringe...and then laugh.

Jonathan has his own secrets. He tried to get away from his past by marrying a sweet, lovely woman. He just wants to have a happy home life. But he wants her to be happy, too. That's why he agrees to have her jilt him. Things take a bad turn when his past comes back to haunt him.

This was a bit choppy in places and I was left wondering what was going to happen with Jonathan. Maybe he'll be the star of the next book in the series. This was still a fun little read and the humorous moments were very enjoyable.

*Thank you, Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for giving me the opportunity to read this book.
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