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Once More, My Darling Rogue (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James Place) Mass Market Paperback – August 26, 2014
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From the Back Cover
They are England's most eligible bachelors, with the most scandalous reputations. But for the right woman, even an unrepentant rogue may mend his ways . . .
Born to the street but raised within the aristocracy, Drake Darling can't escape his sordid beginnings. Not when Lady Ophelia Lyttleton snubs him at every turn, a constant reminder he's not truly one of them. But after rescuing her from a mysterious drowning, he realizes she doesn't remember who she is. With plans to bring her to heel, he insists she's his housekeeper—never expecting to fall for the charming beauty.
While Ophelia might not recall her life before Drake, she has little doubt she belongs with him. The desire she feels for her dark, brooding employer can't be denied, regardless of consequences. So when Ophelia's memory returns, she is devastated by the depth of his betrayal. Now Drake must risk everything to prove she can trust this rogue with her heart once more.
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As I really didn't care for the first book in the series, I was hesitant to read this book. But I am so glad I did. Drake and Ophelia aka Phee are so wonderful. Both have scarred souls and desperately need to heal. Both hide their secrets and pain behind walls and masks. Neither truly believes themselves worthy of love. I was blown away by the depth of emotion in this book. Once I fixated on the "overboard" similarity, I expected a funny lighthearted book. And in many ways it was funny and lighthearted. But unlike the movie, we have characters in this book who have deep, dark, ugly secrets that could destroy a persons soul. Watching them each grow as a person and move beyond the past was truly a very emotional and moving experience.
So why 4.5 stars and not 5? Well, for me I didn't like that he let her walk away a second time. I wanted Drake to believe he was worthy of her and for her to accept that she needed him. Of course, it all works out in the end - but the final love scene for me went from being something beautiful to something cheap and dirty.
I would recommend this book and I am looking forward to the next book.
Yes, Lady Ophelia is hard to like at first, with a haughtiness that's a bit over the top and a concern for the downtrodden that comes out of nowhere. And Drake Darling is equally schizophrenic. What he does to Ophelia out of revenge is pretty rotten, but other than the lie that sets the story in motion (and causes him enormous angst), there is nothing roguish about Drake Darling. He is a complete fantasy, a fairytale Prince Charming, the guy we'd all cook up if we could buy the ingredients at the grocery story.
There's nothing sophisticated here. "Rogue" is a warm and mushy love story. The perfect book for a dark rainy day (which is when I read it) when you're in the mood for something with an outrageously happy ending. No, it doesn't stand up to cynicism or logic. But for those of us who have secretly watched every movie version of "Pride and Prejudice" multiple times, it works.
Have fun with this book, but be careful.....I read it right through making dinner and even the dog was disgusted bc I read it on my cell when I took him for a walk!