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Twice Tempted (Drake's Rakes) Mass Market Paperback – November 25, 2014
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Alex Knight had to deliver the bad news of his friend's death to the ladies, but this was not his first encounter with the lovely Fiona. She had once tried to run away from her school to get to her sister, and Alex had retrieved her. He had also stolen a kiss from her and had never forgotten that moment. Now armed with new knowledge that exonerates Ian Ferguson, Alex and his friend Chuffy, who are both members of Drakes Rakes spy organization, have to find the women and restore them to their proper place in society.
Caught in the middle of the plot by the traitorous group called the Lions, the women have to earn a living, avoid detection, survive an assassin, clear their names, break a code, stop the Lions, and try to find their own happiness. Alex had always been called the "White Knight," but he feels such guilt over the secrets of his past, that he may be the one who needs saving this time around.
Now, of course, I'm going to have to read the rest of the Drakes Rakes series to learn all about the other characters that play a part. The overall spy plot is not completely cleared up, so I'm sure further adventures await.
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It did begin with a kiss, as Eileen Dreyer's novella (which introduced the students of the Last Chance Academy) suggests. Fiona and Alex are kindred souls -- something they recognized in each other when they met at the academy all those years ago. Back then, Alex was not free to love Fiona because he was married, but the connection and chemistry was undeniable, and fans of the Rakes (me, included) were left to wistfully imagine what it would have been like if Fiona and Alex had a chance to explore the possibilities between them. But now, even though his wife has died, Alex still does not believe he is free to love Fiona, doesn't believe he is worthy of Fiona's love and doesn't believe he can dare to dream to be with her. Instead he focuses on protecting her and rescuing her from the terrible, and deadly, situation Fiona and Mairead unwittingly find themselves in.
In Twice Tempted, Eileen Dreyer has ramped up the intrigue. Dreyer's background is romantic suspense and she showcases a masterful (and very wicked) mind in crafting the delicate balancing act of protecting one's self, protecting one's family and name, and protecting one's country. It is terrifying to realise the power and reach of The Lions and I did wonder if Alex would succumb to the pressure they were exerting on him.
The Rakes all see Alex as a White Knight: a virtuous and noble defender and champion, but Alex doesn't believe he deserves the name. Even now as he walks the fine line between patriotism and treason, Alex doubts his own heart and ability.Read more ›
Wow, I never thought I'd find a Historical Romance that I didn't like. And it's not to say that I didn't like this book, it's more like I didn't have the chance to like it. Not even a couple chapters in, I found that the story gets a bit chaotic, and ever so busy. It was very distracting.
So much so that I couldn't finish. So this is a DNF for me. Now, just because I didn't like it , doesn't mean that someone else won't love it. I'm just trying to kindly state that this book was not for me .
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Mrs. Dreyer once again enthralled me! I cannot get enough of this series!Published 8 months ago by Jennifer Purvis
Held my interest throughout the entire book. Can't wait to read the other books in the series. Good spy story!Published 14 months ago by A reader
I have read the whole series and loved it. My only problem with this one is I'm afraid it ends the series.Published 17 months ago by Colleen M. Gold
This book blew me away. I love Ms. Dryer's writing and characters!!Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
This fast moving historical romance was great. It had me laughing, wanting to finish it and wanting more. It touched just about every emotion and had me routing for them. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Nancy Luebke
I am a very firm believer in giving enough information to draw a picture in your mind. With that being said I did enjoy this book and found it to be great characters, believable... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lady Moon
Fiona Ferguson always looks out for her twin, the impractical Mairead. When news arrives that their brother has died an accused traitor, their grandfather turns them out. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ellen Parker