Lady Eve Thorne was devastated when Mr Benjamin Hillary left her at the altar. She’s no longer that starry-eyed young woman, and now that he’s back, he can go hang… At least that’s what she keeps telling herself. Eve has a new man in her life, and Ben is nothing but trouble.
The worst thing Benjamin Hillary ever did was abandon his bride-to-be on their wedding day. The hardest thing he will ever have to do is watch her marry another man. But once Ben realizes he might have a chance, he’ll do just about anything to win back Eve’s heart—anything.
The problem with reading so many books – and particularly so many Regency romances – is that I get them a bit mixed up. A couple of chapters into The Best of Both Rogues I started thinking: ‘I’ve read this EXACT plot before!’. It took a bit of investigating to discover I had in fact read (and enjoyed) the previous book in this series, almost a year earlier! This is very much a continuation of what has already been established.
I think this is a lively and entertaining story. I like reunion stories, and I like stories where there’s a betrayal of some sort for the characters to overcome. I think Samantha Grace creates interesting situations and moves very confidently around Regency London – more than many other authors manage to do.
I also like to read about historical romance heroes who actually want to be with the heroine, and do what needs to be done to make it so. The rake who doesn’t want to marry is a silly, anachronistic and hugely overused trope in the genre.
However, I do think that there are some parts of this book you’d be better off knowing from reading the previous books first, because past characters do have a place in this one. And there are A LOT of characters to know in a short space of time. I do think this is a series that would benefit from being read in quick succession to get the most out of it.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.