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Series: Rival Rouges #3
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on July 7, 2015
Genres: Historical Romance
Source: the Publisher
The worst thing Mr. Benjamin Hillary ever did was leave his bride-to-be on their wedding day.
The hardest thing he will ever have to do is watch her marry another man.
After two long years abroad, Ben finds Eve every bit as captivating as she was the first time he saw her, and he vows to set things right.
Lady Eve Thorne has a new man in her life, and Ben is nothing but trouble. She is no longer a starry-eyed young woman, and now that he's back, he can go hang for all she cares. At least that's what she keeps telling herself...
On the day of their wedding, Lady Eve Thorne was left abandoned at the altar by Benjamin Hillary. In the throes of a panic attack, Ben ran from the church, out to the docks, and off to India. Now, several years later has returned with the intent of reclaiming his bride. Except she is engaged to another man! Eve keeps telling herself that Ben is a good for nothing rogue and to stay strong, denying her feelings for him. Because despite the pain and humiliation he caused, Eve never stopped loving Ben. Ben picks up on her hesitancy at marrying her current beau and enters into a scheme with Eve’s fiancee to make Eve admit her true feelings for Ben and break off her current engagement.
I struggled with this novel. The characters were okay – not brilliant, just okay. Though I didn’t dislike them, I found them to be a little flat, particularly Ben and Eve’s new beau. Eve wasn’t too bad. She had quite an aggressive personality for the time period and didn’t put up with shenanigans from Ben and her beau. But what really got to me was the lack of plot. The synopsis I wrote above? That’s essentially the whole novel, minus the HEA ending. I spent long portions reading wondering when something exciting was going to happen. Instead, it was a lot of back-and-forth jumping from Eve’s head to Ben’s head with the characters having essentially the same internal monologue the whole time. The action finally started in the last quarter of the novel, but by then the book was almost over so it seemed very, very rushed.
To be clear, THE BEST OF BOTH ROGUES is not a bad book. I remained interested enough to keep reading, just not enough to rave about it. I did enjoy Ben’s tenacity at convincing Eve to marry him and there were some laugh-out-loud parts with Ben and the beau working together with their match-breaking hijinks.
THE BEST OF BOTH ROGUES is part of a series, but you do not need to read the other novels to fully enjoy this one.