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A word to others. Please , Please read the first two books before reading this one. Knowing the answer before you know the question is really, really cheating yourself out of one of life's best moments. This is the third-but hope not the last-of the Stud Club books, and concerns my least liked character. I cheated a bit with the five star rating, but the triloguy is a pure Tessa Dare work that gets one addicted to the next chapter & is much more than a four. Its hard to review the book without giving too much up. But in true fashion, the writer has an "ah-ha" twist to the central character Julian, the triloguy's "bad boy" that is tantilizingly shared bit by bit as the story develops. It also serves to fill in many of the small "holes" that were left over from the first two stories- One Dance with a Duke & Twice Tempted by a Rogue. My less than five rating was a personal preference, I like to empathize with characters. but reading it I found myself not much in sympathy with Julian. He claims to love her but doesn't trust her or think enough of her strength of character to share any of his secrets. For me it's hard to like a hero who doesn't know "that love is never having to say your sorry because the one you love knows you really are without words". And the conclusion of the quest taken by our three unlikely heroes will make you go "Oh MY GOD!?!? I never saw that coming." It was great.
This exceptional novel is full of more romance, intrigue, twists and turns than you can possibly imagine. Enough to make "Three Nights with a Scoundrel" one of the most original books that I have read in a long time! Tessa demonstrates a remarkable ability to create both a sensational & sensuous Regency Romance. I know that I shall be re-reading it and will treasure each venture among it's pages.
I've read a lot of romance novels. In fact, I've been reading them since I was 13 and didn't even know what half the stuff being described was. Regardless, I've come across a great plethora of plots, characters, schemes, and themes, and I've got to say, this has been one of the most delightful and captivating books I've ever read. I simply love, love, love the hero, Julian Bellamy. His secrets, his ethics, his heart, his love and devotion to his heroine - all so sigh-worthy. But most of all, the scenes between Lily and Julian are just wonderful. Julian is definitely the star of the book and his treatment and care for Lily along with his back-story is what cinches it for me. He's not your typical hero and she's not the typical heroine either and together, they make for a refreshing book.
I do have one quibble - the resolution to the murder of Leo Chatwick was less than satisfying. I won't spoil it as it's a major plot motivator, however, I was a little pissed at its resolution. It does not, however, detract from the romance and the relationship itself.
This is the final book of three and it is definitely, infinitely the best. Dare is definitely an author I would happily buy from in future. Her other series is also very good, especially the first two stories, GODDESS OF THE HUNT and SURRENDER A SIREN.
What do you get when you put together a dual-identitied dandy and rake with a spirited gentlewoman whose twin brother was murdered? A suspense-filled, passionate, unconventional Regency Romance that is engaging from start to finish.
Tessa Dare scores here with her development of Julian Bellamy, a minor character who is not particularly likeable in the first two books. Her rich descriptions make you actually see Julian and Lily clearly (including their characters), as well as all the vivid scenery and dark moments woven into this complex mystery and romance. She handles Lily's disability beautifully, never forgetting that Lily needs to lipread, and, for example, can't hear what the parrot is saying. All of Tessa Dare's male protagonists have a well-developed flaw, and the pain in Julian's life causes our hearts to ache.
The angst around the murder of Leo Chatwick, and Julian's conviction that it was meant to be him murdered, is key to the engagement of the reader to this story, and ties it into the other two books in the series. Also, part of the suspense is that Lily and Julian don't actually get together until quite late in the story, despite our knowing that they are in love for most of the story.
The surprise of who was the sender of Leo's love letters was a great way to finish off this series.
Tessa Dare's historic romances never fail to entertain, and "Three Nights with a Scoundrel" is no different. This conclusion to the Stud Club trilogy focuses on Lily Chatwick, the twin sister of the fallen club's founder, Leo, and her relationship with the dashing - yet oddly mysterious - Julian Bellamy. Their romance has been simmering behind the scenes since the first novel. Finally, Dare allows the characters to admit to their feelings, and invites the readers - and Lily - to understand the events that created the man we know as Julian Bellamy, and the true cause of Leo's demise. We glimpse the happy relationships built in the previous two novels, and end the trilogy with three happy couples (of course). While fairly predictable, Dare nevertheless keeps readers on their toes with the "how" of reaching the happily ever after, and a few plot twists involving "minor" characters, rather than "will they/ won't they" suspense.
I would say this is the best story of all 3 in the Stud Club series! Julian's love for Lily was overflowing, right from the first moment he met her! Although it took Lily quite some time to realize it, she has returned his love with equal compassion. After finishing this book, I've read many others afterward, yet I'm still thinking about Lily and Julian! Plus there were some twists at the end which perfectly wrapped up the finale. Tessa Dare is one of my favorite authors (Lisa Kleypas is another one I'd highly recommend).
tessa dare writes the best books. you can lose yourself in them. i love her stories, they are all so new and imaginative. she has a way with words. her characters are so vivid. i enjoy the sexy scenes. she is my favorite author for regency romances
This collection of stories all featured handsome, intriguing heroes, but I must admit, even though he annoyed me outrageously in the first story, Julian Bellamy ended up being my favorite. This story of his deep abiding love for Lady Lilly, coupled with the truth about his unspoken past, just was delicious and absorbing. The author doled out clues and hints about the lives of these two characters with just enough regularity to keep the reader turning pages. Terrific read!
This book is a delight. Well written and we ell developed characters. It is a wonderful love story with some sensual sends and some twists and surprise that you will never see coming. Kept me reading late into the night.
This book had me sold just because of the plot with the h and H being in love with each other for years but never acknowledging it. But they finally start to acknowledge their love for each other, it is so hot. You can really see that the h and H love each other deeply. I will always remember this novel for having the hottest love scene I have ever read. It's not that it was explicit or exceptionally dirty, it was very well-written and had me thinking of how I could get it on on a piano also. (SPOILER ALERT) I also loved the scene where the H carries the h in his arms all the way home when he thinks someone is following him and wants to kill him. It showed that he loved her so much and wanted to protect her at all times. It was such an Alpha male moment, I love it!