Title: Three Nights With a Scoundrel
Series: Stud Club, #3
Author: Tessa Dare
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Library (Paperback)
In Tessa Dare’s dazzling new trilogy, the men of the Stud Club live and play by their own rules—until passion changes the game.
The bastard son of a nobleman, Julian Bellamy is now polished to perfection, enthralling the ton with wit and charm while clandestinely plotting to ruin the lords, ravish the ladies, and have the last laugh on a society that once spurned him. But after meeting Leo Chatwick, a decent man and founder of an elite gentlemen’s club, and Lily, Leo’s enchanting sister, Julian reconsiders his wild ways. And when Leo’s tragic murder demands that Julian hunt for justice, he vows to see the woman he secretly loves married to a man of her own class.
Lily, however, has a very different husband in mind. She’s loved Julian forever, adores the man beneath the rakish façade, and wants to savor the delicious attraction they share—as his wife. His insistence on marrying her off only reinforces her intent to prove that he is the only man for her. Obsessed with catching a killer, Julian sinks back to the gutters of his youth, forcing Lily to reach out with a sweet, reckless passion Julian can’t resist. Can her desire for a scoundrel save them both—or will dangerous secrets threaten more than their tender love?
My love for Tessa Dare has no end — I’m pretty sure that by this point, she could write anything and I’d read it and love it. She’s just that good. And this is coming from someone who isn’t a huge romance lover (well, I like romance in books, but haven’t read a ton of books labeled solely as romance), especially when it comes to historical romance. However, I can safely say that Tessa Dare has converted me!
This last book in the Stud Club series was so enjoyable — and I was so happy that it wrapped up the series as well as it did! Throughout the three books, we had Leo’s death as the thing that tied everything together, as well as three men who made up the Stud Club after his death. It’s been really great getting to know these men — and boy can Tessa Dare write her men! — and see how they’ve grown since the beginning of the series.
Julian was always kind of a mystery to me, but I really liked what Tessa did here. He was just such a hard character and it seemed like it would be quite the task to get through his skull that he was worthy of love. And Lily! We’ve gotten to know Lily throughout the series in bits and pieces, the only thing that we really knew about her was that she was Leo’s sister — twin sister — and that she was hearing impaired. But right from book one, I knew that we would get to know more about her. There’s no way she could be left out!
Like I said, everything was wrapped up perfectly in this series: Leo’s mysterious death, all of the pairings, and the Stud Club. The club was one thing that had been briefly mentioned in the past two books, so it was nice to see it come full circle and see the men talk of the club again. It was also nice to see a theme of friendship in this book — I was thisclose to crying over it!
Another wonderful series from Tessa Dare. I’m sad that I’ve almost caught up in reading everything she has to offer. I hope she continues to write such amazing novels. She definitely has a new fan in me!