TWICE TEMPTED (Drake’s Rakes) is the fifth in the series and my introduction to New York Times Bestselling Author Eileen Dreyer. Though evident that a lot of water has already passed under the bridge I never felt lost or that vital information was missing.

Fiona Ferguson’s troubles began with a kiss . . .

It feels like a lifetime ago that Alex Knight saved Fiona from certain doom . . . and stole a soul-shattering kiss for good measure. Wanting nothing more than to keep her safe, he left her in the care of her grandfather, the Marquess of Dourne.

But Fiona was hardly safe. As soon as he could, the marquess cast her and her sister out on the streets with only her wits to keep them alive.

Alex has never forgotten that long-ago kiss. Now the dashing spy is desperate to make up for failing his duty once before. This time he will protect Fiona once and for all, from a deadly foe bent on taking revenge on the Ferguson line-and anyone who stands in the way. (Synopsis from the Hachette Publishing website)

TWICE TEMPTED is well researched with great attention paid to detail. It’s also fast paced, intelligent with an intricate continuing storyline, and engaging, highly appealing characters. Fortunately for readers this could describe many historical romances available today. We truly have an embarrassment of riches.

Not only do they shine brightly but they cast a warm glow, enriching both the plot and characters around them. 

Fiona and Alex are secondary characters from previous books. They’re blessed with wit, intelligence, and above average attractiveness. Both are strong and used to protecting and putting others first.

Fiona’s been responsible for herself and her twin Mairead from an incredibly young age.

Her resourcefulness, honor, loyalty, and responsibility are incredible.

Alex Knight aka the White Knight. Alex feels responsible for others. The trait is both a blessing and a curse. It’s also led to his current rock and a hard place position.

Truly, a picture perfect hero and heroine but…..

What really distinguishes TWICE TEMPTED, for me, is the brilliance and singularity of Mairead, Chuffy, and Lady Bea. I don’t believe I’ve ever encountered their like portrayed as they are. Not only do they shine brightly but they cast a warm glow, enriching both the plot and characters around them. They’re treasured, respected, and the way their unique abilities and brilliance are utilized is marvelous.

Ms. Deyer would be added to my list for intelligent, richly peopled, complexly plotted writing, however the addition of those three characters has placed her at the top. Mairead, Chuffy, and, Lady Bea, as difficult and different as they are, have completely beguiled me.

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About the Reviewer

Ivy Truitt
Transplanted Southerner and avid reader. My tastes are eclectic. I discovered mysteries first then historicals in the era of Kathleen Woodiwiss & Rosemary Rogers. I was never able to finish Gone With the Wind, Scarlett got on my nerves too bad, but I loved Alaina in Ashes in the Wind. I also manage the guest author blog for Manic Readers. In addition to here you can find me on FB, Twitter, Goodreads, Librarything, & Riffle. Always up for talking about books, just gimme a holler!!