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Review: The Rogue is Back in Town by Anna Bennett


Hide your daughters and your maiden aunts…Lord Samuel Travis is back.
―The London Hearsay, special society edition

Equal parts scoundrel and seducer, he’s returned to London determined to mend the rift with his older brother. All Sam must do is take possession of a tumbledown town house. A seemingly simple task, except the house is occupied—by an infuriating, whip-smart beauty who refuses to do his bidding.

Miss Juliette Lacey’s wallflower days are over. She has a plan to turn her eccentric family into the toast of the ton—but the devilishly handsome rake trying to oust them from their home thwarts her at every turn. How can one man be so vexing andmake her simmer with desire?

As her attraction to Sam deepens, Julie’s problems grow—she may have, once upon a time, secretly shared a kiss with his honorable older brother. Suddenly, Julie’s caught between a rogue and a marquess, between passion and respectability. Torn between two brothers, what’s a girl to do?

There are few stories more satisfying than a redemption arc, especially if it involves an enticing love story. Sam is both frustrating and adorable in the worst way, but watching the self-indulgent man-child become just a man was as rewarding as it was vexing. Julie, or Juliette, is far from what I expected of the once proclaimed wallflower. The passionate little fireball takes no prisoners, or any of Sam’s nonsense, from the very beginning. She is witty, and her interactions with Sam were a delight to read from the first meeting.

Bennett is a delightful storyteller who with humorous dialogue and characters you can become invested in. I didn’t realize this was part of a series, but I am onboard to read the rest. If I loved Julie and Sam’s story this much, no doubt I love her sisters. However, I am highly invested in Sam’s brother…

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