Three Nights with a Scoundrel, Tessa Dare

Title: Three Nights with a Scoundrel

Author: Tessa Dare

Redonk Nutshell: Secret love a secret only to the two people in love

Official Synopsis: 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?

Tessa Dare is one of my favorite authors.  Whenever I’m hankering for a romance novel that I know will appease me in the way I need it to, I know I can rely on Tessa Dare.  Three Nights with a Scoundrel is the third book in her Stud Club Trilogy, and is the story of Julian Bellamy and Lily Chatwick.  Julian has been crazy about Lily from the first moment he met her, but he discounts himself of being worthy of her because of his shady upbringing and his super secret double life (dun dun DDUUUUUUUUUN!!!!). Lily is nuts about Julian but keeps it to herself.  Lily keeps a lot to herself – she’s just that kind of personality.  She’s kind, patient, and has a very easy going sense of humor.  She’s deaf, as a result of an illness, and she’s more or less settled into a sort of lifestyle that accommodates her “disability”.  The thing is, Julian is intent on seeing Lily married and secure.  He’s pushy about it, and Lily is just…done with it.  She’s realized she knows what she wants, and she’s intent on getting it.  Julian, that is.  And of course, the thing that brought these two together in the first place was Leo, Lily’s brother, and his murder is haunting both of them like a bad shadow.

I’ve read the 1st and now the 3rd in The Stud club trilogy.  I was looking forward to Julian’s story and I wasn’t disappointed.  I imagine at some point I’ll read the 2nd (Rhys’s story).  Obviously, though these books are all in a series, they can easily stand alone without losing any vital story lines.  Three Nights is not my favorite in the series – at this point that honor would go to One Dance with a Duke – but I enjoyed it none the less.  If only because there is an amazingly awesome smexy scene ON A PIANO.  Fantastic.  *giggle*  That and also you get to find out who actually did murder Leo and the great conspiracy surrounding it.

What I loved about this book: Piano sex

What I didn’t like: For whatever reason it took me a bit to really get into the story.  I don’t think that’s any fault of the plot, but rather my own attention span

Rating: B

Romance: 4/5 Raunch: 4/5

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