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A Rogue's Game [Mass Market Paperback]

Renee Bernard

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Book Description

April 29 2008 Mistress Trilogy

Daring Games. Dangerously Delicious Consequences.

Lovely Eve Reynolds plays the role of a naive young debutante, but her demure appearance hides an experienced cardplayer who, at her uncle's instigation, is engaged in fleecing London aristocrats in the high-stakes card games favored by society. Only London's most notorious rake, Julian Clay, the Earl of Westleigh, sees through her wiles, for he recognizes a fellow gambler when he sees one. Lured by the passion in Eve's stormy eyes, so at odds with her reserved elegance, Julian lays impassioned siege to her. And Eve responds with a rising fire of desire that leaves behind all sensible caution, until both Julian and Eve can think of nothing but the searing hours they spend in each other's arms.

But Eve's uncle wants her to play for the highest stakes by making a respectable match with a wealthy lord...and Eve has her own secret reason for following his plan. Although Julian began to play recklessly to seduce a clever young lady, now he wants much more from Eve, and no one will stop him from risking everything on one final game that might win him Eve's heart and soul forever.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1 edition (April 29 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416524223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416524229
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 10.5 x 17 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #739,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Renee Bernard is a freelance writer for Romantic Times Bookclub magazine. A Lady's Pleasure is her first novel. She has also written a story, "Mischief's Holiday," for the anthology The School for Heiresses, coming soon from Pocket Books. Renee lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California.

Visit her website at www.reneebernardauthor.com.

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Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars  14 reviews
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read June 8 2008
By S. Carty - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First off, in response to the review that said "...the plot seems to be secondary to the very graphicly described love scenes", you have to understand that this is Bernard's genre. These aren't Fabio romances, they're in a genre called 'romantica', which are romances with kinda more hardcore sex. So please don't fault the book for that.

That being said, this third book's characters have more backstory and development than usual. They have more dilemmas than just being a virgin or getting sexual revenge. I think Bernard is finding her own voice more & more with each new title.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not for me April 29 2008
By Cherie - An Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Since there is already a long extract of the book above, I won't repeat this book's plotline in detail. Suffice to say it's an excessively steamy tale of cardsharping and romance supposedly set in Victorian England. In any case, the plot seems to be secondary to the very graphicly described love scenes.

I found the characters unlikeable which, for me, is a cardinal sin, particularly in a romance: the hero is a self-confessed love-cheat, and the heroine admits to having stolen jewellery and is fleecing the Ton. None of the supporting characters seems at all well-drawn, and therefore their actions mostly seem totally random.

At the same time this book is weighed down anachronisms, inconsistencies and cliches. The author obviously never decided on a naming convention for her characters, and therefore they alternate between using first names, full names and titles for one another, even between friends, so the hero calls his friend "Elton" and that same friend then replies to "Lord Westleigh". Also the villainess refers to the heroine as a "grifter"; and I just can't believe any member of the British aristocracy in Victorian England would have used such a newly-coined Americanism (indeed, I doubt that any of them even know what it means today). And seriously - can you just hear a Dickens' character referring to a win-win situation as the hero does! There's a real plethora of cliches too - the heroine is forever gasping,, and even at one point pants that infamous line "Julian, oh Julian!"

Definitely not for me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a horrible hero Oct. 10 2009
By Rachel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the first review I have written, but I couldn't let someone else waste money on such a bad book. The hero is a terrible person who gambles away all of his money, serially sleeps with friends' wives including the friend who offers him a place to stay, and is selfish in every conceivable way. I guess he is an appropraite match for a con artist who steals from kind women with minimal remorse. The only happy ending would have been if both main characters got hit by a passing carriage.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than her last book May 15 2008
By D. Shaffer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For some reason I really liked this book. Although, the characters were not perfect and did bad things in the past and present, I found myself rooting for them and believing that together they would become better people. Eve and Julian certainly had more heat and sparks than the characters in Madame's Deception (that book was very boring). Overall, I think the 1st book of the Mistress trilogy was by far the best. I did not like the 2nd book but was willing to give Benard another chance by reading A Rogue's Game which I feel she redeemed herself.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Renee Bernard is proving to be a one-good-book wonder Sept. 11 2008
By D. Summerfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was one of those people who thought Renee Bernard's A Lady's Pleasure was one of the best romance novels I had read in a long time. It had two scintillating main characters, a murder subplot and a wonderful ending where the hero swept the heroine off her feet by admitting in the most romantic terms what a cad he had been. It was also full of steamy sex scenes which were truly exciting because I cared about these two people. A Lady's Pleasure has a permanent spot on my keeper shelf. I have re-read it several times.

So I was really looking forward to the next two books in Ms. Bernard's "Mistress" trilogy. I was disappointed after reading book number two, (see my review) but I thought "everyone deserves a bad outing -- maybe she was saving the best for last." Unfortunately that is not the case.

I just finished slogging through A Rogue's Game (Mistress Trilogy). Although not in the really poor taste of Madame's Deception which utilized an unbelievably naive Disneyesque view of brothels and those who work in them, it is still uninspiring, poorly plotted and dull.

The hero and heroine of A Rogue's Game don't even seem to like each other, and the gambling subplot is boring. Even at the end, I do not have a clear idea of why these two might achieve any kind of "happily ever after." And how can the Earl of Westleigh be broke for most of the book, and then suddenly a rich man after one good night at the tables? Nothing about any of this plot is believable or remotely compelling. It's like Renee Barnard was writing on auto-pilot in order to meet a deadline, and never even considered what made her first book so terrific.

I won't go into a plot synopsis. Other reviewers have done that admirably. Just let me say that if you loved A Lady's Pleasure, don't bother buying this book. I think Ms. Bernard is one of those writers who had just one fresh, imaginative book in her. I will no longer be buying her tripe, although if my copy of A Lady's Pleasure wears out, I will replace it.

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