A Rogue's Game Mass Market Paperback – Apr 29 2008
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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. Renee lives in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California. Visit her website at ReneeBernardAuthor.com.
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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.
The third book of Renee Bernard's Mistress Trilogy, A Rogue's Game is an entertaining historical romance. Eve was a likeable heroine and I especially enjoyed how she kept Julian on his toes. Just when he would become complacent, she was right there to snap him out of it. I loved how each main character had a secret that they didn't want getting out, especially Julian. He would not be accepted in any societal homes had the true status of his finances been exposed. The sensuality of A Rogue's Game was tamer than what I normally read but still well written and eye catching. A Rogue's Game will take you on a wild card ride of emotions. I thoroughly intend to go back and read the first two installments of this wonderful series!
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I don't necessarily think that Eve Reynolds wanted to portray herself as a bad person but due to the way she was raised and influenced, she didn't know how to better her life. She played along with her uncle who is more than anything using her for her gift of cards to gain money through that route than the honest way. She definitely wanted to change her lifestyle once she got away from her uncle.
As for Julian, he is definitely a bad boy, but he is honest and admits it. Eve helps him to realize he can be a better person, so it was good to see this book unfold and show growth with him. The only negative thing I didn't like was him continuing to stay at his friend's house when he knows his friend's wife is pursuing him to be with her.