Twin sisters Fiona an Mairead Ferguson have not had an easy life. Although of noble birth, they had to spend a good part of their childhood surviving on the streets before finally coming to live with their grandfather the Marquess of Hawesworth. Even there they’re not completely secure and it doesn’t take much for their heartless grandfather to throw them out. Thankfully both women are now brilliant astronomers and respected scholars. Using their talents they are able to scrape out a meager existence that puts a roof over their heads, clothes on their backs, and food in their bellies. Alex Knight, a member of the Drake’s Rakes spy organization once had the unfortunate task of delivering the news of the death of their brother who supposedly died while committing treason. Now he and his friend Chuffy have to track the twins down to tell them not only is their brother alive, but he has been completely exonerated. Alex is also determined to restore both ladies to their proper places in Society. This is however, no easy task as both ladies are unwilling to go back to the world of their grandfather. And just to complicate matters further, the traitorous group, the Lions, have set their sights on Fiona and Mairead, believing that they possess the code which is essential to carrying out their new nefarious plot. The sisters and their intrepid admirers will have to survive assassination attempts, uncover the treasonous plot, break the code, and clear their names before they can dream of finding their happily ever after.
At it’s heart Twice Tempted is a tale of two sisters. Sorry. I had to write that because I just love alliteration! It honestly is though. The bond between Fiona and Mairead is what allows them to survive horrors no one should have to face. It is this bond that is the core of the book. The plot keeps you guessing with it’s mix of historical fiction, spy thriller, and romance. So, why only 4 stars. Well, it’s mainly because of the two main characters, Fiona and Alex. For all his caring for Fiona and heroism I felt as though I didn’t really know him. And I liked Fiona, but for all her brilliance she made some truly idiotic decisions that for me just weren’t believable. I thought the relationship between her and Alex was sweet, but much more interesting was the one which develops between Mairead and Chuffy. Can I just say cutest couple ever? If Mairead lived today she would probably be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Not something you generally see in a historical romance. But Chuffy, who at times comes across as rather bumbling, is anything but. The way he treats Mairead and gets her to trust him is positively enchanting. Finally, although this is the 5th book in the Drake ‘s Rakes series and I haven’t read the others, I had no problem following this. Indeed, it’s made me want to read the other four. So, if you’d like to try a historical romance that’s a bit different, I recommend you give Twice Tempted a whirl.