Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Reluctant Duchess by Sharon Cullen

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Lady Sara Emerson turns to Gabriel Ferguson, the Duke of Rossmoyne, her cousin Merediths' former fiancee. The shy wallflower is receiving threatening notes from someone who knows too much about Merediths' brutal death two years ago. Ross has recently returned to England from his retreat to India to mourn. He is surprised to find Lady Sara insisting on seeing him.

Ross is a changed man. Before Meredith's death he was popular in the ton, now it seems he has grown to see the ton for what it is and feels it's frivolous. He never looked at Lady Sara while courting Meredith. She likes to blend in and stick to the shadows, the complete opposite of the vivacious Meredith. In Lady Sara, he finds an attraction that he doesn't understand and is highly intrigued by her.

Lady Sara has massive social anxiety. She doesn't like the ton and all the hoopla it entails. She finds crowds, overwhelming. She is passionately attracted to this new Ross. As she enlists him to help her find the murder and the writer of the letters, they grow closer and closer together. He wants her as his Duchess, but she only feels that she can give him an affair.

I couldn't resist picking up the novel. Murder mysteries in a historical setting are favorites of mine. A shy girl coming out of her shell to oppose and attract a big brawny Duke?! Superb! This is my first Sharon Cullen work and it definitely won't be my last! The dialogue was witty and delicious! As to who the murderer was... I certainly didn't guess it until the end! I couldn't get enough! I put this one down with a happy sigh and a smile on my face!

 

Synopsis


Lady Sara Emerson was jolted out of her dull provincial life by her cousin’s murder. Now that the killer seems to be targeting her, Sara seeks help from the man who was once her cousin’s fiancĂ©, Gabriel Ferguson, Duke of Rossmoyne. With his towering frame and fiery personality, Ross cuts an intimidating figure. Living under his protection, however, has its own hazards—like the sudden urge Sara feels to take their relationship in new, exquisitely inappropriate directions.

Dazzled by the social graces of his betrothed, Ross never noticed her shy, blushing cousin. Looking at Sara now, though, he’s drawn to her lovely eyes and calm disposition. Funny how a year away from the hustle and bustle of the ton changes a man. But Ross has no intention of allowing a woman to interfere with his plan to return overseas. He will simply capture the murderer and set sail once again. The problem is, with her beguiling lips and heavenly touch, Sara makes him never want to leave home—or his bed—again.

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