The Reluctant Duchess by Sharon Cullen

The Reluctant Duchess by Sharon Cullen

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 fiancé, 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.

The Reluctant Duchess by Sharon Cullen

It’s *possible* I bought this book because of the gorgeous cover! However, the beautiful Eastern European model in full twenty-first century makeup they used on the cover hardly looks like an oft-overlooked Plain Jane from country Victorian (not Regency) England!

I think this is one that gets better as it goes on. At first I was a bit distracted by the unbelievably fast attraction (why does he suddenly think she’s so attractive when he has known her for years and barely even lowered himself to speak to her?).

There’s something about the writing that occasionally seems a little… dense… Often, after each line of dialogue, the author stops to devote a few sentences (or even a paragraph) to explaining how everyone reacted to and felt about those words.

It slowed a few scenes down.

However, it got better as it went. I like this new trend for adding a bit of suspense into historical romances (beyond the standard dramas), and I often like the opportunity to visit the less than lovely parts of Victorian London.

Sometimes historical romances peter out by the end, and I just want the author to get to the point (as we know – more or less – what the end will be). So I really enjoyed a book that went in reverse, in that it got better and more engaging as it went.

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