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.” -Goodreads
For my first couple books of 2016, I’ve decided to treat myself to come historical romances that had built up in my kindle app. For my first novel, I read “The Reluctant Duchess” which was pretty decent for a historical romance. While the story had a murder mystery in it, the murderer was obvious once the character in question was introduced. I feel that the most important aspect of the novel was the romance that sparked between the two protagonists. Something that seems to always irritate me in novels like this is how quickly the protagonists think gushy thoughts. Even though that happens often, I can’t seem to stay away from romance novels.
I decided that for romance novels, I’m going to included a hotness rating. This rating is based on the steamy scenes and how they play out. I’ve given “The Reluctant Duchess” two flames for a couple intense kisses and a little compromising.