Review & Giveaway: CLOAKED IN DANGER by Jeannie Ruesch

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CoverTitle: Cloaked in Danger
Author: Jeannie Ruesch
Genre: Historical, Romance, Suspense
Release Date: January 27, 2014
Buy Links: Amazon | B & N | Kobo

Aria Whitney has little in common with the delicate ladies of London society. Her famous father made his fortune hunting archaeological treasures, and her rustic upbringing has left her ill-prepared for a life of parties and frippery. But when Gideon Whitney goes missing, Aria must embrace the unknown—armed with only the short list of highborn men who’d backed her father’s venture, she poses as a woman looking for a husband. She doesn’t intend to find one.

Adam Willoughby, Earl of Merewood, finds London’s strangest new debutante fascinating, but when he catches her investigating his family’s secrets, he threatens to ruin her reputation. He doesn’t intend to enjoy it so much.
When their lustful indiscretion is discovered, Adam finds that he regrets nothing. But now, as her father’s enemy draws near, Adam must convince his betrothed that she can trust him with her own secrets…before it’s too late.
“Cloaked in Danger is perfect for those who love a good mystery in their romance.”— Eye on Romance
“In ‘Cloaked in Danger’ Jeannie Ruesch has crafted a taut, emotional thrill-ride through the streets of Regency London. Archaeological adventure and drawing room intrigue are combined in a story that will keep you reading late into the night. Jeannie Ruesch is an author to watch.”
— RITA Award Nominated Author Elizabeth Essex
“Cloaked in Danger has all the elements readers crave— larger-than-life characters, a vivid and believable setting, heart-pounding romance and just the right amount of mystery. Don’t miss it! It kept me reading deep into the night.”
— New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak
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My Review:

 

The story in a nutshell…

Aria Whitney just recently entered society and is learning the ways of the ton, attending parties and what-not, in search not of a husband as the rest of the ton thinks but in search of answers that would help her find her missing father. When she meets Adam Willoughby, Earl of Merewood after the latter catches her sneaking about in his soon to be brother-in-law’s room, her life takes a turn to the more complicated. But Adam might be the answer that she’s been looking for, in more ways than she could have imagined.

 

What worked for me?

I love that this book has that unconventional tone not just in her story but in her characters as well. I really appreciate the suspense and mystery surrounding the disappearance of Aria’s father. It was a great plot device not just in pushing the story forward but also providing breathing rooms for character development.

As for the characters, I really, really liked both main characters. I found Aria stubborn, and although there were several times where I wanted to shake her because of her stubbornness and her seeming inability to trust, I still understood where she was coming from so I was willing to give the woman a break. I love that she isn’t at all comfortable nor settled on a life in society and she’d rather accompany her father in his archaeological expeditions than hold court or dance during balls and soirees. She’s also fiercely independent, loyal, and imperfect. Her imperfections are what endear her to me, as a matter of fact. It makes her character at times annoying but totally accessible.

As for Adam, he isn’t your typical rakish and roguish hero. He seems to lead a well-balanced life. He’s not prone to any vices. In fact, he’s responsible especially as head of his family, looking after his widowed mother and three younger sisters. But his sense of responsibility is on the extreme side. After a fateful incident that hurt their family deeply especially the eldest of his younger sisters, he has blamed himself for not doing enough to prevent it and carries the scars of that event as an everyday burden.

It was satisfying to watch Aria and Adam circle around each other and whatever feelings they have been developing for one another. I love how they complement each other and I adore basically how their love story developed. It was believable.

 

What didn’t work for me?

I love Aria but there were times when I find myself getting annoyed with her. Or this may just be the case of the author being able to channel Aria’s frustration at not finding her father to her readers. There were also minor plots in the book whose nonappearance in the story would not have been missed but I suppose they were there as this would is book two in a series.

I would have wanted more from the ending. I liked it, don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t bad or terrible or lacking at all. I just wanted more not just for me as a reader but for the characters as well. I thought they deserved to have more.

 

My over-all take on it?

Jeannie Ruesch is a fresh voice in historical romance. Her characters’ depth and uniqueness are a draw and her suspenseful plot is really well-done. I love that this wasn’t a typical historical romance and I would definitely be checking out Jeannie Ruesch’s future works.

 

My rating:

 4 stars

 

DisclaimerI received an eARC of this book from the author/publisher in exchange  for an honest review. Yes, these are my honest and personal thoughts on this book.

 

 

About the Author:

Jeannie Ruesch wrote her first story at the age of the six, prompting her to give up an illustrious, hours-long ambition of becoming a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader and declare that writing was her destiny. That journey to destiny took a few detours along the way, including a career in marketing and design.

Her first novel, a fairy-tale like historical romance, was published in 2009, but the darker side of life had always captivated her. So after a dinner conversation with friends about the best way to hide a dead body, she knew she had to find a way to incorporate suspense into her writing. (The legal outlet for her fascination.) Today, she continues writing what she loves to read – stories of history, romance and suspense. She lives in Northern California with her husband, their son and an 80 pound lapdog lab named Cooper. She can be visited at http://www.jeannieruesch.com or found regularly on Twitter or Facebook.

She is also the creator of the WIP Notebook, a writer’s tool to help stay organized while you write, which you can find at her website.

Connect with Jeannie Ruesch:

Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Review & Giveaway: CLOAKED IN DANGER by Jeannie Ruesch”

  1. I appreciated the honest review. And i believe you’re correct…Jeannie is someone to watch, now and in the future. I would say that this second novel is a terrific start to her career in historical romantic suspense. As the historical, romance, suspense and adventure combo is a big draw for me, I will definitely be buying this book and keeping watch for future releases. jdh2690@gmail.com

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