Title: The Reluctant Duchess
Genre: Historical Romance/Mystery/e-book
Author: Sharon Cullen
Publisher: Loveswept, Nov. 10, 2015
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
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.
Sara has received several letters from an anonymous sender. They are not threatening but they are not bland either, they ask her to remember her murdered cousin. They are strange enough that Sara is frightened and seeks help from Ross, the Duke of Rossmoyne, who was her cousins betrothed before the murder. Ross insists that she stay with him in his mansion along with Ross’ mother as chaperone. Even chaperoned the two find time to be alone and their attraction blooms.
This is a well written romance. There is an attraction between Sara and Ross that causes fireworks whenever they are alone. The side characters are well drawn and their actions move the story along. This is my first book by Ms. Cullen. I enjoyed the mystery and the romance.