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 in Egypt, 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 Aria's father's enemy draws near, Adam must convince his betrothed that she can trust him with her own secrets...before it's too late.
©2014 Jeannie Ruesch (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
"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 Best-selling Author Brenda Novak)
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Setting: London, no date given, but sounds regency
Genre: Romance? Mystery? Depressing character study?
Narration wasn't bad. Average. I would not avoid a book because Rebecca Rogers read it, nor would I seek her out when I'm in an "I'm not sure" mood.
Ariadne "Aria" Whitney is the 20 year old daughter of a rich and famous antiquarian/archeologist. On his last mission, Mr. Whitney went missing and everyone but Aria is ready to give him up for dead. So, going off a list of investors, she begins to investigate what happened in Egypt. she gets caught in a Duke's bedroom by Adam Willoughby, the Earl of Merewood. There's a lot of misunderstanding between Adam and Aria, of course. He thinks she is snooping around trying to unearth a family secret (the Duke whose bedroom she was in belonged to his future brother-in-law). Because he is acting so evasive - though I didn't get the sense that he really was - Aria is convinced he's the one who can answer her questions. They end up betrothed because she followed him into his house in the middle of the night and they get caught alone. So she fesses up to what she's doing and despite reservations, he agrees to help her. Of course a relationship develops, but it's really subsumed by the mystery, so what's supposed to be the HEA is more of a "oh, okay," It's almost like this was Ms Ruesch's first novel, but it wasn't. It was her second. The first, Something about Her, is not available at Audible. But from the ratings at Goodreads, which varied from one to four stars, you should get that one from the library. Not a bad idea for this one either.
Why did I say it might be a character study? Well Aria changes in the course of the novel. As she responds to turns in the plot, the novel gets darker and darker. She becomes more fragile and conflicted. Like I said, not exactly a HEA. She doesn't think it is, so why should I? Reading it was sort of depressing.
I used a credit for this, and that's depressing. But the book really isn't bad. I had to keep backing up because I had missed something in the plot, so it's probably better to get it in print.
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