Published January 27th 2014 by Carina Press
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 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
Take one missing father, a stubborn, independent, but very impulsive heroine, a protective but marriagephobic Earl, a deranged killer and newly discovered passions and you have Cloaked in Danger. Oh, there are other elements, but those give you a pretty decent idea of what to look for.
Jeannie Ruesch does a masterful job weaving lighthearted fun with danger and mystery. The story moves at a rapid clip and new developments are coming on almost every page. Amid all the mystery solving there is a heated romance afoot, although both Aria and Adam have no wish to indulge in anything of this nature. Circumstance and Aria's dogged impulsiveness put the kibosh on any hope these two had of walking away unattached.
There is so much going on that Jeannie Ruesch needed every one of the three hundred plus pages. Adam's two unmarried sisters are determined to make his life anything but calm. His newly engaged sister is determined to pair up Adam and Aria. Adam has a boatload of guilt and responsibility he carries around and now his widowed mother has taken up with an old beau who just shows up out of the blue. Now is not the optimal time for a romance.
Aria is dealing with the loss of her father, a heavily pregnant stepmother, and the endless do's and don'ts of London society. Although Aria's biggest enemy was at times herself. She was certainly unique among regency heroines. This was certainly an entertaining, fun, sometimes exasperating, sweet book, that suited the season and my mood. It made me smile and chuckle which is priceless. Job well done, brava.
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 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.
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