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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Book Review: Romancing His English Rose by Catherine Hemmerling

Book 2, Lady Lancaster Garden Society
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing, LLC (Scandalous)
ISBN:  9781622662470
Publication Date:  September 09, 2013
Pages:  436 KB/250 pages (e-book)
Rating:  4 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from the publisher and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

Rose Warren and Simon Trumbull may have been betrothed since birth, but that doesn’t mean they have to like each other. Rose is sure the notorious playboy Simon will never willingly settle down, and Simon, well…he agrees. Never one to be forced into anything, he’d rather drink and gamble with his mates than spend time with the bookish, bespectacled Rose.

When the two are thrown together to investigate a potential poisoning mystery, neither expects the sparks that fly. Simon discovers that Rose is, in fact, a brilliant sleuth and—even better—hides a delectable body beneath her flowing skirts. Suddenly, falling into bed may be the best idea either has heard, but can Simon convince Rose his romancing is forever?

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My Thoughts:
Make sure to read the Author’s Note.  Our author gives you some information into the history that surrounds the story.

Simon Trumbull has a marriage contract with Rose Warren that was gone back to when they were children.  It makes me wonder how the kids today would feel if their lives were decided by a contract?  Makes for an interesting way to start our story.

Rose belongs to a group that solves mysteries.  Simon is something of a womanizer but when it comes to Rose he’s a real stuffed shirt.  Catherine creates Rose to be a take-charge kind of woman except when she’s talking to Simon.  But then you turn around and she’s talking back to him.  She’s a woman of the times but at the same time she’s also smarter than some of her peers.  This is what makes for a great read.

If you’re something of an amateur sleuth you may be impressed with Rose’s skills.  You will be surprised at how quickly the pages go by as you read.  You will forget about everything else and then you’ll realize the story is done.  I have to think as I read the interactions between Simon and Rose that he’s finally met his match.  But who will come out on top?

My page-turner is finding out if they ever bring the villain to justice.  The romancing is nice but it’s the mystery that’s doing it for me – the suspense is driving me nuts.  I can’t believe I’m saying this but when Simon finally tutors Rose on everything a couple does behind closed doors, I just wanted to yell at them to hurry it up and start solving things.  Their love for each other is just icing on the cake.

The only disappointment I had is that this is the first book in the series that I’ve read.  I look forward to reading more of Catherine’s work.  It’s a fast read that you can get done in one or two days – depending on how much time you have during your day.  By the end, you will be smiling as you read the HEA ending.  If historical romantic mysteries are your cup of tea then make sure to add this book to your shelf.

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