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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Review: Rescued By a Duke by Ruth J. Hartman


Print Length: 191 pages
Publisher: Clean Reads (February 14, 2013)

From Goodreads.com: Sasha Douglas has hit rock bottom. Literally. Left all alone after her brother's murder, she thought things couldn't possibly get worse. Until she finds herself trapped, injured, and frightened with no hope of escape after falling into an abandoned well.

Garrett Rothchild Cantlebury, the 5th Duke of Ravensworth, is shocked to discover a woman trapped in his abandoned well. The place that holds reminders of horrible loss for him. Determined to save the poor girl, he pushes those thoughts aside, refusing to dwell on them. But the rescued damsel in distress ends up making him face a darker truth. One that threatens both their futures.

Can Sasha and Garrett put family tragedy behind them and find love together?

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My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Personally, I LOVED this story! I loved the way that Garrett looked past society's "norms" and manged to find romance with a woman who wasn't altogether what she seemed (nor was she someone whom society would accept). I loved the mystery of who killed Sasha's brother, and how would she ever move on? 

The characters in this story each brought something to the table, from the troubled Duke haunted by a past he had no control over, to Phillbush's allergy to cats (and reactions to said animal), to Lucien's secrets, no two characters were the same. And while I had my own opinions of just who was guilty of what, I felt that everything was handled in a way that made sense (even when I didn't agree with Sasha taking the stance she did given her own secrets). It was that human flaw that was present in the main characters, and that overall need to protect the other that made this story feel human. And that is what I enjoy most, a story that I can see happening regardless of how other people may view it. 

This was one of those stories in which I found myself totally invested. I laughed with these characters. I became heartbroken with these characters. I wanted to smack certain ones upside the head. In short - it had everything that a good novel should. 

Overall, I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a sweet and clean historical romance where the characters may not conform to society's standards, but they are lovable nonetheless. 

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Rescued By a Duke is available from Amazon.com

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