Jeannie Ruesch has one of the freshest and most original historical romance voices I have read in a long while. I loved her unconventional heroine and the fact that her hero was willing to break society’s rules too. The conflict in CLOAKED IN DANGER is strong. At times it was so dominant that it almost overshadowed the romance between Adam and Aria. Yet, on the other hand, I appreciated that the heart-wrenching conflict Ruesch developed was one not easily overcome with a simple conversation or the resolution of a misunderstanding. Her characters felt flesh and blood real, and their pain felt was as vibrantly written as the love and passion that held them together, despite the odds against them.
Ruesch also excelled at populating her story with lovable (and not so lovable) secondary characters. Adam’s sisters were particularly delightful. I hope I can look forward to reading their stories in the near future.
Ariadne Whitney has been raised by her father on archaeological digs half the world away from London society, so when he father goes missing and she must solve the mystery by blending into the ritual of balls and gowns and other social niceties, she finds it a distinct challenge. To make matters worse, Aria finds herself drawn to one of her potential suspects: Adam, Earl of Merewood, and the earl isn’t certain whether she is a delectable distraction or a threat to the safety of his family and its secrets.
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.