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About A Tangled Ruse
After a failed abduction attempt, Lady Rachel is sent into hiding on her uncle’s estate near the sleepy village of Rockcliffe on the shores of Scotland. As she struggles to cope with the nightmares of her past, she unwittingly stumbles into even greater danger than she left behind. And this time, Shadow isn’t around to save her.
Luke Beckett, the Marquess of Downshire, was content running his stud farm in solitude, far from the scheming of the devious women of Society. That is, until his neighbor’s infuriatingly contrary niece rides into his life. Hiding behind the guise of a common horse trainer, he begins to form a peculiar friendship with Lady Rachel, without the constraints of his title. However, the longer the ruse continues, the more Luke realizes there is much more at stake than just their friendship.
With the looming threat of a French invasion, Luke and Rachel must work together to stop the tangled web of treachery before it is too late. When the truth is finally revealed, will they have the strength to trust each other with their hearts, or will the fear of rejection destroy their relationship before it has a chance to begin?
This book grabbed my attention from the very first page. There is so much going on in it plot wise. There’s always a character in peril and I didn’t want to put it down! I finished it in one day. It was so great!
This one is about Lady Rachel, she was Eliza’s friend from Saving Shadow. I’m just realizing that if I say any more than that, I’m going to give away the plots of several of the other books. So, I’m going to give you an assignment. Go read all of the other books! I put links to them in my What to read next section.
Anyway, Lady Rachel. I love her! She’s a bit of a bluestocking. In the Regency time period, that means that she likes to read and she does things that a lot of ladies would never do. Rachel wants to be an author, something most ladies would never imagine themselves doing. But due to circumstances beyond her control, she’s being sent to her uncle’s home in Scotland for her own protection. I love the way Rachel is not content to sit idly by doing things ladies should be doing, like embroidery. Rather she’s out riding astride on horses and trying to figure out what’s wrong with her cousin Emmett.
Then she meets Luke…er… John. This is part of what makes this book so fun! Neither Rachel or Luke admit to the other who they really are. Luke is a Marquess. But when he meets Rachel, she appears to be stealing his horse. And he decides not to tell her who he really is. As you can imagine this ends up getting him into tons of trouble with all kinds of people. But he’s actually a great guy, no matter how gruff and closed off he seems to be.
Luke is Eliza’s brother. That means that she plays a huge role in the plot later on. She’s probably one of my most favorite characters ever and this book only reinforces that! I love her cool head in peril.
The plot, as I said earlier is filled with danger and twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. I loved every minute of reading this one!
I was sent an e-copy of A Tangled Ruse as a gift from the author.
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