Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Stranger She Married

Donna Hatch
Regency Romance
Book 1 of The Rogue Hearts Series
The Stranger She Married, Guise of a Gentleman, A Perfect Secret, The Suspect's Daughter

"The mirror heartlessly assured her that her looks had not miraculously improved."

Alicia is out of options.  Her parents death in a carriage accident and her brother's death resulting from a duel, both left her to the mercy of her uncle.  Her uncle is running through his inheritance quickly and will end them all in debtor's prison by month's end.  Unless Alicia marries well.  The problem is, all of her willing suitors disgust her.  When Cole Amesbury arrives, she is swept away - until she finds out he is the one who shot her brother during that infamous duel.  Cole had no idea that the young man had died from the minor wound he suffered a year ago.  He had no idea that the enchanting beauty he just met was so affected by his actions.  But he did know one thing - he wasn't going to let her get sold off to the highest bidder.  Even if it meant he couldn't have her himself either.

My Opinion: A mixture of romance and mystery, this story is intriguing.  Though many factors may seem unrelated or conflicting at first, the author does a wonderful job of tying everything together satisfactorily.  Alicia is a strong character that really pulls you into her emotions, problems and personal conflicts.  Cole is a noble and determined character who you just have to love.  A little slow to start, the ending is exciting though I felt that it was perhaps to easy once you saw all the pieces.  Twists and developments keep you turning the pages and wondering just how it will end.  Great introductions to the main characters of later books.  Good read - can't wait to read the next one!

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and opinion are 100% my own.


  1. It has been awhile since the last time I read romance/mystery book in historical setting but this one sure sounds intriguing. Thanks for the review =)



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