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"A wonderful debut!" - NY Times Bestselling author Gaelen Foley
"... a rich, well-presented tale." ~ RT Book Reviews
"Jeannie Ruesch creates some fantastic characters that fall off the tightrope and into some complicated schemes that move Something About Her along at a spellbinding pace." - Long and Short of It Reviews
"Something About Her needs a hanky alert - you will need one, maybe two before the end of the novel as this story is so beautifully written." - Two Lips Reviews
About the Author
Jeannie Ruesch wrote her first story at the age of the six, prompting her to give up an illustrious, hours-long ambition of becoming a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader and declare that writing was her destiny.That journey to destiny took a few detours along the way, including a career in marketing and design.
Her first novel, a fairy-tale like historical romance, was published in 2009, but the darker side of life had always captivated her.So after a dinner conversation with friends about the best way to hide a dead body, she knew she had to find a way to incorporate suspense into her writing. (The legal outlet for her fascination.)Today, she continues writing what she loves to read - stories of history, romance and suspense.She lives in Northern California with her husband, their son and an 80 pound lapdog lab named Cooper.She can be visited at jeannieruesch.com or found regularly on Twitter or Facebook.
Jeannie Ruesch wrote her first story at the age of the six, prompting her to give up an illustrious, hours-long ambition of becoming a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader and declare that writing was her destiny. That journey to destiny took a few detours along the way, including a career in marketing and design.
Her first novel, a fairy-tale like historical romance, was published in 2009, but the darker side of life had always captivated her. So after a dinner conversation with friends about the best way to hide a dead body, she knew she had to find a way to incorporate suspense into her writing. (The legal outlet for her fascination.) Today, she continues writing what she loves to read - stories of history, romance and suspense. She lives in Northern California with her husband, their son and an 80 pound lapdog lab named Cooper. She can be visited at www.jeannieruesch.com or found regularly on Twitter or Facebook.
She is also the creator of the WIP Notebook, a writer's tool to help stay organized while you write, which you can find at her website.
Blythe Ashton was married for a year, but wasn't a wife for even a day as her husband abandoned her shortly after saying "I do". After learning her husband had died while with his mistress, his cousin the Duke (Michael Ashton) shows up at her home claiming he's come to meet his cousin's widow. The Duke, however, is trying to unravel the mystery and scandal involving stolen money and his believed dead cousin. At first Michael suspects Blythe was in on her husband's scheme but the more he learns of her the more he believes her innocence in the theft and he also starts to fall in love with her. The story had me from the first sentence and I could not stop reading. I finished it in one day! I got emotionally involved with the characters and was compelled to keep reading to find out how all would be resolved. I loved it!!!
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The premise of the story was decent and the characters had some depth but I didn't finish it. Part of the reason I like regency era romance novels is because they are usually PG rated (or rather I search for the clean ones). This one had a VERY explicit sex scene about half way through. I can usually skip the graphic parts but it went on for mulitple pages so I decided to just stop there and give up. It was disappointing because the characters were engaging and the dialoge was pretty good. If this sort of thing doesn't bother you, I'd say give it a try but if you're looking for a clean romance skip it.
I LOVED this book. It was a high-speed ride with swoops and turns and dives -- I think I was even hanging upside down at one point. And I honestly had no idea how the author was going to pull off a Happily-Ever-After ending.
Romance writers make a tacit contract with their readers that includes a promise that everything will turn out well, the girl will get the guy, and the reader will be able to close with the book with a happy sigh.
It's a FIRM contract, and it's a big reason we read romances: we *know* they are safe. No matter how much the author may frighten us in the middle of the book, everything will turn out OK in the end. A romance writer who tricks the reader by writing any other ending won't get a second chance.
But we love it when a writer makes us worry that maybe *this* time will be the exception, and SOMETHING ABOUT HER had me convinced there was no possible way to pull off the Happily-Ever-After. This is the one of the best examples I've seen recently of an author raising the stakes to the point where the main character absolutely MUST get what she wants, and raising the conflict to the point where there appears to be no possible way she will.
IN some ways, this felt like two stories in one. The first half, and the second half. First half was the country setting, second half was the city setting. They didn't mesh together well, not because the author moved the plot from the country to the city, but becauseit seemed so easy for our main couple to accept defeat and go back to their dutiful lives.
The heroine was uneven, she was virginal, yet she seemed to very easily fall into bed with our hero. I actually went back to re-read the one and only love scene, because I remembered I was reading a regency, and this gal has never been with a man, and should have had a lot of modesty and shyness to the whole experience. Now, I don't want it to be overdone, but it felt completely unrealistic. There was not enough build up of why she'd want to, to explain why she did.
The author also gives the hero a precocious full of mischief 7 year old daughter. When you drop a character like that in a story, by their very nature they are going to have a fairly prominent role, if they are on premise where the action is going down. This child disappeared frequently. I really felt like she was trotted out when a plot point needed to be highlighted, and stuffed back in the closet when she wasn't necessary. There should have been so many more interactions with her, especially given the fact there was no governess for her and the fact that the heroine and the child were demonstrated to have a very bonded relationship in the second half of the book. The first half really didn't build that relationship to my satisfaction.
I also struggled with an earl's daughter having a villager for a best friend.Read more ›
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Michael Ashton, the Duke of Ravensdale, travels to Blythe Ashton's home to try and find out the truth about her missing husband, Thomas, who is Ravensdale's cousin and who is apparently being sought by some people who he is has swindled. Michael doesn't give advance notice that he's coming to Blythe's home - just shows up with his young daughter who loves to play hide and seek at every opportunity.
As soon as Michael arrives at Blythe's home, sure enough his daughter disappears. Since Michael has never met Blythe, he doesn't know what she looks like and mistakes her for a servant because she is working in the garden with her flowers. He tries to enlist her help in finding his daughter, is rude to her, bosses her around, kisses her, suggests she come to his room that night and on and on. This is all in the first couple of chapters and he is the big hero in the story.
*Spoilers* Blythe, to her credit, is furious with him but realizes she needs to help him find his daughter and since she is the person most knowledgeable about the estate, rides off with him to find his daughter. Michael still hasn't found out who she is and this goes on for awhile and he continues to act like a jerk until he eventually finds out that Blythe is the lady of the manor. He also finds out that Thomas left Blythe on the day they got married and she hasn't seen him for a year. In fact, the marriage wasn't consummated and Blythe has stayed out of society for this whole year because of the embarrassment.
During the next few weeks they fall in love. However, this story is wrong on so many levels. Blythe believes Thomas is dead - Michael knows that he is still alive. Yet, Michael sleeps with Blythe and takes her virginity with the hope her marriage with Thomas can "go away?Read more ›
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