Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tasty Book Tour Review + Giveaway: Cloaked in Danger by Jeannie Ruesch

Cloaked in Danger
By: Jeannie Ruesch

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, 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 her father’s enemy draws near, Adam must convince his betrothed that she can trust him with her own secrets…before it’s too late.

“Cloaked in Danger is perfect for those who love a good mystery in their romance.”— Eye on Romance 

“In ‘Cloaked in Danger’ Jeannie Ruesch has crafted a taut, emotional thrill-ride through the streets of Regency London. Archaeological adventure and drawing room intrigue are combined in a story that will keep you reading late into the night. Jeannie Ruesch is an author to watch.”
— RITA Award Nominated Author Elizabeth Essex

“Cloaked in Danger has all the elements readers crave— larger-than-life characters, a vivid and believable setting, heart-pounding romance and just the right amount of mystery. Don’t miss it! It kept me reading deep into the night.”
— New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak

My Thoughts:

I'm not going to lie, but I wanted to read Cloaked in Danger for a few reasons: 1) The cover. I have time and time again, I do love a beautiful cover. Yes, I will be persuaded to read a book, because of a cover. 2) The title. I absolutely love the title (and possibly the font too).  3) The story idea. I do love a story with an unusual heroine. I do favor heroines with backbones, bluestocking tendency, or boarding social outcast. Aria does have a bluestocking streak, and is boarding social outcast. However, with a father who is in good standings with the ton helps her from being a social outcast. 

I did like Aria's devotion to search for her father and how she went about it. Yes, it was quite clever of her to go out into society and search for answers. However, I found her a bit naïve, when it came to  searching for answers. She needed a lot of help navigating through the ton, but she was determine do this on her own. Commendable, but not the smartest thing to do. She ends up getting compromise by the Earl of Merewood, Adam. 

Poor Adam. I kind of feel bad for the guy, because he's trying to ensure his sister are safe and happy and trying to focus on getting them married off before he pursues a bride. Then he gets practically leg-shackled to Aria, because of her stubbornness. I like that he's trying to do the right thing for his family and Aria, but he just tends to fixate the tiny details. I think sometimes he just needs a chill pill. 

The story was okay. The beginning felt a little slow to me, but once Adam and Aria find themselves in a compromising situation the story starts to progress pretty fast. There search was starting to petered out, then bam something happens that causes tension in my stomach. My gut was in a knot for rest of the book. I started to wonder how the outcome would be. 

All-in-all, Cloaked in Danger a pretty good read. I liked the story well enough, but there were a few things I would have been fine without. I did like how the author didn't make a sugar coat happy ending where it magically became all better, because everything worked out. I liked that Aria went through a dark period and try to cope with all that had happen. However, I think I would have been more content had there been an epilogue with a little sugarcoating. 

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Author Info
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 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.

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  1. Well, Jeannie, I'm definitely intrigued by the archeological aspects of this story as that is something I've been interested in like...forever. I have scads of non-fiction books at home that show photos and everything of Egyptian digs, European digs, British digs, and American digs, dinosaur name it. Love delving into that kind of history. And to find that there is an aspect of that in this story is fascinating to me. :-) Thanks for this post.

    1. Hi Janice! Nice to see you on this stop as well. :) Most of the archeological aspects of the story stem from Aria's history -- and what her father found. ;) So there is a little bit of that in the story, but it's definitely a story set in Regency London, crossing from the ballrooms to the streets. I hope you enjoy! Thanks so much for supporting each of the bloggers on this tour. :)

  2. Thanks for being a part of the tour and for your review!