Book review: Virginia Heath, Never Rescue a Rogue

Never Rescue a Rogue

Why on earth would she want to kiss him when he vexed her so?

Diana Merriwell and Giles Sinclair only tolerate one another for the sake of their nearest and dearest. Everyone believes that they are meant to be together, but Diana and Giles know that it is animosity, not attraction, that fuels their barbed exchanges. Anyway, Diana loves her freedom too much to give it up for marriage, and Giles is happily wedded to his bachelor lifestyle.

After Giles’ curmudgeonly father, the Duke of Harpenden, unexpectedly turns up his toes, it’s only a matter of time before the circumstances of his only son’s birth are revealed. With the threat of blackmail hanging over him, Giles must uncover the truth, or he and all those who depend on him will be ruined.

As Giles and Diana dive into his family’s past, the attraction that they insisted wasn’t there proves impossible to ignore. It seems that the future of the Sinclair estate isn’t the only thing on the line…

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Getting word about a new Virginia Heath novel is always a happy day in my reading life, and this new series, where we’re meeting the Merriwell sisters, absolutely does not disappoint. This is the second in the series, having previously ‘met’ Diana’s sister Minerva previously (also highly recommended), but you can read it as a standalone too, which always makes me happy, as I’m terrible for following series properly.

This is Diana’s story, and we meet her and Giles at his notorious annual ball, where sparks immediately fly between the pair. I love the relationship they have at the start, being sparring friends, each acknowledging that the other is a good match for them, intellectually at least, from the off. Diana doesn’t hide her personality, and neither does Giles – it’s refreshing, both being themselves, both in front of each other and their families. Well, Diana’s family anyway. Giles does not have a good relationship with his father, mostly down to the secret his family has been hiding for years.

When his father passes away suddenly, just before remarrying, Giles fears the secret is about to make itself public knowledge, and he urgently needs a friend to help him get to the bottom of things without having all his dirty linen aired in public. With her skill at discovering the truth behind gossip, and ability to be present at any event, Diana is the perfect candidate, leading to the two getting closer as they work together.

As with all of the author’s books, the chemistry between the two leads jumps from the page, and I found myself once again staying up far later than I intended to once I opened up my Kindle. Highly recommended to anyone wanting sparky romances, with plenty of chemistry, and a heavy dose of action too.

About Virginia

When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Twenty-five books and three Romantic Novel of the Year Award nominations later, and it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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