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#Book Review #Never Rescue a Rogue (The Merriwell Sisters 2) by Virginia Heath #Regency Romance #Romcom @St.Martin’s Griffin

From the blurb:

In this Regency rom-com, when a Duke and a reporter team up to uncover his family’s secrets, their search brings up more than they bargained for—including their feelings for each other.Diana Merriwell and Giles Sinclair only tolerate one another for the sake of their nearest and dearest. Everyone believes that the two of them are meant to be together, but Diana and Giles know that their constant pithy barbs come from a shared disdain—not a hidden attraction. Diana loves the freedom of working at the newspaper too much to give it up for marriage, and Giles is happily married to his bachelor lifestyle. But they do have one thing in common—the secrets they can’t risk escaping.

When Giles’ father, the curmudgeonly Duke of Harpenden unexpectedly turns up his toes, it’s only a matter of time before someone comes crawling out of the woodwork who knows the true circumstances of his only son’s birth. As the threat of blackmail becomes real, Giles must uncover the truth of his parentage first, or else he and all those who depend upon him will be ruined—and dogged bloodhound Diana is his best hope at sniffing out the truth. As Giles and Diana dive into his family’s past, the attraction that the two of them insisted wasn’t there proves impossible to ignore. Soon, the future of the Sinclair estate isn’t the only thing on the line…

Publication date: November 8, 2022
Publisher: St.Martin’s Griffin


My thoughts:

If you’d asked me two years ago ‘Contemporary or Regency?’ I wouldn’t have hesitated -‘Contemporary, of course!’, but then I discovered Virginia Heath and her delightful historical romcoms and learnt that they have everything a romance reader can wish for: entertaining storylines with the best tropes, funny, memorable characters, swoonworthy heroes and sassy heroines…and lots and lots of banter.

No wonder I fell hook line and sinker for Minerva Merriwell and Hugh Standish in Never Fall for Your Fiancee, the first book in the Merriwell Sisters series, and now the wait is finally over and we have the second story where Diana Merriwell and Giles Sinclair get their happily-ever-after. If you remember these hilarious secondary characters from the first book, you already know they love nothing better than a bit of verbal sparring. Now that Giles’ best friend Hugo is married to Diana’s sister, these frenemies have grown even closer, although they are still long way from admitting how much they appreciate each other’s company.

Having had a very rough start in life, Diana is proud of having become one of the most sought-after reporters. Her scathing exposes make sure helpless victims of rich scoundrels get a chance for justice. When Giles’ father suddenly passes away, the feelings of the new Duke of Harpenden aren’t that straightforward. One thing he knows for sure, he needs answers to some questions buried in the past before someone uncovers the dirty secret of his illegitimate birth and uses it to ruin him and all the good he can finally do with the money he inherited from the old miser. But who can Giles trust in this delicate situation if not the belligerent, nitpicking ‘grammarian’ aka the Truth Hound Diana Merriwell?

​Yes, there’s chemistry and sizzling attraction between the main characters, but there’s so much more- trust, understanding and willingness to fight for each other’s well-being and happiness. I love nothing more than a strong, independent female protagonist who will push the envelope and defy other people’s expectations. All of this in deliciously entertaining, easy-to-read package (I love Virginia Heath’s sense of humour and her writing style) and you have me reading until the small hours., wondering why on earth I thought Regency Romance can’t be fun.

Recommended? Sure! Now I can’t wait for Virginia Heath to write the next story in the series. 

Thank you to NetGalley and St.Martin’s Griffin for the review copy provided in exchange for an honest opinion.

Author Bio

 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-two books and two Romantic Novel of the Year Award nominations later, and it still takes her forever to fall asleep.

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