Lord Ruin (Regency Historical Romance) [NOOK Book]

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Ruan Bettancourt, the Duke of Cynssyr, intends to marry London's most beautiful debutante. A case of mistaken identity forces him to marry her sister, spinster Anne Sinclair. Before long, he's head-over-heels in love with his wife while Anne is determined to make the best of her unwanted marriage. Can the man society calls “Lord Ruin” ...
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Lord Ruin (Regency Historical Romance)

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Overview

Ruan Bettancourt, the Duke of Cynssyr, intends to marry London's most beautiful debutante. A case of mistaken identity forces him to marry her sister, spinster Anne Sinclair. Before long, he's head-over-heels in love with his wife while Anne is determined to make the best of her unwanted marriage. Can the man society calls “Lord Ruin” convince Anne he's fallen in love in with her?


Cynssyr said abruptly, "Do you recall anything of last night, Miss Sinclair?"

Slowly, Anne forced herself to look. The duke stood unmoving, a stark and beautiful man dressed in unrelieved subfusc but for white shirt and cravat. Mourning, it struck her. He lacked only a crepe band about his arm to complete the resemblance. The chest beneath that mourning black was broad and muscled. A scar ran white and jagged along his collarbone. Vividly, she saw his naked chest, could feel the heat of his skin. Impossible. How could she have another woman's memories? Anne Sinclair could not have seen the duke of Cynssyr without a stitch of clothing.

She was, she realized, staring at him as if he were some sort of oddity, a puzzle to be solved. Those pure green eyes stared back. Eyes of such haunting familiarity she started to shake. Eyes like gems. Even when she turned away, she felt his gaze on her. Impossible, what her memory suggested. Impossible. "Aldreth?"
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Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times - Joan Hammond
With a captivating, innocent young woman and a handsome virile rake of a man, Ms. Jewel's sensual and powerful love story keeps to the classic lines of the Regency Historical and while adding a fresh voice.
All About Romance
Entertaining, satisfying and sensuous.
Romance and Friends - Carla Hesom
SPECTACULAR!
LORD RUIN is full of engaging, loveable characters, a wonderful, interesting storyline, and true, realistic romance
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012245076
  • Publisher: Carolyn Jewel, Author
  • Publication date: 3/12/2011
  • Series: The Sinclair Sisters , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 86,330
  • File size: 1,009 KB

Meet the Author

Carolyn Jewel was born on a moonless night. That darkness was seared into her soul and she became an award winning author of historical and paranormal romance. She has a very dusty car and a Master’s degree in English that proves useful at the oddest times. An avid fan of fine chocolate, finer heroines, Bollywood films, and heroism in all forms, she has three cats and a dog. Also a son. One of the cats is his.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2011

    GEAT STORY BUT COULDN'T REALLY GET INTO THIS ONE

    I READ ON AN AVERAGE 20 BOOKS A MONTH, MOSTLY HISTORICAL ROMANCE. THIS IS MY FIRST CAROLYN JEWEL. I LOVE THE STORY LINE BUT THE WRITING STYLE HAS ME A LITTLE CONFUSED. I FELT LIKE AN OUTSIDER LOOKING IN. THE WRITING WAS DISJOINTED AND LEFT ME CONFUSED ENOUGH TO HAVE TO GO BACK AND REREAD PARAGRAPHS. THE HERO WAS GREAT, THE HEROINE WAS A LITTLE ON THE WIMPY SIDE. I FINSHED THE BOOK BECAUSE I WANTED TO KNOW HOW IT ENDED. GREAT BOOK FOR STRAIGHT ROMANCE READERS.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2011

    wonderful story telling

    Carolyn Jewel weaves a wonderful tale of love, murder, intrigue, and deception in this beautifully written regency historical. Lord Ruin is just downright yummy, and the heroine smart and with enough panache to stand up to him. Retelling the circumstances of their hasty wedding would be a spoiler, but suffice it to say, I loved, loved, loved the entire set up. Deliciously sexy without being too explicit, my heart was beating at an increased rhythm. A must read for all historical romance fans.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    engaging Regency

    In 1818 London, Cynssyr does not believe in love though he plans to marry a beauty as demanded by his responsibility as a duke. Currently he courts Emily Sinclair. Her sister Anne, just coming out of a sick bed, decides to protect her sibling from the unwanted attentions of this rake. However, fate intervenes when Cynssyr is caught in a compromising position with the rather clumsy Anne, the ¿Angelic¿ Sinclair with the spectacles. Still, Cynssyr does the right thing marries Anne. To his surprise, Cynssyr finds making love to his spouse quite enjoyable, as he cannot get enough of her in and out of bed. He also realizes how intelligent his wife is. Anne knows she loves her husband, but doubts he will ever reciprocate the feeling; she does not compare favorably to Emily or Katie Forest. She also realizes he is much deeper than the womanizing cynic he portrays when he tries to end the kidnapping of young women by an unknown assailant. As he concludes that he has found a jewel, he decides he must properly court his wife to win her love though he believes she loves someone else. Though the theme is the classic Regency of an innocent female forced to marry a seemingly hedonistic rake, Carolyn Jewel keeps the plot fresh through a deep cast and the who-done-it. Fans will take delight in how Anne ¿ruins¿ Cynssyr for anyone but her. The secondary characters provide depth to the lead protagonists and several deserve their own tale be told. LORD RUIN is the perfect holiday treat for sub-genre readers. Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    LOVED IT

    The mystery kept me guessing. The characters were all too human & I found myself rooting for them...even one of the villians. You will not be disappointed. Give "Lord Ruin" a chance.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    Great Romance...

    I liked the story and the romance. Lots of twists and turns...nice mystery concept included. I recommend this to others.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2011

    Good Book

    This book was a good read. Kept me interested until the end

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    Great Regency Romance

    Set in London with a mystery subplot, Jewel does a remarkable job telling the story of two very different characters from England's Regency society and the passionate development of their personal relationship.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Good read

    Good read

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  • Posted November 23, 2012

    You must check it out!!

    I loved the sparks by both characters, who find themselves attracted to each other and each would never have thought to pick that person as their mate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Ok

    Didnt think much of Ruan and Anne was too good for him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Loved It!

    Loved It!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2011

    lord ruin rules

    held my interest throughout the whole book will definitely read again

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2011

    A beautiful love story.

    What a beautiful and endearing novel. I loved every minute of this book, the characters, the setting, holy smokes it grabs you by the throat in the first chapter and runs you through until the end.

    From the start you believe one thing and even in the thick of it you aren't sure what will happen, but you are led through such a beautiful and moving tale of change and redemption, which is one of my favorite story lines in romance.

    I recommend this book to anyone who loves historical romance, as well as redemption. The love scenes start from the beginning and hold their heat and importance throughout.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    Excellent Romance

    This is one of my favorite Regency romances. The characters are really interesting; I especially love the heroine, who is in the shadow of her sisters and not used to going after what she wants. The sexual chemistry between Ann and Ruan is powerful, but they have to learn to balance that with mutual respect. There are some great twists in this story, too. It's hard to put down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2011

    Okay read

    The story and characters were fun but the writing style was terrible. Sentence structure, incorrect words (cord instead of chord) and other grammatical errors drove me crazy.

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