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Lord Ruin (Regency Historical Romance)
     

Lord Ruin (Regency Historical Romance)

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by Carolyn Jewel
 

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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" convince Anne he's fallen in love

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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" 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?"

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

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012245076
Publisher:
Carolyn Jewel, Author
Publication date:
03/12/2011
Series:
The Sinclair Sisters , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
350
Sales rank:
145,088
File size:
549 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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Lord Ruin (sexy Regency Historical Romance) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 132 reviews.
TinaFolsom More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Aretha Reynolds More than 1 year ago
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.
KickingKate More than 1 year ago
I liked the story and the romance. Lots of twists and turns...nice mystery concept included. I recommend this to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a good read. Kept me interested until the end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
D-Clare More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was far-fetched that Anne even married Ruan. Or that Devon stepped aside when he apparently loved her so much. Neither character grew on me. I tried to finish, but wound up skimming through a few more chapters before completely giving up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the scene where Ruan found "the gift" in his bed that he thought his friend had left for him. Much better than the usual "got caught in the garden" and had to marry. I also liked the mystery interwoven into the story. When others say Anne was a little wimpy, they need to remember that her father was responsible for her insecurities. It needed to be in the story because it made Ruan feel more responsible for her. Other women he knew were all the same and he grew bored with them. I didn't like that Ruan kept seeing his mistress, but that was true of the time period. Great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect writing with the five senses- the recipe for romance!
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I enjoyed reading this book. It is always nice when you have actual intelligent charcters. Though i will say the xharcters had sometimes too much sex and not anything else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started good.....then got lost...it was all over over the place...to catching a rapist killer to them always having sex...not worth even a rating.
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Good read
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Josieb77 More than 1 year ago
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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Didnt think much of Ruan and Anne was too good for him.
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