Review of “The Reluctant Duchess” by Sharon Cullen



Gabriel Ferguson, the Duke of Rossmoyne, was once engaged to Meredith Emerson but she was murdered in a horrible fashion two years ago. Gabriel and Meredith’s engagement was the talk of the town and her murder was shocking. There were no clues as to who could have murdered Meredith.

Two years after the death of her cousin, Meredith, Sara started to receive strange letters from an unknown person claiming he knew Meredith and that he was there when she died.

Lady Sara Emerson was jolted out of her dull provincial life by her cousin’s murder. Now the killer seems to be targeting her. The only person Sara can think of to help is the man who was Meredith’s fiancee, Gabriel Ferguson. 

Lady Sara was terrified to just show up out of the blue at the house of the Duke of Rossmoyne. She would much prefer disappearing into the shadows but she’s more afraid of the threatening letters that she has been receiving. And when the rough, pirate like looking hulk of a man slams into the sitting room, piercing her with an intimidating look. She wishes she was anywhere else. But a promise is a promise, and she intends to collect. With his towering frame and fiery personality, Gabriel Ferguson cuts an intimidating figure. Living under his protection, however, has its own hazards—like the sudden urge Sara feels to take their relationship in new, exquisitely inappropriate directions.

The Duke of Rossmoyne (Gabriel) promised after his fiance’s death, if the family ever needed anything, he would help. It’s time to pay up…..

Dazzled by the social graces of his betrothed, Gabriel had never really noticed her shy, blushing cousin. Looking at Sara now, though, he’s drawn to her lovely eyes and calm disposition. Funny how a year away from the hustle and bustle of the ton changes a man. But Gabriel has no intention of allowing a woman to interfere with his plan to return overseas. He will simply capture the murderer and set sail once again. The problem is, with her beguiling lips and heavenly touch, Sara makes him never want to leave home—or his bed—again.


The Reluctant Duchess is a very enjoyable read. I was really caught up in reading this one. It has mystery, scandal, and romance.

It’s a very exciting story with an unsolved murder, threatening letters and  a love story between two unsuspecting people.

Gabriel and Sara have quite a few unusual conversations and adventures together throughout the story. I liked both the Hero and Heroine characters. Also of interest is Gabriel’s friend, Montgomery. Montgomery became a friend after his investigation when he cleared Gabriel of any wrong doing in Meredith’s death. There are several other interesting characters as well.

Be prepared for a few twists and turns because the “letters” get more menacing as time goes on. Gabriel is doing everything he can to keep Sara safe, all the while trying to fight his feelings for her. Their “non-courtship” gets pretty interesting.

If you like your romance with a little mystery and suspence this one is well worth your time.

Don’t miss it!
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.


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