Published September 8, 2014 by Idunn Court Publishing
Unjustly labeled a flirt, Kitty Beaucroft is in need of a fiancé. Lord Philip Butler’s father wants him to settle down before he can become a landowner. With no intention of following through, Kitty and Philip enter into a temporary engagement as a means to an end. Unfortunately, someone knows the truth and is determined to expose them. Will the ruse turn into a romance before it’s too late?
My ONLY complaint is that Ruse and Romance left me craving more. This is a shorter story and it managed to pull me in from the very beginning and kept me in until the very last page. I even took it with me in the car and read while sitting in the drive thru at the bank. S.G. Rogers was able to write a story that in just a few pages, the characters were well developed and likeable (well most of them were likable), the plot was well developed and engaging, and the reader was thoroughly entertained.
The story of Kitty and Philip is heart tugging sweet. While they are not instantly in love, the immediate attraction is obvious. It was fun to watch them circle each other and try to figure out what was romance and what was the ruse part of their relationship. I do not fault Kitty for how she felt, she is young and naïve. Philip was great. I loved the scenes when Kitty arrives at his country estate and he reacts to her arrival.
Ruse and Romance is a short story that I am happy to recommend.
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