Rescuing Lady Rose

Marguerite Butler
Rescuing Lady Rose
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Musa Publishing
Release Date
November 2013
Book 4 of The Mad Hatterlys
Historical Romance

The hero business is harder than it looks.

Henry Hatterly is given an important mission by the Foreign Office. He must convince a notoriously reclusive and paranoid Viennese physicist to sell his plans for a flying contraption to England. To keep from attracting the wrong sort of attention, Henry is ordered to pretend he is courting the scientist's great-niece.

Too bad Lady Rose already hates him.

When Lady Rose is taken hostage along with the plans, she is determined to rescue herself and see her kidnapper punished. She definitely needs a hero's assistance, but why--oh why?--is the only hero available that odious Henry Hatterly? And why can't she forget the one delicious kiss they shared?

Book Review by Fire Fairy Bookaholic (reviewer)
Jul 17, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
95 people found the following review helpful
I used to be a fan of historical romances. It's the first romance sub-genre that I fell in love with. Although it's not my favorite anymore, I still read some historicals once in a while.

RESCUING LADY ROSE is the 4th book in Marguerite Butler's Mad Hatterlys series. The books are stand-alone so you don't have to read them in order.
Henry, the youngest son of the eccentric Hatterly family, is a talented physicist/inventor and working as a spy for England. His current mission is to convince an eccentric physicist to sell his plans and ideas to England. As a cover for his secret mission, he has to pretend to be courting the scientist's great-niece, Lady Rose, who happens to be someone whom Henry is at odds with.

Fiercely independent Lady Rose doesn't believe she needs a man for security and protection. But when she gets kidnapped along with her great-uncle's plans, she has no choice but to work with Henry to catch the criminal and get the plans back. And thus, you have a hilarious story of a battle of wills and a battle between the sexes.

If you want a light funny read then RESCUING LADY ROSE is just perfect for you. This book is full of funny scenes that will make you smile and laugh.

I like Henry and Rose. Henry is a cheerful guy who's almost always optimistic with everything. He enjoys working as a spy for his country even though his missions aren't really that thrilling. He's pretty intelligent and loves to tweak at machines and invent bits of useful mechanisms. Lady Rose, on the other hand, is a beautiful woman and pretty popular among the ton. She's feisty, highly intelligent, and can take care of her own. She believes in equal rights for men and women in almost everything. She doesn't get intimidated by men as she's more intelligent than most of them.

Individually, I like them both. But as a couple, I didn't feel anything. More than halfway through the book, I was beginning to doubt that this is historical romance. There were bits of clues that they are attracted to each other but it wasn't enough to convince me that they were indeed in love. There was another featured couple in the book, but same with Henry and Rose, as they were also bland and boring.

This for me, is both a good and a bad thing. For romance readers, they might get disappointed with the dead chemistry between the couple in the book. So don't expect any sizzling, steamy, or heart-tugging moments. But for readers who want some clean, slightly romantic novels, this is a good book to read. I guess the author concentrated on the humorous side of the story, which she did very well. The story is totally hilarious and had me laughing especially near the end.

Because this is a clean book, I can recommend this even to young readers. For those who want some light, funny stories with some romance, then you should give this a try. I'm giving Rescuing Lady Rose a 3.5 stars. I enjoyed the story because it's funny. But I was disappointed because I was expecting something more romantic, which I didn't find in the book.
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