Synopsis: Her worth decided over a game of cards, Lady Rosalyn Hayes has accepted her future. She will marry a duke she doesn’t know to protect her sisters’ reputations. But when a year of preparation for her debut vanishes in the blink of an eye, Rose flees her gilded cage in search of unrestrained adventure.
Lord Robert Phillip Clarence, Duke of Brighton, lives a life of debauchery far from his country estate, and even farther from the lady he must marry in order to restore his family’s ancestral lands. But when he is summoned home to meet his future wife, he realizes he hasn’t lived at all.
Rose and Robert do not meet when their eyes lock across a ballroom swathed in candlelight. They do not meet amid fine clothes, genteel manners, debonair charm, and chaperones. They meet, alone, upon Rose’s near death. It is this near-death experience that catapults the two nobles, disguised as servants, towards a romance that seems destined for failure.
They think they know each other. But when their true identities are revealed at a house party, will they live happily ever after or will the ton be shocked to see a lady run?
Review: Rose by another name starts strong for the most part, continues that way. The story is woven into the time of its setting: of proper ladies and forbidden romance. It’s clichéd elements are easily ignored in a story so filled with beautifully immersive settings and the poetic emotional scenes.
It’s an easy book and a comfortable read despite its simple plot. In fact the simplty of its plot is what makes it so enjoyable, leaving more room for connection with our main leads and their romance.
However the novel’s finale let’s it down with an ending very much out of left field and clearly setting up for a series. I was confused by it, I barely could feel the character conflict and was left bewildered.
But despite its falling I enjoy the book immensely with its emotionally driven characters and rustic environments.
I’d like to thank Melaine Thurlow for letting me have an ARC copy of her book in exchange for an honest review.