Review: Ruthless by Anne Stuart

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Review: Ruthless by Anne Stuart

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: July 20, 2010
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: The House of Rohan #1
Pages: 409

The House of Rohan series starts off not how I expected. I thought it would be light and fluffy, and it ends up being actually pretty dark and gritty. I really liked that about it. So it’s a surprise in a very good way.Francis Rohan is the King of Hell. He is a man of many titles, who now lives in France. He is a wanted man in his homeland of England. He is the leader, you could say, of the Heavenly Host. These are parties the rich and upper class attend where they can experience all their kinky fantasies.

I actually liked his character. Does that make me bad? He is not ashamed of who he is, and is very upfront about it. With an air of danger and sexuality around him, you can’t help but have naughty thoughts even as you’re appalled by his behavior.

At his age, he has seen everything, experienced everything, had everything, and is quite uninterested in life and people.

But along comes Elinor Harriman. She ends up in front of him while looking for her mother. And she captivates him from that moment. Not the typical beauty, but the the backbone of her family; strong and smart mouthed.

She was an interesting character to read about, with her internal struggles of what’s right and wrong; and how to deal with her own feelings. Always worried about her family and putting herself and her interests last.

This book also had a small side story with Rohan’s buddy Charles Reading. I liked him a lot even with the scar on his face he manages to present himself as a very sexy man and I’m just upset we got a little cheated on his story.

What I didn’t like? The ending!!! It was almost as if the author ran out of pages to finish the story and had to hurry it up. Other than that, I found this story very entertaining, the bickering between Rohan and Elinor is great. He is truly wicked, but oh so sensual!

I can’t wait to read more on this series!

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About Anne Stuart

Anne Stuart is a grandmaster of the genre, winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, survivor of more than thirty-five years in the romance business, and still just keeps getting better.

Her first novel was Barrett's Hill, a gothic romance published by Ballantine in 1974 when Anne had just turned 25. Since then she's written more gothics, regencies, romantic suspense, romantic adventure, series romance, suspense, historical romance, paranormal and mainstream contemporary romance for publishers such as Doubleday, Harlequin, Silhouette, Avon, Zebra, St. Martins Press, Berkley, Dell, Pocket Books and Fawcett.

She’s won numerous awards, appeared on most bestseller lists, and speaks all over the country. Her general outrageousness has gotten her on Entertainment Tonight, as well as in Vogue, People, USA Today, Women’s Day and countless other national newspapers and magazines.

When she’s not traveling, she’s at home in Northern Vermont with her luscious husband of thirty-six years, an empty nest, three cats, four sewing machines, and one Springer Spaniel, and when she’s not working she’s watching movies, listening to rock and roll (preferably Japanese) and spending far too much time quilting.

Anne Stuart also writes as Kristina Douglas.

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It always makes me wonder why the author would end a story like that. Why wouldn’t they just make it a little longer. This story still sounds like a good read. Thanks for the review.

Under the Covers

This is truly a great series Shelly!!



This book sounds good despite the ending issues!!!!


Oooops forgot to add I’ll be adding it to my wishlist!!!

Sophia Rose

I wondered about this one and would have never guessed it for a dark and gritty. I like those too. Thanks for sharing your review!