The Merriwell Sisters: Book 2
Publication Date: November 8, 2022
Virginia Heath’s Never Rescue a Rogue, the next book in the Merriwell Sisters series, is filled with whip-smart banter, swoony romance, hilarious mishaps, and twisty reveals that will make you gasp and laugh in delight.
Diana Merriwell and Giles Sinclair only tolerate one another for the sake of their nearest and dearest. Everyone believes that the two of them are meant to be together, but Diana and Giles know that their constant pithy barbs come from a shared disdain—not a hidden attraction. Diana loves the freedom of working at the newspaper too much to give it up for marriage, and Giles is happily married to his bachelor lifestyle. But they do have one thing in common—the secrets they can’t risk escaping.
When Giles’ father, the curmudgeonly Duke of Harpenden unexpectedly turns up his toes, it’s only a matter of time before someone comes crawling out of the woodwork who knows the true circumstances of his only son’s birth. As the threat of blackmail becomes real, Giles must uncover the truth of his parentage first, or else he and all those who depend upon him will be ruined—and dogged bloodhound Diana is his best hope at sniffing out the truth. As Giles and Diana dive into his family’s past, the attraction that the two of them insisted wasn’t there proves impossible to ignore. Soon, the future of the Sinclair estate isn’t the only thing on the line…
Diana Merriwell and Giles Sinclair are thrown together, with seeming reluctance, since her sister is married to his best friend (Never Fall for Your Fiancée). Diana is a not-so-secret journalist writing a gossip column for a London paper. She is also a secret investigative reporter.
Giles is the apparent heir to the Duke of Harpenden, but he hides a shameful “dirty secret.” When his father suddenly dies, Giles lives in fear that his ruination is just around the corner.
The story might seem to be an enemies-to-lovers situation, but it really isn’t. Diana and Giles don’t really hate each other—they just enjoy pokes and barbs. The rest of the family is convinced there is an underlying attraction, but Diana and Giles deny and deny (too much?).
Three elements are common in a good romantic comedy: clever verbal sparring, unique secondary characters, and intricate situations. All three elements lead to a fast-paced story with lots of hilarity.
In Diana, we have the independent woman that doesn’t need a man but discovers she wants one. In Giles, we have a very decent guy caught in a bad situation. It isn’t long before he realizes that she may be just the person to solve his problems—in more ways than one!
I truly enjoyed the first book of the series, but I think this one is even better. There is a bit of a slow start as we learn about Diana’s and Giles’ personal issues, but the story accelerates quickly and moves toward a rollicking finish.
Never Rescue a Rogue is full of quote-worthy lines and charming twists and turns. It is a prime example of a historical rom-com that will tickle the funny bone and tweak the heartstrings.
When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. But it still takes her ages to fall asleep.