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    A wonderful ending to the series

    A Kiss from a Rogue is the tenth and final book in the Rescued from Ruin series. It is a wonderful ending to the series and I can’t wait to see what the author surprises us with next. It can be read as a stand-alone. I haven’t read all of the series yet but they are on my TBR list. Characters from the previous books do appear in this book since they are all friends and family of Lady Wallingham’s. I loved all the side characters that provided humor, love, support and (hilarious) marriage advice to Hannah and Jonas. Hannah Gray has a tragic past but she is determined to overcome it, get married and have children. Lady Wallingham’s house party is her chance to find a “safe, normal husband”. Jonas Hawthorn is a Bow Street runner and he meet Hannah while investigating a murder that Hannah’s brother was a suspect in (in the previous book: A Marriage Made in Scandal #9). They each felt a connection to each other at their first meeting, but Hannah was weary of Jonas. Lady Wallingham hires Jonas to catch a thief and locate a stolen chest during her house party. Can Hannah overcome her past and allow Jonas into her life? Can they solve the mystery of the stolen chest? I recommend this book and can’t wait to reread the entire series. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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    « “Dragons need their treasure. Wolves need their

    « “Dragons need their treasure. Wolves need their moon.” » It breaks my heart to have to say goodbye to all the fabulous characters created by Mrs Elisa Braden in her Rescued from Ruin series. I came to love them all even the two men portrayed as vilains at the beginning of it. If you love shy but strong and willful heroines and domineering men falling hard for their other half, this is the series for you. In the previous book, we left Jonas and Hannah, heartbroken, unable to make their hopes come to life. But it is without counting for a meddling friend and a scheming Lady whom will take their fate in their hands. What a mess these two damaged souls will find themselves in, but such a sweet and fun-filled turmoil, with of course its dose of sorrows and grief. With the manipulative Lady Wallingham involved, it is sure their road to their HEA will not be a slick and bland one. What I love so much with Mrs Elisa Braden is she takes no prisoners, her characters despite their past and mistakes are strong willed, they might at time retreat but they never back off when facing an issue and here Hannah who is first presented as a broken woman, she is no wilting flower, she bends to the wind but does not break. She tried and tries to be “normal”, but what is normalcy if it is to be bored. Around her, she has everyday, proofs that all the women in her life are no ordinary beings, they all had to fight to be rewarded with love, their roads to their love was not slick. So how I cheered when she decided to go out of her comfort zone to find her own deserved recompense. « No man was more dangerous to her heart than Jonas Hawthorn. But no other man had seized her heart as his sole possession, either. » At first Jonas was an enigma, a mystery to be solved. What lies beneath his mask, a wolf in hound’s clothing, a lone beast on the prowl. Ready to strike if needed. His whole life, he has avoided to hang his heart in the balance, until her. The Snow-Queen who awakens desires and needs he longs for but is afraid to experience. Yet, when a shard of hope appears he is all set to engage his soul for the one woman who brightens his days and invades his nights. « we are all damaged in one way or another. The ones who truly love us don’t judge us by our scars but by who we’ve become as a result.” » Despite the pain and despair both suffered in the hands of the other, it was also a journey filled with affection and passion. And lightened by their friends interferences and involvement. (Oh my god, the scene with all the women giving advices of how to train a man to be a very obedient hound.) « “Even when you feel silly about it. And tell him the truth, dearest. Trust is the soil. Love is the bloom.” » One last thought before saying farewell to everyone. Lady Wallingham has pervaded the life of so many characters during the narrating of these 12 stories with her sole existence and her correspondence, so this last foray in her epistolary exchanges closes the loop, sheds light on the extraordinary woman she is and the love she has received and given. So, Bye to Annabelle and Robert, Victoria and Lucien, Jane and Harrison, Sarah and Colin, Charlotte and Benedict, Viola and James, Julia and Charles, Maureen and Henry, Augusta and Sebastian, Eugenia and Phineas, Julia and Charles, Hannah and Jonas, Lord and Lady Huxley and finally The fabulous and authoritarian Dowager Marchioness Of Wallingham and her hound Humphrey. I was granted an advance copy by the author but also purchased my own copy. This is my true and unbiased opinion.
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    Sad to see the series end

    I was on book six of this series when I received the ARC for A Kiss from a Rogue and flew through the rest of the series. I loved Hannah and Jonas. A common hero and high born heroine is one of my favorite tropes. Jonas is the Bow Street runner from the previous book who is in love with Hannah but thinks she would never want anything to do with him. Hannah is the illegitimate but beloved sister of Lord Holstoke who was held captive for ten years by a very bad man (who died in book three). Together they are perfect. This was an excellent end to the series. Every single couple from the previous books are at a house party given by Lady Wallingham. I loved catching up with everyone. I have always loved Lady Wallingham, she has always been good for comic relief but in this book she broke my heart, I’m crying again while writing this review. Her obvious love for her husband and for all her friends and family was perfect. I’m sad to see the end of this series but I’m looking forward to the next one.
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    A Fond Farewell to Rescued From Ruin Series

    this is the last book in the Rescued from Ruin series by Elisa Braden. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I also purchased my own copy when the book was put out for sale on Kobo to help support my favorite author. Having read and enjoyed all of the novels in the Rescued from Ruin series, this was a perfect farewell to one of my favorite book series .We met Hannah in Desperately Seeking a Scoundrel and Jonas in A Marriage Made in Scandal. Hannah was a ‘shadow’ character in previous books. She had been terrorized as a child by a madman , the Butcher ,and had been his prisoner since age of 5. Jonas was a Bow Street Runner who had helped to rescue her, and he was badly wounded in the process and Hannah helped to nurse him back to health. They both had an attraction to each other, but Hannah pushes Jonas away. One of her demons was being afraid to be touched or held tightly.. Jonas thinks she doesn’t want anything to do with him , because he is poor, and he has an unsavory job, nothing to offer a lady of high standing. we find out she was Phineas Brand’s 1/2 sister and they were reunited. In this book Hannah learns she has a lot of strength , and is surrounded by a loving family who will do anything to protect her. Jonas had so much pain and death and loneliness in his life, all he wants is a place of his own, land, a house, and Peace. Lady Wallingham hires Jonas to find a trunk that is stolen from her bed chamber, and she wants the thief brought to her. She has offered him a reward that is too good to be true. In the meantime she is having her summer house party and invites Jonas to interact with the guests while hunting for the thief. Hannah is also at this party which is for her to find a husband... And this dear reader is Hannah and Jonas’ love story and how they conquered their demons . We learn a bit more of the Dowager Duchess of Wallingham’s past and lost love. She really isn’t a dragon, just a lonely old Lady who surrounds herself with the young characters she feels she must help in finding true love...and giving advice to. I enjoyed the characters from previous books showing up, it tied up some loose ends, and oh the children, so many....! I suggest you read the series from the beginning, start with the novella “I’ll Always Love You, Annabelle”. I am looking forward to the next series, with John and Kate, the last of the Huxley brood... Ms. Braden is one of my favorite authors and I have read all of her books.
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