Monday, April 23, 2012

Lady Drusilla's Road to Ruin by Christine Merrill

Lady Drusilla's Road to Ruin
Considered a spinster, Lady Drusilla Rudney has only one role in life: to chaperone her sister. So when her flighty sibling elopes, Dru knows she has to stop her! She employs the help of a traveling companion, wholooks harmless enough….Former army captain John Hendricks is intrigued by this damsel in distress. Once embroiled with her in a mad dash across England, he discovers that Dru is no simpering woman. Her unconventional ways make him want to forget his gentlemanly conduct…and create a scandal all their own!

Lady Drusilla's Road to Ruin is an unconventional book with unconventional characters and an unconventional story. And I couldn't have loved it more. 

Lady Dru is considered a spinster, though she isn't old enough to be one, set aside so that her sister could shine. Her job is to watch over the reckless debutante, so when she runs away to elope, Dru has no choice but to follow her and stop the marriage. On her way, she meets John Hendricks, who agrees to help her for payment. And so begins the frantic chase.

Dru was a delightful character. She's been overlooked and pushed aside for her younger sister, so she is disillusioned with the world. Obviously, her expectation that she is unlikable because suitors would always choose her sister makes it hard for her to believe John is capable of loving her. Her determination to protect her sister is commendable (I wouldn't put that much effort to help that shrew of a sister, but more on Priscilla later). Despite her insecurity, Dru is capable and confident. I was happy that she didn't languish in mistrust of John-other than one understandable incident-like what occurs in other romances. She trusted implicitly that he would help her and that trust was extended along with their relationship as it progressed.

John is a sweetie. I loved that he wore glasses. It made him seem like a hot nerd, which I have a soft spot for. Besides his adorable looks, he's loyal to his word. Regardless of all the trouble the chase caused, he never backed down from his word. He was so precious to Dru. When their relationship grew, his loyalty grew to her until nothing in the world could prevent him from staying true to Dru. He's clever and the perfect person to bring along when chasing someone down. He's an adorable gentleman and I just fell head over heels for him.

Priscilla, Dru's sister, is a selfish little shrew. I swear, if I were Dru, I would've just let Priss suffer the consequences for what she did and not cared a bit. Even when Priss was trying to be "nice" she was still being horrible. I just couldn't stand her. And Dru's father is even worse. He's made Dru feel bad about herself and clearly favored Priss despite her tendency to attract scandal. I couldn't stand Dru's family at all and I'm so glad they only made brief appearances.

The plot was unique and fast-paced. There was never a dull moment during the frantic chase. The ending is different from what is normally done in romances, and I loved it.

This book is perfection at its pinnacle: 5/5

Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!


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