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Never Rescue a Rogue by Virginia Heath

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Synopsis of NEVER RESCUE A ROGUE from the publisher:

NEVER RESCUE A ROGUE by Virginia Heath

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. 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 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 Diana may be his best hope at finding 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…

From the Publisher


After reading Never Marry Your Fiancé, in Heath’s second book, we follow the middle Merriwell sister, Diana.  Headstrong, fierce, and independent, Diana has no intention of tying herself to anyone, including the handsome Duke Giles Sinclair, whom she clearly has no feelings for.

A whirlwind of truths and lies, Diana willingly digs into the young Duke’s past to help secure his future. But it comes at a cost, which will either force Giles and Diana a life apart or possibly bring them together. Stay for the banter and see if these two strong-willed characters will finally give in to their deepest desires.

Happy Reading ~ Cece

RATING: ink blotink blotink blot – Satisfyingly Inked

Concerns with Never Rescue A Rogue

I had a few concerns with Heath’s novel that I think needs to be addressed. My first concern is the aggressive and mean spirited reaction Diana has towards one female character in the beginning of the novel.

“Pamela was crying again because apparently she did that a great deal and at the slightest provocation.  Diana was seriously tempted to go shake the girl by the shoulders and tell her not to be such a pathetic victim all the time”

Advance Readers Copy Never Recue A Rogue, Virginia Heath

Authors are able to create independent, feministic thinking characters without having to resort to being physically violent and verbally abusive. I was really taken aback my this reaction and made me dislike Diana as a character.

There was also some transphobic dialogue about a character (Lord Stifford) that I wondered why Heath decided to use in her novel.

“Stifford’s an odious little oik who I am convinced wears a corset under his coat as I am sure I have heard it creak a time or too when we’ve played bollards.”

Advance Readers Copy Never Recue A Rogue, Virginia Heath

Why did the author choose to have Giles make these comments several times in the novel? What is it that Heath is trying to convey by having her main character say that a character wears a corset in a negative way? It feels like a microaggression toward the LGBTQ+ community and should be addressed by the author and publisher.

Publication Details

Pub DateISBNPage CountPublisherAge GroupSource & FormatReview Posted Online
8-Nov-22978-1250787781368St. Martin’s GriffinAdultNetGalley, Digital ARCJuly 2, 2022

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