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Ruined by Rumor

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  541 ratings  ·  124 reviews
After waiting five years for her fiancé to return from the war and marry her, Roxana Langley has been jilted! She may have longed for excitement, but this was not what she had in mind...

Who could possibly throw over a woman as beautiful and vivacious as Roxana? Certainly not Alex Winslow, the Earl of Ayersley, who has spent years trying in vain to forget his unrequited
Kindle Edition, 344 pages
Published April 15th 2013 by Carina Press (first published May 21st 2012)
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Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell

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This was a buddy read with my wonderful Goodreads book group, the Unapologetic Romance Readers. We had two books of the month for June - one was KULTI and the other was RUINED BY RUMOR. Being a fan of all things historical, I knew immediately which of the two books had my vote!

Right away, I realized that RUINED might not be my cup of tea. Roxana is a spoiled, superficial princess-type character who is very self-centered and naive in the
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it

Be careful what you wish for. Roxana Langley lives the quiet life of a well-bred young lady in rural Derbyshire. Yearning for more than her comfortable yet predictable life, gossip and local scandals will have to do instead when real excitement is lacking. But now that her fiancé of five years, Major George Wyatt is at last returning from the Peninsular War, Roxana's life is about to change for the better. Goodbye boring.

Alex Winslow, Earl of Ayersley and her brother’s best friend, has loved
Rachel (BAVR)
3.5 stars

After reading far too many "romances" with crazy-ass new alphas, I bought Ruined by Rumor on a whim. When BAVR gets depressed about the state of the romance genre, she needs a good beta to bring it all back into perspective. Yes, you read it here: BAVR loves beta heroes. They're sweet, sexy, usually have some deep-seated angst that they try to ignore, and most importantly, they don't act like raging lunatics.

So call this my Great Beta Cleanse of 2013. I will be reading more to wash the
I was tempted to give this one 5 stars, but in the end decided on 4.5 stars because of one or two minor niggles.

This is another of the books that’s been languishing on my TBR mountain for a while that I decided to listen to rather than leaving it buried on the pile for much longer.

The marriage-of-convenience is one of my favourite plots in romance novels, so I came to this one with fairly high hopes of enjoyment, and I wasn’t disappointed. The story is well-told and the writing and
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
So, I spent an entire day reading this while letting my kids play and watch TV. I mean, I took breaks to feed them and go to the bathroom, but most of my day was spent on my butt with my Kindle. One of these days my husband is going to get suspicious of why I never seem to do any cleaning around here...

Anyway, I found this book delightful. I tend not to like Regency, because the ones I've read have been all cutesy and clever and that's really not my thing. But this was a well-written book about
Sam (AMNReader)
I really love books with a bunch of social maneuvering, manipulation, marriage-of-convenience, awkward, shy, stuffy heroes who have been pining for the breezy, lovable heroine for all his adult life.

It was a winner, and that's all I got for today. Super cute, satisfying read
I spent six and a half hours on trains and glommed this over the course of about 5 of those hours. Everett is a neat writer. Sounds rather like I’m damning with faint praise, but I’m not. This all felt meticulously planned and plotted. The language was period appropriate. It read in some ways like a traditional regency, but with added sex. There was nothing overblown about it or too much major dramaz. Everett knows what she’s about, and no point did this feel out of her control. I had one major ...more
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Buddy read with the Unapologetic Romance Readers group.

1/7 - Sorry for all the updates, I was having too much fun trying out reading from my tablet with easy access to GR.

For most of the book I wanted to do serious violence to both of the main characters - shake her and slap him, or maybe it was the other way around, either way I was perpetually in a state of wanting to scream at them talk to each other. I was eventually proven correct (as I'm sure a lot of readers were) when they finally
Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
I’m not a beta H fan and would rather not read them.
But a beta and an underdog? That raised my protective instincts completely.
He’s been in love with her since forever. It’s so sweet and poignant that he gets shy and tongue tied in her presence. They have a childhood connect, they are neighbours, he’s her brother’s best friend and he’s been the indulgent and caring older boy when she used to tag behind them as a bedraggled child. Now he is serious, mindful of duty and conscientious but comes
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This was an enjoyable historical romance. The story was not particularly action packed, but it was easygoing and engaging. The characters were believable and very likable.

Alex Winslow, Earl of Ayersley, has been secretly in love with Roxana Langley, his best friends sister, for years. Unfortunately he is too shy and awkward to make his feelings known to her. She assumes his distant treatment of her is a sign that he dislikes her. She eventually ends up getting engaged to George Wyatt, a dashing
Alex gets 4 stars

I wanted to like this story soooooo much! Come on, there was everything sweet and heartbreak: womanizer boyfriend, disillusionment, gossip, unrequited love, marriage of convenience, wallflowers and balls, the good guy making big gestures when it's needed...unfortunately, I've been in a state of annoyed rage almost from the beginning. I don't mind a tons of tropes arranged in the most traditional way if the writing and the characters are able to hold their own and surprise me,
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I finished this book yesterday and I’m finally getting around to reviewing it. Not very prompt, but .
This was a pretty good romance. Our hero has been in love with our heroine for the last five years. Meanwhile she spent those years engaged to a soldier. The soldier comes home to our heroine and dumps her. In swoops our hero and compromises our heroine so they marry. The ups and downs are filled with tons of misunderstandings and romance. Enjoyable read.

I finished Ruined by Rumor over a month ago but I suck at my reviewing skills lately so I am just now getting around to posting about it. I liked the story, but wasn't terribly impressed with the execution of character development. The dialog between the H/h drove me a bit batty while reading, but luckily I was BRing this one with the delightful crew over at Unapologetic Romance Readers . Their discussion comments made me feel better about not being blown away by Roxana's character bc they
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of convenient marriage romances
A very enjoyable historical romance with a Traditional Regency feel. Roxana has no idea that her brother's best friend, Lord Ayersley, has been in love with her for years -- in fact, her fiance George has convinced her that Alex is "a pattern card of starchy respectability" who looks down on her. Then George unexpectedly breaks off their engagement while at a ball, and Alex's attempts to comfort her get a little heated, forcing a marriage between them. Alex is elated, but the situation is ripe ...more
I really liked the beginning of this book. It really pulled at me how differently Roxana and Alex saw one another. Afterwards, however, the relationship did get a bit tiresome.

In the beginning we had such contrasting viewpoints from them. Alex was constantly mooning over her and it was kind of adorable.

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Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
May 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Historical Romance fans
Grade: B- or 3.5 stars
A light historical romance with a strong start, some words left unsaid, a shy hero, and heroine with shades from Jane Austen's Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility.

Derbyshire, 1814
Roxana Langley cannot contain her excitement. Her fiancé is returning from the Peninsula after five long years. He’s dashing, handsome, and fun. Roxana’s family has reservations, but the engagement is officially announced. Not much later her handsome officer says he can’t marry her. Roxana
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As you can see from the blurb Ruined by Rumor is a marriage of convenience/forced marriage Regency historical romance, which is my favourite trope so I was excited to read it, and I’m happy to report that Ruined by Rumor is a delightful read. The more days pass since I finished it the more I appreciate its romantic charm and wittiness and wish to re-read Ruined by Rumor.

Roxana our heroine is a lively, smiling blonde, who takes nothing too seriously and has a generally sunny disposition (I would
Fani *loves angst*
This was an unexpectedly easy and nice to read historical romance, considering the dark and angsty premises that always surround a forced marriage, a heroine who's supposedly still in love with her ex-fiance and a hero who's been in love with her for years but has had to hide it as she was engaged.

The story starts a bit slow, showing us a bit too many scenes of the heroine's life in the country, her meetings with her friends, the vicar and occasionaly, her fiance and the hero, who happens to be
It was a very magnificent reading for me. I read lots of historical books but I have great enjoy just small part of them.

I love to feel the atmosphere of the period and if the story is not very dramatic or unrealistic and the story development is well written, I take pleasure in that book is inevitable.
In this regard, Ruined by Rumor is a winner book for me. Also it has a nice romance too. Actually I don't like muc lots of misunderstanding because usually it ca ne very annoying. If author can
Jul 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency
I confess I enjoyed this book very much ! What's not to love about an introverted beta Hero (when done right). The heroine was a ninny at first (but I probably would have acted in the same way under the same circumstances).There is certainly an oily character in this book that I couldn't help compare to Mr. Wickham from Pride and Prejudice (ugh). This was the first book I've read from this author, but I will definitely look into her other books!
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Can I just rant for the gazillionth or so time about Goodreads precluding us from giving more accurate, nuanced ratings by not allowing half-stars? I can? Thanks...I feel better already :) I was very torn on whether to give this one three or four. I found it more flawed and makes-me-want-to-throw-my-poor-Kindle-against-the-nearest-wall irksome than other books to which I've assigned four stars. So why didn't I just give this one three? Because I felt Alex was a memorably sublime, five-star hero. ...more
Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it
This is one of those books in which I cared a LOT more about the hero than the heroine. In fact, I kind of wanted the heroine to be miserable, lonely and left shriveled like a heap of wet towels. The only reason I cared one toenail about her happiness was if it made the hero happy. And since it did, I had to give a fiddler's fart about her scrawny ass.

Roxana is engaged to George Whitby, who basically is a cad and a scoundrel, only she's too stupid to see it. WE see it. Boy, do we. We know that
I rather liked this story, provided by netgalley. It's a common enough trope - the marriage of convenience when hero and heroine are caught in a compromising position - and the style and setting is definitely Austenesque, but the writing is simple and fresh, and it was a pleasure to just read it. We also get to see some of the scenes similar to readers of Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, but we get to see more and hear more than Austen ever lets us, and, of course, we are privy to ...more
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, arc-s
Overall, I really enjoyed Ruined by Rumor. I greatly enjoy a good romance novel every once in a while. This book combined many of my favorite things, regency period and a bodice ripping romance novel. It had all the elements of a great romance, a woman hurt (damsel in distress), ruined by the strict regency codes, and a man who was much stronger and better for her than she ever imagined he would be. Yummy!

I fell in love with Ayersley right from that start, though I had to re-read the beginning
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ruined by Rumor by Alyssa Everett
Alex Winslow, Earl of Ayersley, had a secret love. He was never able to ask her to dance or have much conversation as he was shy and stumbled over his words. Due to what seemed to be his lack of interest, Roxana Langley thought he disliked her. When she became engaged to George Wyatt, Alex chose to stay in London and rarely came to his country estates that were a mere two miles from Roxana's home. After his mother hurt herself he had no choice. And the events
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up.

I was ready to name Alex the reason I like this book. He was awkwardly sweet, painfully shy, kindhearted, honourable and very responsible. He carried so many chips on his shoulders, I was sympathetic towards him. But turned out it was Roxana who stole the show for me.

At the beginning, she's just this girl who liked gossips and parties. She seemed silly and shallow. But she grew up amazingly. The way she handled the changes that happened in her life not without fear and
Rose Lerner
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A marriage of convenience story AND a he's secretly had a crush on her for years story? Two great tastes that taste great together. Roxana is adorable and Ayersley is a great geek hero (my favorite flavor!) with a shy, sly sense of humor. His adoration of Roxana is wonderful to read. Plus Alyssa Everett is a charming, poignant writer with a great historical voice.
Lady Wesley
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The only way to improve upon this five-star read would be having Rosalyn Landor narrate the audio book. Done.
This book really surprised me, I went into the book with moderate expectations and by the end of the book I was heads over heels in love with it

Roxana Langley, a bubbly young woman who loved her fair share of gossip and earns for excitement should have known to be careful of what she wishes for. After waiting 5 years for for her fiancé to return from the war and marry her. She gets just what she wishes for; her whole life turned upside down when he jilted her after they announce their
This was a spur of the moment pick for me. I been having a bit of a reading slump and its been taking me way longer to read a book than normally. I had a sample of this one on my Kindle in my recommendations collection, but I can't remember now where that recommendation came from.

I love this theme, unrequited love from the hero. I also loved that the hero is a bit socially shy and just doesn't know what to say. Small talk is a nightmare for him. So here he has always loved the heroine, sister
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Alyssa Everett grew up in Florida, where from an early age her favorite books typically had dukes in them. As a teen she worked in an amusement park, doing just about every kind of odd job a person can do, from collecting garbage to captaining an African boat cruise.

She met her husband, a darkly handsome doctor with a wicked sense of humor, at Harvard University. They currently live with their
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