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Romancing His English Rose

(Lady Lancaster Garden Society #2)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Rose Warren and Simon Trumbull may have been betrothed since birth, but that doesn’t mean they have to like each other. Rose is sure the notorious playboy Simon will never willingly settle down, and Simon, well…he agrees. Never one to be forced into anything, he’d rather drink and gamble with his mates than spend time with the bookish, bespectacled Rose.

When the two are t
ebook, 181 pages
Published September 9th 2013 by Entangled Publishing, LLC
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Kat Morrisey
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: from-pub, historical, nook
I wanted to rate this book a three. I really did. I loved Rose and her glasses and her book smarts and her adoration for Simon. (It was so cute when she said "mine"! Loved that.) And Simon was cute in a "guy has no clue what is going on" sort of way. The part where Rose pulls him into the library (on a few occasions) had me cracking the heck up. And I liked that there was no love triangle or miscommunication issue that stood in the way of our couple.

I also thought it was perfectly sweet that Si
Belinda Williams
Oct 08, 2013 rated it liked it
*3 and a 1/2 stars*

It’s hard to resist a good poisoning mystery (or maybe that’s just me).

At its heart, Romancing His English Rose is very much a romance. It centres on Rose Warren and Simon Trumbull, who have been betrothed since birth. Both are doing their best to avoid each other until their duty becomes unavoidable, but when Rose thinks Simon’s cousin may be at the centre of a poisoning murder, she enlists his help.

They soon discover there is more to each other than they first thought. Bespe
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
A great addition to a wonderful series, Romancing His English Rose was a lovely historical romance. With thrilling mystery and steamy romance, this book was definitely a great read. Loved it!

Rose was a wonderful heroine. She was so thoroughly likable. She was just a genuinely kind, clever, strong character that it's impossible not to like her. I appreciated that she wasn't one of the heroines in romance that was prone to dramatics. She was eminently sensible and that was another point in her fav
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

*Book source ~ Many thanks to Entangled for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Ever since Rose Warren could talk she called Simon ‘Mine.’ At age 10 Simon thinks five-year-old Rose is an irritant, but when he finds out she’s actually correct in her statement that he is hers because of a marriage contract signed by their parents he changes from an intelligent biddable boy to someone else entirely. He doesn’t want to be forced to marry Rose and when Simon makes her
Learning at a young age that he was betrothed to a young girl, Simon Trumbell did his best to act the part of holy terror and rake as he grew up. Not wanting to be attached to a woman he felt nothing for, did not sit well with Simon even as they grew up.

Rose Warren is an enigma, Simon thinks she is just another young woman who is more interested in society gossip rather than the intriguing young woman she has become. When Simon realizes there is more to his betrothed then he thought, he begins
 Mummy Cat Claire
This seems like a nice Regency romance but I wasn't quite expecting what it turned out to be.

In the beginning of the book, there is an author's note where Hemmerling explains the history of poison detection. Arsenic was "a particular favorite among nobility." "This story is based on the new discoveries on the detection of poisons and specifically a treatise published on the subject in late 1813 by Dr. Mathieu Orfila." I found this interesting.

Rose Warren has been promised to Simon Trumbull sinc
Lori Palle
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Simon is engaged to Rose; he just doesn’t know it yet. In fact, everyone but the ten-year old boy seems to know it, including little five-year old Rose. As you can imagine, Simon is not pleased. Fast-forward sixteen years and Simon is still displeased with the situation. But then he starts noticing little things about Rose. Has her hair always been so captivating? Why is her smile doing weird things to his heart? And why can’t he get her out of his mind…

What an entertaining story! While I can se
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

Romancing His English Rose was so cute! It has the right balance of sweet and steamy romance and compelling mystery. Lady Rose is a geek. Or at least as much of a geek as you can be in Regency London. She has an eidetic memory and is constantly stuck in a book on one science or another, which comes quite in handy when solving a murder involving poison. She's also engaged to Simon Trumbull, a match neither are thrilled about, since it was arranged when they wer
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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Early today I finished reading Romancing His English Rose by Catherine Hemmerling. Of course, I would start with book two of a series. Heaven forbid I would actually start with book one. In my defense, I didn't realize that this was a book two of a series. However, I manage to make it through the story without too many complications. I think most readers will survive if they hadn't read the first book. I plan to go back and read book one, because there are characters in
Andrea Guy
I love Regency romances and when they are combined with a little bit of mystery, I like them even better. Mystery and romance are what Catherine Hemmerline brings to the table with her Lady Lancaster Garden Society series.

Yes, it is a series, but these books can be read as stand alone novels, as they are the stories of each of the Garden Society girls. Again, I'm starting with book two instead of book one.


Romancing His English Rose is the story of Rose Warren and Simon Trumbell. I absolutel
My Book Addiction and More MBA
Romancing His English Rose by Catherine Hemmerling is the second book in the Lady Lancaster Garden Society series. While it can stand alone and the romance in it is not dependent on the first book, it is better to have read the first in the series as quite a number of allusions to it are made. The Garden Society has nothing to do with gardening, but is a secret society of young women who investigate crimes of interest to Lady Lancaster.

Rose is a strong character, both for her time, and within th
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OMFG honestly didn't think I would like this book for the fact that I thought it would have a silly vapid lead female character and a sleezy in love male lead but it certainly surprised me!!

Rose is the lead female character and unlike most 19th century novels she isn't a vapid swooning twit!! She has balls and in this case is one of the heroines of this book and I love it. Simon I expected to be one of those fools that is so in love he cant see beyond his nose and is just a doormat to Rose but I
Tracy Emro
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, it was a nice light read. There was no big misunderstandings, no love triangles, no unrequited love. It was just a nice book about two people who have known each other and been betrothed since they were children, finally seeing each other and falling in love.

Rose and Simon were both nice, smart and easy to like. They are working together to solve a mystery and begin to realize that there is more to the other than they ever imagined.

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While part of a series, this book can be read as a stand alone. Rose Warren wasn't your typical English historical female. She doesn't fit the typical idea of beauty for the time and she actually wears spectacles (I laughed when they used that word - it was great). But she's not ashamed of any of it. Partly because she doesn't need to try and catch a man this season - she's been engaged to Simon Trumball since they were both children. Now Simon was a little more stereotypical - the womanizing ro ...more
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
“Romancing His English Rose” by Catherine Hemmerling is a title in ‘A Lady Lancaster Garden Society Mystery’ series which features a select group of young women who have joined together to help solve “mysteries, intrigues and villanous plots throughout London”. Simon Trumbull has been linked with Rose Holderness since they were both children, despite his self-important lofty five year superiority and rejection of her claims upon him. They both mature into people who have learned to explore other ...more
Lynn Reynolds
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given a copy of this book from the publisher and author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.

If you’re something of an amateur sleuth you may be impressed with Rose’s skills. You will be surprised at how quickly the pages go by as you read. You will forget about everything else and then you’ll realize the story is done. I have to think as I read the interactions between Simon and Rose that he’s finally met his match. But who will come out on top?

My page-turner
Cheryl Sanders
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
What an amazing historical mystery romance! Rose and Simon were betrothed since Rose was born. Simon knew he would have marry her one day but not anytime soon.

Rose belonged to the Young Ladies' Garden Society, which was a front for ladies that liked to solve mysteries and was run by Lady Lancaster. Lady Lancaster suspects Simon's cousin, Caleb may have had a hand in the death of Caleb's brother, Frederick. So Rose and Simon teamed up to solve this mystery. In the process of solving this mystery
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love regency romances with intrigue (usually they are spies or work for the war department, etc) but this one is a little different. The women belong to a "Garden Society" headed by a strong woman who worked with her late husband while he was at the war department. This is the second book in the Garden Society series and can be read as a stand alone. In the first book in this series Simon is portrayed as a rake with not a care in the world but as we learn in this book he is highly intelligent. ...more
The series is inspired by a combination of Jane Austen, Nancy Drew mysteries, and Regency London history.

Hmmm...color me intrigued. Reviews say the heroines in this series are intelligent & are part of a society that helps solve crimes. They also say there's some good humor. I think I might try this second book first, the blurb sounds better. I don't know why I love poison murders so much more than stabbings, shootings, strangulation, and such. Poisoning is just so passive aggressive! I'm g
Sheila Schwartz
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was such an enjoyable read I begrudged setting it down to feed my family! I really enjoyed reading the "forensic aspect" of Lady Lancaster's Garden Society and the inclusion of Dr. Orfila and his specific knowledge and help (CSI eat your heart out!)in recognizing the poisons used and his total acceptance of Rose's opinion just made the story that much better! Simon and Rose were such wonderful characters and Ms. Hemmerling's dialogue was so spot on I felt so satisfied with their "Happy Ever ...more
Jess F. (From Me to You ... Book Reviews)
"3.5 out of 5 stars, this novel is about a certain mystery that brings together an "engaged" couple from being distant acquaintances to lovelorn sweethearts. I really liked this novel."

Read more of this review and three teasers here:
Romantic Reads and Such
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
An intriguing romance with a great mix of heart and suspense, Romancing His English Rose is a fun choice for those who are looking for a little edge to their love story. - Full review available at http://romanticreadsandsuch.wordpress...
You can see my full review at My Book Addiction Reviews and here on Goodreads.

Talk about a weak (boy) hero. He had a lot of growing up to do compared to the heroine.
Negar Arvanaghi
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
AWWWWWW! This book was so sweet! I was hooked from the prologue on. Some of the language was rather modern for my tastes, but otherwise, well done.

I received this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Amy Alvis
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
A great read!
Jan 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Tory Michaels
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Jan 07, 2016 10:49AM  
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Catherine Hemmerling has been a technical writer in the software industry for nearly twenty years and has published many user manuals and technical documentation in that time. She has always had a love of writing fiction but has never pursued publication in that genre until recently.

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