Saturday, October 6, 2012
Racing With The Wind by Regan Walker
Hugh Redgrave, Marquess of Ormond, was warned. Prinny had dubbed Lady Mary Campbell “the Swan,” but no ordinary man could clip her wings. She was a bluestocking hellion, an ill-advised match by every account. Luckily, he sought no bride. His work lay on the continent, where he’d become legend by stealing war secrets from Boney. And yet, his memories of Lady Mary riding her stallion were a thorn in his mind. He was the son of a duke and in the service of the Prince Regent…and he would not be whole until he had won her hand.
It was unheard of for a Regency debutante to postpone her first season, yet Lady Mary had done just that. Far more interested in politics than a husband, she had no time for foolishness or frippery. Already she had assisted her statesman uncle in Paris, and she swore to return to the court of Louis XVIII no matter the danger. Like her black stallion, Midnight, she would always run free. Only the truest heart would race beside her.
The Marquess of Ormond isn’t looking for a wife, his aims are too focused on his work in Napoleonic Europe for the Prince Regent. However when he spots a young woman riding a black stallion in a way no respectable lady ought; in men’s clothes and with her blonde hair trailing behind her as if she raced the wind, he develops a strange yearning for her, and especially those long legs gripping the horse which render him subject to more than one uncomfortable fantasy about her.
Lady Mary Campbell is equally unconventional, though Regency society is less forgiving of individuality in a woman than a man. Bored with her first season, she prefers to help her uncle, a British Diplomat, and despite objections from everyone, she accompanies him to Paris.
Thrown together unwittingly, Mary is left in Hugh’s care, but she then proceeds to infuriate and frustrate him by her own efforts to exercise her investigative skills. He swings between wishing to had never met her, to falling for her charms, while her feelings run along the same lines. The combination of passion and reluctance is irresistible.
Regency England comes alive in this engaging story, with authentic details of the customs, clothing, social structure and historical events of Napoleonic Europe. Both the main characters are enigmatic, strong minded and with an intriguing story of their own to tell and ultimately deserving of each other.
Anita Davison is a Historical Fiction Author whose latest release, ‘Royalist Rebel’ a biographical novel set in 17th Century England, is being released by Claymore Books in early 2013 under the name Anita Seymour