An original novella introducing Romance of the Turf, Theresa Romain’s exciting new Regency romance series…
The lives of Sir Bartlett Crosby and Hannah Chandler have been marked by fierce competition between their elite families…the perfect breeding ground for a mutual attraction neither can deny.
Bart hopes to conquer “the turf” through victory in a much-touted match. Should his heavily-favoured colt win, the Crosby reputation and fortunes would be revived. Bart’s plan seems poised for success until the lovely Hannah Chandler, daughter of a noted rival trainer, turns up claiming ownership of the colt. When Hannah insists on claiming her purchase, the prize colt disappears from Bart’s stable. Theft or treachery? As Hannah and Bart rush to solve the mystery before race time, they uncover a scandalous truth about their families’ pasts-a truth that has the potential to either destroy both their futures, or to guide them to a love they never imagined.
I’m quite a fan of Theresa Romain’s historical romances, so I got this one without reading the blurb. I’m going to assume the bleeding obvious, that this is the introduction to a new series!
While I’m really excited about the new series, I did find all the horse talk a little… well, it wasn’t for me. I’ve found recently that – as horse-mad as I was when I was younger, and as jealous as I was of my friends who had horses – it can be a little boring reading about them.
However, Romain is one of the better voices in historical romance. I don’t always agree with and love everything, but she not only tries new things and different settings, but she doesn’t insist on all her characters being dukes and duchesses. She introduces more interesting characters by having them a rung or two down the social ladder.
I wish more authors would do this!
It was an unfortunate thing (coincidence, I’m guessing) that this book was released ON Melbourne Cup Day (the Melbourne Cup being one of the biggest and most important horse races in the world). The reason? Because naming your racehorse trainer Bart conjures images of one of the world’s greatest racehorse trainers: Bart Cummings.
Cummings won the Melbourne Cup twelve times. Whatever he was, sexy was not one of those things – at least for me!
This is not my favourite book by this author – not by a long shot. However, you can do a lot worse than Romain’s work.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.