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England, 1776: Lord Gareth de Montforte is known as an irresponsible rake with a heart of gold. When he takes a bullet for boldly thwarting a stagecoach robbery, he is stunned to discover that the beautiful young woman he has heroically rescued, Juliet Paige, is his deceased brother’s American fiancée, accompanied by her infant daughter. Despite his brother the duke’s refusal to acknowledge Juliet, Gareth is determined to do right by the courageous woman who crossed an ocean to give her baby her rightful name. But Juliet is wary of marrying this black sheep aristocrat, even while she is hopelessly charmed by the dashing devil. Never has she met anyone who embraces life so thoroughly, who makes her laugh, who loves her so well. And, even when it seems the odds are against them, Juliet has absolute faith that Gareth will go beyond the call of duty, risking his life itself to give her and her daughter a home — and a love that will last a lifetime.
This book is actually a rerelease of a book first published in 1997. I was not aware of this at the time, but as you read, it makes sense (in a good way!).
A couple of decades ago historical romance was a little different. If you ignore the Fabioesque/bodice ripper/whatever it was that was being published back then, there were actually some books with a bit more to them. A bit more history, a bit more adventure, a lot less in the way of Disney-style anachronisms.
Interesting to read a book set in the Georgian era, in 1776. This is a couple of generations earlier than most historical romances these days.
I do think that in some parts The Wild One was a little long, that it sometimes took longer than I liked to reach the point. However, I also enjoyed the action and the adventure aspects, and I thought that overall it was done well.
One thing I really didn’t like was the instant attraction. I dislike it a lot when a widow (or widower) is not just immediately attracted to another person, but they immediately start thinking love interest #2 is better than their first. I don’t see the point of it; you could think both had different qualities without discarding your first love entirely.
Our heroine, who lost the father of her child only months earlier, thinks this from the first traumatic moment she meets his brother!
However, there was plenty to like here, and I do think that there are some aspects of this book that current authors could pay attention to. Not everything has to be light and fluffy all the time!
This is the beginning of a series, and the other characters seem like they will have interesting books.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.