One knight, one runaway heiress, one rollicking romance: A breath of fresh air in Regency romance!
Proud and haughty, Lord de Waare is almost as medieval as his castle…until he accidentally abducts a governess, who turns out not to be a governess at all, and who shows this knight that his heart is not as armoured as he thought.
A girl with a dangerous past, Marina would happily disappear again, but since de Waare won’t let that happen, then the least he can do is help her clear her name. But moving back into society is dangerous for her and for the stern man she’s coming to love. She knows the rules of honour and society, and she won’t allow de Waare to compromise the principles that define him.
But de Waare didn’t become the Crusader by accepting defeat. Faint heart never won a fair lady, and de Waares always win.
This was one of my favourite reads of 2017. A properly British, proper Regency romance with heaps of funny, quotable lines, and plenty of story to go with the relationship. I had no idea what to expect from an author with zero internet presence and no other books at the time I read this (early October), and was pleasantly surprised.
Look, there’s one thing that I struggled with, but I also think it was handled as well as it could be: the evil, beautiful blonde. This misogynistic trope is #1 on my list of Things That Will Make Me One-Star A Book – and yet… I don’t know… I guess I loved everything else so much I could overlook it. Also, the way the arguments were shut down so hilariously… it helped make “the other woman” look a bit human.
These days book-length varies quite a bit, but there are still some standard lengths for novels. Some authors pack a flimsy little story into a word count. And then you have books like this one, where we cover months, have a hero and heroine start off as totally different people and change entirely. We have the romance plot, the revenge plot, the missing heiress plot, the dangerous family plot.
There’s A LOT of story in here, which makes it feel like a much more satisfying read.
However, the two things I liked the best: the language, and the in-jokes.
I just enjoyed the language in this one so much. It was funny, it made use of interesting words and phrases, and it worked for me so well for so many reasons.
And – because we take time to get to know these characters – the little personal jokes they have with each other, and the references that are formed at the start and are brought up again at the end, make it feel like you really know these characters.
I don’t really know how to explain the difference between this and your standard wallpaper-y romance. I see some early reviews aren’t glowing, and I think that’s because this book – while light-hearted – doesn’t fall into the “Hollywood” version of historical romance most people are writing these days.
It is an individual thing what kind of historical romance you’ll enjoy. However, this one was for me.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.