I always look forward to reading a new book by Jennifer Moore. In the past, I’ve reviewed Becoming Lady Lockwood and Lady Emma’s Campaign by her and both stories had characters I came to adore. Her newest regency romance was the same. In this one, Meg has sailed from colonial America (Charleston) to sacrifice herself upon the altars of the English ton in hopes of ensnaring a rich man to marry and save her merchant family from financial ruin during the time when England has just declared war upon America and is seizing merchant ships and forcing men into the English army.
Prince Rodrigo of Spain has also come (or fled, really) to England because his country is being ripped apart by Napoleon’s armies and royalty are being captured by the French and held prisoners. He wants nothing to do with the English ton and all the Mamas who want to thrust their daughters upon him for a royal title. So he hides away in bitterness on his sister and brother-in-law’s estate in the country, hoping for an opportunity to return to his native land and look for his parents who have been captured.
When Meg runs into him as she’s venting frustration with rocks at a pond, he tells her his name is Carlo and that he cares for the Prince’s horses. Both characters become good friends as they relax their guards to be themselves. This story was a pleasure to read with romance, intrigue, adventure, history, and laughter woven into a wonderful tapestry of words.
**I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my fair and honest review. I highly recommend everything about it–the professional formatting, the editing and language, and the story itself.