Berkley, Sep 2004
Catherine Reynolds is in London with her much older sister Victoria allegedly seeking a match. But Catherine is really in town to learn the identity of her real father. One of three men rejected by her mother two decades ago is that rogue.
Due to a couple of misfortunate incidents, Catherine cons Earl John Fine out of his horse. He already was attracted to her boldness and plans to not only get his steed back but to teach the thief a lesson. When they meet again and again, they begin to fall in love and he agrees to help her with her quest. However, he and another suitor Lord Westerland agree to race with the stakes being her hand in marriage, something she refuses to accept so she takes control by entering the contest too.
The obsession and courage of the lead heroine makes Catherine an intriguing Regency protagonist; on the other hand the lead male is the typical sub-genre aristocratic John Doe with an unsavory reputation falling for a unique bold woman. The story line contains an historical amateur sleuth feel to the fine romantic plot while the support cast especially Victoria and General the thoroughbred impart insight into the lead couple.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner