5 of 5 stars
Another winner from Ms. Bowman! I really enjoy her stories and this one didn't disappoint. Lady Regina Haversham wants to marry for love, but as she approaches her 30th birthday, her uncle is forcing her into marriage. When her cousin Mark hires his friend Bow Street Runner Daffin Oakleaf to investigate who might be targeting her, sparks fly between her and Daffin. Who is trying to hurt Regina and why? Daffin is on the case, but he's in danger of losing more than just this case and the more time he spends with Regina, he realizes the lady fancies him as well. However, she's a lady and he's a Bow Street Runner and their worlds could not be further apart. Can love conquer even one's social standing?
This story held my interest throughout and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what happened. I thought I had figured out the culprit, but a surprising twist was thrown into the mix. I also loved the banter between Regina and Daffin. Fans of regency romances will definitely enjoy this story.
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Bow Street Runner Daffin Oakleaf abhors Christmas. Carol singing and holiday cheer only remind him of a dark time. When a close friend calls on him for help, Daffin is happy to capitalize on the distraction. But when he learns the lovely Lady Regina is the one in danger, he’s to become bodyguard to the captivating woman…
Regina has one mission: to find a night of passion in the arms of a gentleman. Considered firmly on the shelf, Regina has given up on marriage—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be denied the pleasure married ladies experience. Daffin has long captured her attention…and when a threat calls him to her side, the sparks between them ignite. But how can a hired bodyguard find his way into Regina’s noble heart?
Valerie Bowman is an award-winning author who writes Regency-set historical romance novels aka Racy Regency Romps!
Valerie’s debut novel was published in 2012. Since then, her books have received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. She’s been an RT Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best First Historical Romance and Best Historical Romance Love and Laughter. Two of her books have been nominated for the Kirkus Prize for fiction.
Valerie grew up in Illinois with six sisters (she’s number seven) and a huge supply of historical romance novels. After a cold and snowy stint earning a degree in English Language and Literature with a minor in history at Smith College, she moved to Florida the first chance she got. Valerie now lives in Jacksonville with her family including her rascally dogs. When she’s not writing, she keeps busy reading, traveling, or vacillating between watching crazy reality TV and PBS.
Visit Valerie on the web at www.ValerieBowmanBooks.com