Published: October 21st 2019
Length: 400 pages
My Rating: 2 stars
In the wake of a fire that decimates his racing stock, Christian Andrews, the Marquess of Amstead, struggles to keep his family’s stud farm from slipping into ruin and painstakingly rebuilds the program. When one of his prime stallions is injured, he notices his new assistant trainer has a special way with the horses. As talented as the trainer is, once he realizes he is a she…and a very beautiful, spirited she at that…he should sack her before scandal breaks. But it’s only weeks before the high stakes race he’s counting on to build back his fortune, and Flora should be by his side for the win.
Miserable under the weight of the ton’s expectations, headstrong Lady Flora Campbell laments her privileged life in London. Embracing her dream of working with racehorses, she disguises herself as a lad and slips away to learn as much as she can from England’s premiere expert, Christian Andrews, never thinking of the scandal she courts but the glory to be had.
Although she develops a tendre for the dashing marquess, she can never let on that she’s not only a woman, but the daughter of a duke…
While part of a series this book can be read as a standalone. I have read one other in this series. Each book features a new couple with some minor overlap with other characters.
I didn’t like this book, but it is well written, and there will be a lot of people who will enjoy it, but it just wasn’t for me. I found our heroine to be completely selfish uncaring of who was hurt by her actions she acknowledges the risks but doesn’t care that she could absolutely destroy people she cares about if its discovered she has been dressing as a man and working as a trainer. The fact that our hero feels he has to apologise and win Flora back was too much. Christian suffered because of her and yet he is the one who has to go grovelling to her, it was ridiculous. Another issue i had was that Flora has had several lovers as an unmarried daughter of a Duke is also not fitting the period. I have no problem if a heroine in a historical setting is not a virgin but make it believable.
I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
*Blurb and cover image via Goodreads.