A twist in my historical obsession, If He’s Daring is a Stuart Era romance, and the sixth in the series following the Wherlocke family, yet the first I have read. Hannah Howell instantly captivated my attention and kept me glued to the pages as I followed the adventures of Orion and Catrin.
What an interesting set of people: Catrin, she lives with her father as she raises her son after being widowed. A less than satisfactory or even congenial marriage, she is, understandably not particularly interested in another marriage. When her son Alwyn is kidnapped, she takes the daring step of hijacking a waiting carriage to chase after him. Unfortunately, the carriage she takes comes with a young occupant: Giles, son of Sir Orion Wherlocke.
Sir Orion Wherlocke – what a wonderful name and imagery to use for a hero. The hunter, and Orion is that, stealthy, forward thinking and in possession of a singular determination to sort the mysteries and remain apart from all entanglements. In fact, his own abandonment issues developed in seeing so many before him in loveless and uncaring relationships, and he is just starting to come to terms with his own newly discovered children. He is a King’s man – honor, duty, country and family all come first, and he is well-versed in maneuvering about society. This red-haired carriage thief challenges him, her behavior so different from other women of her station and her dedication to her son, and treatment of his is admirable and awakens feelings that Orion would rather ignore.
Several madcap dashes hither, thither and yon as they track Catrin’s brother in law and son throughout England. Catrin’s challenging behavior, the introduction of the paranormal with Alwyn’s ability to “see dead people” add layers of dimension that seem to weight down Orion with ‘things to sort out’. These two play well against one another, with dialogue and enough time together on their quest to give solidity to a budding relationship. And you can’t forget the children: their interjections add moments of humor and insight that is revealed in a way that only children can present. The second from this series I have read – these stories stand on their own without difficulty, and are a fun and engaging read from start to finish.
Title: If He's Daring
Author: Hannah Howell
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Zebra
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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In a dazzling new novel in the Wherlocke family saga, New York Timesbestselling author Hannah Howell creates an unforgettable story of intrigue, jeopardy, and desire. . .
Stealing a stranger's carriage is the second most reckless thing Lady Catrin Gryffin de Warrene has ever done. The first is succumbing to her powerful attraction to the carriage's owner. Catrin has heard the rumors about Sir Orion Wherlocke's family and their otherworldly gifts. He's the one person who can keep her son and his inheritance safe from her late husband's ruthless brother. As for how to protect herself. . .it may be too late for that.
Orion is facing the worst danger a man of his ilk can find: a woman he can't walk away from. Catrin is an intoxicating blend of innocence and sensuality, and for the first time, seduction is far more than a game. But her beauty and fortune have made her a target--one that will dare him to risk everything he's known--in pursuit of everything he's ever longed for..
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.