Review: Racing with the Wind (Agents of the Crown) by Regan Walker

Hello and welcome. Today I am proud to be a part of the I.O. Book Tour Review blitz of Racing with the Wind by Regan Walker.

Title: Racing with the Wind (Agents of the Crown)
Author:  Regan Walker
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Format:  eBook
Pages:  248
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Stars: 5

Book Description:  The intrepid daughter of an earl leaves Regency London for the Parisian court of Louis XVIII, where she finds adventure, mystery, and above all, love.

THE NIGHTHAWK Hugh Redgrave, marquess of Ormond, was warned. Prinny had dubbed Lady Mary Campbell “the Swan,” but no ordinary man could clip her wings. She was a bluestocking hellion, an ill-advised match by every account. Luckily, he sought no bride. His work lay on the continent, where he’d become legend by stealing war secrets from Boney. And yet, his memories of Lady Mary riding her stallion were a thorn in his mind. He was the son of a duke and in the service of the Prince Regent…and he would not be whole until he had won her hand.
THE SWAN It was unheard of for a Regency debutante to postpone her first season, yet Lady Mary had done just that. Far more interested in politics than a husband, she had no time for foolishness or frippery. Already she had assisted her statesman uncle in Paris, and she swore to return to the court of Louis XVIII no matter the danger. Like her black stallion, Midnight, she would always run free. Only the truest heart would race beside her.

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The Review:
I received a copy of this book from the author for purpose of honest review.  I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.  

I prefer my period romances with heroines who are not faint of heart and constrained by society. Mary, the heroine of this story is far from compliant with the restrictions placed on a woman of society in 1816 London.  She is encouraged in her difference by her uncle, a diplomat for England, involved in the intrigue surrounding the court of Louis XVIII, after Napoleon’s banishment.  Of course, diplomacy of that time involved some rather dubious ethical connections, and that is where Mary is introduced to her love interest, Hugh, Lord Ormond, who presents with impeccable English credentials, and has a penchant for subterfuge and the continued remove of Napoleon Bonaparte. 
Mary is dragged, nearly kicking and screaming to the ‘mandatory’ events for a young woman of her station, even though she managed to delay her debut to her 19th year, and escapes to her country house repeatedly to “ride like the devil” clad in breeches and boots, upon her horse Midnight.  Far from this being her only interest, Mary is an opinionated and well-read woman, full of input, ideas and opinions about everything that makes men cringe.   Mary is a far more interesting character, especially since she has a sense of humour about her more outlandish presentations and theories. 
I enjoyed this book: it was a fun read that beautifully described Paris of the time, including a wonderful homage to Notre Dame.  The characters were quite well developed, especially the details that ran to the tone and tenor of the time in which the story was set.  Scenes were beautifully described and detailed, creating description that led to imagining with little effort.   The artful crafting of the character and plot enabled me to feel as though I was right there, on a shoulder so to speak, to follow the action.  
For a first time author, this work was amazingly polished and masterful.  As the first in a trilogy all centered on servants to the Crown, it is a stunning opening salvo.  This was a winner on all fronts for me, and I look forward to book 2. 

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Author Bio, how to reach her and the other stops scheduled for this tour?
Author Bio:

Regan Walker

As a child, Regan loved to write stories, particularly about adventure-loving girls. But by the time she got to college, more serious pursuits were encouraged. One of her professors thought her suited to the profession of law. Regan says, “I became a lawyer because I thought it would be better to be a hammer than a nail.” Years of serving clients in private practice and several stints in high levels of government gave her a love of international travel and a feel for the demands of the “Crown” on its subjects. Hence, her first romance novels involve a demanding Prince Regent who thinks of his subjects as his private talent pool. Regan says her stories will always involve adventure as well as love. 

Regan lives in San Diego with her Golden Retriever, Link, who she says inspires her every day to relax and smell the roses.

Where to find her:  Website   Blog    Publisher’s Website    Publisher’s Blog
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