Ordered by the Prince Regent into the Caribbean, English sea captain and former privateer Jean Nicholas Powell has no time for women onboard the Wind Raven, especially not Tara McConnell. The impudent American forced herself aboard, and so she’ll get more than she bargained for: Instead of a direct sail to Baltimore, she’ll join their quest to investigate a rampaging pirate, the infamous Roberto Cofresi. But the hoyden thinks she can crew with his men, and though he bans her from the rigging, Nick is captivated watching her lithe, luscious movements on deck. Facing high seas, storms, cutthroats and the endless unknown, he must protect his ship, his passenger, his crew. But on this voyage, with this woman, there is a greater danger: to his heart.
“A fine fix we’re in,” Tara said, looking first at the captain and then at the night sky. The stars began to show themselves in the darkening canvas above, giving her the sense she stood on a precipice at an auspicious moment in time. It had only been a short while ago she had gained the insight she had now about the two of them. She should have realized the truth long ago.
“What do you mean?” he asked, coming up behind her, so close she could feel the heat of his chest. His warmth had always drawn her, and it was pulling her to him now like a strong undertow.
“Each of us withheld from the other the one thing we wanted,” she remarked, staring into the night sky.
“And what would that be?” He put his hands on her arms, drawing her back against his chest. She shivered with his touch but allowed it, while fighting the urge to turn and fall into his arms.
“You wanted my body and, fool that I am, I wanted your heart.”
He spun her around so fast her vision blurred. “My heart? You wanted my heart?”
“Yes, but I cannot seem to touch it.” His eyes carried a look of astonishment. “Well, you can keep it,” she said emphatically. “I don’t want it anymore. And you shall never have me!”
He stared at her for only a moment. “Oh, yes, I will.” As if she had defied one of his many orders and he was having none of it, he brought his mouth down on hers in a kiss that was claiming. One of his hands closed on her nape and his other arm wrapped tightly around her waist, holding her to him, trapping her with his powerful strength.
Wind Raven is book #3 in the Agents of the Crown series, but it was the first book I have read from this series or Regan Walker. Wind Raven can be read as a stand-alone with no problem or confusion.
Every now and then I need to escape from the new adult/erotic/contemporary drama and travel back to my first love of historical romances and Wind Raven was a wonderful trip to the high seas. Regan Walker gives us a chance to experience life on the sea and get whisked away into a tale of adventure, pirates, and romance.
Regan Walker does a great job explaining a bit of history and keeping things historically accurate while telling the story of a daring woman who refuses to bend to convention and a Captain who thinks women should be women not tomboys. It took me a bit to get into this story but once the voyage got under way, Tara won me over and Nicholas starting mellowing out a bit. There were a few plot points in this story that let me scratching my head a bit as to why they were needed (the whole Cofresi situation) and I wonder if this was because I came in at book 3 instead of reading the series from the beginning. Overall, it was easy to get lost in this romance and enjoy the exotic locale of the story regardless that this wasn't the start of the series.
Wind Raven is a great story about how sometimes what you think you want (or what society dictates) is not what you need and going after what you want takes courage. Tara and Nicholas's story was a sweet and passionate romance that builds over time and tested through many trials. I enjoyed the banter of the characters and the exotic locales that these characters explored. The uniqueness of reading a story set at sea (pirates and all) was a fun change.
Regan Walker does a great job getting the reader immersed in the history and setting of her story and it was easy to get swept away by the romance of falling in love with a sea Captain. If you love historical romances, leave the ballrooms of London behind and follow Tara and Nick on the high sea, you won't be disappointed!
BOOK BUY LINKS:
Racing With the Wind (Agents of the Crown #1)
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Against the Wind (Agents of the Crown #2)
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Wind Raven (Agents of the Crown #3)
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MEET THE AUTHOR:
As a child Regan Walker loved to write stories, particularly about adventure-loving girls, but by the time she got to college more serious pursuits took priority. One of her professors thought her suited to the profession of law, and Regan realized 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 romance novels often involve a demanding Prince Regent who thinks of his subjects as his private talent pool. - See more at: http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/authors/regan-walker#sthash.VGWphvvH.dpuf
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