Friday, February 17, 2012

Recklessly Yours (Her Majesty's Secret Servants #3)Recklessly Yours by Allison Chase

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reviewed for TwoLips Reviews, LLC

4 Kisses, 1 Pepper (M/F, oral sex)

Being Queen Victoria's childhood friends, the Sutherland sisters vowed long ago to help her if she ever needed them. Now Victoria has asked Holly to help her catch a thief. A thoroughbred colt that was a gift from the Ashworth family is missing and presumed stolen. In the course of her investigation, Holly encounters Colin Ashworth, a potential suspect despite the fact that the colt was a gift from his family. Colin's father, the Duke of Masterfield, has gone abroad, leaving him to manage the estate and family affairs. The thing is, Colin did steal the colt. His father should not have given it away in the first place, because it's linked to a curse and a lot depends on him returning the colt to its rightful place.

Colin is powerfully attracted to Holly, not just physically, but intellectually as well. They share a passion for horses, among other things. But he doesn’t want to subject her to his emotionally tumultuous family, especially his impossible-to-please father. So he knows he can’t allow himself to fall in love with her. She’s attracted to him, too. What started out as a grand adventure of secrets and intrigue has turned into a tangle of emotions that make her wish she didn’t have a mission from the queen. The villagers’ belief in an ancient curse is explained in such a way that it makes sense for them psychologically and spiritually. Of course my logical side responded best to the scientific reasons for why the colt is special, but the metaphysical side of the story is also very interesting and compelling, even for this non-believer.

Recklessly Yours will especially appeal to readers who are interested in horses and horse breeding, but even if you aren’t into that sort of thing (and to be honest, I’m not), this is still a very good book, filled with intrigue, passion, and love. I liked both the hero and the heroine very much, and Allison Chase provides a nice set up for Willow’s story, which should be excellent.

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