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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Review: To Tame The Wind by Regan Walker / @RegansReview

Title: To Tame the Wind
Series: Agents of the Crown, Prequel
Donet Duology, Book 1
Author: Regan Walker
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: May 9, 2015
Genre: Historical, Regency, Romance
ARC Received From: Regan Walker

All Claire Donet knew was the world inside the convent walls in Saint-Denis. She had no idea her beloved papa was a pirate. But when he seized Simon Powell's schooner, the English privateer decided to take the thing his enemy held most dear...her. 

The waters between France and England roil with the clashes of Claire's father and her captor as the last year of the American Revolution rages on the sea, spies lurk in Paris and Claire’s passion for the English captain rises. 

Other books in the Agents of the Crown series

Life can change in an instant, whether by choice or by happenstance, and it can shake the foundation you've firmly stood on for years.

Claire knew her life inside the convent would one day end, that her father would send for her and marry her to a man of his choosing. Until then, she would remain with the nuns while sneaking out for an occasional adventure or two. Her spirit and curiosity drew her to a masquerade, a friend in tow, where she met a most exquisite man, the golden one, as she remembered him as. She thought of him often, pictured him in her mind as he'd been that night. But the death of her friend that went with her that night pushed thoughts of him to the back of her mind as guilt and sorrow plagued her. The adventuress she was faded into the shadows as she readied herself to honor the promise of joining the Order that she'd made to her dying friend.

The man she met that night was Simon, an English privateer. They would meet again, this time inside the convent as he stole her away in retaliation for her father capturing his beloved ship Abundance and its crew. But revenge is a dish best served with a focused mind, an absent heart and devoid of emotions. Once the heart becomes engaged, emotions are soon to follow, and the mind becomes clouded with other things.

As it was with Simon. Don't think me cruel but I laughed when it happened to him. He didn't exactly dislike Claire, even if she was the daughter of his enemy, but he was constantly reminding himself why he kidnapped her. At first they were reminders of what he'd lost, of what he had to get back. But later they were heartfelt mournings for what he would lose when the exchange was complete. Falling in love was never part of his plan, or hers for that matter, yet it happened without ether of them realizing it and their lives were forever changed.

If you're familiar with Ms. Walker's style of writing, you won't be disappointed with this one. If you haven't read anything by Ms. Walker, I hope you give this one a try. Detailed and thorough, it will pull you in and keep you enthralled to the very end. Intrigue, adventure, and love, everything a romance reader wants in a great story. And I don't know about you, but when it comes to a Ms. Walker story I couldn't ask for more. Well, except for the chance to read it myself and probably more than once.

I am an avid reader/reviewer of historical romance. And, since 2012, I am a published author. My novels include Regencies, medievals, and romances set in the 18th century.

I hope my stories will sweep you away to another time and another place for history, adventure and love.

1 comment:

  1. Miriam, I am thrilled you liked To Tame the Wind--and thank you so much for such a thoughtful, splendid review. You made my day!