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Against the Wind: Agents of the Crown - Book 2 (Volume 2) Paperback – March 20, 2013
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This is book 2 in the Agents of the Crown series:
To Tame the Wind (prequel)
Racing with the Wind (book 1)
Against the Wind (book 2)
Wind Raven (book 3)
A Secret Scottish Christmas (book 4, coming in 2017)
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She has thick, dark auburn red hair that falls to her waist. She has delicate features with deep, sparkling blue eyes and soft porcelain skin. Widowed Lady Katherine Egerton is a stunning and ethereal beauty...like something from a lovely dream. A goddess...a beautiful enchantress. And after thinking she's killed the man who tried to rape her, she is now running for her life. She's alone, desperate and without funds. Lady Katherine is a strong, independent young woman who strives to control her own life in an era when women were controlled. She's brave and intelligent. She can be a flirtatious vixen without even trying. She finds it almost impossible to trust anyone of the male species ever again as she's been continually let down by men in control of her life. And then quite by accident, she meets Sir. Martin Powell.
Is she real? Is she a goddess of the moon or a figment of his imagination? Sir Martin Powell has been a Crown spy in France for ten years. He's extremely charming and mysterious with his sooty black hair and sapphire blue eyes that are prone to change to indigo blue. He's intelligent and cunning. He's actually almost beautiful with his strong, regal nose and sensuous lips. And now he's home from France after being away from England for ten years. And when he lays eyes on Lady Katherine Egerton, he's lost completely to her stunning beauty and grace.
This story holds lots of political intrigue and mystery after the war against Napoleon and France. The story of a budding romance in the midst of uprising and rebellion among the common working class of early 19th century England, and their longing to be heard....and of Crown spies gone rogue, inciting and encouraging revolt against the Crown. Both Sir Martin and Lady Katherine are damaged souls recovering from the loss of loved ones...both are fearful of allowing themselves to trust their hearts to love again....yet Katherine is desperate and starving for the comfort, warmth and safety she finds in the arms of Sir Martin. He consoles her fears and frees her from pain. And he would risk everything to have the woman he quickly falls in love with by his side - - he understands her and she's perfect. She becomes the soft to his hard- - the sunshine to his dark. She's innocence to his roughness. And he quickly becomes lost without her. She becomes his reason to plan a tomorrow. This story began with a 5★ studded BANG and carried that echoing crescendo to its final line.
Review by Maggi
The book begins with the hero, Sir Martin Powell, suffering a terrible loss while in France working for the Crown as a spy. Returning to England years later, he is again drawn into service at the request of the Prince Regent. The Midlands is on the brink of a rebellion, and Martin is to move among the conspirators and report back. But before he departs London, he visits an exclusive bordello. And that night proves to have a profound effect on his life.
After her much older husband, Baron Egerton, dies not long after they marry, Lady Katherine "Kit" comes to take care of her unwell sister Anne, who is married to the violent Earl of Rutledge. Anne's subsequent death places Kit at the mercy of Rutledge who wants her for himself and attempts to rape her. She fights him and, believing her actions have ruined her life, rushes to her former nanny, Abby, the only one who can help her. Abby is now the owner of Willow House, an exclusive brothel in London. Abby offers Kit accommodation so that she can rest and consider her options. With no money or family, Kit's future is grim. When her bedchamber door opens, she is desperate as she greets the man who will be irrevocably bound up in her future.
Oh, God. What's to become of me? If only someone would hold me and tell me it will be all right.
As if in answer, a deep voice came out of the darkness. "Come to me," it said.
This is the first of Regan Walker's books I have read and it didn't matter that I hadn't read the first in this series. The story grabbed my attention from the beginning, and did not disappoint throughout. I enjoyed Ms Walker's deft weaving of the spy plot and romance and her knowledge of the historical events of the time.
Both hero and heroine come to this story with sad histories. Their gradual falling in love and coming to trust one another was subtly done. Kit is no push-over, she's intelligent and past hurts are not easily forgotten and she fights her own desire while holding Martin at arm's length. Neither does Martin marry Kit for love. He has been married before, and he still suffers the pain of loss. This arranged marriage is to benefit both parties, but they are passionately drawn to one another from the first.
It might have been even better to have Martin confide in Kit and then have her take a more active role in the spy plot. It would have brought them together throughout the detailed and well-written account of the uprising. I found myself reading quickly, keen to get back to Kit and discover what had happened to her. But the subplot was neatly done, as was the satisfactory ending.
I look forward to reading the other books in this series.
I was offered this manuscript for an objective review.
I enjoyed this second book in Regan Walker's Agents of the Crown trilogy; however, it was a little heavy on the actions of the rebellion for my taste. Am looking forward to Wind Raven, the final book in this trilogy.
A unique beginning to the story that made me wonder about the female heroine for a little while.
SPOILER ALERT: I don't think I've ever given away anything in a story before but I really want to say this so hear goes.
The couple meet in a bordello, make love then end up getting married but don't have sex again until she is ready. THAT IS SUCH A UNIQUE PORTRAYAL IN WRITING TODAY and is very refreshing. This author had plenty of story/plot to tell us and didn't have to depend on sex scenes.
The story idea is great, the characters are well developed and the flow of the story is fast and wonderfully written.