Captain Tuttle’s #CBR4 Review #24 – Royal Renegade by Alicia Rasley
This book is subtitled: “a Traditional Regency Romance Novel.” Not my usual fare, but the description of the book on Amazon sold me. Full disclosure, I got this for free for my Kindle, like quite a few others (seriously, there are a ton of free books for Kindle, you should check it out). It’s for sure a romance novel, but no bodices are ripped, and I’m pretty sure Fabio had nothing to do with the book cover.
Our heroine, Tatiana, is a Russian princess. I have learned (through this book, and my attempts at reading Anna Karenina, among others) that Russia was lousy with royalty back before the revolution. Tatiana is the daughter of one of the conspirators who took out the most recent Tsar, who was then executed by the current Tsar (even though that’s who he helped). Tatiana is extraneous, and is basically sold to the Duke of Cumberland, who may be a murderer, among other things (he’s apparently also ugly, and a bit scary in the boudoir). Our hero, Viscount Devlyn, is a soldier in Wellington’s army, and is suffering from a form of PTSD. He’s sent home to England to rest, and is then sent to fetch Tatiana safely to England.
They (of course) meet cute, they (of course) don’t like each other at first, and they (of course) have more in common than they realize. They also (of course) fall in love, and (of course) encounter a number of difficulties along the way.
The book isn’t great, but it’s entertaining in its own way, especially if you are a romance fan. It’s generally not my bag, but for Regency period pieces, I’ll make the occasional exception. There’s a sequel that involves John Dryden, Poetic Justice, but I’m not certain I’ll check it out.