Eliza Crenshawe is beyond desperate to runaway. Her uncle is trying to force her to marry a stranger and everything she has done to prevent it has failed. With no other option, she sneaks out in the middle of the night to “borrow” a neighbor’s horse and run to London to prevail upon her friends to assist her. Colin Hunt, Earl of Monteith, just arrived in his new estate when he notices someone sneaking to his stables. These damn English lads think they can steal right out from under him. Loaded with a pistol and a good bit of anger, he follows the thieves to the stable and confronts him. Only to discover that it’s a she and a very attractive one at that. This confounded woman has quite a bit of nerve to try and steal his horse and then refuse to tell him why.
This novella has everything I look for in a historical romance. It has romance, a compelling story, a bit of mystery, and a whole lot of passion. Somehow Sabrina Jeffries manages to work in not one steamy scene, but two, in this tinsy tale. Colin a bit of different from the typical HR hero because he is half Indian (as in his mother is from India, not as in Native American). As such, he’s not really welcomed into the ton. Eliza is exactly my favorite kind of HR heroine, with enough determination and pluck and courage to find her way through even the toughest of situations. My only complaint is the same as it is for all HR novellas, it was just too damn short.
****Thank you to Avon, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, for providing me with an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review****