I well remember the scene in Must Love Dukes where Devon the mad Duke of Thornwood blackmails his now wife Lily, into slipping some herbs to Lord Amberstall's prize horse just before a race, causing havoc. Andrew's horse loses the race, Andrew loses face and reputation before the ton and repairs to Scotland, all his dreams of owning the finest stud in the land broken. Now that little episode has come home to roost. Andrew Clifton, Lord Amberstall, 'famous horse breeder and gentleman' is on his way home after a twelve month absence amongst the sheep in Scotland.
He is returning in answer to a plea from his mother. All is not well. There are confusing reports of mishaps, treachery and missing horses at home. Unfortunately, en route he is tracked by thieves or worse, takes a fall and both he and his horse end up recuperating at the home of Katie Moore, daughter of the Earl of Ormsbey, whose family estate borders Thornwood's, Andy's nemesis.Andrew is rescued, well blackmailed really, by Katie, a strange and interesting young woman, who lives by herself in a cottage on the family estate. We have met her fleetingly before in Must Love Dukes. A wild and unconventional young thing who strides around the estate in breeches, she is just as puzzled by Andrew as he is by her. The reluctant attraction between them becomes all that more delicious. It fairly hums as their lives take strange and unguessed at turns.
Andrew seems dogged by disaster, or is it something more sinister than that? Just how does Katie figure in all this?
An enjoyable read!
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