As an illustrious ice jockey, Hayden Islington is never short of female company—wealthy champions rarely are. So when Miss Jenna Priess—the most exquisite woman he’s ever laid eyes on—turns down his seductive invitation, in favour of his detective abilities, he’s stunned and more than a little intrigued…
Jenna is in trouble—her father is ill and her mill is failing due to her workers mysteriously disappearing. To save her world from ruin, Jenna needs help and Hayden is the only man she can turn to. But can she resist the heat of this handsome ice master’s touch?
The setting and premise drew me to ‘Reckless Rakes: Hayden Islington’ but after the initial excitement of the opening chapter, Ice racing is mentioned but not portrayed in a vivid way and the story line is a little ordinary. Similarly the setting, just outside the English Lake District is a favourite of mine but this story failed to capitalise on its charms or dangers and make a readable story into something special.
The romantic, sensual journey Jenna and Hayden undertake is well written, sexy and gives the story much needed sparkle. Disillusioned by love, Jenna devotes her life to her family and their mill. Hayden is dangerous, troubled and undeniably ‘hot’. Both characters develop throughout the story and they are engaging enough, to make you want them to be happy.
If you read historical romance primarily for the love story, this book delivers but historical romance purists may find some of the language too modern and mourn the lack of atmospheric, historical detail.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars