Thrilling Regency romance, set in a Bridgerton-style world.
1817 Cornwall and London
Heir to an aristocratic family scorched by scandal and scarred by war, the Earl of Lamorna (known to friends as Crow) is as dangerous as he is self-destructive. As a spy, he treads a fine line between loyalty and treachery, with a haunting secret in his past that threatens to destroy not only Crow himself but those he loves. It’s only going to take a single spark to set his world aflame. So when Crow’s wild and impetuous young brother catches him in flagrante with their widowed stepmother, a lethal chain of events is set in motion.
Heiress Hester Harewood has problems of her own, on the run from the men who shot her father. The last thing she needs is to get involved with a complicated aristocrat, even if he does offer her his unconditional protection. But who is more dangerous? Those she is running from? Or Crow himself: charismatic, unpredictable, and yet with the capacity for such tenderness that Hester’s heart is in just as much danger as her life.
Game of Hearts was previously published as False Lights by K.J. Whittaker and on Kindle as Hester and Crow by Katy Moran.
Katy Moran’s Regency Romance Trilogy features Game of Hearts, Wicked by Design and Scandalous Alchemy.
I read a copy of this book on Kindle Unlimited.
After reading a six-chapter sample of this book from NetGalley, (see my review here) I have now finished reading Game of Hearts, the first book in the Hester and Crow trilogy.
The historical setting is immersive, and it’s easy to imagine this alternative historical world. Hester is a courageous woman who defies society’s expectations and prejudices. The initial reluctant attraction between Hester and Crow develops into a love that survives despite the conflicts, dangers and deceit surrounding them. The conflict between Crow and his younger brother Kitto is poignant and violent, forcing Hester and Kitto into mortal danger.
I like the characters, historical detail and suspense in this story. The action scenes are exciting, and the sense of camaraderie versus betrayal is engaging.