Monday, April 28, 2014

Wind Raven by Regan Walker ~ Review


Ordered by the Prince Regent into the Caribbean, English sea captain and former privateer Jean Nicholas Powell has no time for women onboard the Wind Raven, especially not Tara McConnell. The impudent American forced herself aboard, and so she’ll get more than she bargained for: Instead of a direct sail to Baltimore, she’ll join their quest to investigate a rampaging pirate, the infamous Roberto Cofresi. But the hoyden thinks she can crew with his men, and though he bans her from the rigging, Nick is captivated watching her lithe, luscious movements on deck. Facing high seas, storms, cutthroats and the endless unknown, he must protect his ship, his passenger, his crew. But on this voyage, with this woman, there is a greater danger: to his heart.


Wind Raven can be read as a standalone book. The story revolves around Tara, who’s been in London with her aunt to learn how to become a lady. Upon finding out that her father is ill back home in Baltimore, she embarks on the voyage back home. Her aunt tries one final time at matchmaking, unbeknownst to the parties involved.

Nicholas, the son of a wealthy shipping family, is captain of the ship Tara books passage on to return home to her ailing father. He’s survived war only to be enlisted to help Prinny ward off the Carribean pirate Confresì. The captain wasn’t expecting a passenger let alone a woman, and a woman who could teach a few sailors a thing or two. Tara befuddles him at every turn. She ignores most of what he tells her to do, which is mainly act like a lady and stay off the deck of his ship.

Tara loves to sail. She loves everything about being on a ship, except perhaps the lack of a hot bath. As much as the overbearing captain grates on her nerves, she still finds herself attracted to the man. And, Nicholas knows it. He isn’t immune to the lovely young hoyden on his ship, but he knows she’s the type you marry. The captain doesn’t have plans to marry, so resolves to stay far away from Tara, no matter how much she intrigues him or how much he likes looking at her in britches.

Their journey to Baltimore takes a circuitous route that extends there time together through a series of misfortunes. When it comes time to fight for Tara, Nicholas realizes he does care for her and he wants to keep her with him. He finally decides he’s found the perfect woman to make his wife. Unfortunately for an educated man, he isn’t very good with words and makes a muddle of the whole thing.

Wind Raven is an interesting sea voyage filled with all the things that make a good regency romance. Tara isn’t a simpering female, but a strong young woman trying to live a happy life while making those she loves proud of her. The characters are balanced and complement each other. A sweet regency read to the end.

As a child Regan Walker loved to write stories, particularly about adventure-loving girls, but by the time she got to college more serious pursuits took priority. One of her professors thought her suited to the profession of law, and Regan realized it would be better to be a hammer than a nail. Years of serving clients in private practice and several stints in high levels of government gave her a love of international travel and a feel for the demands of the “Crown” on its subjects. Hence her romance novels often involve a demanding Prince Regent who thinks of his subjects as his private talent pool. - See more at:


 “A fine fix we’re in,” Tara said, looking first at the captain and then at the night sky. The stars began to show themselves in the darkening canvas above, giving her the sense she stood on a precipice at an auspicious moment in time. It had only been a short while ago she had gained the insight she had now about the two of them. She should have realized the truth long ago.

“What do you mean?” he asked, coming up behind her, so close she could feel the heat of his chest. His warmth had always drawn her, and it was pulling her to him now like a strong undertow.

“Each of us withheld from the other the one thing we wanted,” she remarked, staring into the night sky.

“And what would that be?” He put his hands on her arms, drawing her back against his chest. She shivered with his touch but allowed it, while fighting the urge to turn and fall into his arms.

“You wanted my body and, fool that I am, I wanted your heart.”

He spun her around so fast her vision blurred. “My heart? You wanted my heart?”

“Yes, but I cannot seem to touch it.” His eyes carried a look of astonishment. “Well, you can keep it,” she said emphatically. “I don’t want it anymore. And you shall never have me!”

He stared at her for only a moment. “Oh, yes, I will.” As if she had defied one of his many orders and he was having none of it, he brought his mouth down on hers in a kiss that was claiming. One of his hands closed on her nape and his other arm wrapped tightly around her waist, holding her to him, trapping her with his powerful strength.

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Against the Wind (Agents of the Crown #2)
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Wind Raven (Agents of the Crown #3)
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