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Ah, one of my favorite tropes - a young lady and her stable boy. Except, in this case, it was an estate agent. But that just doesn't have the same ring to it. Nonetheless, I sincerely enjoyed the forbidden romance, as unlikely as it appeared to be, even in the end. Both the hero and heroine were fun and courageous, unwilling to let love pass them by.
Lady Caroline Wilde prefers riding astride with the men over sitting in a parlor sipping tea with the ladies. She is bound and determined to prove herself to be as capable as a man, but she is thwarted at every turn. When the new estate agent arrives, she finds an unexpected friend and protector. Adrian Crosby is bastard-born, with a poor mother and an unknown father. His station is beneath Lady Caro's, but there is something about her spirit that calls to him. Despite knowing they could never be together, they begin to fall for each other. Soon a decision must be made between duty and desire.
Caro was such a handful! I loved her spunky character, and her kindness towards other people. Though she was often impulsive and spoke without thinking, she also acknowledged when she was wrong. Adrian was a sweetheart, caring too much in many cases, but his big heart and strong arms made for a warm haven for Caro, who has experienced the rejection of society too often. I loved their romance, though I do find it mostly unrealistic, considering how the story wrapped up. It's very sweet and romantic, but I felt it was a bit beyond the realm of possibility.
This was my first book by this author and surely won't be my last! Highly enjoyable and well written, a pleasure to read.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**