Historical romance lovers, do I ever have the book for you! Fans of Philippa Gregory (The Other Boleyn Girl) will NOT want to miss Mary Hart Perry’s “The Wild Princess“, which tells a fictional (but historically inspired) account of the life of Queen Victoria’s daughter Louise, known to some as the “wild” princess.
Princess Louise is rebellious and bitingly intelligent, and she is about to wed the handsome Lorne, Duke of Argyll. The princess is accepting and even pleased by the match, until she learns on her wedding night that Lorne does not have “husbandly” expectations of his blushing bride…And he never will. Shocked and heartbroken, Louise must now adjust to her new life as the Duchess of Argyll with a new realization: she will never feel the caress of a husband, and she will never bear legitimate children. The barren and joyless future looms over her, but her husband promises her that he will do whatever is in his power to ensure what happiness he could provide for her, even going so far as to plan suitable romantic “dalliances” for her . Louise cannot imagine such a thought, and she begins to settle gloomily into her lonely life.
Excitement seems to find her very quickly, however, when one of her mother’s “secret service” advisors informs them all that a band of rebels has decided to commit acts of terrorism against the royal family, and someone is making very serious threats in the name of Scotland. More exciting than the news, however, is the messenger himself. Stephen Byrne is a brutally sexy American who does security work for important officials, and who walks the streets of London wearing full western garb (boots, duster, hat, gun on hip). Louise finds him strange and rude, and finds his choice of wardrobe atrocious…So why does she keep thinking about him?
Byrne is just as surprised by his own reaction to the sassy Princess Louise. He knows that she is untouchable, both married and a princess of England, and yet he finds himself fighting the urge to clamp his lips onto hers and kiss the young woman into weakness. The match is unsuitable and could even get him killed, so why does Byrne keep finding himself playing with fire?
Forbidden love, scandal, family secrets, conspiracy, and one sexy cowboy make this novel a must-read for all historical romance fans. Do NOT miss this one. And if you like this one, pick up “His Last Duchess” by Gabrielle Kimm next.