Lucy Goodwin knows more about horse breeding than a proper young lady should. Her brother’s thoroughbred business has given her purpose and independence, but when an accident leaves her solely in charge, despair and destruction threaten her every move. Trapped in an impossible position, Lucy must do the right thing and watch their dreams crumble, or save their livelihood at a cost too great to bear.
Lord Philip Lyton, Marquess of Chalifour is a member of the prestigious Jockey Club, dedicated to eliminating cheating in horse racing. Trouble raises its ugly head when his business partner falls foul of an accident and he’s suddenly forced to deal with the man’s sister, who seems alarmingly out of her depth. Chalifour respects Lucy’s steely resolve, but knows that single-mindedness can be the most dangerous trait of all.
She might be beautiful and beguiling, but Lucy Goodwin is keeping secrets and Chalifour is determined to find out what they are.
Can be read as a stand-alone read.
My Thoughts On Surrender Of Trust By Mariel Grey:
Surrender of Trust is a great weekend read. There is no foul language and, while implied, no overtly sexual scenes. There is kissing and intimacy but nothing vulgar. I love that I can read the book, at home, without feeling like I need to hide pages from little eyes peeking over my shoulder.
This is a story about a woman who needs to learn to put her trust in others, more than in just herself.
Lord Chalifour and Lucy have great chemistry that doesn’t feel forced, although their first romantic encounter seemed to sort of happen out of nowhere, in my opinion. There wasn’t much engagement between them before it all took place.
Character-wise, I immediately imagined what it would be like to be friends with both of them as well as Monique and Elizabeth. Lucy is very gun-ho and gets herself into more trouble by not fully trusting those around her. I enjoyed reading a story that showcased friendships (old and new) that were lasting. Not many stories have characters that stick together. But this does.
So, for me, the romantic scenes happened a bit too quickly and I felt like Perdan maybe would have caused more touble, but the rest of the story flowed and wrapped up pretty nicely.
While this is a stand alone book, I’m eager to read the rest in this series! I hope this isn’t the end of the story for “Chali” and Lucy.
Also read my review of A Gentleman’s Surrender (Book 2)
Call her a romantic–or a fool, Lady Monique Cathdon is determined to marry for love. After watching her parents tolerate an arranged betrothal, life seems too short to be wasted on keeping up appearances.
After all, what’s the point of having a heart if one refuses to follow it?
With a smile the devil himself might be proud of, James Stanton is not what her mother would call a matrimonial prospect. Still, there’s something about the young man that sends Lady Monique’s heart thumping around her chest, and silences her voice of reason.
Unfortunately for Lady Monique, the stakes are high, and young ladies of the ton make for very poor gamblers. Especially when James Stanton is on the hunt for revenge, and won’t let an innocent woman–or his own passionate desires–get in the way of righting past wrongs.
Can be read as a stand-alone read.
About the author
From the moment she could put pen to paper, Mariel Grey knew she wanted to be a writer. Like all good adventures however, it didn’t happen overnight; it was after several decades of working in litigation that the desire to create dramatic worlds and characters became too great to ignore. Her first foray into historical romance, Surrender of Trust, explored the grime and glamour of regency horse racing, following the determined but impoverished Lucy Goodwin and upright Lord Chalifour. Her second novel, A Gentleman’s Surrender, introduced the innocent Lady Monique and tortured Mr. Stanton, both struggling to find love in a world filled with deceit.
Though entirely at home in the ballrooms and street alleys of London past, Mariel Grey is currently working on a contemporary story set in Florida, a landscape dear to the author’s heart. When she isn’t conjuring words on her computer screen, Grey can be found on the water fishing, snorkeling, and enjoying the incredible natural beauty of her home.
Mariel has a wonderful husband (the hero of her own romantic story) as well as two mischievous rescue kittens (who are quite happy to play the role of villains). In addition to being a dutiful wife and animal wrangler, Mariel is a member of the Romance Writers of America and affiliated chapter of the Ancient City Romance Authors.
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