Title: A Gentleman’s Game (Romance of The Turf book #1)
Genre: Historical Romance/Regency
Author: Theresa Romain
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca, Feb 2 2016
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
How far will a man go Talented but troubled, the Chandler family seems cursed by bad luck-and so Nathaniel Chandler has learned to trade on his charm. He can broker a deal with anyone from a turf-mad English noble to an Irish horse breeder. But Nathaniel’s skills are tested when his stable of trained Thoroughbreds become suspiciously ill just before the Epsom Derby, and he begins to suspect his father’s new secretary is not as innocent as she seems.
To win a woman’s secretive heart? Nathaniel would be very surprised if he knew why Rosalind Agate was really helping his family in their quest for a Derby victory. But for the sake of both their livelihoods, Rosalind and Nathaniel must set aside their suspicions. As Derby Day draws near, her wit and his charm make for a successful investigative team…and light the fires of growing desire. But Rosalind’s life is built on secrets and Nathaniel’s on charisma, and neither defense will serve them once they lose their hearts…
I am a fan of Theresa Romain’s books. She has a way of bringing to life her setting and her characters and once again that was well done here. This book was refreshing in that we were treated to the lower working classes, gentry and minor aristocrats instead of Dukes and Debs. The care and dangers of raising horses for racing I found very interesting. What I did not enjoy was the extremely slow pace of the book and I never really felt the romantic connection of Rosalind and Nathaniel. The mystery was intriguing and the plot unique.