Historical Romance / Regency
Date Published: April 15, 2013
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.
Raised in a family famous for having the best breeding racehorses, Lucy Goodwin runs into trouble when, after an accident suffered by her brother that left him unconscious, she makes a series of decisions that could put her in jail.
First, she discovers that her brother, the famous jockey Lucien Goodwin, owes a high sum to a peer. Then, her brother was to complete a business transaction with Marquess of Chalifour that could make them ear a lot of money, but her brother was not able to sign the contract.
Chalifour had come into contact with Lucien about the possibility of working together and exclusively in breeding racehorses by letters. He and Lucien had never met in person. On the day of their meeting, Chalifour has to deal with Lucy.
At first he even liked it because since their first meeting, he had found her beautiful, but then the Lucy's refusing to let him talk to Lucien made him suspect that something was wrong.
When Lucien and Chalifour discover the whole truth, it seemed too late to save Lucy to be accused of fraud. However, Chalifour was determined not only to save her from going to prison, as have her as his wife, even for this he had to blackmail her himself...
A heroine with strong convictions that should save the honor of the family at all costs. Lucy is stubborn, beautiful and knows a lot about breeding horses, but gets involved in confusion.
Chalifour is handsome, rich, intelligent and determined. When he finally found the woman who attracts him, he would do anything to have her.
A passionate couple who wouldn't stay together only by the conventions of society. They both wanted to be in love and, in the end, they showed to be the right choice for one another.
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, released in January 2016, 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 a mischievous cat (who seems happy to play the role of villain). In addition to being a dutiful wife and animal wrangler, Mariel is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Ancient City Romance Authors chapter.