A Gentleman's Game (Romance of the Turf #1)
by Theresa Romain
In Book One of Romance of the Turf, a refreshing new Regency series from rising star Theresa Romain, a mystery demanding to be solved brings unlikely allies together in more ways than one...
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…
That disclaimer aside, a few historicals come to my mind as books that changed the way I think of historical romance reading and writing. Here goes:
1. Julia Quinn, Romancing Mr. Bridgerton. I’d read older romances before—the kind we now call “old school.” They didn’t grab me. But the day after I read a profile of Julia Quinn in Time magazine, someone checked in a copy of Romancing Mr. Bridgerton to the library where I worked. Curiosity made me pick it up. Sheer delight made me devour Julia Quinn’s backlist and go looking for more authors to love.
2. Courtney Milan, This Wicked Gift. This was the first historical romance Courtney Milan published, and it rocked my world. I had just sold my first manuscript and was working on a new one when I read this. This Wicked Gift was so intelligent, so crisply and beautifully written, that it expanded my idea of what was possible in historical romance in general and novellas in particular. I’ve been a devoted fan of Courtney Milan’s books ever since.
3. Vanessa Kelly, His Mistletoe Bride. Vanessa Kelly and I write for the same publisher, and in 2012 we both had Christmas historicals scheduled for the same release day. The house publicist suggested we work together on some promotion, and so Vanessa and I swapped ARCs, read each other’s work, and set up a Skype text chat. I’d enjoyed Vanessa’s previous romances—but with this one, I got to know the author behind the stories. The release of His Mistletoe Bride was when I (a shy person, even online) began to make friends with other authors. That’s one of the best and, I think, most lasting parts of my career as a writer.
Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest.
Thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca, one lucky reader is going to win a print copy of A Gentleman’s Game! To enter, simply leave a comment telling me what one of your favorite historical romances is.
This giveaway has ended and the winner is comment #22... Kim!! Thanks to everyone who entered!!