"Exciting Regency romance"
A few years before the War of 1812, English Lord
Northington visits widow Leonie St. Remy in her Georgetown
home without an invitation. Used to taking what he wants,
he rapes Leonie and kills her servant. When her twelve-
year-old daughter Celia testifies to the authorities, the
arrogant aristocrat claims he and Leonie were consenting
adults and that he was defending himself from the Leonie's
unprovoked attack. An exonerated Northington goes home to
England while Celia vows vengeance, especially after her
beloved mother dies in childbirth.
A decade later, Celia sails to England with plans to
confront Lord Northington with what he did to her mother.
Unbeknownst to her, also on the ship is Lord Northington's
son Colter. After debarking in England, Colter visits his
father and they share their usual acrimonious discussion.
Celia soon learns that her mom's rapist must be Colter's
dad so she plans to use the son to get at her target.
However, Celia falls in love with the son of the man she
has obsessively despised for a decade.
A RECKLESS ENCOUNTER is an exciting Regency romance due to
two strong story lines and two enticing, intrepid lead
protagonists. The tale includes an exquisite personal
relationship subplot along with a second theme centering on
anti-aristocracy feelings and radical reform. The two
premises brilliantly blend to form a strong novel though
there is some unnecessary baggage towards the end of the
tale involving his uncle.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 3, 2001