My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received in a giveaway from the author
Genre: Regency Romance
Book Description: When frigate Captain Buckingham Kernow-Smith encounters a sprite in a topiary garden going by the name of “Gannymede,” he quickly unmasks the character of “Rosalind” from As You Like It, played by the appealing Fanny Edwards. Three years pass. The War over, Buck encounters his Rosalind at a ball, where she has developed into a beauty. However, her guardian confides to him that she is dancing on the very edge of propriety. Buck, who has been fighting the French since he was twelve, also finds the ton confining and sympathizes with Fanny/Rosalind’s plight as a properly reared young lady. Together, they make a dangerous pair, toeing the line of propriety and scandal, indulging in a masquerade in daylight, riding together in a phaeton race, and laying plans for Fanny/Rosalind to play a role in Covent Garden Theater. When they push their fun too far, Fanny faces ruin and the demimonde. Will Buck confide his secrets and overcome his life-long aversion to marriage in time to save his fair Rosalind and live happily ever after? Can there be a happily ever after for someone as headstrong and impetuous as Rosalind?
My thoughts: Fanny is an adventurous young lady whose desires do not fit in with civilized society. She wants to be an actress, but the structure of her station make that an impossibility.
Buck has recently returned to London after serving in the Kings Navy as a Captain. He was enchanted with Fanny when he met her three years prior, at which time he nicknamed her Rosalind. Marriage and romance are not part of his immediate plans, but with a feisty young lady like Rosalind, they become a necessity.
Rescuing Rosalind is a fun book to read. Rosalind's adventures and escapades kept me turning the pages to see what she was up to next. She is an unassuming character who just wants to enjoy life. She is the kind of person that you would want to be around as a friend.
Buck is a steadfast man. He is a shoulder to lean on in times of need. He also has an unconventional side. Which makes him the perfect hero for Rosalind/Fanny.
If you love a good, clean, regency romance. This one is sure to please.