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Monday, November 16, 2015

NOVELLA REVIEW: "The Sport of Baronets" by Theresa Romain


The Sport of Baronets (Romance of the Turf, #0.5)
(Romance of the Turf #0.5)

For Ages 18+ (Language, Sensuality)
Historical Romance -- Regency England

Sourcebooks Casablanca -- Published on November 3, 2015
eARC, 120 pages
Read in November 2015
Received from Netgalley

RATING: 4 STARS

THEMES/TROPES
Enemies to Lovers, Away from the Ballroom

SUMMARY
The lives of Sir Bartlett Crosby and Hannah Chandler have been marked by fierce competition between their elite families...the perfect breeding ground for a mutual attraction neither can deny.

Bart hopes to conquer "the turf" through victory in a much-touted match. Should his heavily-favored colt win, the Crosby reputation and fortunes would be revived. Bart's plan seems poised for success until the lovely Hannah Chandler, daughter of a noted rival trainer, turns up claiming ownership of the colt. When Hannah insists on claiming her purchase, the prize colt disappears from Bart's stable. Theft or treachery? As Hannah and Bart rush to solve the mystery before race time, they uncover a scandalous truth about their families' pasts-a truth that has the potential to either destroy both their futures, or to guide them to a love they never imagined.


FIRST LINE
"I am here for the colt, Crosby."

MY THOUGHTS
I received a free copy of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Theresa Romain is another new-to-me historical romance author that I have been eyeing for awhile.  I have a few of her books on my e-reader, but decided to use this story as a gauge of whether I would enjoy her style.  The Sport of Baronets is the novella that is the start of the Romance of the Turf series which will focus on training horses for racing and two families that are prominent in the sport.

The Chandler and Crosby families have been rivals for years so, when Hannah Chandler shows up at Sir Bartlett Crosby's stable claiming that she owns his prized racing colt, things get a heated.  The situation becomes even more complicated when it is discovered that the colt is missing and Hannah and Bart must work together to find the truth.  It is during their interactions at this time that they begin to learn more about one another and realize that there might be something more than animosity between them.

This was such a cute story with an intriguing plot, some fun banter, and two likable characters.  I thought Bart was adorable with his passion for horses and awkwardness when it comes to social situations.  And Hannah was admirable with her desire to make a name for herself in the horse training world and her generous nature.  It is always nice to read about characters who are just genuinely decent people that deserve a happy ending together.

The mystery behind the missing colt was well-written and helped balance out the romance.  The situation allowed Hannah and Bart to learn how to work together which moved the story along at a decent pace.  I also enjoyed the setting and never felt bored despite the fact that I know very little about horses.  Theresa Romain's style have me a feeling of comfort and warmth with some intriguing character development thrown in.  I definitely look forward to reading more of her work.

FAVORITE QUOTE
"There is great dignity in admitting when one needs help."

BOOKS IN THE SERIES
0.5. The Sport of Baronets
1. A Gentleman's Game (Coming 2016)

LEARN MORE
Goodreads -- Author Website

WHERE TO GET IT
Amazon -- B&N -- BAM -- Kobo -- Google Play -- All Romance

2 comments:

  1. Oooh. This is another author I'll have to try out. Sounds like it's the beginning to a great series!

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  2. This seems pretty cute. I do like the cover. I definitely want to check this out. It looks a little different from typical historical romances.

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