I read If He's Daring as a stand alone story and although I really enjoyed this one, there are areas where there was missing context for me because I have not read the previous books. Even with that being true, Howell provided everything that I needed in order to enjoy this installment independently. The story opens with a bang and keeps the reader on a fast paced and fully developed story right up to the end.
Catrin is a strong willed woman who will do anything to protect her son and his legacy against her deceased husband's cruel and underhanded brother who is out to steal her son's inheritance. After having to commandeer a carriage with a surprise passenger inside Catrin is thrown in the path of Orion, who is a man not to be crossed. Catrin and Orion make a wonderful match with both of them being headstrong and determined.
I am at a loss as to how to review this book and reveal all of my favorite bits without giving away plot twists and turns without spoilers. All that I'll say is that this isn't ONLY a historical romance, there's a bit of paranormal goodness added in as well. If you are a fan of historical romances where the heroine is believably strong without it playing against what would have been likely of the time then If He's Daring is a good bet. The only problem with having read this one is that I have now added yet another series to my want to read list!
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review via Netgalley/Kensington Books**
In a dazzling new novel in the Wherlocke family saga, New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell creates an unforgettable story of intrigue, jeopardy, and desire. . .
Stealing a stranger's carriage is the second most reckless thing Lady Catrin Gryffin de Warrene has ever done. The first is succumbing to her powerful attraction to the carriage's owner. Catrin has heard the rumors about Sir Orion Wherlocke's family and their otherworldly gifts. He's the one person who can keep her son and his inheritance safe from her late husband's ruthless brother. As for how to protect herself. . .it may be too late for that.
Orion is facing the worst danger a man of his ilk can find: a woman he can't walk away from. Catrin is an intoxicating blend of innocence and sensuality, and for the first time, seduction is far more than a game. But her beauty and fortune have made her a target--one that will dare him to risk everything he's known--in pursuit of everything he's ever longed for...