Royal Renegade, a Regency Romance Novel
Major Devlyn must spend his leave playing Lancelot, delivering a Russian princess to her arranged marriage. But he soon realizes Tatiana is too young and loveable to be used as a pawn against Napoleon.
On the war-torn Mediterranean, behind enemy lines, and in glittering London ballrooms, these young lovers battle duty, royalty, and their own passion to find their way to love. 100K words, PG. More
It is 1811, and the Prince has just become Regent, and Wellington has just retaken Portugal, and Napoleon has just started his secret plans to invade Russia. And Tatiana, the long-forgotten princess in the Winter Palace, becomes the unwilling pawn to further all their aims.
All her life, Tatiana has been a dependent of the Russian tsar. Now finally he has use for her-- in a forced marriage to a murderous British prince, in order to cement an alliance against Napoleon. She approaches this dire fate with characteristic optimism, determining that somehow, in the new country, she will find her way to a new freedom. What she doesn't expect is to find love on the way, with Devlyn, the handsome soldier sent to protect her on her voyage.
Major Devlyn, a staff officer for Wellington, is used to strategizing and scouting. These talents are no help in resisting his dangerous attraction to the pretty princess. Only he can sense the sadness beneath the dazzle, the orphaned girl within the princess. And only she can besiege his armored heart and lead him back to life.
Against the glamorous background of palaces and princes, within the political hazards of a world at war, Tatiana and Devlyn must defy generals, heads of state, and their own loyalties in their passionate need to give each other the love they have never gotten.
From The Nonesuch Reviews:
Alicia Rasley has an impeccable writing style. Her word choices and turns of phrase are near-perfect, and she has a knack for evoking just the right mood in a given scene, whether it be adventurous, humorous or passionate. She also has an excellent sense of pacing and timing…. a perfect blend of adventure, humor and romance.
Regencies by Rasley feature rakish heroes, reckless heroines, and elegant stories. Royal Renegade offers the reader the historical depth and romantic intensity of the best traditional Regencies.