Title: A Fragile Chain of Daisies (Untamed Regency #4)
Author: Jackie Williams
There is nothing, and no one, quite like a fool in love.
Lord Pierce Trenchard knew the truth of the anecdote far too well. For three years he had been kicking himself for being one such idiot. How many times had he wished he had taken his chance while he could, fallen on bended knee, and captured Daisy Caruthers’ heart?
But bothering to sacrifice his freedom and propose had been a step further than he cared to tread. Besides, why did he need to? It was inevitable that Daisy would one day be his. At a time of his choosing. Or, more likely, when he at last confessed the feelings of his lifelong, love sick heart.
However, declaring one’s romantic intensions isn’t as easy as it sounds. Especially when one must also pluck up the courage to tell one’s best friend. Who happens to be your prospective lover’s brother, and a champion pugilist to boot.
So Pierce hadn’t thrown himself on Cupid’s arrow. Instead he waited. And dithered. And assumed. Only to be outwitted by the well-heeled Duke of Portland, who bedazzled Daisy with a title and fortune far exceeding Pierce’s own.
Not that Pierce would ever accuse Daisy of accepting the lure of status and wealth over love. No, Daisy was wild and untameable, vivacious and fun. Rank meant little, and the most brightly polished jewel appeared dull in comparison to her natural sparkle. But it seemed that women worried about being left on the shelf. And Daisy clearly thought she had been left idling there for far too long.
And so, in a whirlwind of wedding plans, Pierce lost her. The biggest regret of his life. But fate can be fickle and has now given him a second chance. Daisy is in mourning. Her husband, the Duke of Portland, is dead! And although it is far too soon to declare his love, this time Pierce isn’t going to linger and let anything, least of all convention, stand in his way.
But before he can willingly leg-shackle himself to the love of his life, fate muddles his way yet again. Accused of the Duke’s murder, Pierce is on the run. With Daisy hiding secrets and indulging in madcap schemes of her own, will he ever be able to prove his innocence, avoid the hangman’s noose, and surrender himself to the parson’s one!
A Fragile Chain of Daisies is a standalone mystery romance, the latest in my ongoing Regency Flowers series. To immerse yourself in the grandeur & dazzle of English country estates, the London scene, and the total power and stunning wealth of the aristocracy, read my other titles to appreciate the characters, relationships, society rules, and outrageous events mentioned in this book.
Suitable for all ages 16+
When Daisy’s husband is killed in a horse race, she is faced with the question of whether it was truly an accident or not. When a new man appears in her life, her childhood friend, she is even less sure of her entire situation. Then the blackmail letters arrive.
I liked Daisy. She was a strong female protagonist. No matter what life threw at her, she kept her head up and trudged on. Even when she’s less than certain about the people around her, she manages with a confidence that made me adore her.
I liked a lot of the dialogue too. It showed a deep connection between the characters with them sharing their worries, fears, and occasionally, a jab or two. The ending wrapped the story up quite nicely. Even though this is a romance book, there was still plenty of suspense, mystery, and intrigue to keep even thriller fans like me enthralled.
All around, a fantastic read.