January 1813the British army is preparing to cross the Pyrenees and advance against Napoleon's army. Only one thing stands in the wayfunds. It will take two people masquerading as lovers to carry out a dangerous plan
Despite inheriting the traveling Cirque EquestreFrance's proudest equestrian traditionGabrielle Rochon has no loyalty to the emperor who destroyed her family's way of life. Independent and headstrong, she pledges to help the British army, knowing her late father would have done the same. But her mission to smuggle gold across France within the cirque to the Duke of Wellington's headquarters in Spain is one the British won't let her do alone.
Colonel Leo Branfordan arrogant, striking foreigneris ordered to play the part of her husband so that he may escort the gold without arousing enemy suspicions.
While Gabrielle is annoyed that she must publicly bow to his every whim, the danger of the mission binds them in a disturbingly intimate way. With French troops precariously close to uncovering their charade, it is imperative that neither of them forget their purpose or themselves.
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I like a story with intrigue and a strong hero. Leo was a perfect hero, handsome and smart and all that. I wasn't too sure at first about the premise but I'm so glad I didn't put this one aside. It was great!!!
White Horses It's a beautiful book identifying and showing of a variety of horses. The characters are also well developed. Lots of twists and turns. The only problem I have with this novel 'White Horses' is that it is too long winded. This novel should have been at least 50 to 75 pages shorter.
In 1813, Earl Colonel Leo Standish is assigned to escort a Rothschild purchased gold shipment from Brussels to Portugal, needed since the Peninsular merchants refuse paper money as remittance for goods and services. Leo is to masquerade as the husband of Gabrielle Robiscon, part owner with her two younger brothers, of Cirque Equestre, a traveling horse troupe. Gabrielle has agreed to deliver the gold out of love for her recently deceased father, a royalist.---- Leo and Gabrielle meet and he behaves like a pompous aristocrat though he ¿obeys¿ her orders to better fit in with the traveling show. As the French seek to steal the gold, Leo is forced to perform as the ringmaster so that he does not stick out anymore than he already does. Sharing a moving boudoir platonically and great danger at all times, Leo begins to admire and respect his ¿wife¿, who teaches him life¿s lesson that love is everything.---- Regency romantic suspense fans will enjoy this rousing tale of love between an arrogant lord and a horse trainer-performer amidst the danger of Napoleon¿s forces seeking to find and kill them. Though the choice between lifestyles by the lead couple seems too easily resolved, the changes in Leo are believable and deftly handled. The audience will agree with his estrange mother ¿God bless Gabrielle¿ as she makes the action-packed tale unique, refreshing and exciting.---- Harriet Klausner