The Archery Contest is one the most entertaining stories I've read in a while. I love historical romance but Ms. Lyn has added something special to this one. The hero and heroine are fascinating and intriguing characters. It's a game of cat and mouse, but who's the cat and who's the mouse changes throughout the book.
Willy is one special lady. Her humor, self-confidence and warmth draw the reader in. Alex is cynical and jaded but can't help himself around Willy. The dialogue between the two is witty, funny and enchanting.
Secondary characters, especially Willy's brother, give depth and detail to the story. This is an unconventional romance but it is a romance. The journey to love is funny, touching, frustrating and filled with charm and excitement. I could have done without the scenes with Alex's mistress, but I guess it was a reality of the time period. The sexual tension between Alex and Willy is palpable and simmers in the background throughout.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to more from this author. Great debut story!
Lady Wilhemina Kirkpatrick knows what she wants and that's Alexander Fitzhugh. It's Willy's first Season and she's found her man. Unfortunately, Alex doesn't want to be a wife. He's a rogue and determined to remain so. But he's never met anyone like Willy and doesn't see the danger until it’s too late. The chase is on and Alex isn't used to being the prey.
Alexander Fitzhugh is a bear of a man, quite content to spend his time with his sturdy mistresses. When both his father and his cousin begin to pester the rakehell to fulfill his obligation to produce an heir, he balks at the idea of having to select his bride from the dainty debutantes of the Season. Thinking to eventually find a robust widow, he is not prepared for the campaign launched upon him by "Bill", a petite blonde vixen who already has more than enough young swains dancing to her tune; nor is he prepared for the raging desire and protectiveness she evokes in him.
Lady Wilhemina Kirkpatrick, or Willy as her intimates call her, is enjoying her first Season and plans to find a suitable rouge to teach her the art of becoming a flirt. Once she sets eyes one Alexander Fitzhugh however, the headstrong young lady quickly decides the earl will be the perfect match for her. Undaunted by his surly behavior toward her, for she has seen the blatant passion burning in his eyes, she contrives to ensnare the acrimonious lord and everyone knows - what Willy wants, Willy gets!