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Racing with the Wind

(Agents of the Crown #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  45 reviews
The intrepid daughter of an earl leaves Regency London for the Parisian court of Louis XVIII, where she finds adventure, mystery, and above all, love.

Hugh Redgrave, marquess of Ormond, was warned. Prinny had dubbed Lady Mary Campbell “the Swan,” but no ordinary man could clip her wings. She was a bluestocking hellion, an ill-advised match by every account. Luc
ebook, 266 pages
Published July 23rd 2012 by Boroughs Publishing Group
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Lady Mary Campbell has no desire to have a coming out but knows she must finally do so after delaying it for a few years to please her mother. At the ball, no one really captures her attention, as her attention is drawn to more un-ladylike pursuits, riding astride, helping her uncle with spy work and the like. She has no interest in marrying and having a chance at losing the one she loves, as she lost her father so many years ago. Yet one man manages to grab her attention with his dashing good l ...more
This was a wonderfully written love story.
There's an enjoyable amount of historical detail in this book and
it is filled with steamy, good written love scenes, I so enjoyed Ms.Walker's characters .
Her characters are strong and believable.
I love Paris and she beautifully described Paris of the time.
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end and recommend
it to all lovers of historical romance...

Interesting book with a great story line however there was just something missing for me from this book. Don't get me wrong, this book is well written, and does not have any grammar or editing mistakes. I just could not connect with the storyline or the characters.
The book just did not have a historical romance feel in the plot. The lead female character, Lady Mary seemed like someone from modern times and placed in Regency England. Everyone loves this female and she does not have any rivals. No
Sep 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This review posted originally at: Once Upon A Book

Note: I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Oh my, I have to admit right now that when this book came into our inbox here at Once Upon A Book I was absolutely captivated with the idea of a fantastic Napoleonic/Regency espionage story and snatched it up right away. Oh, the possibilities! Regency period novels are one of my favorite historical genres, next to medieval. What can I say, this titillating tal
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Racing with the Wind takes place in England and France. Napoleon (Boney) has been overthrown in France and Lady Mary’s uncle Adrian, Lord Baynes, is an integral part of the Prince Regent’s (Prinny’s) diplomatic force that travels abroad to ensure England’s place in world affairs. Lady Mary’s father died when she was a child and her uncle has been more of a father figure than an uncle. And she is more than interested in the political climate than she is in attending balls and galas in order to fi ...more
Mary Willmont
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-read
Recently, I've become acquainted with Reagan Walker, a new author of historical romance. In Racing With the Wind, I encountered Lady Mary Campbell,who like the famous Scarlet O'Hara, didn't fit into the role expected of her as a young woman of society. In spite of how little room the dictates and expectations of her privileged class allowed her, Mary is able to express her individuality and to be adventurous and strong willed enough to resist being pushed into a mold she considered unacceptable. ...more
Amanda Hughes
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Writing Fiction 101 says, "Start your novel with a grabber," and that is just what Regan Walker did in Racing with the Wind (Agents of the Crown) chapter one. In the first paragraph she hooked me with a scene reminiscent of The Scarlet Pimpernel and later A Tale of Two Cities. Racing with the Wind is a story of intrigue and romance set in early Nineteenth Century England and Post Napoleonic France, a period turbulent and lavish at the same time.
Walker lays an accurate historical foundation witho
April Showers Bring Fungi From Yuggoth
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to April Showers Bring Fungi From Yuggoth by: Innovative Online Blog Tours
Reviewing for "Racing with the Wind" Blog tour-will post review after it appears on my blog, on Sept. 10 2012

Review of Racing with the Wind Book 1 Agents of the Crown Trilogy
Reviewed for Racing with the Wind Blog Tour for Sept. 10 2012
5 stars

A well-researched, enticing, and sensual novel of Regency England (and the European Continent) by author Regan Walker, “Racing with the Wind” immediately captures readers’ interest with the escapades of the legendary “Nighthawk” (is he a thief? A type of res
Tina Williams
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Hellion and the Spy

Racing with the Wind is the first book in Regan Walker’s Agents of the Crown Trilogy. It is a passionate romance between an unconventional debutante, Mary Campbell and the dashing Hugh Redgrave, the Marquess of Ormand. It is set in 1816, in the turbulent aftermath of the defeat and imprisonment of Napoleon and the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy.

Hugh is an agent for the British crown and as the legendary spy, the Nighthawk, obtained intelligence, securing Napoleon’s de
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
I received a copy of this book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

I prefer my period romances with heroines who are not faint of heart and constrained by society. Mary, the heroine of this story is far from compliant with the restrictions placed on a woman of society in 1816 London. She is encouraged in her difference by her uncle, a diplomat for England, involved in the intrigue surrounding the cour
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lady Mary Campbell is not your ordinary lady coming out into society, she is intelligent and can match any mans wits, has a will of her own and if she had her way would do away with her introduction to the season. With her first entrance she makes heads turns and quickly becomes known as outspoken and untameable, it does not however stop the single gentlemen from taking notice of the beauty she bestows and the desire to get to know her closer.

Hugh Redgrave, the Marquess of Ormond, had been warne
Patricia McAllister
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Regency with a Suspenseful Twist

There are three things I look for in good historical romance fiction novels: strong heroines, accurate historical details, and an education. The third expectation means I must finish the book having learned something new or something more about real historical events or people.

Prior to this book, I didn’t know much about post-Napoleonic France, so there was a definite education awaiting me in Regan Walker’s “Racing With the Wind.” It was an enjoyable and eye-open
S.B.K. Burns
Jul 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Racing With The Wind by Regan Walker bears all the facets of an historical condensed into one fine jewel of a fairy-tale romance.

Walker’s done her homework. Not only is her novel historically accurate, but I find myself sharing the hero and heroine’s story to such a degree, its pages transport me to the very century they represent. In this fictional account, the early nineteenth was a time when France’s returning monarch was threatened by those desiring the return of ex-emperor Napoleon. In the
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lady Mary Campbell is an unconventional woman, though Regency society is less forgiving of individuality in a woman than a man. Bored with her first season, she prefers to help her uncle, a British Diplomat, and despite objections, accompanies him to Paris.

Thrown together with a British Spy known as The Nighthawk, Mary is left in his care, but she then proceeds to infuriate and frustrate him by her own efforts to exercise her investigative skills. He swings between wishing to had never met her,
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
An intelligent, astute, debutante more interested in political intrigue than the dull monotony of the ton.

The heir to a dukedom gains a reputation as a rake to cover for his clandestine activities for the crown. He's not prepared to give up freedom but a hoyden catches his eye and dismisses him then finagles her way into his mission as well as his waking thoughts.

I enjoyed this novel because of the strong, resourceful, witty female heroine not willing to compromise or diminish herself to placate
Kate Robbins
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What did I love about this book? Everything.

Walker's attention to detail is incredible. Add to that larger than life characters, a passionate love story, and political intrigue and the result is a fantastic book I couldn't put down.

Hugh Redgrave is a smokin' hot hero who's easy to root for. Lady Mary is adventurous and passionate. I sometimes find characters like her overbearing, but I didn't with her. Walker carefully crafted her and she did a fantastic job of it. The story's setting and politi
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Ms. Walker pens a historically accurate plot in "Racing with the Wind" with just enough action to keep you guessing untill the end. Her characters are strong and believable with passion. I totally enjoyed the book and looking forward to the sequel. Recommened for all who love a good historical romance filled with mystery and passion.

This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
Violetta Rand
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A delightful spy tale set amongst the glamorous Regency era. No wallflower here ... the heroine, Lady Mary, captured my interest from the start. She's not satisfied with gowns and balls. This lady knows what she wants.

Passion explodes between the H/H, adventure, deep historical undertones, and superb imagination on the part of the author make this a must read.
Lauren Laviolette
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Smarter than the average romance novel!

Much research has obviously gone into this quick-paced story that follows the intrepid Lady Mary. With spies, intrigue, and a smoking hero-- Racing With the Wind is an alluring page turner.
Karen Llanes
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think think was such a well written book. I loved how Regan Walker use the facts of true historcal figures in her story. I thought Ormond and Mary had such chemistry together.
Vibina Venugopal
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
The novel opens dramatically with Nighthawk sneaking into Napolean's general's private space stealing highly confidential documents consisting of Napolean's army advances...There are things about a book that appeals to you from the beginning and this novel had every ingredient to grip me into it....Lady Mary Campbell is not taken away by the glitz and glory of the ball, nor she finds any solace in gossips..It is solely for the sake of her dear Uncle who gave her life a new direction by encouragi ...more
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

Regan Walker's Racing With the Wind is not your typical Regency romance. But then, Lady Mary Campbell is not your typical Regency romance heroine, either. Not from the minute she comes galloping into the story, and Hugh Redgrave's life, riding astride her stallion Midnight.

And that pretty much defines Mary. She rides in men's clothing, she doesn't ride sidesaddle, and she's riding a stallion. And just about from the first minute he meets her, Hugh Redgrave,
Adria (Musings and Reviews)
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Breath of Life Reviews

I have a deep, abiding love for historical spy romance novels. Why? Because being a spy was way harder when there was no such thing as phone taping devices, or night vision goggles and it adds an element of suspense and excitement to the overall story. The only downside is that it becomes difficult to find books with this theme that don't all sound the same after awhile. Racing with the Wind by Regan Walker is thankfully, one of those novels that doesn'
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
It’s no secret that I love a good historical fiction and when Racing with the Wind came on tour, I jumped at the chance to review it. Regan Walker offers a delightful Regency romance filled with wonderful characters, spies, mystery and adventure. I became caught up in the tale and it kept me enthralled to the last page.

The tale begins when we meet Lady Mary Campbell “the Swan”. Much to her disliking she is having her first season, since her tactics to delay it yet again are refused. She must beg
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of this review as part of a blog tour:

Racing With the Wind is the delightful debut release by Regan Walker, and the first book in her Agents of the Crown trilogy. Set at the end of the Napoleonic Wars, this romance takes place during the changing political and social scenes in both England and France. With charming characters, good dialogue and plenty of action, Ms. Walker grabbed my attention from the first scene and kept
Feb 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
The era during and just after the Napoleonic Wars were very exciting times and it makes the perfect backdrop for a historical romance- or so I think. I was eager to read this story about an English nobleman rake who moonlights as one of the Regent's best agents in France and about the tempestuous lady who refuses to conform her life to suit what is expected of her.

Lady Mary Campbell is an intelligent woman who loves to read, discourse on any subject with intelligence and ride her powerful black
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

Now, I will admit that I am not a huge fan of historical fiction. Why? I always seem to find the books that either totally ignore history or indecently butcher it, or else I read about times that I quite frankly hate for their treatment of certain parties. However, this blurb tempted me and I am so glad that I bit. Where do I start?

First, the characters. I love, love, love them! I felt so close and connected to Lady Mar
My Book Addiction and More MBA
What a great novel to introduce a new series by Regan Walker! I absolutely adore a novel with a slightly rebellious leading lady!! Throw in some action related to spies and agents and you’ve got the perfect historical fiction for me!

When Hugh Redgrave, aka Ormond, first laid eyes on the lovely, spirited, Lady Mary, he knew she was nothing but trouble. Beauty, perched upon a black stallion, racing the wind. And he knew that she would be a women that would not be broken. Not looking for a bride, H
Nicole Laverdure
I just finished reading “Racing with the Wind” by Regan Walker
It’s her first novel in her trilogy “Agents of the Crown”.
I have never read any books by this author and I was totally surprised!
This historical romance is set in France/England. Since so many complete
Reviews were previously done, I will write a short one.
I loved her characters!
Mary Campbell “The Swan” is a headstrong and outspoken heroine,
who is very much interested in politics, she also wants to be free.
She is wild like the wind and
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