If He's Daring (Wherlocke Book 6)

By Hannah Howell

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
precia carraway
Howell never disappoints her readers. This story is a great addition to the Wherlocke saga. I truly enjoy ed it.
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maria mallis
Love the relationship between Orion and cat!! And especially with the kids!!was too good to put down... And loved the trouble the ghost caused...
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eva reario
Another GREAT story . Each and every story by Hannah Howell is a wonderful way to escape for a few hours.
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jenelle kerr
Love the book, love the author. Book is in heat condition, and for the low price of $.01 you can't beat it.
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cara winter
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elizabeth schurman
Great newer series from Hannah Howell! Love the excitement and newer twist on Historical Fiction. Great stories with loveable characters.
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mary nash
I would love to read more you are one of the best I do read your books over and over thanks
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Continue to enjoy this very strange , talented family . Many more out there so more to come I hope
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Love the Wherlockes. I anxiously await each release in this series as they are a must read for me.
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alexander chang
I love this series even mote than the highland ones. This can stand alone intakes more sense if read in series order as it references many from previous books. The plot involves a woman greatly, horrendously wronged and betrayed
Betrayed without her knowing it. Her son is kidnapped by a greedy uncle lusting after the inheritance. She borrows a coach belonging to the very gifted Orion Wherlocke who follows her. Of course, they fall in love
She finds pit her husband was unable to bed a woman so colluded in her multiple rapes by drugging her heavily before every encounter until she became pregnant by another, now deceased, Wherlocke who left her son with a powerful gift of seeing and speaking with the dead. Fine story, good action, happy ending.
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alexis rutz friedrich
I like this series of books and I like this author. Great book.
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matt grinberg
Another great book in the Wherlocke series. I need to read these slower so I can wait for the next book the be released.
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unggul setiadi
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
another good Wherlocke book. I love this series!! can't wait for story on Modred or Leo
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jim riley
Great book as usual. I love the characters you have created and the family is always making me smile, wanting to know who will marry next. This book is a great read. I have always loved hannah Howells books, she truly has a great gift of her own. Can't wait until the next book as always.
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Hannah Howell keeps the reader going, and wanting more. I can't wait till March.
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Love this series. Been a while since I've found a book I've enjoyed so much! Praying there are more .
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Fantastic reading. I love all of the Wherlocke and Vaughn series and this was no exception. You will love it, even if it's your first Hanna Howell read. Can't wait to read the next one.
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gina turliu
All here series are good reads
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amanda moore
Hannah Howell always keeps the reader entertained through the whole book!
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corrie carpenter
As always, Howell delivers. I really liked this book.
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jeremy lasda
Great book one of my favirite series next to her highlanders, can't wait for the next book!
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rebekah taylor
Hannah kept her series going with twist and turns. Good read!
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amber garza
Really enjoy all her books but I especially like this series!!
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travis nichols
An interesting book.
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leandi cameron
I love the wherlocke n Murray families. Amazing stories, I can't wait for the next one. It's already pre-ordered, and it will be another great storyline!!
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Love Hannah Howell books. This one did not disappoint
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Loved the story. Hannah Howell is one of my favorite authors. She kept me interested throughout the whole book. Impatiently waiting for a new Wherelock/Vaughn story.
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This book was very entertaining as all of Hannah Howell books are.
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My romance needs are pretty basic, lots of sex and a decent story. When I first discovered Hannah's "Murray" series, I was thrilled; she started the sex early and kept it going throughout the story. I bought and read all 20 books twice. I bought and read the only Wherelocke books that were out at the time, the first five, which I enjoyed the story, although there was not enough sex. In "If He's Daring," not only is there very little sex, it is down right boring sex. The other thing, which I would not have minded at all if the sex was better, was that the story line is a rehash of "Highland Guard," heroine's child was not fathered by her late husband and for the same reason, a gelded husband, and the husband's brother want's what is rightfully his.
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I have All Hannah Howell books
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Love it , can't wait for the next one!!!!!
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kimberly moynahan
I enjoy this "family" and the stories surrounding them. Entertaining and an easy escape from the daily grind.
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All Wherlocke series are good reads.
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vincenzo dell oste
Books were as described
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virginia doss
Another Great Hannah Howell Story
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dan usher
You really can't go wrong with a Hanna Howell book. I am aol glad I never pay attention to the reviews, and just purchase her books.
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neelotpal kundu
Outstanding. Read it in one night.
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carly ann rigby
I really enjoyed this book
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sabrena edwards
I simply love this series and can't wait for the next one. Hannah Howell makes me believe in the unusual which is great considering the real world.
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kenneth rankin
Another engaging addition to the series. The characters and the story flow smoothly together.
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Loved the book. I always love Hannah Howell.
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Freaking awesome..read it all in one setting . It is now 4:30 am...what a good read. So many more to learn about. Mordred it is your turn.
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evan leach
I love these books !! Action, Suspence romance , make these books easy to get into and a quick read. Love the Werlococlk series and the Murray's . Finally an author who completes their stories. Thanks
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shala howell
A new story of these delicious family with all the misteries and gifts... Simply Loved it!! Cant wait for the next one! If you read The ones before this, You surely wont be disapointed.. Higly recommended!
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stephanie ellsworth
It's a great book.
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amanda banken
great read
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nathan rostron
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a yusuf
I love this book and it was so worth the wait.
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ruthie wade simpson
continued the family story line not outstanding but a good read
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emily mcgrew
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
daniel omel
Loved it as much as the five books before this one. I enjoy reading Hannah Howell more than any other author.she never disappoints
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j to the muthafuckin r
very satisfied
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I always enjoy her books
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kevin fanning
Great but needed the plot to include more input from the other family members during the story and not just at the end. The children's roles were interesting but the overall chemistry between Orin and his lady needed a bit more...
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alana garrigues
Love reading about the Wherelocks and Vaughns.... I'm looking forward to reading more about this fascinating family very soon hopefully.
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eduardo luiz
If He's Daring has lived up to expectations. Great continuance of Wherlocke family saga. Glad to have read it. Have pre-ordered next book.
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chris blocker
Good book. Howell's stories are meant to be regency however them cover out more modern. I still enjoy reading them
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
As with all Hannah Howell books it was a great read. If He's Daring is wonderfull addition to the Wherlocke series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Stands up with the other books in this series. It is what I expected from the author. I can't wait for the next one.
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read the book twice, captivating, intense, loved the characters
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I love the wherlocke and their cousins. I really enjoyed reading this book I look forward to more of Hannah Howell books.
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katherine m
It is just as good as the rest of the series. Would like to see books on Leo and Modred.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Howell's characters are so strong, the plot good. The Vaughn's & Wherlocks are almost as much a favorite of mine as the Murrays are.
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bryant scott
Exceptional writing, entertaining and enjoyable. Waiting for the next Wherlocke, Vaughn novel.
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Great as always
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
kinda slow..
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jared novak
Great read!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cristina mj
Loved this book. It's a page turner! !!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Really enjoyable reading
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I love all the books in this series. The characters are really interesting and the plots well written.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
juliana winger
great author with another great read love this serries
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rebecca smith
Another great read from Hannah Howell
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
josh spurgin
Could not put it down
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I love all of these books!
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Just love this series!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
chelsea froemming
Love this series! Can't put the book down until it's done. Love all Hannah's work.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
man bartlett
Easy Transaction
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Love it along with the rest of the series!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Enjoyed immensely. One of my favorite authors.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
cosette leonard
Love this series by Hannah Howell. Can't wait for the next one.
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Love it.
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andy george
I've enjoyed this series quite a bit but I do have to say this one wasn't very intriguing with very little action. The villain was pathetic and sick! I really didn't like the story behind Alwyn's birth, especially the villain's hand in it. Thought it was pretty sordid even with the 'no holds barred' trend historical books are taking these days. 8 year old Giles stole the story for me. He ended up being more of a hero than Orion with more action, compassion and gumption than all of the adults in the book. Orion barely used his tracking gift throughout and was just kind of boring. I will still be reading the next in the series hoping it's better than this one.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
micah wallace
She has written better.
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taja sparks
Howell is vividly in your face from the first page of this novel. You can’t escape her upbeat writing or her captivating storytelling. Readers are drawn into the intricate world that she has crafted. Reality and fantasy merge in this one of a kind story. Howell captured my imagination and my heart throughout, making the story easy to follow and to picture.

The main characters in this novel are very easy to get to know and like. I thoroughly enjoyed Howell’s gradual character development throughout. It was also nice to see the characters getting to know more of themselves and what they are capable of throughout their adventures. The fact that much of the supporting cast in this novel was children added another unique element to the story. The full cast was remarkable, filling out the story perfectly.

This is definitely one of those series that you should read in sequence for context, otherwise you start the story in the middle of an ongoing conflict. At the same time, this story could be read on its own and still be very enjoyable in and of itself.

Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Sorry to have finished my last story of the Wherlocke & Vaughn families. All six books were very enjoyable, good love stories with little female "mishishness". Intrigues and the stories and the characters were all a delight. Villains were villainous; the good people were good, kind, sexy, and heroic. Hope for more. The hermit Duke would be a good character to bring out.
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prachi rungta
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A fast-paced historical romance that ultimately made me feel like something was missing, as I couldn’t completely invest myself in the romance.

Opening Sentence: The groan echoed through the small house, every note of it filled with pain and helpless fury.

The Review:

In the two years since her husband died, Catryn’s brother-in-law has been giving her nothing but problems in his quest to become heir to his brother’s estate. First, he proposed to Catryn. After her refusal, he decided to try and legally get himself named heir. Now that that too has failed, he has resorted to kidnapping her son. After her horse comes up lame whilst trying to chase down her brother- in-law’s carriage, Catryn finds herself stealing a nobleman’s carriage, not knowing that his 8-year-old son is currently inside.

Sir Orion Wherlocke is none too pleased when he catches up to Catryn and his son, yet he can’t help but feel sympathy for Catryn’s plight. Thus, at the encouragement of his son, Orion agrees to help Catryn track down her brother-in-law and retrieve her son. Being in such close quarters makes it hard for them to deny the attraction that is sparking between them, but neither Catryn nor Orion are interested in starting a romance. Will they continue to be able to deny their attraction to each other, or will they give in to the feelings they can’t help but have?

I’ll be up front and say that I have not read the first five books in this series; however, it did not affect my understanding of this book in the least. The history of the Wherlockes and Vaughns was explained very well, and Catryn and Orion’s story really didn’t seem to need more backstory than was given. So, I would say that this book could easily stand alone if anyone was interested in reading it prior to the others.

That being said, there just seemed to be something missing as I read the book, and it frustrates me that I can’t put my finger on what it was. The book moved quickly. The kids were adorable (although they at times seemed a lot wiser/older than their years). As a mother myself, I empathized with Catryn’s plight and was eager to see a quick resolution. But for some reason, I just did not find myself invested in the romance between Orion and Catryn, and as that is the main focus of the book, that is a big problem.

Another big issue I had involves something we learn towards the end of the book. I don’t want to delve into spoiler territory, so suffice to say a secret is revealed. If the events of this story were happening to me, discovering this secret would result in a much bigger reaction than that of Orion and Catryn. It seemed as if everyone gave a mental shrug and said “What can you do?” and went about their normal lives. I just would have liked it if the secret had been revealed earlier and we got to see more of how the characters adjust to the knowledge.

All in all, while the pace of the book was fast, I felt very apathetic towards everything that was happening and just could not connect to the romance at all. Suffice to say, I probably won’t be checking out the previous 5 installments of this series.

Notable Scene:

His face was so close and so very handsome. She could see concern for her in his beautiful blue eyes. His mouth was almost as pretty, the bottom lip a little fuller than the top. Catryn could not recall the last time she had been kissed by a man, and she suddenly craved a kiss.

Orion knew it was a mistake as he lowered his mouth to hers, but the way she had looked at him had been a temptation he could not resist. There had been a glint of want and curiosity in her sea-green eyes, and his body strongly encouraged him to respond. It took but one brush of his mouth over her full, soft lips to tell him that he could be risking a lot just to steal that little taste, but he ignored the warning.

Catryn curled her arms around his shoulders as he kissed her.

When he nipped at her bottom lip, she opened her mouth so that he could deepen the kiss. Her body trembled from the strength of the desire that flooded her. He tasted so good, his body pressed against her was a delight, and he even smelled wonderful. She wanted to sit there in his arms and keep on kissing him until the sun rose.

That thought was enough to make a warning bell sound in her mind and she gently pulled free of his hold. “I believe I need to write a message and send it to my father, for we must try to learn if there is Wherlocke blood in my family,” she said as she stood up and brushed down her skirts with shaking hands, knowing it was a ridiculously abrupt change of subject but desperate to get away from the man.

“Have him send an answer to Radmoor, the Earl of Radmoor’s country home, as we will stop there soon.”

“Good night, Sir Orion.”

“Sleep well, Cat,” he said, and smiled at the way her shoulders stiffened as she hurried away.

It had been an abrupt ending to a sweet moment, but he was not surprised. She had not shied away from his kiss but had not shown any great experience, either. It was yet more proof that he should stay far away from her, but he knew he would not be able to. Already he wanted to hunt her down and kiss her again. Licking his lips, he deemed hers the sweetest mouth he had ever tasted.

“There is trouble for you there, fool,” he muttered to himself as he headed back inside, but a part of him refused to heed any advice, actually anticipated running right after that trouble until it was caught.

FTC Advisory: Kensington/Zebra provided me with a copy of If He’s Daring. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
hamza mousa
4.5 – 5 stars

Sometimes I get a craving for certain kinds of books, just like I do for certain kinds of foods. When I want Highlanders or Regency romance, Hannah Howell is my go-to.

I hadn’t read any of the Wherlocke series before this book, but they’re all standalones, so it didn’t matter.

I always enjoy Hannah’s stories, but I liked this one even more than usual. Not only did it take me away for a couple of hours and immerse me in a completely different time, but it also including a family of paranormal characters. Not shifters or vamps or anything like that, but humans who have some very special abilities (foresight, healing, etc).

The hero, Orion, is a very likable rogue. He likes the ladies and is a confirmed bachelor, but he also takes care of his own, has a good heart, and is first and foremost a gentleman. The heroine, Catryn, is pretty naïve for a widow and a mother, but she’s got a lot of spirit.
There’s mystery, suspense, and plenty of PG-rated romance, making this a great read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
alegra loewenstein
A twist in my historical obsession, If He’s Daring is a Stuart Era romance, and the sixth in the series following the Wherlocke family, yet the first I have read. Hannah Howell instantly captivated my attention and kept me glued to the pages as I followed the adventures of Orion and Catrin.

What an interesting set of people: Catrin, she lives with her father as she raises her son after being widowed. A less than satisfactory or even congenial marriage, she is, understandably not particularly interested in another marriage. When her son Alwyn is kidnapped, she takes the daring step of hijacking a waiting carriage to chase after him. Unfortunately, the carriage she takes comes with a young occupant: Giles, son of Sir Orion Wherlocke.

Sir Orion Wherlocke – what a wonderful name and imagery to use for a hero. The hunter, and Orion is that, stealthy, forward thinking and in possession of a singular determination to sort the mysteries and remain apart from all entanglements. In fact, his own abandonment issues developed in seeing so many before him in loveless and uncaring relationships, and he is just starting to come to terms with his own newly discovered children. He is a King’s man – honor, duty, country and family all come first, and he is well-versed in maneuvering about society. This red-haired carriage thief challenges him, her behavior so different from other women of her station and her dedication to her son, and treatment of his is admirable and awakens feelings that Orion would rather ignore.

Several madcap dashes hither, thither and yon as they track Catrin’s brother in law and son throughout England. Catrin’s challenging behavior, the introduction of the paranormal with Alwyn’s ability to “see dead people” add layers of dimension that seem to weight down Orion with ‘things to sort out’. These two play well against one another, with dialogue and enough time together on their quest to give solidity to a budding relationship. And you can’t forget the children: their interjections add moments of humor and insight that is revealed in a way that only children can present. The second from this series I have read – these stories stand on their own without difficulty, and are a fun and engaging read from start to finish.

I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
michele mcdaniel
Lady Catryn will do anything to save her son. Including stealing a carriage to help save him. She doesn't expect to be tracked down by the owner of the carriage or what it leads to. Sir Orion is from a family with a history with different gifts. He isn't looking for anything other than his carriage back but once he meets Catryn he knows he has to help her save her son from her brother in law. She knows about his family and doesn't let it bother her. The more time she spends with him the closer they get. Orion soon wants more than just a fling. He grows to care greatly for her. Now he will do anything to help her even if it puts his self in danger.

Catryn is a beautiful woman who is a great mother. She always puts her son first and will do anything for him. She really doesn't know much about being sexy or what a man may want. She and her late husband had an odd relationship. She doesn't want to believe in the gifts the Wherlocke family are rumored to have but the more she is around the more she believes. Orion has never been one to deny when he wanted a woman but in some ways he is scared of Catryn. Se makes him want more. He has a unique gift that I really liked. He also is amazing in the fact he loves his family and will do anything to help them as well.

I like this story as it has romance, danger, secrets and a family with amazing gifts. Some of them are harder for the person to deal with but still awesome to read about. Catryn does things she never thought she would do. She is a strong woman to begin with but she becomes more so in this book. She learns to accept what her son deals with. Orion is different as he has his wild oats but doesn't try to hide them. He steps up and takes care of them. He doesn't care what people think of him. He never looks down on Catryn and I love that about him. There is tons of danger as Catryn's brother in law knows no bounds in order to get what he wants. I hate him so much. He has put Catryn through so much and doesn't care to hurt an innocent. If you love a great romance with wonderful characters this is a must try book. I eagerly look forward to reading the rest of the series.
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An enjoyable historical romance with a touch of magic, If He's Daring was a lovely read. With magic, romance, and a few surprising secrets, this book was great and I really liked it.

Catryn was a lovely character. Very protective of her son and determined to bring him back, she definitely proved that she could be a force to be reckoned with. And she was a likable character in general, compassionate, accepting, and kind-hearted. I thought she was great.

Orion was good as well. He might have been avoiding marriage for his entire adult life but, once he met the woman he would love, all that went right out the window. He was caring, honorable, and, most adorable, a great father. I really liked him as well.

The romance was sweet. Catryn and Orion were lovely together. It was clear from the start that they were both smitten and that only grew as the book went on. Though there was definitely an attraction between them, this was a fairly clean romance with fade-to-black scenes. Overall, I thought they were a sweet couple.

There were a couple of things that brought the book down for me. 1) Though Orion had 3 sons, we only got to see 1 for the most part. The other 2 only appeared a few times. I would have liked it if they had all featured in the story, rather than just Giles. 2) The dialogue in this book tended to get very rambly. The characters would go on and on, overexplaining things in a way that was both tiresome and unnatural sounding. It came off as stilted, particularly when a little boy would speak in that overly formal, long-winded way. Not all of it was like that, but it was enough to be noticeable and somewhat annoying. So, it brought down the book a little for me.

The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. There were definitely some twists along the way, as well as a few secrets that took me by surprise. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was lovely.

If He's Daring was a wonderful historical romance with a touch of magic. It was sweet and enjoyable, with a few surprises in store. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
katey howes
This is the 6th book in the Wherlocke series.

Catrin Gryffin de Warrenne is chasing after her brother in law who has taken off with her son, when her horse goes lame. Lucky for her, there is a carriage near. Because it's the only thing she can do, she steals the carriage to continue the pursuit of her son.

Sir Orion Wherlocke can't believe that someone stole his carriage which happened to have his son in it. Even knowing who took it and that she promises to bring it back, he can't leave his son in the hands of a stranger.

Giles, Orion's son, befriended Catrin when they stopped to rest the horses and when Orion catches up with them conveniences them to help Catrin get back her son.

Orion knows that Catrin is not someone to have an affair with and then leave, so when he finds himself attracted to her he has to decide if he wants to give up his bachelor ways. Is he willing to do that for a once in a lifetime love?

There is so much that I love about this story, but I don't want to give away too much! I loved Orion and Catrin together. Howell does a masterful job with the secondary characters, several of whom we've met in previous stories. They add so much to the rest of the story and it just wouldn't be complete without them.

If you've not read the rest of the books in the series, I recommend reading them first. It's not a necessity to do so, but you will enjoy the story a lot more in doing so.

I can't wait to read more about his family!!

Thanks go out to Kensington Books via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
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After reading the first five books in the series in fairly short order, I took a bit of a break and here I am on number 6. It was a good break and kind of gave my mind something to think about besides being immersed with the Wherlockes and Vaughns.

It was a fun story, despite some darker moments and incidents. Catrin and Orion are a very comfortable couple. There was travel, and adventure, a handful of adorable plot moppets, and of course, the indomitable Wherlocke-Vaughn family. There were secrets to ferret out and a villain to overcome, and a family to be made.

Other than that there really isn’t a ton to say about this book. It fits into the mold with the rest of the books in this series, right down to some rather useless interest in another woman at the beginning, and a pregnancy to hide until love has been revealed at the end. If you happen to be happy to step into that mold then you’ll enjoy this one too, as I did.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
beth knipper
Each new volume for the Wherelocke and Vaughn families, is like a special edible present! It goes way to fast and then you have to wait too long for more! I won't belabor the events of the book with another retelling. I will only say that I am so grateful that Hannah Howell has created such prolific families for these two amazing families! There are endless tales yet to tell of amazing people with miraculous talents and sensual dispositions.

Hannah Howell is a talented and wonderful author, who never lets us down with her tales of these two families! She makes you believe in the miraculous and has you searching crowds for tall, dark and handsome men, just in case . . .

Orion may still have to deal with stolen coaches, given the increasing proximity of his family as neighbors, and given the nature of the children he and Catrin now have and will undoubtedly have many more of in the future. I love this world Hannah Howell has created and populated with Wherelockes and Vaughns, and the interesting people who become attached to them!

★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
jeremey brown
"If He's Daring" by Hannah Howell. The story of Orion and Catryn. I really liked Catryn - at first I wasn't sure how I felt about her but as the story progresses, I grew to admire her more and more. She's strong, fiesty and caring. Even though she's a widow, she cares to retain her reputation and struggles with her feelings for Orion and if she should act on them. Orion was fun - I loved how he would try get her fired up so he could enjoy her red-headed temper! And his nervousness at the end was quite enjoyable to see. I was hoping to see a bit more danger - even when Morris grabbed Catryn and Alwyn, I never felt that sense of dread. For me the story did start a bit slow but, although the danger level didn't increase, the pace did quicken and I enjoyed the second half much more. This is book #6 of the series but I don't believe one needs to read the others (I have read two) to enjoy the story. Enough background is given to understand the quirks of the Wherlockes and Vaughns. (received ARC from NetGalley)
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
annagrace k
If He's Daring is a historical fiction story with one foot in the paranormal world. It is filled with suspense, a truly evil villainous brother-in-law, a likable and ingenuous couple and several adorable boys. I was not expecting the paranormal element since I had not read any of this series before but I really like it.

This is a most unusual book, but very interesting especially with how it tied the paranormal part of the gifts with the society of the time. Having not read the others in the series, I still was able to enjoy the tale of Catrin and Orion. The kidnappings kept the focus of the story central and foremost. The story keeps you reading and hoping for all to have a happily ever after that the boys with Orion and Catrim deserve.

I will admit now being interested in meeting more of “those Wherlockes” as Catrin called them. If this book is any indication, this is quite a captivating series.

NetGalley provided a copy for an honest review.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I will be honest I have never read a book by Hannah Howell that I have not absolutely loved. Whether it be the Murrays or Wherlockes or her vamps she hooks me in.

There is always a real life drama to be found in her stories, some learning lesson we can walk away with but her sense of family or clan...the cherished feeling she gives us with the children just further wrap us into the storyline.

Lady Catryn needs help getting her son back and Orion is just the man to help her....with a little help from his son :D Giles slips in and just steals your heart along with Catryn's son Alwyn and his repeating his fathers words.....not everyone is willing to take on the strange abilities that the Wherlockes own....will Lady Catryn?

Thanks Hannah for another very satisfying read!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
This is the sixth book of the Wherlocke Series. Sir Orion Wherlocke got the surprise of his life when a lady stolen his carriage with his son inside. Giles is an enjoyable happy kid who happen to be very mature for his age. It is funny when Giles keep his father on his toes. Catrin Gryffin de Warrene's son was kidnap by brother-in-law because he was not appointed guardian. Therefore, he will not have control over her son inheritance. Sir Orion agrees to help Cat. It was a nice ride around the countryside to find her son. With a mix of paranormal talents within the Wherlocke/Vaughn family, it is very interesting. I can't wait to read the other books in this series. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher thru NetGalley for an honest review.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
courtney andes
I am a huge fan of this series and have read each and every one. Catryn’s son has been taken by his greedy Uncle and she will do anything to get him back, even stealing a carriage. When she stops to rest she learns that there was a passenger on board. A little boy about her son’s age, name Giles. Giles had been living on the streets until he recently found his Father. Orion Wherelocke works for the government and is an expert tracker and goes off in search of his son. Once he catches up with them Giles convinces him that they must help Catryn. I have been waiting for this book since I finished the last. The family is colorful, funny and loyal to one another. The story is exciting fast paced and passionate, I loved it. Looking forward to more.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
april shepherd
The trouble with reading a book that's part of a series without reading the others is that you have to play catch up a lot. Although there is a lot in the book that would be explained by reading the rest of the series, it was still an excellent read and can be done as a stand alone.

The story starts with the abduction of Catryn's son Alywn. She's frantic to get him back from her former brother in law Morris. She chases him through London but is foiled by a lame horse. She then steals a carriage standing ready outside a home. She continues her pursuit not knowing that a young boy Giles is tucked away inside.

Giles father Orion is not pleased. He had plans for the carriage and now has to hunt down his runaway property and son. When he catches up with Catryn the story gets interesting. We learn that Orion and his son possess 'gifts' such as feeling others emotions and tracking a person. The whole family apparently has different powers - all different but powerful. This is an element of the supernatural, but it was believable and is key to the plot.

It turns out that Catryn and her son also have gifts. Catryn can sense danger and Alwyn can speak to the dead - a highly advanced skill. He has a powerful spirit guarding him and it helps you worry less about his predicament.

Orion trusts his son Giles' assessment that they need to help Catryn. He is also highly intrigued by her and also by her gift. He senses they are part of his extended family and it rouses his protective instincts. Catryn is widowed and beautiful. A combination that is tempting to Orion. He starts to lust for her and the close quarters of travelling together makes it easy to explore each other.

I enjoyed the chase to reclaim Alwyn. It had elements of suspense, ingenuity and triumph. Although they reclaim the boy, they still have to deal with the blackness of Morris. This leads from the country setting of his cousin to the crowded streets of London.

While they are racing to deal with Morris, Orion and Catryn explore the lust they feel for each other. Although Catryn is a widow, she has no real sexual experience and it was Orion's great privilege to explore the intimacies of love making with her. They are a fiery combination. The sex scenes felt right. They fit in with the plot line, they fit with the development of the relationship and how both characters were falling in love with each other. While not graphic to the point of blushing, things get pretty heated - but definitely in a great way. Orion is a caring and considerate lover. He is gentle and understanding of Catryn's ignorance and delights in teaching her how to reveal in the earthly delights between a man and woman.

Orion has three bastard sons who all possess gifts. Catryn is accepting of this when many other women of the time would be condemning. He sees to their care and makes fatherly choices for their upbringing. He is learning to be a father within this unusual family.

The final showdown with Morris is full of twists and turns. I didn't expect to hear about the sick and twisted things he did along with Catryn's husband Henry. Orion's love is a balm to the shocking news and she is able to cope and continue forward with life.

Orion and Catryn are a great match. I loved them together. I loved how it was a slow burn and they were fully aware of what they were doing when the consummated their relationship. They knew it was a big step. Even with a few misgivings as no intentions had been verbalized, the instinct to trust each other was imprinted on them.

The only challenge I had with this book was that the names were outbid the ordinary. Iago, Bened, Orion, Catryn. They took some getting used to. But it made the book feel a little magical. As if you were reading about an alternative reality of historical England.

Overall I really enjoyed this book. I raced through reading to the end as I couldn't wait to see how it all turned out. It seems, even people who don't believe they deserve happy endings get them.
Reviewed for Kiltsandswords
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
laura c
I haven't really read one of my own books for quite some time. I enjoy reviewing my books from NetGalley. I couldn't not read one of Hannah's. I love her books and have all but her first books. This story surely will be one of her best. Her characters would fit right into your living room. Wish they were in mine! Catryn is fighting her brother-in-law for custody of her son from her late husband. There are a lot of spoilers in this story. She snatches a carriage and meets Sir Oliver when he follows her chasing to get her son back. Here is where the spoilers start. You will miss a good book if you don't read this book. Please give it a try and Enjoy! I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I enjoyed this book very much. It was a bit lighter than previous books but going off other reviews I had feared that Ms Howell had fallen into the new habit that so many other authors have in over explaining and constantly repeating themselves to flesh out the books, and only end up insulting readers intelligence in the process... HOWEVER, I was happy to see that Ms Howell did not do that and I am really looking forward to Modred's story, as well as the new characters she has introduced. I hope this series doesn't end soon as I enjoy it as much as I do the McNachton stories and look forward to each new book. I do hope she bundles both series when she ends them.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
gail lovely
"If He's Daring", book 6 in the Wherlocke series, has developed and expanded the ties of the Wherlocke and Vaughn families. The families have an abundance of children, born with special gifts and insights. Orion Wherlocke has charmed his way across the ton. He's used to women vying for his attention. Then he meets Lady Catryn. He has met his match. Before the story ends, Orion knows he cannot walk away from her or her son. An era has ended. Orion Wherlock has given his heart and his love. The next book in the series is "If He's Noble." There's so many more charactors to be explored.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
It wasn't a truly bad read, but it wasn't the best thing ever. The problem is, if you have all this help to call on during dangerous things times, and then don't, then getting kidnapped and beat up is just crazy. It made no sense.

I read it to keep up with the story of future character stories.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I adore the Wherlock series. This is another great read filled with plots, conspiracy, and amour. Orion is now my favorite Wherlocke, but only until the next in this series. Catryn only wants her son, Alwyn, returned. Orion offers his special talents to aide Catryn. Orion is a rascal and rake and likes his life just the way it is. No permanent ties and only three responsibilities Hector, Paul, and Giles. A few interesting love scenes, a few mad races, and a few interesting talents and the return of Alwyn unite the two families. Orion realizes four sons, a baby on the way and Catryn is what he has been needing to complete his life
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
In a continuation of the Wherelocke family saga, author Hannah Howell once again creates a fabulous story of intrigue, jeopardy, desire, and what I consider some very fun moments. After Lady Catryn de Warren arrives home to discover her son kidnapped and her father bruised and battered, she immediately sets out to rescue her boy! When her elderly mare comes up lame she does what seems absolutely essential and steals a strangers carriage leaving her lame mare in trade. What she didn’t realize at the time was she stole more than a stranger’s carriage - inside resided the stranger’s son who was totally enjoying a new adventure. Cheeky little devil he was!

It didn’t take Sir Orion Wherelocke that long to track down his carriage and son, and Lady Catryn was immediately taken with the handsome devil, even knowing of the rumors associated with the Wherelocke family. He just might be the one person that could help her find her son and keep his inheritance safe from her ruthless brother-in-law.

*** Well this may be book six in the Wherelocke saga, but since reading book one and picking this one up I am completely smitten with this series. Can’t really categorize this series as paranormal, but the Wherelocke family sure as heck is fascinating and I absolutely love everything about them and have gone ahead and ordered every book in between that I need to catch up!

Lady Catryn was crafted beautifully, with strength, passion and loving protectiveness towards her son Alwyn. Not until the end of the book did the abuse Catryn suffered at the hands of her deceased husband come to the surface, which made me love Orion all the more with the love and protection he offered to Catryn. The sensual romance was dynamite, but with that said, what I truly enjoyed were the children especially Giles and Alwyn. Giles, the cheeky little devil, had me charmed from the very beginning, and young Alwyn (who talked to ghosts) and listened to his ‘father’ repeating everything he heard was truly a hoot!

As far as I’m concerned, the WHERELOCKE series is one I hope Hannah Howell never tires of writing about, because, I for one will never tire of reading about this fabulously interesting family. The best in fantasy writing and one I can see myself re-reading at a later date.

Marilyn Rondeau, for www.ck2skwipsandkritiques.com
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I dearly love the Wherlocke family saga and it continues with a bang. Hannah Howell has done it again with adventure, mystery, and of course romance. If you have read this series, your fantasy will come alive in this one. You have a hunky, handsome and terribly arrogant male by the name of Sir Orion Wherlocke. His family has secrets that are unknown to people of the ton and he likes that way. But being in the service to the King, he's about to be blindsided by a lovely, red haired woman who turns his world upside down. The woman in question, has just pointed a gun at his servant so that she can borrow Orions' carriage to chase down her brother in law who kidnapped her son. Lady Catrin Gryffin de Warrene has never done such a reckless thing as stealing a carriage, but she did leave her lame horse as collateral. As Catrin goes through London trying to catch up with her spiteful relative, she finally has to slow down so the team of horses can rest. Then when she jumps down to look after the animals, she gets a surprise of her life. Catrin has a passenger inside the carriage and it's a little boy. He's the son of the man who owns the vehicle, and tells her not to worry. His father will come and things will be alright. But once said father tracks them down, he is furious that his son was taken. Orion Wherlocke is dangerous to many but he's never been abusive to women. Catrin sees this gentleman and feels a spark of something she's never felt before. Before long, the quest to get her son back with the help of Orion and his son make's Catrin believe in miracles and love. Orion on the other hand has had his share of women who are just a sexual release with no stings attached. But this woman who challenges him, will be the only one who will hold his heart. I thank Net Galley and Kensington books for letting me read and review this ARC.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Hannah Howell has delivered another outstanding historical hit with the sixth in her "Wherlocke" series. Sir Orion is a dashing hero worthy of his feisty heroine. Throw in wily Giles and his antics while they dash around the countryside looking for little Alwyn, and that makes this one book hard to put down. Her characters, as usual, are well fleshed out and pull the reader into the adventure with ease. And even if you haven’t read any of the other “Wherlocke” books, you won’t be lost. This book stands well alone. An excellent read.
Lani Roberts at adcmagazine.com
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
maryellen donahue
I stopped reading the book at around 2/3 of the way. It is the first and last Hannah Howell book I'll try. It wasn't horribly written, it was boring and not so well written. As I kept reading it appeared that the story was put together in odd pieces. No effort was made to prepare a story line before the book was written. So the story was choppy and uneven. It was a generic romance of the sort that fills the shelves of every Walmart, Fred Meyer and Target. I don't even have to read the earlier books to know what they will be like.
Handsome, confirmed bachelor, meets inexperienced, blushing widow. She is immersed in a crisis, he feels compelled to protect and save her. While lusting after her, it isn't enough to marry her and settle down. and loose his freedom. Her sweetness and passion win him over, he cannot live without her.
Handsome, strong, single minded warrior, meets feisty, strong willed girl. They clash, but circumstance throws them together. Through crisis and catastrophe they find deep love and passion.
I require more than that. I require depth of character, strong, well written story lines and something at least a little out of the ordinary.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
tammy b
This is a lively, different and satisfying read, with a touch of the supernatural.
Definitely not your normal Stuart period historical romance.
Fate kindly takes a hand when Lady Catryn Gryffin de Warrene, displaying the termagite tendencies only a mother fearing for her child's safety employs, takes unusual steps to pursue her son's kidnapper
Sir Orion Wherlocke was kind enough to leave his carriage ready for the purpose of pursuit. Though to be fair, he was inside his mansion at the time contemplating another sort of pursuit, of the charming widow variety.
Unfortunately Catryn did not know that Orion's son Giles was inside the carriage when she hijacked it.
So a long list of people all pursing each other begins this rather startling adventure.
There is something otherworldly about Catryn and her son Alwyn. Catryn has strong premonitions. Alwyn sees dead spirits.
Howell's well placed humour blends gratifying characters and a rollicking, adventurous storyline. Her sly sense of the comic adds immensely to the various situations our heroes find themselves in.
Catryn is strong, determined and ready to brave all for her son.
Orion is capable, slightly detached and ruthless when necessary, especially where his family is involved.
Two such strong forces are bound to ignite strong passions when they meet, like colliding stars they are incandescent.
As the story progresses deeper darker mysteries are unravelled, involving sibling rivalries and a renegade Wherlocke cousin.
Catryn discovers answers to many questions she has occasionally puzzled about.
The Wherlocke children are delightfully entertaining with their quaint mix of squabbling and the serious discussions.
I enjoyed Howell's writing immensely and have put her on my 'must read more of' watch list.

A NetGalley ARC
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Another tale that did not dissapoint!..I've been following HH for a very long time and am glad to say,I'm still looking forward to each new release..This is a loving,if even a bit naughty,family who believe in those bonds!!..This book had a bit of the ghost story in it,and I loved every second,from the heroine "borrowing" something from the hero,and all the "little chracters" in between!!..I highly reccomend!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
james obando
Today was a wind whipped, rain drenched day. Thankfully a Saturday with perfect bed weather. Opened this lovely in my kindle and w a wonderful cup of tea on the nightstand I enjoyed the adventures of Orion and Cat. My darling husband received a few kisses on his pate while he napped at the sweet spots.

Grab this and make the time to enjoy. You'll be glad you did.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I have read all of Hannah Howell's books and they never let you down for a good story with unique people in them. Orion and Catryn are two that needed a special story and that's exactly what you get. The boys and her son's father's ghost are quite fun and add to the story. All the Wherlocke's and Vaughns make cameo appearances. Love it, will be waiting for the next chapter to happen.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
marcie james
Another grand slam written by Hannah Howell. Lady Catryn comes home to find her father hurt and her child kidnapped. She then ventures out to find her son and commandeers Sir Orion's carriage not realizing his 8 yr old son is in the carriage. Another fun, living and adventurous book!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
yvette bentley
I would do 5 stars, but a few pages are missing to make it that. Please add the missing pages. I would definitely recommend all the Wherlocke books to any one...
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
raeanna scharft
I love the Wherlock books. I love the characters.Great book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kate battles
I enjoyed all the characters. The children make such a fun experience within the stories on the Wherlocke family. This was a fun fast paced read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
talal chamsi pasha
Good read, light and fun banter. Love the ending. Gives more insight into the family and the history of keeping the family secrets
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
maria teodorescu
It kept you on the edge of your seat
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
john ryan
A poked Mama Bear, a mystical hero & 2 "hit you right in the heart" boys go on a paranormal rollercoaster ride!

Lady Catryn Gryffin de Warrene is a widow from a loveless marriage, but was blessed with a son, Alwyn. Cat's mom told her she was odd as a child because she could sense danger & her mom said it was a dirty secret that no 1 could be told. Now her son chats with dead people which freaks people out, so she has taught him to hide his secret, too. Since Awlyn's sperm donor death, his brother, Morris, has been fighting her Father's guardianship of her son in court & lost more than once. But as she runs home, with the devil at her heels, to find her father bleeding & bruised as he tells her that Morris kidnapped her son. People will never learn that you DON'T PISSED OFF A MOTHER BEAR!

Sir Orion Wherlocke is from a mystical family tree & along with the Vaughn family, each member has a special sense or power like, sensing people's emotions, chatting with dead folks, seeing the future & visions that could curl your toes or drop you dead where you stand!Then there is Orion who is always 1 step ahead of his prey, which comes in handy when he works for his King & country. He has just discovered another illegitimate child of his, Giles, who was taken in by his Cousin Penelope, after he was found on the London's streets. He decides to spend some time bonding with Giles & his other 2 illegitimate sons! Yes, the Wherlocke & Vaughn's have a lot of kids popping out!

As Cat is in hot pursuit of Morris's gaudy carriage, her horse goes lame, so she does what any other Mama Bear would do, commanders the nearest & faster transportation she can find. That is how Giles is accidentally kidnapped by a pistol welding red hair, as she "borrows" Orion's awaiting carriage. Orion starts to ask if people saw his carriage & he is tickled that everyone saw a read haired lady driving a carriage with a happy, smiling & waving boy inside the carriage, as it was following a ridiculous carriage with an unhappy & frowning boy inside. Cat has been driving hard, so she decides to rest the horses & screams as a boy jumps from the carriage & says, "HI!" Orion soon chases them down as his son & this female are having a panic with his food, but he listens to her kidnap story, totally believes her, has a all important chat from his son (who senses people's emotions) & decide to help her.

This begins a carriage hopping trek across England's unpaved, nasty & uncomfortable roads as they chase the crazy Morris & her son. There is some hilariousness aplenty, sensual kisses, strange otherworldly powers & senses, a found but not losed family tree, a night of tangle sheets, true acceptance, many loving & open hearts, boys finally being giggling & dirty boys, a crazy Wherlocke/Vaughn family reunion, a psycho of an Uncle, a pack of hired stupidity, more pistol welding & a wild romance wrapped in a mystical & sparkly bow! Will Cat get her son & her otherworldly man? Can Orion love her & NOT leave her? Who is the papa who is chatting with Alwyn on the other side? Will Orion's unpredictable family make or break his wooing?

This is the 1st book of the Wherlocke series & it was a full of fast paced action, never dull a minute & had a hilarious cast of kooky & quirky characters. Cat was a mom on the war path to find her son & hoping that she will make Morris pay for it with his blood. along the way was just a cherry on top for her! Orion was kinda of a mysterious hero at the begin, but I really enjoyed his many inner thoughts conversations he had in his head. They say that you are your own worse enemy & Orion took that saying & ran with it. Giles & Alwyn would such big characters in this tale & come on who couldn't love a boy who chats with dead folks & not respect Giles' determination to right wrongs! These 2 boys were a match set because what the other needed, the other provided! In any romance, there must be toe curling kisses, sensual caresses & just plain old down & dirty & Ms. Howell did disappoint me with Orion helping Cat unleash her inner KITTY CAT! Sorry I couldn't resist that dazzling pun! Ms. Howell lost me a lot in this tale & I always felt a step behind, but I think if I had read more books in this Wherlocke series maybe I would have enjoyed it more. This romance is all about love & family, which I loved, but I felt like I read Part B, but never got Part A, then Part D & so on. I will still read Ms. Howell's books because she can spin & weave a marvelous tale, but this romance did hook me at all & it's gets my score of 2 fingers up & 6 toes.

NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
annalee mutz
I have been a reader of the whole series. I anticipated this one and even pre-ordered it. I couldn't even finish it. It was boringboringboring. I can't even believe that Howell wrote this! I just don't understand how all of the Wherelockes/Vaughns have to be described and referenced constantly. It is as if there is no other substance of the characters to discuss. Our hero was boring. Our plot was boring. I have been known to finish even lackluster books to give the author the benefit of the doubt, but I couldn't stay awake long enough to do so. And romance? Don't even get me started.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I have always been a Hannah Howell Fan .. this is a very good book I will re-read it several times.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jaime carter houghton
Love the wherlocke series! Hannah Howell is an awesome writer :)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
brian switek
Anything written by hannah howell is fantastic!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
amydamontidecove com
I love Hannah Howell books......Read this within the week of its arrival. Loved it!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
rick king
Great book!! I really enjoy all the Wherlock and Vaughn series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
emily giles
I loved this book but beware it is in a series.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I really enjoyed this book. The whole series is great.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
melissa thi
Sorry, this author just doesn't get it. Where's the regency in this story? Just because they ride around in carriages on English roads and call the hero a rake does NOT make this regency. And what's with all this special "gifts" silliness. I felt like I was reading a bad 1810 version of the X-Men. This is almost as bad as those ridiculous books about time travel to medieval Scotland. In this book you even got some ghost, who in life raped the drugged body of the heroine, haunting the son who is the product of the rape. Then later you have the dead rapist ghost take over the body of the hero, were he uses it to get revenge on the villain. What??? Regency stories are about a period in history where strict standards on behavior between the sexes existed. They are running commentaries that are sometimes satirical sometimes straight forward examinations of how people dealt with those standards. Authors like Balogh and Metzger write those stories. Hannah Howell does NOT.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
A disappointing outcome for an highly anticipated new book for this beloved series. I have loved the Wherlockes saga since it began and was quite excited for this next installment. It is a major disappointment. (Spoiler alert!) The plot is trite; the damsel loses her young son to the evil brother-in-law, a chase ensues, hero and heroine meet, some twists and turns (all of which are boring, uninspired and pretty nondescript) and then "finally" love conquers all. There is no richness to this book. The characters are just that ....not real people. We rarely meet the villain and he gets no true comeuppance. In her previous books, Hannah Howell is able to make her protagonists and evil-doers come alive with distinct personalities, Wherlocke/Vaughn "powers", as well as rich plots that are enhanced by the people who inhabit this special world of pre-Regency London. This book just fell very, very short. For example - the opening has the carriage of Sir Orion Wherlocke stolen yet once (Third or is it the fourth time?) It should be a great opportunity to introduce our hero, his quirks, his temperament, his charm -- it is a ridiculous and potential rollicking occurrence). But nothing develops. A major flaw seems to be that Orion and Catryn rarely inhabit the same space. I don't see why they fell in love. One telling note -- the plot is so slow and is such an internal monologue. HH seems to have to explain everything in a ponderous manner. Orion has to explain his actions to himself and the reader. Then Cate has to do the same thing. Again and again. And as to the clouded parentage of Cat's son -- all I will say is YUCK!! Poorly handled and almost a "throw-away", unsatisfying conclusion. HH needed to set up a better storyline -- why didn't she use Orion's powers of Tracking as a major plot device? In previous books, HH has such skills in making magic in her dialogues between characters (Books 1-5). Her secondary characters (like Max the butler) have been wonderful. Introductions of multiple, minor characters were handled with aplomb and glee. They served a plot advancement, delighted the reader and then left. However, this book was like a initial draft or storyboard -- WHERE WAS HER EDITOR??!!

If He's Daring ..... a bit of a dud. But I live in hope for the next installment! Go Wherlockes and Vaughns!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I thought at first it was going to be the same, but I was happily surprised. It was very good.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Loved it!!!
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
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