Darcy whisks Georgie off for what she thinks is a romantic getaway but she soon discovers that he intends for them to marry at Gretna Green. Throwing aside the concerns of her needing permission to marry due to her being in line for the crown (thirty-fifth to be accurate) and the issues of her marrying a Roman Catholic, the two are determined to go ahead. But a massive snowstorm delays their plans overnight. The next morning, before they can continue on their way, Darcy discovers that his father has been arrested for murder. He calls off the engagement, too proud to drag Georgie down with him. But Georgie is determined to stand by her man and prove her future father-in-law innocent, if she lives long enough.
The Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen is always a ripping good read, and “Crowned and Dangerous” is no different. It was great to see Darcy and Georgie move closer to their ‘happy ending’ but as always, circumstances conspire against Georgie in form of a dead body. The book was filled with interesting characters, a fun twist-filled plot and lots of witty dialogue. This series might be in double-digits but it’s still fresh and funny.
Nothing is simple when you’re thirty-fifth in line for the British crown, least of all marriage. But with love on their side, and plans to elope, Lady Georgiana Rannoch and her beau Darcy O’Mara hope to bypass a few royal rules...
With Darcy driving me out of London in a borrowed motor car, I soon discover that he isn’t planning to introduce me to the pleasures of sinning in secret—as I had hoped—but to make me his wife!
Of course, there are some quibbles to be dealt with, such as my needing special permission from the King to marry a Roman Catholic and the question of where we might live after the honeymoon. Though he will inherit a title, Darcy is as broke as I am. Even his family’s Irish castle has been sold to a rich American who now employes Darcy’s father as a hired hand.
Throwing these cares to the wind, nothing could deter us from our mission—except perhaps the news that my future father-in-law has just been arrested. It seems the rich American was murdered and Darcy’s father had more than enough motive to do the deed. With the elopement postponed, we head for Ireland where he insists he’s innocent, and it’s up to us to prove it—for better or worse.