I am not a huge fan of historical romance, but I’ve recently started exploring a variety of stories in the genre. After enjoying The Scandalous Marriage Compromise last summer, I was intrigued by Lydia San Andres’ latest Harlequin historical release. Full disclosure: Harlequin provided me with a copy to share my honest thoughts.
The story is about Amalia, an energetic young woman who wants to escape her controlling older brother and go on a European adventure with her younger sister. To achieve his dream, he and Bandit hatch a plan to steal the stage. The idea is that the uncle pays the price and he and his accomplice share the spoils. But things take an unexpected turn when the older brother sees this as an opportunity to get rid of Amalia. San Andres features another brave hero reminiscent of previous works. Despite her wealth, Amalia questions the norms. The story takes a look at the rich Caribbean upper class of the past, a rarity in historical romance, and especially its two brunette protagonists. Amalia is not your typical shy girl. She knows what she wants and is fearless in confronting the men in her life.
The male protagonist, Julian, is a multi-layered character. He hides important details about his family and sometimes acts suspiciously. However, I was won over by his charm and humor. Julian is a good guy who makes imperfect decisions, and this complicates their love. For those who can’t stand cheating in their love, Julian can evoke mixed feelings. However, I was intrigued by his charisma and unpredictable twists and turns. A love story with non-stop action and drama. Action hero fans will love the focus on saving the world, which will be especially appealing.
The story never loses pace and keeps the reader interested. Jokes and delicious romantic moments are sprinkled throughout to prevent any dull moments. A Daring Plan for Love is a great read that offers a fresh take on historical romance with a strong-willed protagonist, a likeable but flawed heroine, and a suspenseful plot. Whether you’re a fan of historical romance or just getting into the genre, this book will be a worthwhile adventure.