Welcome to The Wyndham Legacy, the first novel of the Legacy trilogy, set in England in my favorite era, the Regency period. There are actually two legacies: one from the distant past; the other a very current one that touches our main man very directly - indeed, one that smacks him in the chops.
Marcus Wyndham never asked to become the Earl of Chase. The Duchess never asked to be illegitimate, And neither of these two asked that their fates become so entwined.
In The Nightingale Legacy, Caroline Derwent-Jones is at the eve of her nineteenth birthday. She's chomping at the bit to get out from under the control of her smarmy guardian, the frighteningly obsessive Roland Ffalkes. But Ffalkes has other plans for Caroline. She manages to escape him only to find herself in the fascinating company of Frederick North Nightingale, Lord Childon.
In the early 1820's, horse racing was a down and dirty sport. James Wyndham, who owns racing stables in both England and America, finds his racing nemesis in red-haired Jessie Warfield, renowned hoyden and champion jockey, who knows as many dirty racing tricks as James does. When either wins a race, the other's nose gets rubbed in the dirt.
Jessie has known James for six years, since she was fourteen years old. She often wants to kick him for the way he treats her, but more importantly, she adores him. She just doesn't know how to show it.