Date: 22 November, 2005 — Book
I'm not quite sure what is up with this one. It's almost more of an action novel than a romance, as the impetuous Captain John Staple takes over a toll-gate on a whim, so as to protect a young boy whose guardian is missing. Then he sees the beuatiful Nell Stornaway and resolves to stay as long as necessary... and somehow gets drawn into a web of intrigue and danger that seems simply absurd. It's fun but a little strange.
In many ways, this reminds me of Elizabeth Peters' Legend in Green Velvet, which is hardly surprising as her mysteries are often thinly-veiled romances, while this romance is a thinly-veiled mystery. So there's your crossover read: If you like Elizabeth Peters, you'll probably like Heyer, and vice-versa.