Under His Protection

Most debutantes meet their intendeds at polite societal gatherings, not over a duel in Hyde Park.

 

However, Greyland Kingston is not your typical young lady, and her family is far from conventional.

 

Alexander Hamilton, Duke of Ravenswood, is about to find out how unique the family is when he becomes unwittingly entangled with the newly arrived Kingston’s from New Orleans—one family member in particular. With her spirited personality and innocent aversion to all things proper, Greyland Kingston completely throws him off his well-established game.

 

The gossip fans start to flutter when Greyland, her two older brothers and distinguished father, make their debut. Who is this family? How do they know The Queen? Why does the patriarch look like the ghost of the long-ago Plantagenet King, Edward the IV?

 

Trouble ensues in the form of jealous women, ambitious men, and a vengeful Irish clan. Alexander quickly finds that having Greyland for his own will come at a steep price…

 

And he must risk everything to keep her protected.

What Readers are Saying

 

Truly a MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN, Greyland and Alex know just how to ‘tame’ the other with just a look and yet when alone they have UNBRIDLED DESIRE that neither knew existed. ★★★★★ -mjlovestoread

 

WONDERFUL read on a speculated history topic! ★★★★★ – Amanda 

 

This novel combines all the elements you could want in a good book: PASSION, ADVENTURE, HUMOR and INTRIGUE! Would love to see this on the big screen. ★★★★★ – Karen

 

This historical romance weaves a tale of ROYALTY, BETRAYAL and LEGACIES. It’s not to be missed! ★★★★★ -Mommyneedsabook

 

Haegert beautifully crafted each character and blended their roles in the story PERFECTLY★★★★★ -Missy

 

Beautifully written, smooth yet suspenseful. I must admit, it is EXTREMELY WELL WRITTEN, and Stacy Von Haegert will definitely have my attention. ★★★★★ -Nooks Books and More Blog

Excerpt

 

The sound of thundering hooves trampling over the earth brought Alex’s mind right back to the present. All three men jerked their heads toward the intrusion. A bay steed burst through the bush carrying a wild-eyed girl. Her beautifully carved slender legs were exposed up to her knees and she was missing one of her slippers.

 

The horse immediately sensed the wolf and reared straight up. Surprisingly, the bareback rider managed to hug tight to the beast’s neck and stayed on. As the front hooves made contact with the ground—and before the horse could rise in protest again—the girl catapulted off the side and unsuccessfully grabbed for the reins. The mare bolted away.

 

“Damn!” she said, simply annoyed, as if she had lost a shilling rather than a thoroughbred.

 

“What on earth!” Perkin’s previous calm appearance all but shattered into a thousand pieces in front of them.

 

“Is that a wolf?” The girl’s sites fixated on Malikite, a glint in her bright eyes, her breathing coming hard, causing her small breasts to rise and fall, threatening to escape a much-too-slack bodice.

 

Alex stared. Who on earth had helped this poor woman dress? Clearly a dressing-maid with a vengeance. Unless the young lady before them was newly escaped from the asylum. Which might explain the entry.

 

The girl was completely disheveled. A twig dangled from her raven-black curls. Windblown pink cheeks decorated her milk-white skin and a bead of perspiration highlighted her cupid-bow lips. Her eyes were like the palest green of the sea, and they raged as wild as a developing storm. Never in his wildest dreams had he ever thought a woman could be this… inspiring. Captivating. Alive! She had to be from the asylum, Alex concluded. Someone’s daughter or young bride that had lost her wits and had to be committed.

 

A Few Reviews

 

Lorrie

5.0 out of 5 stars A feisty heroine and the man who could love her for who she was.

Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2020

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I would rate this story 4.5 stars and rounded up. My favorite moment was when Lady Kingston came jumping over a hedge on her horse and slid off as is ready for battle. And I loved the fact that the hero instantly measured the type of woman she was and how refreshing he found her from the many debutantes he had met.

 

The history behind this story was well-plotted, intriguing, and captured my attention. The progression of their relationship was full of emotions: danger, intrigue, mystery, passion. Reading about the politics from this era was a great escape from the modern-day politics. But about 3/4 of the way through the book, I was ready for the ending. They had achieved their HEA and it could have ended there but there was one more bump in the road to cross which, for me, dragged out the ending. But after thinking on it, I guess there was one more character to deal with but by this time, I didn’t want to read about him…. I wanted the happy couple’s moment to finally arrive.

 

Still a really good read, and I do recommend it. There’s nothing more exciting than a love story wrapped around danger.

 

Traci Bookstagram

5.0 out of 5 stars Great book

Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2021

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This is my first book by Stacy Von Hasgert and I will definitely need to read more. This is a great regency romance. The story was so good and had a few twists that I really enjoyed. Greyland is such a strong willed female character, I absolutely loved her! She is not at all like many of the female leads in books set in a similar era, you just have to reference how she meets Alexander the first time.

 

The relationship with the three Kingston siblings is so great to read about. There is also some great growth seen in Alexander’s character, who was not looking to move away from bachelorhood when he first met Greyland. I absolved this book and will need to read the second book in the trilogy. 

 

CathyLynn

5.0 out of 5 stars The Kingston’s

Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2021

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This is such a great regency, and the best part was the Kingston’s were American. This is Greyland’s story but her brothers will be getting their books, at least I hope so. Greyland is such a unique character for that time period, she rides house, fences, and can also be a lady when the time comes. Alexander is taken with the Greyland and how unique she is. There is always intrigue and suspense and mysteries to be solved. This is a fabulous book with wonderful characters. This is worth reading and I am waiting for the next installments. Amazing, simply amazing.

 

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

 

Linda S Adams

5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable

Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2021

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Under his protection I’m sitting here trying to think of a word I can’t come up with one that would give it justice awesome phenomenal unforgettable I don’t have to tell you what it’s about because you can read it yourself but I will tell you this it’s one of the books that I will read over and over and over again I felt like I was actually there watching them and listening to them in person it was funny adventurous loving it was just one of the most awesome books I have ever read it’s beautiful and they have more coming which I will buy I highly recommend this book I really really do.

 

mjlovestoread

5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly engaging and wonderful start to this trilogy!

Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2021

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My first from Stacy Von Haegert and most definitely not my last, Under His Protection is WONDERFUL! With all the rumblings of success wrt Bridgerton and Sanditon, I have to admit that I do love this time period in history and with this book I was thrust right back to the early 1800’s England. But what sets this book apart from the others is the idea that an American-bred family with deep royal lineage can be the stars of the show, happily taking the residents of high society by storm and doing it with a grace that is clearly lined with a bit of mayhem and mischief along the way.

 

I love these Kingston siblings. Sure they know their place but the fact that their father traveled the world them in tow, meant they learned more than most should have. Perkin and Edward know their roles as oldest and middle. But it’s Greyland as their dear younger sister who is at the forefront of their lives and who decidedly keeps them on their toes almost daily. Her spirit is unmatched and the way she can be an elegant dancer of the waltz one minute and expert fencer the next made me smile. She could have been this spoiled princess but instead she is caring, loyal, and sympathetic to those who are less fortunate. She doesn’t hesitate to do what she wants when she wants, whether or not the world around her agrees. When Alexander Hamilton suddenly enters her life, Greyland is tossed even further into a whirlwind and there is no guessing just how he will change her life.

 

The fiery American and the handsome rake. Truly a match made in heaven, Greyland and Alex know just how to ‘tame’ the other with just a look and yet when alone they are unbridled desire that neither knew existed. They manage to thwart any other interest in Greyland which leads to uncovering a plot against the Kingstons, Alexander, and the Crown itself! There is plenty of action and plenty of passion, whether it is for each other or for the evil that lurks in some they may be closest to. But in the end, it’s the ‘normalcy’ that the Kingstons embody that is the most endearing component of this book. They treat each other with kindness and pure love which is in stark contrast to how they should act during this period in time when everyone seemed stuffy, uncaring, and cruel. They are truly a breath of fresh air and I could see why the Queen herself was completely enamored! I was right there with her.

 

Under His Protection is extremely well-written and Von Haegert masterfully combines a truly charming love story with the darkness of English politics beautifully. Her use of an American family at the forefront is unique and gave this story the freshness others lack. Brothers Perkin and Edward will be getting their stories told next and I look forward to more of this engaging family and the adventures they can’t seem to avoid despite their best intentions.

 

A must-read that I thoroughly enjoyed, I happily give Under His Protection a huge 5 stars!

 

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