The heroine is typical "I will never marry. I will have my own money, my own residence, and will be a poet"! All the while checking out the hero and fantasizing about being in his manly strong arms or to feel his powerful manly body on hers. She's the character who dresses as a boy and passes herself off as a young lad so that she can gallop her father's faithful massive steed across the countryside. And then schemes to keep daddy from finding out.
The hero is half English and half French, which is interesting. However the author continuously adds a sprinkling of French in every sentence he utters. The bon, oui and mon ami became annoying. But what ruined this book was when the hero notices the "young lad's" ass and begins thinking what he'd like to do to it. Only to shake himself and remind himself that it's a very young lad. The hero's in his late 30's. His lustful thoughts continue and he asks the "lad" if he's into men. Then starts talking about sexual encounters. This just smacked of sexual predator with the age difference. An adult fantasizing and being inappropriate with a minor. Sure, the lad is the heroine but he did not know that.
Only made it to the end of chapter 3 and deleted.