Istabelle O'Bannon is not a typical young woman. She is captain of her own ship and a fearless defender of those who are unable to defend themselves. Despite her bravery, she decides she must call on her cousin, Mangan, to help her reclaim treasures from the vicious villain, Horik. She sends a letter to Mangan, whom she has not seen in over ten years. Since that was a time when they were still children, Istabelle does not realize the man who arrives to assist her is not Mangan, but Ruark Haagan, a mercenary soldier. Circumstances prevent Ruark from revealing his true identity at first. Will this case of mistaken identity lead to romance or ruin?
Although this is the fourth book in the "Wild" series by Sasha Lord, it works well independently. The heroine is strong and brave, but has a passionate streak that makes her all the more charming. Ruark is a man who has thought only of his own fortune in the past, but the injury of his brother in battle and meeting Istabelle bring out the tender side of this alpha male.
Beyond the Wild Wind has all you could want in a historical romance: plenty of swashbuckling action blended with rich romance. I am usually a fan of comtemporary romance, but when I read a book of this caliber, I realize I should seek out more historical romances to balance my reading palate. Ms. Lord's love of animals shines forth in this novel, too, which is no surprise since she is a vet on top of being an author and a mother to five children. I wish much continued success to this talented storyteller.