In this steamy novel from Ashlyn Macnamara—“a born storyteller” (Jennifer McQuiston) who “brings all the elegance and romance of the Regency to life” (Tessa Dare)—a dutiful young lady tries to resist the charms of a rogue from the legendary Bow Street Runners.
When Lady Elizabeth Wilde and her sisters are summoned once again to their chronically anxious father’s deathbed, she’s shocked to find that his worries are at last justified. He’s terribly ill, and Lizzie suspects poison. But when she seeks help from the Bow Street Runners, her request is answered by a rough-hewn rogue known only as Dysart. Though his irreverent charm by turns shocks and captivates her, a man of Dysart’s background is an altogether inappropriate choice for a duke’s daughter—isn’t he?
Although Dysart has his reasons to disdain polite society, the promise of supplemental income from a noble’s coffers is too tempting to deny. But if Dysart means to apprehend the culprit who poisoned the duke, he’ll need to avoid any and all distractions—like the delicious swish of Lady Elizabeth’s hips. Yet as the investigation begins to unearth secrets he’d rather remain hidden, Dysart must decide at a moment’s notice whether to hold Elizabeth at arm’s length . . . or pull her dangerously close.
Review: The premise of this book is interesting, sick father tells his daughters he’s dying and wants to see them married off before he meets his demise, only he’s been claiming he’s on his deathbed for years. Except this time, Elizabeth fears it’s actually true, though her women intuition tells her that there’s something seriously wrong, so what does she do? She runs to the authorities, or the Bow Street Runners. Immediately, the reader is immersed between two worlds, one of privilege and one where murder is an every day occurrence. Thankfully, right off hand there reader is given a glimpse into Dysart’s, our Bow Street Runner, mind and in his mind he speaks quite beautifully.
Which is in direct opposite to his cockney accent he uses with Elizabeth. He’s intelligent, well mannered, and can mimic basically any accent.
So basically, you know right off the bat, things are not always what they seem, and what better way to let him investigate all of the people closest to the family than by going to the very house party that her sisters are hosting in order to choose potential husbands?
The scene is set.
And the story takes off.
Only it doesn’t, at least not right away, it seems to linger a bit once you think you have all the information you need, we go from suspecting everyone to one person back to everyone back to one person back to everyone–I think you get the point. It does at times get tiring, but the author is trying to keep us in the dark, and I get what she’s doing, so I kept reading, hoping that in the end I’d be surprised.
I had to admit, I was slightly surprised, it wasn’t this huge gasp moment, but it was still good, and the writing was solid.
What I loved: I really liked how Dysart truly stayed true to his character even once he revealed who he was. The writing was spot on and intelligent, I enjoyed how the author didn’t take any creative license with the era and you can clearly see she’s talented at what she does.
What I didn’t love: I realized, after reading this book, that I’m not a huge fan of Who DONE it romances, only because at times I want to see more witty banter between the characters, more flirting, but it’s unfair of me to judge this book based upon something I discovered while reading, something that wasn’t the authors fault at all, since the book was in fact really good!! It just wasn’t my favorite because I like to see more of the relationship side of things, less of the mystery but that’s all personal preference.
If you love stories that keep you guessing and suspense tied in with your romance this is the absolute perfect book for you.