STORY: In the game of seduction, everyone wins…
As a lieutenant in the Royal Navy, Benedict Frost had the respect of every man on board—and the adoration of the women in every port. When injury ends his naval career, the silver-tongued libertine can hardly stomach the boredom. Not after everything—and everyone—he’s experienced. Good thing a new adventure has just fallen into his lap…
When courtesan Charlotte Perry learns the Royal Mint is offering a reward for finding a cache of stolen gold coins, she seizes the chance to build a new life for herself. As the treasure hunt begins, she realizes her tenacity is matched only by Benedict’s—and that sometimes adversaries can make the best allies. But when the search for treasure becomes a discovery of pleasure, they’ll be forced to decide if they can sacrifice the lives they’ve always dreamed of for a love they’ve never known…
REVIEW: London – 1817
Benedict Frost, age 29, has been part of the Royal Navy for 17 years. Just arriving in England after a long voyage, he hears talk of the “theft of the century.” Six trunks full of new, uncirculated gold sovereigns with a value of 50,000 pounds has been stolen from the Royal Mint, and a large reward of 5,000 pounds has been offered. Benedict, intrigued by the reward, would like to recover the money and use the money to increase his sister, Georgette’s dowry. At age 20, she is living above the book store that had been owned by their parents before they passed away. Now, it has been sold to their cousins and she needs to find a new home by her upcoming 21st birthday.
Benedict has been blind for 4 years and uses a cane to navigate himself around. Using a noctograph, he has written a book that he now wants to get published. Hoping to find out more about the missing money, he steps into the Pig and Blanket for a pint. The only table available for him is if he shares it with a veiled woman. Her name is Charlotte Perry but she introduces herself as Mrs. Smith. In truth, she is the daughter of the Reverend and Mrs. John Perry. For 10 years, she was a famous courtesan, going by the name of Charlotte Pearl. Benedict has planned to stay with the Reverend Perry.
So many people have joined in searching for the missing money. Charlotte has decided to try and find it herself so she can provide a new life for herself and her “niece.” So, Charlotte and Benedict discuss what is known so far about the theft. The neighbor of the Reverend’s family is Edward Selwyn, a very wealthy man known to do anything for attention. Charlotte is convinced he is involved in the theft of the coins.
The murder of a young girl who reportedly saw someone spending one of the coins is upsetting to all. Then Benedict is attacked and stabbed in the arm. Charlotte tends to his wound and they begin to spend time together resulting in an attraction. As the search for the thief zeros in on a well-known person, the stakes get higher for Charlotte and Benedict.
I enjoyed this novel but it took me awhile to for it to truly grab my attention. I hope other readers like it as well. Don’t give up. It gets quite good. I am a huge fan of this author.
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher
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