STORY: Every girl dreams of a hero . . .
No one loves books more than Miss Mary Channing. Perhaps that’s why she’s reached the ripe old age of six-and-twenty without ever being kissed. Her future may be as bland as milk toast, but Mary is content to simply dream about the heroes and adventures she reads about in her books. That way she won’t end up with a villain instead.
But sometimes only a scoundrel will do.
When she unexpectedly finds herself in the arms of Geoffrey Westmore, London’s most notorious scoundrel, it feels a bit like a plot from one of her favorite novels. Suddenly, Mary understands why even the smartest heroines can fall prey to a handsome face. And Westmore is more handsome than most. But far worse than the damage to her reputation, the moment’s indiscretion uncovers an assassination plot that reaches to the highest levels of society and threatens the course of the entire country.
When a tight-laced miss and a scoundrel of epic proportions put their minds together, nothing can stand in their way. But unless they put their hearts together as well, a happy ending is anything but assured.
Miss Mary Channing, age 26, has just received a letter from her twin sister, Eleanor, who is married to Lord Ashington. She wants Mary to stay with her in London for the last two months of her confinement. While Mary prefers to stay home with her books, she knows she must smile and join her sister.
London – 1858
Being a morning person, quite early the day after Mary arrives in London she steps outside the front door only to find a man peeing on the flowers in front of her sister’s home. He is drunk and has the audacity to invite Mary to touch him!
Geoffrey Westmore, known as West, and his friend, Charles Grant, are heading home after a night of drunkenness and whoring. These two best friends have been through school and fought together in the Crimea war.
West lives at Cardwell House just two doors down from Eleanor’s home. His father is Viscount Cardwell. The family hopes that he will one day settle down and start to take life and his responsibilities seriously. West had been on a path to be an architect before he and Grant, on a lark, decided to join the military. His family would like for him to return to his career, but evidently something happened in the Crimea that his affected him deeply.
When Mary is invited to attend a literary salon and meet well-known authors, her sister, Eleanor, insists that she go. She wants so much for Mary to meet someone and get married. As the salon is being held at the hospital to raise funds for it, the place is very crowded and Mary cannot find a seat. Therefore, she decides to head to the hospital’s library and investigate the books there. Who should follow her? None other than West who teases her. But when they both overhear an assassination plot, they are shocked.
West soon realizes that as he must try to solve the assassination plot, but he has Mary right in the middle of it. From the number of mystery novels she has read, she fancies herself a real sleuth. But when things take a more sinister turn directed at Mary, she truly becomes frightened.
Will West and Mary be able to solve this mystery? Will she ever be able to take him seriously considering all of the pranks he likes to play?
This is a great novel that adds some history from the time period. Don’t miss it. Readers are sure to love it.
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher
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