I love a good story twist that can outsmart the reader, and this one had it. Just when I thought this was going to be yet another oh-so-boring-typical regency romance, Lorraine Heath pulls out a pretty solid storyline twist that kept me entertained and glued to the book up to the end.
This is James Swindler's story, the man who thought himself in love with Frannie Darling. He is a notorious inspector with the knack for solving murders, and finds himself hired to protect a lord from possible danger. But the danger comes in a small package of Eleanor Watkins, a harmless young lady grieving the loss of sister. She believes the lord in question was the cause of her sisters suicide.
As James becomes smitten with Eleanor, he starts to suspect the lord who hired him is not as innocent as he first assumed. Willing to risk all to protect Eleanor, he finds that he has misread nearly everyone and everything.
I read the first three books in this series several years ago, but it didn't take long to remember the interesting characters and their romance stories once I got deeper into this book.
In typical Heath style, this was a passionate and steamy romance with steep obstacles that will make you wonder just how the heck are they ever going to get an HEA?! By the end of the book, I was chiding myself for not reading more books by this author. I don't know why it took me several years to continue with this series, but now I plan to finish it up. While it started slow and boring, this book ended up being anything but.