A thief and a fugitive from the mental hospital where she was falsely committed, Joan Price is now on the run from her former partners in crime. Read more...
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A thief and a fugitive from the mental hospital where she was falsely committed, Joan Price is now on the run from her former partners in crime. But luck must be on her side--just when it seems all is doomed, she runs straight into the arms of Martin Hargrove, Earl of Fenbrook, who mistakes her for his distant cousin, Daphne.
Lord Fenbrook has no intention of marrying, and certainly doesn't consider his notoriously scatterbrained cousin a prospect. But her flighty persona seems to hide something far more intriguing--a secret self she trusts with no one. And Martin is determined to earn that trust...
When Martin's sister discovers Joan's charade, they strike a bargain: Joan can remain within the safe walls of Birch Hall, as long as she doesn't allow Martin to fall in love with her--for their flirtation would surely ruin them both. She's convinced she poses no threat to his heart, but she's beginning to realize that her heart may be the one in danger. Especially as he seems very set on seducing her...
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-10-26
- Reviewer: Staff
Kimmels leisurely Regency-set debut portrays a thiefs metamorphosis into a lady. Joan Price has just escaped from Bedlam, where she was imprisoned against her will. Shes being pursued by her brother, Moses, and his cohort, Hugh, who want to find the diamonds she has taken. She runs into Daphne Hargrove, who asks that she deliver letters to Martin and Elinor Hargrove. But when Martin, Lord Fenbrook, assumes that she is Daphne, she plays the role in hopes of finding refuge in his home. At the Hargrove country estate, Elinor discovers Joans identity but allows her to stay, with one stipulation: that she not allow Martin to fall in love with her. The attraction between Joan and Martin builds somewhat slowly, yet is enhanced by the excellent character development. While the pace lags near the beginning of the novel, it does pick up speed as the attraction between the protagonists becomes more evident, providing some hope that future installments will be a little more brisk. Agent: Lisa Rodgers, Jabberwocky Literary Agency. (Dec.)