Possessed of a brilliant mind and a love for puzzles, Dashiell Matthews, Viscount Carrington, is a crucial member of the elite Young Corinthians spy league. Read more...
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Possessed of a brilliant mind and a love for puzzles, Dashiell Matthews, Viscount Carrington, is a crucial member of the elite Young Corinthians spy league. Assuming the facade of an addle-brained Adonis, he hunts for a notorious London murderer known as the Bishop. When fate causes him to cross paths with Miss Elena Barnes, Dash discovers an enigma that will prove delightfully intoxicating to unravel: a voluptuous beauty as intelligent as she is fearless.
Only the lure of a collection of rare books bequeathed to her family by Dash's late father could tempt Elena from her cozy rural life to the crush and vanity of London. But if Elena finds his lordship to be the most impossibly beautiful man she's ever seen, he also seems to be the stupidest. Which made her body's shameless response to his masterful seduction all the more unfathomable. Yet when she discovers Dash's mission to track the dangerous Bishop, she willingly risks everything--her trust, her heart, her very life--to join him.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-04-02
- Reviewer: Staff
Sloane (The Sinner Who Seduced Me) awkwardly melds romance and mystery in the fourth Regency Rogues installment. Bluestocking Elena Barnes arrives at the home of Dashiell Matthews, viscount Carrington, whose dazzling looks and reputation for stupidity mask a sharp intellect and a secret career as a spy. Expecting only to catalogue Dashiell's library, Elena is lured by her lively chaperone into fashionable society and predictably drawn to the handsome viscount and his unauthorized pursuit of a figure code-named the Bishop, who killed Dashiell's friend's mother many years before. Despite steamy encounters, Sloane fails to make either the growth of the emotional relationship or the intrigue surrounding Dashiell's investigation particularly convincing. A detour into the victimization of women forced into prostitution feels forced, and Sloane's grasp of Regency custom and language is irritatingly uneven. Agent: Jennifer Schober, Spencerhill Associates. (May)