HE THOUGHT HE'D SEEN IT ALL . . .
The rogue's life has been good to William Somerhall: He has his fortune, his racehorses, and his freedom. Then he moves in with his mother. It seems the eccentric Dowager Duchess of Worth has been barely skirting social disaster-assisted by one Miss Jenna Hughes, who is far too bright and beautiful to be wasting her youth as a paid companion. Now home to keep his mother from ruin, William intends to learn what's afoot by keeping his friends close-and the tempting Miss Hughes closer still.
. . . UNTIL HE MEETS HER
He's tall, dark, and damnably intelligent-unfortunately for Jenna. She and the duchess are in the "redistribution business," taking from the rich and giving to the poor, and it's going great - until he shows up. But even as William plots to make an honest woman out of her, Jenna will use all her wiles to reveal just how bad a rogue he can be . . .
Bowen's impish sense of humor is expressed by lively, entertaining characters in this wickedly witty Regency. Eleanor, Dowager Duchess of Worth, and her comely young companion, Jenna Hughes, are left to their own devices by the duchess's son, William. They concoct a delightful, devious, and quite illegal scheme to tip the scales of social justice by swindling money from the overstuffed pockets of the wealthy and using it to pay off the nobles' accounts with hardworking merchants. Their clever conspiracy is humming along quite nicely until William decides to put his philandering ways on temporary hold and pay attention to what the women are up to. Jenna makes a last-ditch effort to throw him off the scent via a hasty seduction; she succeeds, but William soon redoubles his efforts to uncover her secret. This is pure romantic fun in the con-game comedy vein.