The new novel in the Rogue Series from the New York Times bestselling author—and five-time RITA Award winner…
Lady Hermione Merryhew, daughter of an impoverished marquess, already has her share of problems. The last thing she needs is an intruder in her bedroom, especially not a fugitive thief. She should scream, but the shabby rascal is a man from her past.
Six years ago, at her first ball, dashing Lieutenant Mark Thayne failed to steal a kiss, but succeeded in stealing a little of her heart. She's older and wiser now. She can't toss him to the wolves. Besides, she wants that kiss.
Now Viscount Faringay, Mark has never forgotten Lady Hermione, but he mustn't involve her in his dangerous life. He's infiltrated the Crimson Band, violent revolutionaries who plan a bloodbath in London, and if he survives the night he will be able to destroy them. Hermione is involved, however, and only he can protect her.
Beverley's long-running Company of Rogues Regency series continues (after A Shocking Delight) with a novel that eschews steamy love scenes to focus on character development and a swiftly moving plot. Lady Hermione Merryhew is traveling with her nephews to her great-uncle's estate. As they rest at an inn, she receives an unlikely visitor, Lt. Mark Thayne. He begs Hermione to hide him from the law, and she agrees, mostly because she has kept the brass button from his uniform for the six years since their brief encounter at a ball. Thayne has infiltrated a band of revolutionaries; Hermione believes Thayne to be a common thief, and he decides not to correct her assumption, as he thinks the truth will put her in danger. The mystery surrounding the threat of revolution adds heavy suspense to the burgeoning romance. Beverley's brilliantly drawn protagonists shine in a story that puts equal emphasis on intrigue and love.