Book Two of The Blackthorn Brothers Series.
Robin “Puck” Blackthorn is young, rich, handsome as sin, and delights in the life he lives. A single stolen kiss at a masquerade ball should be nothing more than a lark, but that explosive embrace has unexpected consequences when he is suddenly thrust into helping a beautiful damsel in distress.
Regina Hackett hadn’t wanted to attend the masquerade with her cousin. When that cousin disappears, she turns to Puck for help, only to realize they’ve stumbled onto a dark and dangerous secret that threatens not only her cousin, but Regina’s entire world. As the two embark on a dangerous journey through London’s seamier side, Regina discovers that beneath Puck’s lighthearted façade is a man willing to dare anything to protect her … and to convince her to take a chance on a future seemingly beyond their grasp.
Michaels's second Blackthorn Brothers Regency (after July 2011's The Taming of the Rake) pairs an heiress with a bastard son of a marquess. Regina Hackett, a shipping merchant's daughter, decides to attend a forbidden masquerade ball with her flighty cousin, Miranda. After Regina is seduced by Robin "Puck" Goodfellow, she wants to leave, but Miranda is nowhere to be found. Regina enlists Puck's assistance, and soon he learns that Miranda is not the first blonde-haired blue-eyed woman to disappear in London and that the slave trade is still very much alive. Clever banter between Puck and Regina reveals the complexity of Puck's character, while Regina proves herself to be so much more than a simpering debutante. The historical elements of the slave trade and the variety of social prejudices imbue the novel with powerful realism that will keep readers coming back.