"As steamy as it is luscious. My favorite kind of historical!"—GRACE BURROWES, New York Times bestselling author, for Dukes Are Forever
Welcome to Anna Harrington's star-studded Regency world with:
•A former soldier determined to uphold the law
•A heroine in London's underworld trapped by her own impossible choices
•And an attraction between them that is dangerously distracting to them both
Soldier turned solicitor Lord Merritt Rivers has dedicated his life to upholding the law. He patrols the streets faithfully, hoping to stop crimes before they can happen. While hunting an escaped convict, he encounters a woman also hunting thieves. She's a delicious distraction, until he discovers that she is the criminal he's after. She's smart, challenging, and everything he finds attractive, but he cannot trust her.
Veronica Chase has hidden her past as a nobleman's daughter. She confesses to a crime to keep her adopted brother out of prison. She now lives in London's underworld, trapped between worlds, belonging nowhere.
Forming an uneasy alliance, Veronica and Merritt work together to protect innocent Londoners during the city's riots. Moving between her world and his, they grow closer to each other and to the mob's dangerous leaders. But their newfound trust won't be enough, until each face their demons and ask what's worth saving—the lives they've chosen to lead or the love that leaves them yearning for more.
Praise for Anna Harrington:
"The three-dimensional characters and rich romance will keep Regency fans riveted from the first page."—Publishers Weekly
"Harrington is a rising star...plenty of both love and danger."—Booklist STARRED Review for An Inconvenient Duke
"Action, suspense, seduction, and two determined lovers fighting for what is right"—Library Journal STARRED Review for An Inconvenient Duke
Harrington's well-plotted third Lords of the Armory romance (after An Unexpected Earl) sees love bloom within Regency London's criminal underbelly. Merritt Rivers, a soldier turned barrister who was recently (and reluctantly) made a baron, is hunting for escaped convict Ronald Chase when he stumbles on an alluring female thief-taker. Their conversation gives way to a flirtatious fencing match after which he learns her name: Veronica Chase. He arrests her and discovers the details of her criminal past but offers her a pardon if she will agree to help track the movements of Scepter, the organization responsible for a series of riots sweeping the city with the aim of inciting revolution. Veronica agrees, and as she guides Merritt through London's rookeries and slums, he's taken by her kindness toward the less fortunate. As they grow closer and the attraction between them ignites, Merritt must decide whether he can let go of his guilt over the death of his former fianc e and consider a future with Veronica. Harrington's vivid vision of London reaches from its darkest corners to the glittering halls of the aristocracy, making for an immersive outing. The three-dimensional characters and rich romance will keep Regency fans riveted from the first page.
Started off great. Exciting, captivating, dangerous, funny. The end became silly, predictable and boring unfortunately
The moment Merritt and Veronica clash swords, I was hooked. This is an exciting action-packed story with some very interesting characters. Merritt and Veronica don’t admit it at first, but they are a match. Both are courageous, street smart, and skilled fighters. The chemistry between them is hot. They both have secrets and pain from the past. It’s possible they can help each other heal. For now, they work together with Clayton Elliot to gain information about the riots, who is financing them, and of course, Scepter. Their search takes them to taverns, a brothel, and the Regent’s ball. All the while, they are falling for each other. By the end of the story, the Lords of the Armory still have not discovered the mastermind of Scepter, but they have taken some of the operatives, and they know what the ultimate goal is. This one is definitely hard to put down. I highly recommend it and the series.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My review is voluntary.