Sparks fly between a lordly art critic and a lady forger in this enthralling Victorian historical romance from the author of The Runaway Duchess.
Nina Finch isn't suited for a life of crime. Raised by her art-forger brother, she can paint like Botticelli. But she'd so much rather be baking gooseberry tarts. She finally has the money she needs to open her own bakery. Unfortunately, her brother's carelessness lands her—and their forgeries—directly under the nose of London's most discerning art critic, Alan De'Ath. De'Ath knows the paintings are fake. He doesn't know that Nina had a hand in their creation. In fact, he offers her a job in his household. Accepting it is the most dangerous thing she has ever done....
Alan takes pride in seeing things other people miss. He plans to catch the forger and cement his reputation. There's only one problem: the closer he gets to the beguiling woman he hired, the less he trusts his perspective. Nina isn't what she seems. But despite their false start, she just might hold the real key to his heart.
As Nina and Alan’s attraction grows, divided loyalties threaten to pull them apart and shatter their worlds. They’ll lose everything, or discover how powerful true love can be....
An art forger falls for the very critic who's determined to expose her in this seductive Victorian romance from Lowell (The Runaway Duchess). Nina Finch never wanted to live a life of crime. Though she spends her days forging paintings with her brother, Jack, and selling them to esteemed (but gullible) lords and ladies, she secretly dreams of owning her own bakery. After Lord Alan De'Ath, a discerning art critic who's built his career on sniffing out forgeries, declares one of Jack's Rembrandts a fake and sets out to uncover whoever forged it, Jack and Nina are on the brink of being found out—until Alan offers Nina a job as his scribe. Nina accepts, hoping to use the position to throw Alan off their scent. Unaware Alan, meanwhile, is enchanted by his new hire's looks and wit, and the pair grow closer as they work together. But can their relationship last when secrets are exposed and loyalties questioned? After a slow start, the cat-and-mouse tension between Nina and Alan keeps the pages turning while Lowell's playful period language creates a strong sense of place. This cute, quippy romp is sure to win romance fans.)