New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean returns with the next Hell’s Belles novel about a chaotic bluestocking and the buttoned-up detective enlisted to keep her out of trouble (spoiler: She is the trouble).
With her headful of wild curls and wilder ideas and an unabashed love of experiments and explosives, society has labeled Lady Imogen Loveless peculiar…and doesn’t know she’s one of the Hell’s Belles—a group of vigilantes operating outside the notice of most of London.
Thomas Peck is not most of London. The brilliant detective fought his way off the streets and into a promising career through sheer force of will and a keen ability to see things others miss, like the fact that Imogen isn’t peculiar…she’s pandemonium. If you ask him, she requires a keeper. When her powerful family discovers her late-night activities, they couldn’t agree more…and they know just the man for the task.
Thomas wants nothing to do with guarding Imogen. He is a grown man with a proper job and no time for the lady’s incendiary chaos, no matter how lushly it is packaged. But some assignments are too explosive to pass up, and the gruff detective is soon caught up in Imogen’s world, full of her bold smiles and burning secrets…and a fiery passion that threatens to consume them both.
Victorian girl gang the Hell's Belles returns (after their last appearance in Heart Breaker) in this fierce romance from MacLean. This time, the focus is on Lady Imogen Loveless, resident chemist and explosives expert, as she works to catch the culprit behind a series of explosions in London's East End. Meanwhile, her powerful and controlling family asks Det. Insp. Thomas Peck to keep an eye on her and pull her from trouble. But when the indomitable Imogen turns to Thomas for help in her investigation, he winds up getting into trouble right alongside her. Their attraction grows as danger mounts: after they're attacked by police officers, they learn that the explosions are part of a conspiracy that goes all the way up to the highest levels of Scotland Yard. As they fight for justice and work to keep each other safe, Imogen must also convince Thomas that she wants no other man but him, despite their class difference. MacLean's characters are refreshingly progressive and the plot has a kinetic energy that increases exponentially alongside the romance and suspense. It's a joy to revisit the Hell's Belles; series fans and new readers alike will get a kick out of Imogen's time in the spotlight. Agent: Holly Root, Root Literary
What a divinely brilliant book. With each installment of the Hells Belles series, Sarah MacLean makes increasingly impossible to not only put down, but obsess over (ask me how I know!) Imogen and Tommy’s story has been on a long burning fuse since Bombshell and now KABOOM! Their every interaction is pure chemistry in all the best ways. Opposites who fit together so perfectly. I love every moment in their orbit.
It’s a Knockout!
I really don’t have the words to review this incredible book-suffice to say it’s RIDICULOUSLY satisfying! #tommygoboom indeed!
And don’t get me started on that last line…!!
I’m Blown Away!
MacLean has outdone herself with her latest novel. Action packed, intriguing, and a ultra sexy couple to tie it all together. I will have to reread HeartBreaker now to revisit the initial sizzle between Peck and Imogen. Heavy sigh….