The third searing novel in the Rules for the Reckless series by Meredith Duran, the USA TODAY bestselling author of sexy and evocative Regency romances in the tradition of Sarah MacLean.
CATCHING THE LADY RED-HANDED
Born to a family of infamous criminals, Lilah Marshall has left behind her past and made herself into the perfect lady. Working as a hostess at Everleigh's, London’s premier auction house, she leads a life full of art, culture, and virtue. All her dreams are within reach—until a gorgeous and enigmatic viscount catches her in the act of one last, very reluctant theft.
CHASING ONE RED-HOT PASSION
Christian “Kit” Stratton, Viscount Palmer, is society's most dashing war hero. But Kit’s easy smiles hide a dark secret: he is haunted by a madman’s vow to destroy anyone he loves. When his hunt for the enemy leads to Everleigh’s Auction Rooms, he compels Lilah to help him. But one tempting touch may be their undoing—for what Kit needs threatens all Lilah holds dear, and losing her may destroy Kit.
Love transcends the limits of wealth and social rank in the smart, likable third Rules for the Reckless historical (after Fool Me Twice). In 1882 London, young Lily Monroe is an unwilling thief under the tutelage of her crooked caretaker, Uncle Nick. Once she's old enough to reinvent herself, she becomes respectable Lilah Marshall, auction house hostess at Everleigh's. But Uncle Nick threatens to expose her background unless she commits one last theft from her employer. She is caught red-handed by war hero and self-described rogue Christian Stratton, Viscount Palmer, who blackmails her into spying on auction house owner Catherine Everleigh. Christian is after Catherine's elusive client Bolkhov, who tortured him, murdered his brother, and is stalking his family. Amorous trysts and slowly developing honesty between Lilah and Christian make it clear that they're kindred spirits. Duran gives her characters depth: Christian grapples with his desire for revenge and anxiety over unexpectedly becoming his father's heir, and Lilah is a pawn who fears exposure and ruin. Readers will especially look forward to Catherine finding her own romance in a future installment.