The wealthiest heiress of the season, Miss Lindsey Crompton finds detective work far more fascinating than social engagements—at least until she meets Thane Parker, the Earl of Mansfield. Thane is a paradox: a war hero and a cad, a wicked scoundrel and an indulgent guardian of his young ward. When Lindsey sneaks into his house to investigate his role in a series of murders, he blackmails her into a betrothal.
Thane has a secret life he keeps hidden from everyone, especially the infernally curious—and curiously alluring—Miss Crompton. Working with the Bow Street Runners, Thane is tracking a killer who may be one of Lindsey’s suitors. Even if their engagement is a ruse, the heat between Thane and Lindsey is undeniably real. And with a murderer on the loose, desire has never been so dangerous…
Drake's latest Regency romance hides behind a facade of mystery as a serial killer stalks London's chambermaids. Now that her sister Portia is married (in 2009's Seducing the Heiress), Lindsey Crompton is society's premier heiress, endowed with beauty, brains, and wealth. Uninterested in marriage but fond of snooping, she plans to turn down all offers and start an investigative agency instead. Thane Pallister, earl of Mansfield and an arrogant and dashing war hero, is everything Lindsey dislikes about the nobility, and Drake does little to make him interesting or appealing: his motivation for investigating the murders is murky, just like his personality and his turbulent relationship with his family. The passion between the two is very stop-and-go, and the mystery just a prop to move Lindsey and Thane toward the bedroom.