Waking up in a stranger's bed, Henrietta Markham encounters the most darkly sensual man she has ever met. The last thing she remembers is being attacked by a housebreaker—yet being rescued by the notorious Earl of Pentland feels much more dangerous!
Since the cataclysmic failure of his marriage, ice has flowed in Rafe St. Alban's veins. But meeting impetuous, all-too-distracting governess Henrietta heats his blood to the boiling point.
When she's accused of theft, Rafe finds himself offering to clear her name. Can Henrietta's innocence bring this hardened rake to his knees?
This story is quite delightful. One can't help but be intrigued with Kaye's character development, which drives the story to the end. The female protagonist is a bundle of fresh contrasts to the male. Her irrepressible innocence gives the story an ebullience. Though we know what to expect, we joyously embrace it; such is the freshness of Kaye's writing. I've read several of this author's stories and several stories from the canons of literature. Kaye dabbles a bit with the Cinderella theme, and the reader enjoys her development of the plot. The female character as a mistaken housebreaker, and the male as one who is forced to prove her innocence due to association makes for a strong plot. The descriptive details of the worst part of London's poor is excellent. We want to donate to our local charity after that. The tender revelation of the male character's flaw has the reader sympathizing and at the same time admiring his motives. Overall, Kaye succeeds in creating a story with a rich degree of contrasts and satisfying outcomes. The story is a good example of the historical romance genre. Ela Bell/DM Taylor