A wickedly wonderful new romance from the New York Times bestselling author of His Wicked Reputation
Most women will give him anything he wants. She is not most women…
As a well-known barrister and the son of a duke, Ives confines his passionate impulses to discreet affairs with worldly mistresses. A twist of fate, however, has him looking for a new lover right when a fascinating woman shows up in his chambers, asking him to help save her father from the gallows. Unfortunately, he has already been asked to serve as the prosecutor in the case, but that only ensures close encounters with the rarity named Padua Belvoir. And every encounter increases his desire to tutor her in pleasure’s wicked ways...
Having always been too tall, too willful, and too smart to appeal to men, Padua Belvoir is shocked when Ives shows interest in her. Knowing his penchant for helping the wrongly accused, she had initially thought he might be her father’s best hope for salvation. Instead, he is her worst adversary—not least because every time he looks at her, she is tempted to give him anything he wants…
Barrister Lord Ives Hemmingford, whose illegitimate half-brother starred in His Wicked Reputation, is asked by the Crown to prosecute a supposed counterfeiter. This duty is complicated when the accused man's daughter, Padua Belvoir, seeks his help. Padua, too inconveniently tall and intelligent to think of marriage, longs to attend university in Italy; for now, she teaches mathematics in a girls' school where her radical notions about women's suffrage are barely tolerated. Ives, as precise in his love affairs as in his profession, realizes that Padua has all the qualities he desires in a mistress, and when she loses her job, Ives shelters her in his family's London residence, aiding and then bedding the daughter of the man he must convict. Padua's mathematical logic meshes with Ives's legal smarts; their mutual passion has as much to do with brains as body. Refreshingly, the lovers banter without barbs. Accompanying the romantic and legal plot lines are the deepening relationships among Ives and his brothers, who, despite their flaws, are witty, decent, and attracted to intelligent women.
A look into Newgate Prison
I loved this book. Most historical romances focus on ballrooms and carriages, but this one focused on Newgate Prison, the legal system, and hidden secrets. I thoroughly enjoyed it!