He’s a minister to whores… She’s a fallen woman…
Lord Lieutenant Henry Evesham is an evangelical reformer charged with investigating the flesh trade in London. His visits to bawdy houses leave him with a burning desire to help sinners who’ve lost their innocence to vice—even if the temptations of their world test his vow not to lose his moral compass…again.
As apprentice to London’s most notorious whipping governess, Alice Hull is on the cusp of abandoning her quiet, rural roots for the city’s swirl of provocative ideas and pleasures—until a family tragedy upends her dreams and leaves her desperate to get home. When the handsome, pious Lord Lieutenant offers her a ride despite the coming blizzard, she knows he is her best chance to reach her ailing mother—even if she doesn’t trust him.
He has the power to destroy her… She has the power to undo him…
As they struggle to travel the snow-swept countryside, they find their suspicion of each other thawing into a longing that leaves them both shaken. Alice stirs Henry’s deepest fantasies, and he awakens parts of her she thought she’d foresworn years ago. But Henry is considering new regulations that threaten the people Alice holds dear, and association with a woman like Alice would threaten Henry’s reputation if he allowed himself to get too close.
Is falling for the wrong person a test of faith …or a chance at unimagined grace?
Fair readers, a note on content, for those who like to know. (If you prefer to be surprised, skip this part!)
This book contains explicit sex; kink and hierophilia (look it up!); feelings of guilt and shame concerning sex; prostitution (both practitioners of and debates about the legality of); parental mortality; toxic families of origin; religious faith, including questioning of and alienation from; allusions to body image issues; and quite a lot of truly despicable cursing.
What’s not to like?
What’s not to like?
It’s simply devine. Lord Henry is tasked with a report on, um vice. His recommendations will carry weight with how vice is governed in 1758.
Alice is an apprentice to a famous madam with certain proclivities.
What I liked? The push and pull of temptation set in a blizzard. Smart and I learned a new word. I had to look it up. Didn’t know that was a thing but it makes sense especially in this book.
The first book in this series was very good. However, the second book and this one have progressively gotten more boring as they go along.
Alice wasn’t explained very well. Her character wasn’t developed, she just was. I found Henry to be “uneventful”. If that makes sense.
I suppose the premise of the story is almost as old as time; good boy falls for bad girl (or vice versa) but the telling of this version was simply blah.