When Lord Zeke Thurgood, grandson to the Earl of Claybourne, returns to London following a trip abroad, he’s flummoxed by his grandfather’s new servant, Kit. Young Kit’s not only woefully inadequate, he’s odd. Witness Kit’s penchant for staring at Zeke like a cat eyes fresh cream.
Lady Kitty Hastings thought hiding as a boy servant would safeguard her from her guardian. Enter Lord Zeke Thurgood. Magnificent, maddening Zeke whose grousing unwittingly leads Kitty’s nemesis straight to her.
Zeke is still reeling over Kitty’s true identity when his grandfather announces their fake engagement. Emphasis on fake. Zeke’s plans don’t include marriage, much less staying in England. Only, after Kitty assures him he’s not the man for her it dawns on him—Kitty’s irresistible mix of courage, determination, and charm are exactly what he’s been missing. Now he needs to convince her they’re a perfect match, or lose the best thing that ever happened to him.
An Exciting and Steamy Love Story
This historical romance features compelling characters with believable motivations for their actions and real, meaningful conflict to keep them apart. The story begins with Lady Kitty Hastings on the run from her cousin, the dastardly Garrick James, a weasel who stole the barony Kitty's brother should've inherited, had he not vanished while overseas, presumed dead. With her entire family deceased, Kitty seeks refuge with her late grandfather's friend, the Earl of Claybourne.
Claybourne suggests a daring plan. Kitty will disguise herself as a young male companion to the earl, to evade her cousin's search for her until she reaches her majority and can free herself of James's guardianship. Things are going well, until the earl's grandson returns from his globetrotting. Lord Zeke Thurgood recognizes something amiss about the "boy" Kit, which leads to much conflict as the baffled Zeke tries everything he can think of to uncover Kit's secret.
Kitty, of course, can't help gawking at the handsome and sexy Lord Thurgood, and once her secret is revealed to him, the two embark on a phony engagement to keep her cousin away from her. Their romance builds slowly, with a simmering sexual tension and plenty of humorous interactions between them. Kitty is my favorite kind of heroine—spunky and brave, but with an endearing vulnerability. Zeke has everything a romance hero should have. He's loyal, sexy, and compassionate, but with his own demons to fight. As their attraction grows and they become closer emotionally, the roadblocks to their happiness mount. Zeke doesn't believe in love and can't stay in one place too long, spurred a desperate wanderlust. Kitty, on the other hand, longs for a stable home and a marriage borne of love rather than duty. Naturally, they fall in love in spite of themselves.
Kimberly Keyes has written an exciting and steamy love story with enough twists to keep you flipping those pages furiously. I couldn't stop reading this book, even when I got a headache from staring at my Kindle for too long! The ending was perfect, with suspense and surprises around every corner, plus an exquisitely romantic finale. If you enjoy historical romance, I highly recommend The Trouble with Tigers.