“A living legend." -- Julia Quinn
The newest novel in USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins’s compelling Women Who Dare series features a fearless grifter who goes undercover to reclaim the stolen Declaration of Independence.
Lying and cheating may be sins to some people, but for Raven Moreaux, it is a way of life. She comes from a long line of grifters and couldn’t be prouder…Until she’s forced to help the government.
A former Confederate official is suspected of stealing the Declaration of Independence, and Raven, posing as his housekeeper, is tasked with getting it back. Her partner is the too handsome Braxton Steel. Masquerading as a valet/driver, Brax is also supposed to be her “husband.” He has his own reasons for doing this job, but when their pretend marriage ignites into fiery passion, they’ll have to put everything—including their hearts—on the line.
A con artist and a tailor join forces to retrieve a stolen copy of the Declaration of Independence in Jenkins's characteristically brilliant finale to the Women Who Dare series (after Wild Rain), which returns to post–Civil War America and introduces a new pair of bold Black protagonists whom readers will love. The Pinkerton Detective Agency recruits New Orleans scammer Raven Moreau and Boston businessman Braxton Steele to aide in its latest investigation, threatening false imprisonment if the unlikely duo fails to comply. These strangers must go undercover as husband-and-wife domestic servants to a former Confederate soldier suspected of the theft. Though both start out harshly judgmental of their preconceived notions of the other, their fake marriage and efforts to crack the case soon lead to deep conversations, mutual understanding, and passion. Meanwhile, in an equally swoonworthy subplot, Raven's mother and Braxton's father, former lovers themselves, rekindle their old romance. As ever, Jenkins makes no bones about the difficulties facing Black Americans during the Reconstruction, but neither does she overemphasize hardship and trauma, keeping the spotlight firmly on Black love, joy, and triumph. The heat between Raven and Braxton is palpable and the twisty mystery keeps the pages flying. Fans will be sad to see the end of this outstanding series.
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Braxton Steele learns of his father’s criminal past when a Pinkerton agent pays Harrison a visit. Ruth Welch does not give them much of a choice and they travel to New Orleans to connect with the family they will work with, a family who banished Harrison long ago. An important document is missing and the Moreaux family’s skills are needed. In order to secure their freedom and to keep all relatives safe, Braxton and Raven must act like a loving couple.
The prologue makes you wonder who exactly is the villain and when it becomes clear, you will not want to put the book down. The story just flows and you will be done within a flap of a wing.
I love the double romance in this book as well as the love of family! There is a second chance romance and opposites attract during a fake relationship romance.
The female main character is a fierce anti-heroine. The male main character is judgmental in the beginning, however he learns from Raven and changes, but he really is a cinnamon roll. I love that she let her guard down and they work on a sensitive subject for her. Plus, their scenes are entertaining to read. The banter is sassy, and their intimate moments are wicked yet polite and fun.
I highly recommend reading this book if you love Ms. Bev’s history laden writing style, anti-heroines, and multiple plot twists that have you saying “what??... But so good!”
Thank you to Net Galley, Avon, and Harper Voyager US for the ARC in exchange for a honest review.
Awesome!!!! Couldn’t put it down
The story was so worth the wait!!! Loved the characters and story, happy to see others from pre books. Definitely a must read!!! Such a great insight into our history. Well done Ms. Bev, well done.