My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Miss Lucinda Parnell is out of money, a dismal failure at the Marriage Mart, and she’d just as soon leave Society far behind. Desperate to earn funds to retire with her grandmother to the country, Lucy disguises herself as a man to gamble in London’s hells. But the Earl of Dartford, an Untouchable she never imagined speaking to let alone spending time with, is onto her in a trice. When he insists on joining her, Lucy fears her desire to remain an independent woman is destined to go up on flames.
As a boy, Andrew Wentworth, Earl of Dartford lost his family to illness, leaving him a hollow shell. Obsessed with conquering one adventure after another to fill the bitter holes inside of him, Andrew has set his sights on parachuting. Nothing will stop him from trying to achieve his goal—not the hazard of death and certainly not a woman who’s gotten far too close. Love is the one risk he doesn’t have the heart to dare.
I received an advanced copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I knew from the moment I saw that Lucy dresses like a man that I was going to love this book. It’s rare that I can say that I 100% love a heroine, but I absolutely loved Lucy. She is strong, independent and goes after what she wants even if it is scandalous. When there was a conflict between them she didn’t go into a frenzy of why did he do that instead she understood his reasons even if it wasn’t very clear and that was a refreshing change from most heroines. I loved that she could shoot a gun and fool all these men. I just kept picturing her in her costume around all the men and acting just like them. Her reasons for not wanting to get married and retire with her grandmother were completely valid and her I wanted to get to know her charming grandmother more.
I just wanted to help Andrew because he kept trying to fill the holes in his heart by doing dangerous things because he didn’t understand why he didn’t die with his family. He cared about many people but pushed them away out of fear of getting too close and then something happening to them. He didn’t have a mean bone in his body and without realizing it was helping people and saving people in different ways. He had some true friends that didn’t question him when he kept them at bay.
I was totally thrown off guard when he received the note demanding money and it wasn’t who I thought it was going to be. The person I expected it to be had a totally different reason for how they were acting and I applaud Darcy for tricking me like that because I usually can figure it out. If you hate it when in a book magically a lady is undressed like she only wore a dress then there is a scene in this book that you will love and it was wonderfully done. I loved everything about it and read it in one sitting. I can’t wait to what else The Untouchables have in store for us.