My Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤
Spice Level: 💋💋💋💋
His business is discovering secrets…
When a girl is murdered at a factory in London, Sergeant Thaddeus Knight of the Metropolitan Police comes in to investigate. But it’s not just the factory owners that Thaddeus wants information on–the devilishly intriguing Poppy O’Reilly is a puzzle he’d like nothing more than to solve.
Her life depends on keeping her past hidden….
All it took was one mistake for Poppy to lose her good reputation. Shunned by polite society, she’s retreated to the one place no one from her old life would look for her: the rookeries. Protecting her young daughter is the most important thing to Poppy, and Thaddeus threatens the false identity she’s carefully constructed. The last thing she should do is allow Thaddeus close to her family, yet she can’t stay away from him.
With danger around the corner, will the secrets of a scarlet woman lead to their undoing?
Erica is an excellent writer! Just when I thought I knew who all was involved in the murder and crime there was an unexpected twist to it and I wasn’t sure anymore that I knew the answer. This book will keep you on your toes with the mystery and romance. I loved learning about the police and factory and I was able to picture everything. I was sucked in from the start when the girl kept drawing an “L” on her dress and by how much Thaddeus wanted to solve the murder. I also wanted to know more the other murder he talked about.
I wanted to hug Poppy so much because she didn’t trust anyone. The more I learned about what happened to her the more I felt for her and wanted to see someone confront the man over it. Normally I don’t like a heroine that ignores her feelings and does the things she does, but she has good reason to be like that. She is a brave woman who loves with all her heart and will blame herself when it’s not her fault.
Thaddeus is someone that you will instantly love. He did not have the background that I expected him to have. He is very kind and caring and a bookworm and when you meet his family you are even more shocked that he is so kind and caring. When he started talking about Shakspere it made me love him more because it was a natural part of him and he didn’t use it to get what he wanted. He is not quick to judge anyone and thinks about things differently than most.
Again I loved the history involved in the story and wanted to know more about the gentleman thief. towards the end, I wanted to know more about Strickland because he was not the kind of man I thought he was in the beginning and can’t wait to read more about him.