The Harris List of Covent Garden Ladies, that wickedly witty annual register of the city’s lightskirts, was once a grand London tradition. Now, as all of Europe is celebrating the end of the long wars, the scheming Lord Marstoke has revived it–and transformed it into a weapon to be used against his runaway fiancé and the old enemy who helped her escape.
A List no respectable lady wishes to be on . . .
Miss Brynne Wilmott escaped the monstrous Marstoke once, with the inadvertent aide of Nathan Russell, the Duke of Aldmere, and the incredible generosity of Hestia Wright, the former courtesan pledged to help any woman in trouble. But now Marstoke’s Love List is threatening her new future–and making her into a weapon forged to destroy her friend.
The request a certain Duke has no wish to hear . . .
The Duke of Aldmere doesn’t believe in meddling. Fate has proven that interfering in personal matters only leads to bigger troubles and personal relationships come at a high price–too often paid by someone he cares for. He has no wish to involve himself in Brynne Wilmott’s affairs, despite her spirited beauty and damned tempting mouth. But she’s discovered that his brother is mixed up in this business as well, and reluctantly, they agree to work together. Their search leads them through some of London’s most dangerous haunts and it quickly becomes clear that Marstoke’s plans are more twisted and treasonous than anyone has suspected. Yet the danger and intrigue are as nothing compared to the effect that Nathan and Brynne have on each other . . .
Adventure and suspense feel the pages of this book and it will keep you hooked from the start. The mystery of the game Marstoke talks about was something I couldn’t even begin to figure out what it was about. The sparks between Brynne and Nathan are evident to everyone, but themselves. I loved how they were with each other from the start even if they didn’t exactly get along at times. The Love List is a shocker in itself.
Brynne is a very strong girl that will have you cheering for her from the start. When she realized what kind of man Marstoke was and that her father couldn’t help she did what she had to and ran. She needed to put herself first and thanks to Hestia she found her dreams and became an even stronger woman. I loved how smart she was and that she didn’t shy away from anything.
Nathan is a man that is lonely and comes off as cold at times, but he loves his brother and will do anything to help him. His past can break our heart and make you love him more once you understand him and why he is the way he is. I loved how he didn’t force her to do what he wanted and let her make the choice. He also was a good fighter.
The diary entries of Hestia were a great addition and I wanted to know so much more about her and the girls in her house.