Mad For Love by Elizabeth Essex (also a part of It Started With A Kiss Regency Box Set)
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From acclaimed author Elizabeth Essex comes an irresistible prequel novella introducing the Highland Brides, a quartet of bold, brilliant lasses determined to make their own happily ever afters.
Set a thief…Rory Cathcart’s appreciation of the exquisite makes him the perfect man to expose forgeries and root out fraud in London’s tempestuous art world. But when his latest investigation into forged paintings puts him squarely in Mignon du Blois’ shaky sights, he finds himself deep in trouble, and captured by something more powerful than mere beauty.
To catch a thief…The moment Mignon stops a rakish thief from making off with one of her father’s brilliant forgeries, she knows she’s found the perfect man to help her steal back a priceless statue, and save her family from unspeakable scandal. She has no intention of falling for Rory’s Caledonian charms, nor his seductive Scottish persuasions. From the drawing rooms of the ton to the auction rooms of the art world, the pair embark on a madcap adventure to save them both from ruin. But will the love they uncover be most priceless treasure of all?
This is an irresistible read. I was determined to read it all even when I realized it was 1am. I have never read a book before like this one with everything surrounding art and I loved that. It’s a little slow-paced for a lot of the book, but once you get to the second half the time flys with the plot to steal the statue. Trickery and adventure will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Mignon is a smart and sweet girl. She has tried to get her father to see that his forgeries put them at risk, but she will do anything to protect him. She is just someone you love instantly with how she does things and says them.
Rory is smart and has an interesting way of doing things. His job is to investigate forgeries, but he has a very different way of doing it that involves adventure. I loved him from the start.
Mignon’s father is also an interesting person. You will love the parts with Rory and his friends talking because you can imagine their accents with the way they are written. There are also scenes involving a closet that are fun.