As a lieutenant in the Royal Navy, Benedict Frost had the respect of every man on board—and the adoration of the women in every port. When injury ends his naval career, the silver-tongued libertine can hardly stomach the boredom. Not after everything—and everyone—he’s experienced. Good thing a new adventure has just fallen into his lap…
When courtesan Charlotte Perry learns the Royal Mint is offering a reward for finding a cache of stolen gold coins, she seizes the chance to build a new life for herself. As the treasure hunt begins, she realises her tenacity is matched only by Benedict’s—and that sometimes adversaries can make the best allies. But when the search for treasure becomes a discovery of pleasure, they’ll be forced to decide if they can sacrifice the lives they’ve always dreamed of for a love they’ve never known…
(Sorry, but I *had* to add the U to the title. This book IS set in England!)
Theresa Romain is such an original writer. In a genre that tends to be very samey, she always comes up with something new.
While I would never have picked up this book if I wasn’t familiar with the author (the blurb just doesn’t appeal to me), she manages to make me enjoy anything she writes. She makes you want to try more outlandish stories.
You’re not going to get much more original in historical romance than a courtesan heroine and a blind hero. These are not “types” that work with many readers, and I’m glad somebody was willing to give this story a chance. My first feelings were very much for our hero, who is up against all the usual assumptions about his condition. Nobody wants to publish his book because they refuse to believe a blind man could achieve what he achieved (the author’s note says he was based on a real man).
Romain’s writing is fairly unique, which I suppose goes with her unique characters. Even if I love some of her books more than others, it’s a nice style to read.
While I know many a reader was looking forward to the author’s newest book in her horse racing series over this one; I have to say this one – while not my favourite from her – appeals to me more.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.