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, an introductory novella to a new series, is my favourite thing I’ve read by this author so far. I liked the original plot, I liked the slightly earlier (1790s) setting, and I liked that the characters were a teeny bit below the usual social standing of historical romance characters. I also liked that sex scenes weren’t stuffed in where they didn’t fit!
The last time I read a book by Elizabeth Essex I was a bit angered by a weird political message threaded through the plot; I found it totally inappropriate for Regency England and I think I may have been unfairly harsh in my review. That in mind, when this novella came up for review I decided the author deserved another chance.
Art forgery is a fad in the historical romance genre at the moment (not a complaint; one of my favourite authors is tackling it), but apparently this book was written years ago, so this is before its time.
I must say, I do like Essex’s writing style. It flows really well, and keeps you turning the pages.
There was a great amount of research that went into this one, but it never felt like the author was showing off her knowledge at the expense of the story. The art facts didn’t overpower the book.
I definitely think this is a series that will be worth looking out for.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.