Pursued by fortune hunters, heiress Eliza Martin is the victim of diabolical scheming to get her to the altar. She won’t be bullied, however, and she will get to the bottom of this plot. She needs a man to infiltrate her suitors and find the villain.
Thief-taker Jasper Bond is entirely too devilish and too dangerous – who’d believe Eliza would be seduced by a man like him? But client satisfaction is a point of pride with Jasper and it’s his pleasure to prove he’s just the man – for all her needs.
There is something so lush and rich to the way Sylvia Day writes. As you read one of her novels, the words are constructed in such a way that you feel as if you can just about inhabit the same world in which her characters live.
Jasper Bond – wow! Ms Day sure knows how to write a sexy man! The book blurb describes him as devilish and dangerous, which he is, however he is not dangerous in the physical sense of the word. His sheer power and masculinity leaps off the page. Eliza Martin is exactly the type of historical heroine I really enjoy reading – she is strong without being pigheaded, intelligent, determined to be her own person and live her life as she sees fit.
As a pair, they were wonderful. Both had things motivating them outside the relationship – Jasper’s need to see the wrongs against his mother made right and Eliza’s thirst for an independent life. However their desire and hunger for one another was a much more powerful motivation for them both. Love scenes that run over more than a few pages can often tend to be overly wordy and lose the tension, but not with Sylvia Day. The tension and heat builds slowly, then breaks in just the right place before building right back up to the ultimate moment.
I often thought I’d guessed who was making trouble for Eliza. However it was only just prior to the reveal that I had it worked out, which I liked. I also appreciated that the suspense thread didn’t try to take over the romance, but existed neatly alongside it.
This is the first Sylvia Day historical I’ve read, and I must say “Please keep writing them!”. This book was wonderful, definitely worth savouring.
My rating: 4.5 out of 5
Release Date: 27 February 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Penguin Books Australia via NetGalley in return for an honest review.