on August 22, 2016
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A woman with a secret and a dangerous man forge an undeniable passion.
In Victorian London, reporter Jennie Quinn employs deception as a weapon. Going undercover to seek justice for a murdered informant, she’s drawn into a powerful criminal’s seductive game of cat and mouse. Enigmatic former lawman Matthew Colton is as dangerous as he is clever, but the passion in his kiss is too tempting to resist. She aches to trust him, but she will not abandon her quest for the truth.
Colton is a man with secrets of his own. Thirsting for vengeance, the disgraced Scotland Yard detective has infiltrated the criminal world he’s vowed to destroy. Jennie intrigues him, even as she breaks down the barriers around his heart. He yearns to uncover her secrets—in and out of his bed. Driven to shield her, he’ll risk everything to protect the woman whose love heals his soul.
He caught a tiny pearl button between his fingers and freed it, then stilled. His eyes heavy-lidded, he waited, allowing her a final opportunity to evade his claim.
Jennie’s heart thrummed. Her yearning for him was madness. She needed his touch as desperately as an addict craved opium.
His lips resumed their leisurely conquest. He captured her earlobe between his teeth, nipping and teasing until she thought she’d go mad with the anticipation of pleasures yet to come.
In too deep.
She braced herself with the truth. Brutality. Seduction. Both were weapons in his arsenal.
“As exhilarating as this…game may be, I’ve no intention of spending this night in your bed.” If only she trusted her own words.
Jennie ran her fingertips along the edge of Matthew’s stubble-roughened jaw. Desire threatened to consume her. How could she give in to it? How could she want this man so badly the need permeated to the marrow?
With a sigh, she fled the circle of his arms. The chill in the room prickled goose bumps over her flesh. Matthew closed the distance between them. His warmth and strength enveloped her.
“This is not a game.” His husky rasp tore at her defenses.
“I shouldn’t be here with you.”
She traced the faded scar on his chin with the pad of her thumb. She shouldn’t want any part of him. He was a source. Nothing more.
Her heart recognized the lie for what it was. My, she couldn’t even convince herself, could she? A fierce hunger roared deep within her, a longing for contact, a yearning to know the man who stood before her. Body and soul.
Her desire for him was insanity. Wanting Matthew Colton could only lead to disaster. Why did this man have the power to make her knees absolutely weak? Why did her heart ache every time she glimpsed the emotion buried deep within his gaze?
“This is madness,” she whispered.
He answered her with another kiss. More gentle now. Infinitely tender. A delicious caress.
Her arms looped around his neck. Accepting his kiss. His touch. His hunger.
She shouldn’t want him so.
But she did. There was no denying that truth.
And then, her feet no longer touched the ground. Swept into his arms, she stared up at him. He met her puzzled gaze with a rake’s smile.
“What in blazes are you doing?”
His eyes flashed. Teasing. Yet colored with passion. “Taking you to my lair.”
She wriggled in his arms. “I don’t fancy the notion of being carried off like one of the Sabine women.”
“I rather like it. It’s far less exhausting than chasing you through the streets of London.” He mounted the stairs, two at a time, bearing her weight as if she were no burden at all.
“You must put me down,” she insisted as he reached the landing. The images of several gilt-framed portraits of the Lancaster’s owner blurred before her eyes as he strode purposefully toward his office. “This is no longer amusing.”
“I assure you, amusement is not my intention.” The smile touched his lips again, even as his eyes devoured her. Hungry. Arrogant. Utterly male. “You bring out my primitive instincts. Perhaps I’ll carry you away every night. That might keep you out of trouble.”
Tara Kingston is curious…
I love a hero with an edge. The hero of When A Lady Deceives, Scotland Yard detective turned criminal Matthew Colton, is a dangerous temptation reporter Jennie Quinn cannot resist.
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~~Reviewed by Lisa~~
What an incredible way to start a series. You have mystery, murders, threats, dark alleyways, secrets, underlying passion, protective instincts on steroids, vindication, and love. Ms. Kingston has wrapped all of this up in a story of revenge and doing the right thing.
Virginia Jeanette “Jennie” Quinn is a reporter looking for the killer of her informant and a way to bring the killer to justice. She is clever, quick minded, pretty, cultured and has many secrets she wants to keep to herself. She starts out with an attitude of smugness that quickly changes as she finds herself pulled deeper into a world she truly was not born into ad in some ways unprepared to deal with. She is NOT your normal Victorian woman.
Matthew Colton is the son of an Earl, born on the wrong side of the sheets, spent a portion of his younger life in St. Giles, but brought into his father’s home being given some advantages. He has a good sense of right and wrong, he is seeking vengeance for having had his life ruined and has sunk to depths he is convinced he will never pull himself out of. He has become the enforcer for a crime lord, one that he wants to see pay for the evil he has spread throughout London.
Jennie and Matthew are brilliant together. They push each other and they have a shared passion that could probably light up London. They each have their own way of getting information and once they put their heads together they are stiff competition for the evil they are up against. Jennie brings out the good in Matthew that has become buried, but he believes he does not deserve her and she deserves better than what he has become.
The story is filled with tension, both from the bad guys and between Jennie and Matthew. Obviously different tension, but it keeps you turning pages. The interactions between Matthew and Jennie are fast paced and they have a charm to them, even with the occasional sarcasm from both. Jennie is able to, unwittingly bring out the protective side of Matthew and that helps to return a portion of his humanity back to the surface.
The antagonists are fascinating. They have depth, nastiness and pull you along wanting great harm to come to them. There are several surprises that will have you groaning then cheering. The other secondary characters that are there to aid our couple are charming, Sophie, Bertram, Douglas and Campbell keep reminding you that all is not lost and evil.
A brilliant start to a series. In the end you will see where the series is going and I am excited to see the further adventures Ms. Kingston has in store for us. Ms. Kingston is a new to me author that is now on my To Be Watched list. You will enjoy this story and it is a great weekend read.