on February 26, 2019
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Who knew love would be her secret weapon?
Cassandra Benton has always survived by her wits and wiles, even working for Bow Street alongside her twin brother. When injury takes him out of commission, Cass must support the family by taking on an intriguing new case: George, Lord Northbrook, believes someone is plotting to kill his father, the Duke of Ardmore. Decades before, the duke was one of ten who formed a wager that would grant a fortune to the last survivor. But someone can't wait for nature to take its course—and George hopes a seasoned investigator like Cass can find out who.
Cass relishes the chance to spy on the ton, shrewdly disguised as handsome Lord Northbrook's notorious "cousin." What she doesn't expect is her irresistible attraction to her dashing employer, and days of investigation soon turn to passionate nights. But with a killer closing in and her charade as a lady of the ton in danger of collapsing at any moment, Cass has no choice but to put her life—and her heart—in the hands of the last man she ought to trust.
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
George, Lord Northbrook, needs help: he fears his godfather’s life might be in danger. However, the Bow Street Runner who was on the case, Charles Benton, got hurt. Again, Charles’ twin sister Cassandra will have to do her brother’s job; she knows the work, she is also a Runner, albeit unofficially. In order to gather information, Cass will go undercover as George’s notorious cousin.
If only a book blurb could aptly describe the magic that awaits us with starting a new novel by the incomparable Theresa Romain. LADY NOTORIOUS is like the first day of spring after a long, hard winter; like being enveloped in a cozy cashmere blanket: warm and elegant, soft and luxurious. The writing is exquisite, the dialogues are phenomenal and set the author apart from the masses. I found myself giggling at Cass’ clever repartees, then entranced by the inadvertently philosophical musings that eventually colour her and George’s conversations. The author’s attention to historical detail is astounding, enlightening, yet woven effortlessly into the narrative, particularly with regards to the Bow Street Runners and George’s preoccupation with his camerae obscurae. Ms. Romain’s descriptions are precise and colourful; her fictional world bursting with life; and the characters are enthralling creations, even minor ones such as Augustus, Charles, and the most delightful Janey Trewes.
The romance between George and Cass is the epitome of sensual loveliness, embodied in those fleeting touches and subtle looks; LADY NOTORIOUS is all show and no tell, and there is no higher compliment I could pay an author. Ms. Romain never rushes anything, and the easy pace allows the reader to fully embrace the story and the fabulous characters. What a marvelous and unforgettable world is that of LADY NOTORIOUS! I hope this series will go on for a long time, I honestly don’t want to let go of those characters! Theresa Romain has written a book about how one can matter, how important it is to follow one’s dreams, what love means, and that you should embrace who you are if you are to live, not merely exist. LADY NOTORIOUS is a delight for all the senses and filled me with joy. A book so wonderful, no review could do it justice.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.