Unlike proper debutantes, Miss Dahlia Grenville is secretly Robin Hood in a bonnet. Her home for wayward girls has too many dependents and not enough donations. But just as she’s about to pull off the heist of the Season, she tumbles straight into the arms of the handsome detective who has sworn to deliver Mayfair’s mysterious thief straight to the gallows.
Highly principled Bow Street runner Simon Spaulding’s world is black and white. There’s no mastermind too clever, no criminal alive who can escape the hangman. Until he realizes the delightful young lady he’s been courting is a liar and a thief. Suddenly, his career—and his heart—are in peril. How can he bring her to justice when it means losing her forever?
Erica Ridley does it again: in her third instalment of the Rogues to Riches series, we can swoon over (soon-to-be-inspector) Simon Spaulding and his everlasting devotion to upholding the law. And we can enjoy the mischief of Dahlia Grenville, running around in trouwers and saving young girls from the orphanage or worse.
Sometimes I wish I was born in that era. But I would probably end up like Dahlia: too little notice for the rules of the thon and trying to make the world a little better. She is absolute a wonderful character.
We read along with how Dahlia struggles to keep her school afloat. If you read Lord of Pleasure, you understand more fully what happened before. But without it, the story is still an easy read. In all, a wonderful story about learning how the world isn’t always in black and white, but also sometimes in some shades of grey.
Four out of five stars from me and a special thank you to Netgalley for providing the arc in exchange of an honest review.
Published: July 2017
My Rating: ♥♥♥♥