Synopsis of the book:
It takes a criminal to catch one, and Nicholas Brentwood is just the man for the job. Reformed in more ways than one, the rough-around-the-edges Brentwood is a member of the Bow Street Runners, London’s early nineteenth-century fledgling police force. There’s none better than Brentwood at catching the felons who ravage the city’s streets, and there’s nothing he loves more than seeing justice served.
Beautiful and beguiling, Miss Emily Payne is not the sort of miscreant Brentwood usually hunts down. When he is assigned as her bodyguard, he vows to protect her from her father’s enemies, who will stop at nothing to carry out their mission fueled by greed and revenge.
All her life, Emily has longed for love, but it remains beyond her grasp. This season she’s determined to find a husband, which is quite the undertaking with a hound-dog guardian like Brentwood watching her every step. If he would just give her some measure of freedom, she is sure she could win the heart of society’s most eligible bachelor.
Emily’s headstrong persistence challenges Nicholas in ways he doesn’t expect, but of one thing he’s certain — of all the cunning criminals he’s dealt with in the past, this time he’s met his match.
What a good story! I loved the push-pull between Emily and Nicholas right from the start. I was kept on my toes as Emily pushed the boundaries of her protective detail while Nicholas fought to keep her safe and his heart unattached.
I liked Emily right away. Even though she had lived a privileged life and seemed somewhat shallow at first, her need to be loved gave us a glimpse into what would make her that way. I enjoyed her journey to be a stronger woman and find her worth in God rather than man. And she found the love of a good man as well.
Nicholas was wonderful from the start. He struggled with letting God be in control and in the midst of tragic circumstances that kept him struggling with it, he was still an honorable man with a heart capable of great love. A perfect match for Emily.
Then there was the suspense. Who was after Emily’s family and why? I enjoyed every moment of this ride.
What I enjoyed most about this book:
Hmm. Do I have to pick just one thing? The romance topped the list for sure.
What I didn’t like about this book:
Hmm. Yeah, I got nothing. I just really enjoyed the story.
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Would I recommend this book to others? I would. Wonderful romance with great characters and suspense mixed in. Plus I learned something about Bow Street Runners. A fun way to learn history.
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