About the Book:
Banished to Boston for causing the death of Lord Banbury, Lucas Dempsey vowed never to set foot on English soil again. But when his brother inherits the viscountcy and pleads for his return, the opportunity to show his contempt and loathing for the Society who turned its back on him proves to be far too enticing to resist.
He did not expect an intriguing lady to barge into his home desperate to save his wicked soul.
When the dishonorable Lucas Dempsey steps into the ballroom after a four-year absence, Helena Ecclestone is quick to label the gentleman a murderous rogue.
That is until she stumbles upon a secret conversation and feels a moral obligation to see justice done. But while the ladies swoon over his handsome countenance, Helena is determined to look beyond such superficial features, intrigued to discover the true character of the gentleman he hides beneath his arrogant façade.
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Never a Better Pair, the Sinner and the Saint…
Helena had the misfortune of having to find her sister in the dark garden and its many of erotic encounters happening within. She finds herself demanding her sister’s whereabouts from the roguish and handsome Lucas Dempsey. As she hides to save her reputation, she finds herself thrown into a conspiracy to kill Lucas to keep the truth about “accidental” death of the man that began his exile.
I have to say that Helena was a breath of fresh air compared to most of the simpering misses that can be found between the covers of historical romance books. She is honest to a fault, ethereal, and willowy which is the antithesis to what is en vogue with the “ton”. She also has no problem throwing the rules of propriety of the era, if it is a means to an end. She quickly finds herself sitting without an escort in the parlor of Lucas to tell him of what she had overheard in the darkened garden.
The story from here is a series of winding roads with jaunts into hot as hell Passion Land and then back to the shady side of the haute ton’s ballrooms. The whole time I found myself cheering on Lucas and Helena’s relationship while speed-reading to get to the whodunit unveiling. I plan on reading the next book in the series, because I found the snippet about Gabriel Stone and Miss Linwood intriguing as well as charming. Adele Clee, you have a new, well-earned fan!