They call him the Devil Earl—a scoundrel and accused murderer who grew up on the violent London streets. A proper young lady risks more than her reputation when consorting with the roguishly handsome Lucian Langdon, but Lady Catherine Mabry believes she has no choice. To protect those she loves, she would do anything—even strike a bargain with the devil himself.
Lucian desires respectability and a wife above all else, but the woman of his choosing lacks the social graces to be accepted by the aristocracy. Catherine can help Lucian gain everything he wants. But what she asks for in exchange will put their very lives in jeopardy. When danger closes in, Catherine discovers a man of immense passion and he discovers a woman of immeasurable courage. As secrets from his dark past are revealed, Lucian begins to question everything he knows to be true, including the yearnings of his own heart.
I love Heath but this book is not one of my favorites. She is so good at rocking internal conflict but there’s a lot of external angst here – carriages being attacked! Abusive husband that must be stopped! The hero takes a loooong time to realize that he loves the heroine, and while it’s realistic (his friends see it before he does, he has a good reason to be stuck on someone else) it grates a little. “You’re perfect for each other, get to it already!”
As the first book in a series the set up is wonderful – Catherine has a novel reason to be as independent as she is and there’s a brother, best friend, and several scoundrels to marry off. With such different personalities it’s going to be interesting!
So while not her best I’m still glad I read this Heath book and look forward to the scoundrels to come. Bwahaha.