Lily Monroe is trying to make a better life for herself, working hard to acheive the dreams her dead sister had for them about becoming a respectable gentlewoman and rising above their poor backgrounds in London’s East End. She now calls herself Lilah Marshall and is one of the hostesses at Everleigh’s Auction House, making a decent living. Unfortunately, her uncle needs her to do him one last favour, involving the use of some of her thieving skills to acquire some documents. Lilah’s dirty deed is witnessed by one of the auction house’s prominent customers, Viscount Palmer, who doesn’t hesitate to blackmail her for assistance with his own business.
A lauded war hero, Christian “Kit” Stratton is the toast of London. He is desperate to stop the madman who has sworn to kill each and every member of Christian’s family and after discovering a distinctive candlestick at the Everleigh Auction Rooms, it is obvious its owners have a connection with his enemy. Now Palmer needs to get close to Miss Catherine Everleigh, and after discovering that her trusted employee, Miss Marshall has a nefarious past, he is more than willing to use one woman to get close to the other. Tempting Miss Everleigh with a house full of antiquities he needs to have appraised, he insists that the enigmatic Lilah Marshall come with her as her assistant. He wants to Lilah to steal any correspondence of Catherine’s and show it to him, or he will reveal her true background and most likely get her fired.
While Catherine initially has little time for Lilah and mostly seems to detest her, certainly complicates matters somewhat. Christian also claims that he intends to propose marriage to Miss Everleigh, but it’s Lilah he really seems to be forming a connection with, as she meets him in his office every evening to report on Miss Everleigh’s correspondence.
Full review on my blog.