Warning! There will be spoilers for the plot in this review – because I have to pick apart the mediocre plot to fully get my scathe on.
Lord Tristan Knight has come into the Earl of Ellington after his estranged father died unexpectedly in a carriage accident. As the late Earl blamed his son for the death of Lady Ellington, stabbed to death by an East End bandit, Tristan has been absent for a long time. His younger sister Emily was left alone with a grieving, neglectful father and after the return of her brother has tried to act out and scare away a series of governesses in an attempt to make her brother notice her. When she finally runs away, Tristan realises he’s been very dumb.
After traces of Lady Emily’s belongings are found in Tothill Fields, the same area where their mother was murdered years ago, Tristan becomes desperate. His butler recommends he seek out the aid of Lady Deidre Wilks, the notorious Viscountess Rotherby, who is known for her charitable acts in the area. When Tristan turns up on her doorstep, Deidre recognises him instantly. She was the pickpocket who lured Lady Ellington down the alley where she was murdered, and she’s convinced Tristan has come to bring her to justice. Instead he convinces her to aid him in the search for his sister. Together they comb the slums for the runaway, fighting their instant attraction to one another as they grow ever closer.
Dear readers, this really wasn’t a very good book. It sadly wasn’t a bad enough book to really be entertaining either, and as it fit into nearly all my reading challenges in one go, there was no way I wasn’t going to finish it. Apparently it’s Kimberly Logan’s debut novel, and as I doubt I could write a whole book, I don’t want to be too dismissive here, but people, it’s a very sad example of a historical romance.
Read all the reasons why here.