|A beautiful silk merchant and a dashing con man join forces in the second scorching medieval romance from Kris Kennedy.
Breaking and entering to reclaim her corrupt late father's ledger comes surprisingly easily to Sophia Darnly. But is it mere coincidence that her misdeed unexpectedly reunites her with Kier, the outlaw lover who abandoned her years ago? Time has not erased Sophia from Kier's heart, nor tamed her fiery spirit. She boldly insinuates herself into Kier's plan for revenge, believing the ledger will ensure her survival. But Kier knows that with or without the ledger, she's as good as dead.
Kier is a dangerous, intoxicating potion for Sophia, but he's on a mission of revenge, and can't allow even the woman he once loved to stop him. The danger mounts as they take on the leader of a powerful consortium who needs the fabled Darnly ledger—and all its damning details about the wealthiest merchants of England—to execute his nefarious plan. He also needs Sophia—the last witness to his scheme—dead.
The coals of their rekindled passion burn hot as Sophia and Kier set their trap. But when the duo discovers they too are the targets of a deadly deception, the fate of their love, and of England itself, lies in the balance.
This story follows one long con that takes a few crazy turns as Kier is out for revenge against men from his past and Sophia is just trying to survive her connection to an infamous ledger. This ledger details out all the shady dealings of merchants and powerful men in England, everyone has heard rumors of it, all the men want it to save their name, but Sophia has it and is using it to work her way into Kier’s own plans to ensure her own safety.
Sophia grew up with a crooked father who eventually saw his life end in a hanging. Sophia’s life was dictated, without her knowledge, for many years. The place she ended up living and working after her father’s death, the man she married, her business everything isn’t what it seems and Sophia is caught in the middle of it all. She has the ledger that everyone wants and runs into Kier, a lover from her past and puts herself into the middle of the con he has going to ruin the men who turned on him and left him to burn to death. Sophia and Kier have a past together, one that might have led to marriage had Kier not been sent away without Sophia’s knowledge. Years later, the passion is still there between the two and they reluctantly, on Kier’s part, start working together to put Kier’s revenge into action.
This story worked my brain over. I don’t know if it was due to lack of attention, or just a really choppy plot, but it was hard to follow at times. Who’s who, who they’re associated with, what exactly Kier is after, it all got mashed together and I felt a little lost on more than one occasion. I’d like to say it becomes clearer as the story goes, but even the final fight between all the main players still had me trying to put everyone in the proper place in the story.
What I did enjoy that came across clear as day was Sophia. I found her to be enjoyable, spunky and fun to get to know. She’s had crappy life up to this point, the capper being her business burning to the ground as a warning by the merchants who want her and the ledger. When she reunites with Kier and becomes “Lady Mistral” a part she plays in Kier’s con, she comes to life. I found her to be much easier to like on page than Kier, who had either great hero moments, or moments that made me scream. He’s always loved Sophia but doesn’t want to use her at all in his plan. He’s the type of hero that goes from being open and as honest as he can be to flat out lying when he thinks it’s in her best interest. These two go through quite a bit as their plans are set up but even toward the end, Kier isn’t telling her the truth about certain things, lying to protect her. That part of his character didn’t work for me. But I really enjoyed his scenes with Sophia when he was genuine and real, no con or set ups in sight.
This was just an ok read for me. I found the plot to be hard to follow at times and Kier was a little difficult to fully like. Sophia was a nice character to get to know and I enjoyed her very much, but not enough for me to fully recommend the book.
Release date: July 31, 2012
Publisher: Pocket Books
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