Sterling Mabry, the Duke of Greystone, wants nothing more than to have one last enjoyable fling before settling down to a life of duty with a proper wife. Frannie Darling, former child thief and pickpocket, has made a life for herself as bookkeeper for a gaming hall. She knows that to the Duke, she is a suitable mistress, but never a wife in Society's eyes. Frannie has survived to much to be willing to submit to a man's lust, but is shocked by her own feelings for the dashing Duke. As Sterling pursues Frannie; he comes to realize that worth is not measured by lineage or standing in Society, but in one's true self. When Frannie is threatened from a figure from the past, will she be willing to turn to Sterling for help? Can Sterling set aside the guidelines and rules of Society to love Frannie?
Feagan and his child thieves have been the focus of books by Lorraine Heath. This latest entry to the series is just as hot-blooded and fast moving as the others. While easily read as a stand-alone, it will have the reader eagerly grabbing up the previous books to enjoy as well. While the main characters are well developed and intriguing, the secondary characters are just as interesting and enjoyable, contributing to a true gem of a Regency romance. Lorraine Heath manages to combine torrid scenes with humorous interludes, weaved with sweet secondary storylines, all for a book that leaves you sad to reach the last page. This series will be a welcome addition to any romance lover's bookcase.
But at what cost to them both?