Without a doubt, this is an exciting story. There is more than romance to the story. The author gave the readers a mystery to solve. There's intrigue and murder and mischief. The story line steadily developed with action, intrigue, and not a few surprises throughout the story. And let us not forget those steamy love scenes. Mercy! And of course, there is the requisite fairy tale ending. If You Give a Rake a Ruby is one of those rare books that is deserving of a five star rating. The writing is excellent and the characters are captivating. Ms. Galen delivers a steamy romance between a determined hero and a reluctant heroine. It's a must read for historical fans seeking an engaging story where the hero and heroine sparkle under pressure. Give it a try...You'll be glad that you did.
There are three jewels who sparkle and shine…three Cyprians who come together in friendship and survival. These Three Diamonds, so named by the Prince Regent, are courtesans and are not what they seem.
Fallon has been nicknamed the Marchioness of Mystery. She is one of the most celebrated courtesans in London. But the ton would be scandalized to learn of her humble beginnings. The fun begins when she discovers a man in her boudoir. This man knows all of her closely guarded secrets and he uses those secrets to blackmail Fallon into helping him. Before long, Fallon is caught up in the underworld of intrigue and murder. She finds herself right back in the one place she'd hoped to never see again.
Warrick FitzHugh is a spy with a bounty on his head. He is desperate to find the traitor who is killing off his compatriots. Fallon has a surprising connection to the murderer. Warrick uses her secrets to force her into helping him. The two reluctant allies are soon running for their lives and fighting their desire for each other. Warrick admitted his love for Fallon very early on in the story. But stubborn survivor that she was...Fallon really made him work to earn her trust.
Fallon, the Marchioness of Mystery, finds herself in a mess of seduction and scandal when she is blackmailed into helping the handsome but dangerous spy Warick Fitzhugh. He is out to hunt down the notorious crime lord who is responsible for the deaths of his fellow spies and she is the only one who can help. As their quest leads them deep into London's treachourous underwold and face-to-face with their inner deamons, they find that the only ones they can turn to are each other.