Dash Matthews, Viscount Carrington has promised his childhood friend, Lady Sophia Afton, that he'd help her (along with their friends) who murdered her mother when they were children. Since none of them have ever felt right since the murder, he figures finding that closure will help them all move on. But Dash has been keeping a secret for his friends. His father had been investigating the murder prior to his death and had information that seems Lady Afton's death wasn't a simple random act of violence.
Dash's investigating is threatened when his father's friend sends his daughter, Miss Elena Barnes, to pick up some ancient books from the Carrington library. What he thought was an inconvenience he soon discovers is a major distraction as Miss Barnes is nothing short of memorizing, despite her bluestocking label.
The story was entertaining, in general, but there were times when I wondered how we went from point A to point D. It felt at times like vital bits of the storyline were glossed over or skipped to keep the story moving along.
While the characters were entertaining, I didn't find myself connecting with them the way I wished to. Considering the storyline, I would have hoped for more of an emotional response from both of the characters.
There is just enough to the story to keep you engaged, but it did leave me wishing for more.
Desire, danger, intrigue, and steamy seduction unite a sexy spymaster and an intrepid bluestocking as Stefanie Sloane’s luscious new series continues.
Possessed of a brilliant mind and a love for puzzles, Dashiell Matthews, Viscount Carrington, is a crucial member of the elite Young Corinthians spy league. Assuming the façade of an addle-brained Adonis, he hunts for a notorious London murderer known as the Bishop. When fate causes him to cross paths with Miss Elena Barnes, Dash discovers an enigma that will prove delightfully intoxicating to unravel: a voluptuous beauty as intelligent as she is fearless.
Only the lure of a collection of rare books bequeathed to her family by Dash’s late father could tempt Elena from her cozy rural life to the crush and vanity of London. But if Elena finds his lordship to be the most impossibly beautiful man she’s ever seen, he also seems to be the stupidest. Which made her body’s shameless response to his masterful seduction all the more unfathomable. Yet when she discovers Dash’s mission to track the dangerous Bishop, she willingly risks everything—her trust, her heart, her very life—to join him.