On a quest to avenge her sister’s death, Eleanor Watkins never expected to fall for the man following her through pleasure gardens and into ballrooms. But soon nothing can keep her from the arms of the sinfully attractive scoundrel, not even the dangerous secrets she keeps. Strong, compassionate, and utterly irresistible, James is all she desires. But can she trust him enough to let herself succumb to all the pleasures that midnight allows?
James Swindler has worked hard to atone for his unsavory past. He is now as at home in London’s glittering salons as he is in the roughest streets. But when the inspector is tasked with keeping watch on a mysterious lady suspected of nefarious deeds, he is determined to use his skills at seduction to lure Eleanor into revealing her plans. Instead, he is the one seduced, turning away from everything he holds dear in order to protect her—no matter the cost to his heart.
With the forth installment of the Scoundrels of St James, we have James Swindler, a Scotland Yard Investigator who is the best of the best, there is no crime he cannot solve. The memory of his father being wrongly accused of fleecing a Lords pocket watch when he was eight has haunted him for twenty years – he blames himself as he was the one who took the watch – and ever since he was tried to bring swift justice to those who were wronged. He is hired to follow a suspicious young lady who has been seen following Lord Rockberry, he intends on gaining her trust, getting her to confide in him and if he has to seduce her, so be it, but he never thought he’d lose his heart.
Eleanor is in London to extract revenge for her dear sister Elisabeth, who was humiliated and destroyed by Rockberry. Aware that a Scotland Yard investigator is hot on her heels, she decides to befriend him and seduce him as well to gain his trust and eventually to deceive him so her revenge can be extracted, but to her as well, she doesn’t anticipate falling for him.
I absolutely loved James, he was a large powerful man, but very sweet and tender with Emma. He was bound and determined to see her and her sister Eleanor feed from the crime they supposedly committed, he wasn’t going to lose her and if they had to relocate, he’d go with her.
I will say I wasn’t expecting the whole triplets switch-aroo story line. When it was revealed, I found myself a bit baffled and wondering what was going on here. I loved the story, but this bit threw me for a loop. Also the whole secret society / orgy thing was something I’ve never read about in a book before. It is a dark and depraved topic, something Lorraine doesn’t shy away from writing, which a part of me loves at times when I read, I don’t want all stories sugar coated, I want all the raw and gritty settings, which Lorraine delivers.