This book was released on November 10, 2015. I received a copy through NetGalley.
Lydia Bancroft seems to be pleased with her life. She enjoys her job at the library and she’s engaged to a man who seems to be high in society and wealthy. But she can’t get another man out of her head, one who frequently visits her reading room.
Their paths cross one day as she is having tea with her fiance, and finds out that they know each other; what’s more, they do not like each other. After a fight, her fiance abandons her and the mysterious man, Sebastian Marks, comes to pick up the pieces.
Lydia and Sebastian form an unlikely friendship that drags them into the most dangerous parts of the city, parts that Sebastian is very familiar with. There’s a lot she doesn’t know about him, and they have major differences, but they can’t seem to break their ties.
When she ventures into the gambling club he owns, things quickly go bad and they are implicated in a murder of someone very important. Sebastian is torn between wanting to protect her and make her life better, and leaving her alone in order to not drag her down with him.
A classic story of a good girl and a ‘bad’ boy, this is a very sweet unlikely romance that makes you root for everything to turn out well even when things look grim. The third in a mystery series, it doesn’t seem to be necessary to read the others to understand this one.