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Library Journal★ 08/01/2014
When a search for the truth about her background for the sake of her inheritance sends Lady Zoe Keane to the "Duke's Men" of Manton's Investigations, she is sure of two things: she must know if she is truly her father's daughter and she doesn't want rude, mocking Tristan Bonnaud, a man who once held her at gunpoint, handling her case. Naturally, Tristan ends up being the only person capable of doing the job—and for dangerous reasons of his own is more than willing to oblige. A cynical, well-born bastard hero who doesn't believe in romance and a spirited, titled heroine who would prefer to marry for love are conflicted from their first mind-shattering kiss. VERDICT Vivid, well-described characters, both old and new, add depth, while a brash, adventurous American cousin spices things up. Old animosities, cruel betrayals, life-changing secrets, and class issues fuel the plot of this sexy, vengeance-driven tale that touches on cultural diversity, explores the question of honesty, and nicely expands Jeffries's world. Jeffries (When the Rogue Returns) lives in Cary, NC.