Deception leads to passion in this regency romance debut starring a reluctant earl and the beautiful thief who has stolen his heart—first in the Birch Hall romance series.
A thief and a fugitive from the mental hospital where she was falsely committed, Joan Price is now on the run from her former partners in crime. But luck must be on her side—just when it seems all is doomed, she runs straight into the arms of Martin Hargrove, Earl of Fenbrook, who mistakes her for his distant cousin, Daphne.
Lord Fenbrook has no intention of marrying, and certainly doesn't consider his notoriously scatterbrained cousin a prospect. But her flighty persona seems to hide something far more intriguing—a secret self she trusts with no one. And Martin is determined to earn that trust...
When Martin’s sister discovers Joan’s charade, they strike a bargain: Joan can remain within the safe walls of Birch Hall, as long as she doesn’t allow Martin to fall in love with her—for their flirtation would surely ruin them both. She’s convinced she poses no threat to his heart, but she’s beginning to realize that her heart may be the one in danger. Especially as he seems very set on seducing her...
About the Author
Kathleen Kimmel is the author of the Birch Hall Romance series, including A Gentleman's Guide to Scandal and A Lady’s Guide to Ruin. She works in the video game industry, writing for games on such varied topics as Jane Austen, supernatural detectives, romance visual novels, rubber ducks, and true love. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and a small, cat-shaped demon.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Overall I enjoyed this book. I loved Joan and her past. I liked Martin's character. He's not another rake/rogue but a caring man. I would definitely recommend this book. I did feel that there was too many scenes of Joan and Martin's sister Elinor (who I adore) and not enough Joan and Martin. I felt like Martin fell in love a little too fast but I'm not holding that against the story. My only main problem was the ending. SPOILERS but I hate that it was SUPER short. The last chapter was 7 pages, okay fine, but when Joan and Martin finally confronted each other after a year it was all wrapped up in literally two pages! The ending was incredibly quick and I did not feel fully satisfied. I needed more. But I suppose that needing more is a sign that it was overall a good story but I was just unsatisfied with the ending being so short. I am going to read the next one and I hope Joan and Martin will still be in them so I can get something more from their story.