Lady by day, Robin Hood by night...
Arabella Knightley is an earl's granddaughter, but it's common knowledge that she spent her early years in London's gutters. What the ton doesn't know is that while Arabella acts the perfect young lady by day, at night she plays Robin Hood, stealing from the wealthy to give to the poor.
Adam St. Just is one of Society's most sought after bachelors. He's also the man responsible for Arabella Knightley's nickname: Miss Smell o' Gutters—a mistake he regrets, but can never erase.
Bored by polite society, Adam sets out to unmask the elusive thief ... but he's not prepared for what he discovers.
A Regency romance featuring a tarnished heiress, an altruistic thief, a meddling marquis, and a gentleman who thinks very highly of his pedigree.
"Characters with passion, depth, intelligence, and a great sense of humor."
~ Buried Under Romance
(Originally published as The Unmasking of a Lady, by Emily May.)
Finalist in the Booksellers Best, National Readers Choice, and Australian Romantic Book of the Year (R*BY) awards.
Q & A with the author
How would you describe this book?
It's a novel about two people who've loathed each other for years and who unexpectedly (and very reluctantly) find themselves falling in love. So I guess that makes it an enemies-to-lovers Regency romance! It's also a novel about the devastating effects of gossip, righting wrongs, and judging people by their characters, not their birth.
Your hero is a duke's grandson. Can you tell us a little bit about him?
Adam St. Just has been brought up to think very highly of his lineage. Needless to say, he receives a much-needed shake-up to his world! His best friend is a mischievous marquis who will definitely be getting his own book one day.
How would you describe your writing?
Several reviewers have likened my writing to Georgette Heyer, which is the hugest compliment ever. I adore Georgette Heyer! She's why I write historical romance, and I reread her books over and over. (If you've not read The Grand Sophy, please do so!) I've also had readers compare my writing to Courtney Milan and Mary Balogh, which are also massive compliments.
Who would like this book?
This book would appeal to readers who like the historical backdrop and humor of Georgette Heyer and the emotion of Mary Balogh or Courtney Milan.
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About the Author
She loves to travel and has lived in Sweden, backpacked in Europe and North America, and traveled overland in the Middle East, China, and North Africa. Her varied career includes stints as a field assistant in Antarctica and a waitress on the Isle of Skye.
Emily writes historical romances as Emily Larkin and fantasy novels as Emily Gee. Her websites are www.emilylarkin.com and www.emilygee.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love this book and the author. I've read several books by this author and they are all amazing. I like this book especially before it was a little different with a lady being the thief and stealing to right a wrong. It's very entertaining.
Sweet story of heroine raised in slum taken into the ton by her grandparents but not accepted Hero disparages her publicly helping to make her an outcast Romantic tension abounds when h takes up the cause of hero's sister who is in disgrace Loved it second favorite to unmasking miss Applebee, a masterpiece!
Adam and Bella, good characters, good plot. Enjoyed this book. Will read more Larkin books.