Through wit and sheer force of will, Ash Cohen raised himself and his younger brother Rafe out of the London slums and made them (in his unbiased opinion) the best confidence men in England. Ash is heartbroken when Rafe decides he wants an honest life, but he vows to give his beloved brother what he wants.
When Ash hears of a small-town heiress scrambling to get her hands on the dowry held in trust for when she marries, he plans one last desperate scheme: con her and his brother into falling in love. After all, Rafe deserves the best, and Ash can see at once that captivating, lonely Lydia Reeve is the best.
Lydia doesn't know why she instinctively trusts the humble stranger who talks his way through her front door and into her life. She just knows she's disappointed when he tries to set her up with his brother.
When a terrible family secret comes to light and Rafe disappears, Lydia takes a big risk: she asks Ash to marry her instead. Did Ash choose the perfect wife for his brother...or for himself?
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Super fun, and great to see a Jewish hero in historical romance. Definitely recommend!
Even though Ash has grown up on the streets and has become an expert swindler (con man), while Lydia has been the pampered daughter of the county's leading political man, they have both spent their lives caring for their younger brothers. So when those brothers turn out not to want to keep living by the plan set out for them, the older siblings are left adrift with no clear purpose. Though they would each pay dearly if the truth comes out, Ash and Lydia find that they may be the solution to each others' problems. Lydia needs a husband in order to inherit her money and continue her charity and political work. Ash wants to find a place for his brother to settle down and lead a respectable life. But brothers rarely cooperate the way they should, and Lydia seems to prefer Ash to his brother anyway. It's too good a situation to pass up for this con man, and as long as he doesn't really lose his heart, this could be the best swindle of his life. I enjoyed the pacing of this book, which is a little slower than most books I have read recently. The author took the time to finish conversations, thoughts, and scenes instead of cutting from one scene to the next with large gaps of time in between. I appreciated following through to the end of the scene instead of jumping around, even when the POV shifted between the hero and heroine. This well-crafted story gave me insight into many aspects of Regency life that I hadn't seen covered before. The inner workings of county politics, the patronage that kept local workhouses and charities running, the lives of Jews during the period, and the practices of swindlers and con men. There was also a diverse group of characters, including people of different ethnicities/religions, sexual orientations, and physical abilities. This was all done in a natural way without making a big deal about anyone's differences. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good Regency romance with attention to historical detail. This was my first Rose Lerner book, and I'm looking forward to reading the previous book in the Lively St. Lemeston series.