Tyburnby Jessica Cale
She sees Death in the streets. She can taste it in her gin. She can feel it in the very walls of the ramshackle brothel where she is kept to satisfy the perversions of the wealthy. She had come to London as a runaway in search of her Cavalier father. Instead, she found Wrath, a sadistic nobleman determined to use her to fulfill a
Sally Green is about to die.
She sees Death in the streets. She can taste it in her gin. She can feel it in the very walls of the ramshackle brothel where she is kept to satisfy the perversions of the wealthy. She had come to London as a runaway in search of her Cavalier father. Instead, she found Wrath, a sadistic nobleman determined to use her to fulfill a sinister ambition. As the last of her friends are murdered one by one, survival hinges on escape.
Nick Virtue is a tutor with a secret. By night he operates as a highwayman, relieving nobles of their riches to further his brother's criminal enterprise. It's a difficult balance at the best of times, and any day that doesn't end in a noose is a good one. Saving Sally means risking his reputation, and may end up costing him his life.
As a brutal attack throws them together, Sally finds she has been given a second chance. She is torn between the tutor and the highwayman, but she knows she can have neither. Love is an unwanted complication while Wrath haunts the streets. Nick holds the key to Wrath's identity, and Sally will risk everything to bring him to justice.
Unless the gallows take her first.
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the first review really says it all! if you like historical romance, you should read this. way more exciting than most, and with more interesting characters. she has definitely done her research. great "for real" portrayal of London life during the time! a must read.
I feel like Restoration London doesn’t get enough play as a backdrop for fiction, so any find raises a flicker of excitement. Tyburn fans this little flicker into a roaring flame with its ‘back streets’ view of the hookers and highwaymen who populated the seedier locales of Charles II’s capital. A romance, but not the one you were expecting. Tyburn, like its heroine, Sally, is desperate, hungry, and dirty, but with a good heart buried somewhere deep down. Lovers of either well-researched historicals that wear their learning lightly, or hot romances with an actual plot between the bonking, will be equally made up with this one.
Tyburn is the Jessica Cale's debut novel and I have to say that she astounds me. It is a very great book with detailed scene and vivid description. I don't think anyone had truly read a historical book if they never read this book. It's that great. To be honest, I cannot read any book after reading this and it took 2-3 days to go back to reading world. I can't put this story out of my mind. Sally Green is a prostitute under the Wrath's control, a sadistic nobleman with very mean ambition. She was in London to find her real father but instead fate took her to Wrath. She was every lower nobleman and working class man's dream. Almost all of them were willing to pay for her service and one (actually make it two) wanted her so badly and he took difficult bargain. When people she cared about started to die one by one, she knew that Death was looming over her shoulder. The life that Sally had was not easy and she was a very strong and determined characters. Despite some of her dangerous works, deep inside her heart was very pure. Nick Virtue is a tutor and a highwayman at night who felt that what belonged to him is not given to him. One night after his Robin Hood moment, he met Sally who offered him food. When he saved the woman who haunted his dream, he knew that danger was very near. I don't usually read this kind of story but the blurb really lure me in this book. The author is doing a great job with capturing the life of different stations -the rich and the poor-. She did not shy away from the harshest truth about the bloody street of London in the past. It was very grim and at the same time very real. She wrote all of the different side of historical fiction which made this book different from other historical romance. The real story started in the middle when Sally escaped death but the early part of the books developed the characters of Sally, Nick, Wrath and some parts of Sally's past. I really like knowing how they ended up to be what they were. There were so many unexpected part of the story. The book had it all: the thrill, suspense, murder, lies, treachery, love, lust. It's perfect. I would really recommend this book to anyone wanting to read something different. Rating: great 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.