"Engaging Regency romance"
In 1807, at his London house, Lord Penworthy informs his
visitor Lord Marcus Kane in front of whore Fantine Delarive
that someone tried to kill House of Commons MP
Wilberforce. Stunned that a vulgar woman would be at their
meeting, Marcus is further shocked when his host asks the
two guests to work together. Though both agree to perform
their patriotic duty Fanny will be paid for her efforts.
Marcus, though experienced in espionage in France, needs a
guide to work his way through the serpentine slums of the
rookeries where the first clues will take the sleuths.
As they work as a team, Marcus realizes that first
impressions mean nothing. He sees his partner act very
comfortable as a lady attending an aristocratic soiree.
Marcus also receives an education into the life of the poor
chidlren living and in some cases thieving in London's
slums. As the duo's efforts lead to danger, they fall in
love. Marcus desperately tries to persuade Fantine that
they belong together, but she worries that her beloved blue
blood could never accept her work on behalf of the
This engaging Regency romance provides readers with an
insightful look at a way of life just a short distance from
the typical Ton that star in the sub-genre novels. That
absorbing glimpse provides a host of characters some
nameless that enables the audience to better understand the
cheeky heroine. Perhaps Fantine adapts to easily to
everything like a chameleon (who is the real Fanny?), but
fans will appreciate this feisty woman and the
metamorphosis of Marcus who recognizes what a treasure she
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 21, 2003