Reviewed by May
Cooper Townsend is being blackmailed. The worst part is, he didn’t do anything wrong! The details are as always a bit more complicated than that, but it isn’t as though he can say anything to anyone. Should the truth of his heroic acts be made known public it could cost him his life…
Ah, but who has time to dwell when he quite literally runs into the stunning Miss Dany Foster. Nothing is ever dull around her, but just today she was hoping to find Cooper as he’s a true hero according to the little books that have been published about him and her sister could use a hero. You see her sister is being blackmailed as well – though the twit deserves it – and she needs help.
Together the pair joins forces to figure out not just who, but why, and to put an end to the nefarious acts before they can turn deadly. Ah, and of course, the pair can’t help falling in love…
“In the interest of fairness, I feel it only fair to add that I don’t like you. I may admire you, and even find you somewhat attractive, but I don’t like you. You clearly resent that I’ve come to you for assistance, and you enjoy making me feel uncomfortable.”
“Tit for Tat, Miss Foster. I haven’t had a comfortable moment since you threw yourself at me in Bond Street.”
This was a fun book. It was easy to get swept up in the adventure and discovery, and Dany was a really fun leading lady. Though a bit more on the vanilla side, Cooper was ok himself. Neither particularly stood out as unique characters but they worked well together and the author did a good job of giving them fun dialogue and scenes to let us see them getting to know and more importantly like each other.
And then she went up on tiptoe and kissed his cheek, the same one she had repeatedly slapped with her gloves that afternoon.
“I thought you said I didn’t seem very much like a hero.”
“I know. But now you rather have to be, don’t you?” she said before pushing him through the doorway.
He stood outside, waiting until the sound of her footsteps on the servant stairs faded away, his hand to his cheek as he wondered what the devil that was all about, and why he was smiling, of all things.
There is one big ick for me in this story – Dany is so much like Cooper’s mom. He notices it right away and it kind of put an ick factor for me on his growing attraction to her. His mom and Dany are life of the party; something always going on, zany adventure free spirits which is fine. But I don’t think his mom needed to be the older version/future Dany for this story to work out. Including her buying a hat that Dany had been admiring showing just how similar the pair is. In fact, it just seemed gross to me that he was attracted to her because she was so like his mom.
That may be is just me – but I mention it here because it could be a dealbreaker (or maker?!) for you. Overall this was a fun story and I liked the balance of characters and plot, action and romance that the author provided. Remove mommy from the picture and I enjoyed this story a great deal from the villain to the adventures the pair goes on to solve the mystery.