More than one beautiful woman’s hopes have been dashed on the rocky shoals of Jonathan Redmond’s heart. With his riveting good looks and Redmond wealth and power, the world is his oyster—until an ultimatum from his father and a chilling gypsy prophecy send him hurtling headlong toward a fate he’ll do anything to avoid: matrimony.
Intoxicating, elusive Thomasina de Ballesteros has the bloods of London at her feet. But none of them knows the real Tommy—the one with a shocking pedigree, a few too many secrets, and a healthy scorn for rakes like Jonathan.
She’s everything Jonathan never wanted. But on one fateful midnight, he’s drawn into Tommy’s world of risk, danger . . . and a desire he’d never dreamed possible. And suddenly he’s re-thinking everything . . . including the possibility that succumbing to prophecy might just mean surrendering to love.
Heat Level 2
5 star / Top Pick
Reviewed by Lady Blue
Jonathan Redmond appears to have it all. He’s handsome, charming, and belongs to a wealthy and influential family. Yet, even his beloved mother and sister don’t see the real man he is under the surface, and his father is openly scornful of his abilities. In an effort to force Jonathan to marry, his father cuts off his income. Jonathan has all his funds tied up in an investment, so this puts him in a bad spot.
Thomasina (“Tommy”) is the illegitimate daughter of a duke. Her mother has died, and she is barely on the fringes of society. Tommy and Jonathan are casually acquainted, but one night he catches her spying on the duke (her father.) He confronts her, and the ensuing conversation piques their interest in each other.
Soon, Tommy has drawn Jonathan into helping her with her mission, which is to rescue children. As a child, she was put in the workhouse when her mother died. From there, she was sent to a mill, where she was shackled and forced into performing dangerous work. Now it’s the purpose of her life to rescue as many children as she can, one by one.
Both Tommy and Jonathan are wonderful people. As they work together, they see the worth in each other, and it soon develops into passion and love. They have many things to overcome if they plan to have a future together aside from the difference in their stations in life. Jonathan’s father tries to separate them. Tommy’s father (the duke) has rejected her. They have no money.
I loved this book. I think it’s the best in the series, and possibly Julie Anne Long’s best book yet. Watching these two people and their love grow makes for an excellent and romantic read. Highly recommended.