She stood at danger's threshold then love beckoned her in.
In the shelter of her country cottage, Sara Fielding puts pen to paper to create dreams. But curiosity has enticed the prim, well-bred gentlewoman out of her safe havenand into Derek Craven's dangerous world.
A handsome, tough and tenacious Cockney, he rose from, poverty to become lord of London's most exclusive gambling housea struggle that has left Derek Craven fabulously wealthy, but hardened and suspicious. And now duty demands he allow Sara Fielding into his world with her impeccable manners and her infuriating innocence. But here, in a perilous shadow-realm of ever-shifting fortunes, even a proper "mouse" can be transformed into a breathtaking enchantressand a world-weary gambler can be shaken to his cynical core by the power of passion. . .and the promise of love.
Sara Fielding is doing "research" down in a the rookery when she hears a man being attacked. What she comes upon is Derek Craven, one of London's richest men, being attacked. Sara helps Derek return to the gentleman's club that he owns. She becomes friendly with Derek's factotum, Worthy, and he allows Sara to have run of the club during the day so that she can get information for her next novel. But Derek's not thrilled about that at all. He seems to have an attraction to Sara that he wants to do nothing about and he doesn't want her around.
Sara seems to be having a thing for Derek as well but she's almost engaged to Mr. Kingswood back in Greenwood Corners - where she hails from. But once she returns to GC Mr Kingswood isn't thrilled with the woman that he thinks Sara's become.
Spurred on by friends of Derek's as well as an evil ex-paramour of Derek's, Sara finds herself with Derek but is everything she'd thought it would be?
This was one of KristieJ's DIK picks and a book that many a friend have talked about as being really good. I have to agree. It was a really good book that i enjoyed reading.
I loved that Derek was not the typical romance hero. He was born in the rookery, raised by prostitutes and had done some awful, abhorrent things in his life. But he was a man who needed love and Sara was there for him. I can understand why he thought he didn't deserve her - he probably didn't, but it didn't stop their love from blossoming.
Overall a very different romance but one I really enjoyed.
Rating: 4.25 out of 5
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