Eleanor Becket, the reserved, crippled oldest daughter of the Beckett clan, has resigned herself to being a spinster and simply mooning over her father's friend Jack Eastwood from afar. But when Jack comes to her father with a plan to ferret out the leader of the Red Men Gang of smugglers, she volunteers to pose as his wife to ease his entree into London society in order to ensnare the earl of Chelfham, whom they believe to be the Red Men's leader. But Eleanor has her own agenda and secrets, kept even from her father, and it becomes a deadly juggling of lies and half-truths to keep her father's secrets from Jack, as well as her own. As the attraction between them grows, can trust blossom as well in time for them to work together to defeat their enemies?
The third in this excellent Romney Marsh series is as entertaining as its predecessors, and reveals a little more of Ainsley's past and the enemy only hinted at in the background of the first two books, the one responsible for the Beckets' need to flee their island home and establish new identities in Romney Marsh. It certainly teases the reader and makes one eager for the next installment, to learn more not just about each Becket's story but also about the larger story behind the family.
I read the first of this series some time ago. I was intrigued with the group and had to go back and read the first again before picking this up. This was fun and it went in directions that were unexpected. I am looking forward to more and have the next book in my TBR pile.