This book didn't work on several levels.
First, the main plot and mystery of the book was boring. Anne Mallory spent enough time dwelling on the development of the plot, rather than the characters or relationship, that the book was bogged down. Further the mystery wasn't terribly interesting and in the end, as far as I could tell, was never completely resolved. Quite frustrating.
Second, the romance never took off for me. The characters should have been interesting, but they weren't. The exposition wasn't romantic and they never connected.
Finally, the sensuality in this book was lacking, almost nonexistent, and was thoroughly disappointing.
Anne Mallory has been hit or miss for me, this book is a definite miss.
A beautiful thief who has never been apprehended... For years dire circumstances forced Audrey kendrick to lead a dangerous double life as London's most legendary thief. Finally free, she has escaped her past-or so she believes, until a family crisis draws her back. But one man is more determined than ever to bring her to justice-and the dashing, somewhat notorious duke of Marston has set the perfect trap.
A Daring duke who alwasy catches his prey...A gentleman spy, Stephen chalmers is as close as a kiss to unmasking the brazen thief who has long been the scourge of the London ton. He suspects the spirited Miss Kendrick of being the infamous Hermes, but the duke never dreamed that, by keeping the remarkable lady near, he would himself fall victim to her sensual charms. Laying Audrey's mysteries bare will only place his own dangerous secrets-and his heart-in jeopardy. For there is perilin the passion that enflames them both...and no risk is greater than love.