I liked this twist on the woman warrior theme: a respected lady of the "ton" has a secret vendetta going on. She locks horns with a former lover as they are forced to work together to save an innocent. Well written with lots of plot twists and romance.
Lady Lydia Beaumont may seem like the perfect lady, but she has a secret that could destroy her flawless reputation. She spends her nights disguised as a man, prowling though London's seediest parts to save unfortunate women from the dangers of the streets. But when a fourteen-year-old girl is kidnapped, she has no choice but to turn to the one man who nearly ruined her life...
Lord Hugh Montgomery may be renowned for his investigative powers, but his desperate search for Lydia--the woman who once tempted him to the edge and beyond--has been futile. He'd been convinced that she was dead--yet her she was before him, more beautiful than ever, risking her life by masquerading as the Midnight Angel. Desperate to keep her out of harm's way and win back the trust he'd damaged, he follows her though the city's treacherous streets to find the missing girl. But what will it take to convince Lydia that the passionate love they once shared deserves a second chance?
In 1880 London, everyone wonders about the MIDNIGHT ANGEL, an apparent wealthy aristocrat, who helps fallen women start anew at her shelter Stone House. Unbeknownst to everyone who speculates about this benefactor is that though he dresses like a man, MIDNIGHT ANGEL is Lady Lydia Beaumont, wife of an earl dying from syphilis.
Actress Louise Canfield visits Beau and Lydia to obtain help as someone abducted her teenage daughter from the theater. Louise informs a stunned Beau that Sophia is his child from a long ago tryst. Beau's friends Todd and Clara Leach obtain the services of Lord "Clue", Hugh Montgomery known for solving cases. However, he and Lydia know each other from when they fell in love five years ago when she was known as Addie Parker. He thought she was dead while she felt he deserted her. As they work together, their love remains strong, but before either can think of the future a young girl needs rescuing.
Readers will enjoy this Victorian romance starring two intrepid females trying to break the mode that leaves women in lesser roles. From the start, the story line grips the audience with Louise dressed as a man trying to rescue an aging whore who just lost her teen child to a nasty John. Though the personal relationship between Louise and Hugh is heated, resolution is simplified with Beaus' deteriorating health. Still fans will relish this powerful historical romance.