First off, this is an historical romance - and I usually hate them. But this one, I liked.
The characters are varied... there's the Austenian whining mother in the background, the decorative sister who, in a more poorly written book, would be nothing but fluff. In this case, though, she's clever, aware, and strong - much stronger than the heroine thinks.
The hero is a jaded fellow - rich and bored and trying to hold on to his moral compass. All he needs to revive him is, of course, the heroine. Oh, and there's a terribly black character who, in the interest of being different, is NOT the criminal (thief) of the story.
In all, I enjoyed this book. I would have enjoyed it much more were it not for the sex. I felt that there was no way a heroine of this calibre would just fall into bed, onto the floor, whatever, with the first dude that ever kissed her. She had too much riding on her to let him... stopping that analogy now. But at any rate, I would have found more chaste passion much more believable.
This was a delightful change of pace in the historical romance theme. The main characters were so different and by that I mean in a good fun way. The rich bored lord was so honest and real, saying things you would expect to hear and not all the drivel of polite conversation. The impoverished female was strong, proud and independent. I like that, she didn't whine or simper! The storyline was quick paced, colorful secondary characters really added to the plot and dimension of the story. A good fun read. Found myself laughing out loud.
She is an impoverished noblewoman who lives by her wits as a Tarot reader for the English nobility. He is London's most notorious cat burglar.
They met one dark, glittering night. Yet even Jessamine Maitland cannot foresee the destiny that will sweep her into the adventure of her life with the proud, arrogant thief who has no intention of ever being caughtby man or woman.
But Alastair MacAlpin has not reckoned on Jessamineand a passion that will turn a game of cat-and-mouse into a matter of life and death. As the elusive aristocrat attempts the most daring coup of his checkered career, he is undone by this elegant beauty who sees the tenderness behind his mocking facade...and who will pursue him over rooftops and to the ends of the earth.
An impoverished aristocrat who ekes a living reading Tarot cards and a notorious cat burlar meet and ignite a passion that wil turn a game of cat and mouse into a deadly duel of life and death...
She was an improverished noble women who lived by her wits as a Tarot reader for the English Nobality. He is London's most notorious cat burguler. They met one dark glittering night.