A MAN CONTROLLED BY HIS DESIRES . . .
Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she's spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk . . .
A WOMAN HAUNTED BY HER PAST . . .
Caire makes a simple offer-in return for Temperance's help navigating the perilous alleys of St. Giles, he will introduce her to London's high society so that she can find a benefactor for the home. But Temperance may not be the innocent she seems, and what begins as cold calculation soon falls prey to a passion that neither can control-one that may well destroy them both.
A BARGAIN NEITHER COULD REFUSE
This story takes place in London around 1737. A gritty, “Jack the Ripper-esk” type tale that gave me the shivers and thrilled me at the same time. I really thought this story belonged in Victorian England, but being introduced to the dirty St. Giles area made it the gritty story that I loved. Boy, did St.Giles creep me out; not a place I would want to visit. The vivid descriptions made me feel as if I was there with Temperance.
I was amused by the names of the characters. Temperance, Silence, Winter, Caire (of course contrary to how his name sounds, at times I think he did not care at all) and the names of the orphaned children. Temperance somehow feels like she needs to atone for a sin (the reason doesn’t come out ‘til later-no spoilers here) by saving orphaned children and taking care of them. That introduced the slightly religious undertone to the characters. However, I believe that the undertone paved the way for the characters to step out of their shells. Nobody is what they seem in this story and their values were put to the test under duress. It was interesting to see these characters break.
Lord Caire was just a shell of a man. Really, he did not love anybody and did not like to be touched. Such an enigma of a character. He is not book boyfriend material. He loved getting a rise out of Temperance by saying outrageous things to her. He was, for a lack of a better word, an emotional vampire. Since it was so hard for him to find his emotions, he evoked them out of Temperance and used them to feel. But, because of this, I really wanted him to redeem himself. There is nothing better than a hero who grows as a character and finds his way.
I often did not want to put this book down and it was one of those stories that I couldn’t stop thinking about afterwards. Such a wonderful way to start a series. The characters make you feel for them; I want to know the stories of the secondary characters, especially Silence. Oh, and I know for a fact that Winter is hiding something, which if my suspicions are correct, would make for a great story.
*I received an copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*