Obsession drives Eleanor Watkins after reading her sister's
journal of the depravity she endured at the hands of a
powerful lord. Her sister was an innocent sent from the
country to enjoy a single Season. She returned broken and
she committed suicide unable to live with the memories.
Eleanor wants retribution and carefully plots Lord
Rockberry's demise. As Eleanor trails Rockberry, she
notices that a man follows her. When she is attacked, the
stranger comes to her rescue.
Scotland Yard Inspector James Swindler watches as the young
woman follows Lord Rockberry. He cannot understand why
Rockberry is frightened of her and called Scotland Yard for
protection. When he saves Eleanor from her attackers, James
plays the part of a suitor to her. Seducing the answers
from her should be easy. He is very good at it having
learned as a lad while trying to survive in the desolate
rookeries. But, James graduated from being a thief to a
Scotland Yard inspector.
Eleanor is certain James is in the employment of Rockberry.
Her seduction plan goes smoothly as she cons the master
swindler. Then her cool head deserts her as she falls in
love with James. However, love will be fleeting when trust
In Ms. Heath's take on Dicken's Oliver Twist, she
tackles survivors guilt and the lengths they go to balance
the inequalities of the law. The characters demand
retribution, but the cost leaves them wounded. Ms. Heath
produces an intense emotional read as she delves into their
On a quest to avenge her sister's death, Eleanor Watkins
never expected to fall for the man following her through
pleasure gardens and into ballrooms. But soon nothing can
keep her from the arms of the sinfully attractive
scoundrel, not even the dangerous secrets she keeps.
Strong, compassionate, and utterly irresistible, James is
all she desires. But can she trust him enough to let
herself succumb to all the pleasures that midnight allows?
James Swindler has worked hard to atone for his unsavory
past. He is now as at home in London's glittering salons
as he is in the roughest streets. But when the inspector
is tasked with keeping watch on a mysterious lady
suspected of nefarious deeds, he is determined to use his
skills at seduction to lure Eleanor into revealing her
plans. Instead, he is the one seduced, turning away from
everything he holds dear in order to protect her--no
matter the cost to his heart.