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. @goodreads
Well That Was Yummy Good!
I had no idea was walking into an erotic, slightly gory, good deeds type of book but I certainly did.
Temperance Dews (widower) and her brother Winter Makepeace <---(his name is freaking Winter, my favorite time of the year!) run the Home for Unfortunate Infants and Foundling Children. They both took it over after their father died but now they are in dire straits as one of their benefactors died and didn't leave them any money in his will. Poor Winter is working himself to the bone trying to make ends meet, he's a school teacher as well. He has some other stuff that keeps him busy but that is for another book.
They live in a very bad part of London (St. Giles). People are murdered here all of the time. Temperance and her maid servant, Nell Jones witnessed a dead body on their way home from saving a baby in the middle of the night. You shouldn't be out at night in St. Giles but they had to get the baby.
There are all sorts of bandits, drunks, killers, ghosts, you name it, running around at night so it's best to stay inside.
Lord Caire or Lazarus Huntington comes to see Temperance. He wants to pay money for her to help him try to find out how murdered his mistress. Why did he pick Temperance? Read the book! Temperance has to take Lord Caire up on his offer because they need money badly. He is also willing to help Temperance find a permanent donor to the home for her help as well.
But Lord Caire is not the type of man you bring home to the family. Yes, he's rich but he also sleeps around with all kinds of women and this is not good for the sweet Temperance to be around. And yes he does get all nasty talking to her and making her crazy but it works out once Lord Caire finds he is starting to "FEEL" again. He hasn't felt anything since he lost his sister as a child.
Temperance and Caire have some very, um, passionate moments. Yes, you will get all hot and bothered! They also go through some more tough times and death but they do eventually find out who the killer is and get that taken care of.
Temperance has two other brothers named Concord (he took over the brewery when dad died) and Asa. She has two sisters named Verity and Silence. They weren't in the book too much, only Silence played a good part in it and I look forward to reading about her in one of the other books. I felt sorry for what Silence went through with her husband. People suck is all I can say.
There were a few different characters in the book that I loved and hated and they are going to be in some of the other books I hope to read soon. Over all I enjoyed this book!
*I would like to thank Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*
I have since went to thrift books online and got the next three books in the series and I have the next three after that on my Amazon list as they are cheap. Yay!
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