St. Martin's, Jun 3 2014, $7.99
In 1887, Bronwyn and Hugh Parrish were the toast of London high society until his death eight months ago. However, Bronwyn remains stunned not so much from her grief for her husband; but from learning that that her late spouse’s business manager Devere stole their funds, leaving her a penniless widow paying off their debts and no longer acceptable amongst the Ton’s in-crowd.
Former Crown espionage agent Marco Black of Nemesis, Unlimited arrives at Bronwyn’s home to obtain information on Devere. Instead, though he cannot explain to himself why, Marco asks the aristocrat for her help in finding the scoundrel; she readily agrees to assist him in bringing Devere to justice. Clues lead them to France and the ruthless Les Grillons crime syndicate. Surviving the French danger while also falling in love, the lead pair heads to Italy seeking the thief.
The latest Nemesis, Unlimited Victorian romantic suspense (see Sweet Revenge) is a terrific thriller with the protagonists facing lethal enemies in England and especially on the continent. Although the relationship between the lead couple seems too similar to the stars of Dangerous Seduction, fans will root for this courageous pair as each struggles to survive their class taboo attraction almost as much as their deadly foes.