Lydia Grenville is dedicated to protecting London's downtrodden. Dissolute noblemen like Ainswood are part of the problem, not the solution. She would like him to get his big, gorgeous carcass out of her way so that she can carry on with her work. The problem is, Ainswood can no more resist a challenge, especially in female form, than he can resist the trouble she seems to attract.
If they can only weather their personal firestorm...
they might survive the real danger that threatens all they hold dear.
After the brilliant Captives Of The Night and even brillianter Lord Of Scoundrels, the last Hellion was a bit... umm... yeah.
It was confusing. It seemed to fly from one crazy event to another. On one occasion Grenville and the Duke are making-kissy face, and then 2 pages later are having a raging argument over I still don't understand what.
I also didn't expect Lydia to give up her humanitarian work in London so quickly, and with so little reluctance (read: NONE, once she decided that, yep, marriage was for her), to take up as the Duchess. And what was the whole point of the house being dirty? And cobwebs? And then Ainswood getting cranky about cleaning, and maids, and what not, and THAT is where the book lost me. I was really enjoying it, till about half way through.
Random events and discoveries of Lydia's history suddenly appear in the storyline like they're hugely significant, but read more like 'umm... OK?' moments.
I ADORE Dain and Jessica from Lord Of Scoundrels, and their appearance in this book was fun, but the Ballister connection seemed... implausible or contrived, I suppose?
The book left me befuddled.
On the bright side:
- Susan? Hilarious.
- The scene where Lydia and Ainswood are runnng through the street reciting Hamlet was splendid, and laugh-out-loud funny.
- The Rose of Thebes storyline thing reminded me a little of Julia Quinn's Miss Butterworth and the Mad Baron thing, which I loved from the Bridgerton and Bevelstoke books.
- The sub story with Trent and Tamsin was terribly sweet. I liked the poor fool getting a happy ending--he's clearly not a bad guy, just misguided. I also LOVE that he saved the day, with the poor ruined peasant-mother in the prison, undercutting our hero!