An Unlikely Partnership and an Uncontrollable Desire. . .
Naval Captain Hugh McAlden is accustomed to taking on deadly, high-stakes assignments--and being rewarded handsomely for his success at them. But to accomplish his latest mission, he'll need someone more inconspicuous among his own ranks. Someone like the larcenous beauty who just relieved him of his pocket watch under his very nose. . .
Meggs Tanner's livelihood--as one of London's stealthiest thieves--depends on her remaining un-tethered and unnoticed. But when she is caught by an icy-eyed Scottish officer with an unusual proposition, she sees a chance to escape her life of crime forever. Ever wary, she accepts the job even as she plots her exit strategy, ready to cut and run at a moment's notice.
But as Meggs and Hugh come nearer to the danger of their shared mission, thoughts of betrayal and distrust begin to dissolve. . .overshadowed by a passion worth any risk. . .
I really enjoyed reading this book! I loved the hero and the heroine, both are very unique personalities, convincing, complex and good at what they do - and proud of it. When they work together to find a traitor among the Lords Commissioners on the Board of Admiralty, both have to find a way to trust the other and, well, to keep their hands of each other. Alright, they are more successful when it comes to this trust thing than at the other part but it's not easy to resist when there are so many sparks flying around and all that, right?
When Hugh McAlden hired the "street rats" Meggs Evans and her brother Tanner in order top help him find a spy, he didn't know that those two would change his life forever. Somehow this young woman and her brother get under his skin and what should have been strictly professional, well, it becomes so much more.
But can Meggs become a part of Hugh's world or...might there be something more about her and her brother?
As the story was also interesting, fast-paced and on the whole gripping and captivating, this is definitely a book that I will read again and I'll probably look for other books by Elizabeth Essex.