From the get go I knew I was going to love Zoe, her energy and her fearlessness. London 1829, Lady Zoe Keene hires Manton's investigations (The Duke's men) to sort out her true parentage and the question about the inheritance of her father's estates. Even this is an amusing interlude.
Tristan Bonnaud is assigned to the case. Something Zoe is decidedly not pleased about--and neither is Tristan. He doesn't want to be bothered with a 'spoiled aristocrats inheritance problem.' In the end it will suit his purposes with his investigations into his own past.
Zoe is a woman with a mind of her own, 'sometimes her mouth just said what it pleased, and to hell with the consequences.'
Tristan, the illegitimate son of a Viscount, has his own set of secrets and worries to do with his background and parentage. His intractable, villainous half brother George is the thorn in his side. George is a man who wants to rid himself of Tristram no matter the cost.
With the vivacious Zoe, gypsies, American artists and dashing French men, Tristan's story is as enjoyable read as one can get.
A NetGalley ARC
p.s. I began this sitting on the Tarmac waiting for my delayed flight to take off from Manchester to Lisbon. In all the excitement of travel around Lisboa and other parts of Portugal I didn't get to post my review!