In the middle of Mayfair, after a ball, Lady Lillian-Anne Lennox finds herself dragged from her carriage, tied up and hooded, carried into a place of unimaginable odours, thrown onto a hard surface and left frantic and fearfully alone.
With the discovery of Lila missing her father the Duke of Lennox hires Sir Brook Derring, a canny investigator, to find her.This is the same Brook Derringer that years before Lila had callously refused when her sought her hand. Why should he assist? However help her he does! As the plot deepens and it becomes apparent that Lila is in real danger he bows to pressure from the Royal Prince and the Duke to go to extraordinary lengths to keep her safe.
The thing is, Lila is no longer the autocratic, unfeeling woman he once knew. She has matured and regretted her unfeeling actions of the past.The struggle to keep Lila safe and to keep her at a distance fails as they are thrown closer together when they have to go into hiding in less than salubrious surroundings. Circumstances and desires culminate in Brook and Lila exploring their relationship, admittedly through long, long descriptive passages that became a tad drawn out for the storyline.
That aside, there is plenty of action, angst and anxiety for all. I really liked both Lila and Brook. The resolving of their life together held out right to the end. I and they were unsure of the outcome.