The story begins with the Duke of Aldmere walking in on the Marquess of Marstoke and finding him attacking a young woman in a room set far away from t..Show More »he crush they were attending. He quickly finds out that the lady is Bynne Wilmott, the marquess’s finace. Having been saved from a rape, she runs home to her father to tell him about her sadistic fiancé hoping her father would end the engagement. To her horror, her father defends the man and insists their marriage goes on as planned. To protect herself she runs away to the Half moon House run by an ex courtesan Hestia Wright. Shortly after living there and trying to get her life back in order, she discovers the "The Harris List of Covent Garden Ladies" is to be published ruining not only her but also Hestia Wright. Discovering that the author of the list is the Duke of Aldmere’s brother, she asks for his assistance in locating and destroying the list. In the process they discover that the list has a much grander plan.
Though the plot was developed nicely, the ending to this master plan to ruin so many came too easily. Throughout almost the entire book, the story built up the reason behind writing the list and yet within a quick few pages, it all gets resolved and they all live happily ever after.
I also was disappointed that this book was listed under HR and yet not much romance took place except one scene at the very end of the story. I did not want to have the focus of my HR to be mystery, which was what this book should have fallen under. I enjoy mystery when it is nicely balanced with romance but not when it is the primary plot and romance takes a backseat. Misleading for sure. So read it if you enjoy reading mystery novels. I would give this book 4 stars for mystery and a 2 stars for romance.