Everything has a price - except for love, and revenge….
In the darkest hours of her life, disgraced heiress Philadelphia Hunt is approached by a handsome stranger, a Brazilian jewel-miner named Eduardo Tavares. He makes an outrageous proposition - disguise herself and join him in a devious con to swindle America’s upper crust out of their riches. Philadelphia is desperate, and intrigued, by both this enchanting stranger and his promises of her return to high society. But a deeper masquerade is afoot. Little does Philadelphia know that the man responsible for her father’s disgrace and suicide is Eduardo himself, the very man in whose arms she is discovering the scorching heat of desire. And little does Eduardo know that Philadelphia’s thirst for vengeance cannot be quenched. Nor can their passion, as secrets and betrayals set this pair of lovers on a path that will lead to a new life - or to their destruction.…
I have not listened to this author before but this book tempted me - it's book 3 in the Masqueraders series book 1 is Caprice, book 2 is Mischief but I think they are all stand-alone listens.
Set in 1875 Chicago homeless Philadelphia finds herself struggling debtors and coming to terms with the loss of her beloved Father who had just killed himself.... but why? He gripped a gun in one hand and a few letters in the other hand that could give her the much needed clues that could tell her who and why he had pulled the trigger. What was she going to do now with no money, home or reputation and no hope - that is until she unexpectedly meets charismatic Jewel Mine owner Eduardo. He makes her an offer too good to refuse but behind his handsome Brazilian features he's hiding some devastating secrets about murder, torture, theft and revenge and Philadelphia is, unwittingly, about to blow it all apart with her quest to uncover the truth..... no matter the cost.
This is a well-written action-packed story then, as Philadelphia's work for Eduardo, together with her thirst for answers, thrusts her deeper into an unsavoury world, strong emotions form between her an Eduardo and their passions cannot be denied (not explicit). But her relentless drive for answers will tear the lovers apart and nearly destroy her too. As the plot slowly unfolds from Chicago through NYC and New Orleans their journey involves disguises, lies, betrayals, tender touching scenes, old friends and new enemies, death threats, kidnapping and so much more.
Worth a credit? Yes it certainly packed a lot in and she's an author I'll look out for in the future.
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