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As usual, I have nothing but good things to say about Christi Caldwell's writing! I wasn't sure how I would feel about Broderick as a hero, because he irritated me in the previous books, particularly his mishandling of trying to marry his sisters off. It reminded me of when Ryker Black had his book, because his character was also one I didn't care for in previous books. But of course, I should not have worried. This is Christi Caldwell we're talking about here, and if anyone can make an unlikeable character from an older book the hero in the next, she can!
Broderick Killoran considers Regina Spark part of his family. She has been loyal to him for more than ten years, taking care of his siblings and acting as his assistant in running the Devil's Den. She is the last person he would expect to betray him, so when he learns she plans to open her own club and steal away his best employees, he is enraged...and bent on having his revenge. He manipulates her into accepting a deal - she can have the location she has been hoping for her club, but she must act as companion to his sister during her husband hunt in London. Reggie has secrets, and she knows it's dangerous for her to be exposed to London high society. However, her dream is on the line, and so she agrees. Even though the biggest danger isn't to her life - it's to her heart.
Again I will say, Broderick was a hero I was wary of, due to his past behavior. And even in the beginning of this book, I was worried that he would be irredeemable with his actions against Reggie. However, over time, as his motivations were exposed and his true personality was shown to others, I started to really like him. Some people, when cornered, become vulnerable. When Broderick was cornered, he became dangerous, so his actions made sense. I really like Reggie, although I was conflicted about how I felt regarding her betrayal. She wasn't a character I knew well, so I went into this book with an open mind about her, and I was pleased at the amount of depth to her story. She had such a heart-wrenching background, and while we can debate the intelligence of some of her past decisions, she has made a life for herself. It was sad that she felt she couldn't be honest with Broderick, but knowing Broderick's character well, I understood why she felt the need for secrecy. It was a shame that it took them so long to realize their true feelings for each other, because they were very well matched at the end of the day.
I am eagerly anticipating the final Killoran sister, Gertrude's, story! She has a special place in my heart, after reading about her for several books now. I can't wait to read about her happily ever after!
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**