FROM THIS MOMENT
Stella West's artistic talent made her the toast of London, but when her beloved sister dies under mysterious circumstances she abandons everything and heads for Boston. With single-minded determination she fights to pierce the ring of secrecy surrounding her sister's death. Upon meeting Romulus White, a publisher with connections into every important power circle in the city, she quickly realizes he could be a valuable ally in navigating Boston society.
Romulus has been pursuing Stella for years to create art for his magazine. Her luminous illustrations are the missing piece he needs to propel his magazine to the forefront of the industry, and he will stop at nothing to get her on board.
Sparks fly the instant they join forces, but Romulus is unsettled by the unwelcome attraction he feels toward Stella, fearing she might be the one woman who could disrupt his hard-won independence. He may have finally met his match in Stella, but is helping her solve the mystery of her sister's death worth the risk to his publishing empire?
Egads! How could I have fallen in love with a dandy?! But it is true and no one is more surprised than me. I fell hard for Romulus notwithstanding his flare for fashion, inflated ego and whimsical ways. He enthralled me right from the very first page. Unlike any other romance hero I've come across! And wouldn't he be pleased to bear that distinction? Because he's a tad prideful as well. Okay, maybe not prideful in the negative sense -- more like he recognizes his strengths and plays up to them. He's found his niche in the magazine industry -- the perfect backdrop for his eclectic interests and short attention span to shine.
And then Stella waltzes into his life and nothing is the same again. Her ego matches his and she's not afraid to speak her mind -- forcefully at times, which just serves to get her into trouble. Not with Romulus, he finds her tendency to call a spade a spade amusing for the most part. But Stella is collecting enemies among the city's elite as she inelegantly alienates everyone in her path in her attempt to solve the mystery of her sister's death.
Romulus finds himself in the dubious role of knight in shining armor for a decidedly prickly -- but lovely -- young lady. Every scene with these two in it is delectable. The artful playfulness, the clash of wills, opinionated 'discussions' -- the atmosphere is definitely charged. All. The. Time. Toe-curling and infuriating. I've never come across a more exasperating pair! Such a joy to read!
And the plot is magnificent. Corruption and subterfuge and plenty of twists plus the bonus of a secondary love story. And an inspiring faith thread ties it all together. Honestly -- you'll want to clear your calendar before you dare open this book because once you do there's no going back. You'll be immersed in turn-of-the-century Boston and you won't want to snap back to reality until you've finished ever single delicious word.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.
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