Devastatingly handsome. Vain. Unscrupulous. Valentine Napier, the Duke of Montgomery, is the man London whispers about in boudoirs and back alleys. A notorious rake and blackmailer, Montgomery has returned from exile, intent on seeking revenge on those who have wronged him. But what he finds in his own bedroom may lay waste to all his plans.
Born a bastard, housekeeper Bridget Crumb is clever, bold, and fiercely loyal. When her aristocratic mother becomes the target of extortion, Bridget joins the Duke of Montgomery's household to search for the incriminating evidence-and uncovers something far more dangerous.
Astonished by the deceptively prim-and surprisingly witty-domestic spy in his chambers, Montgomery is intrigued. And try as she might, Bridget can't resist the slyly charming duke. Now as the two begin their treacherous game of cat and mouse, they soon realize that they both have secrets-and neither may be as nefarious-or as innocent-as they appear . . .
I have only read 2 books in this series, so if I have come across Valentine before I can not remember him...and I believe that is a good thing.
I think this one has to get a high grade just because of how fucked up Valentine was. He was so broken, so dark, so without conscience. A borderline sociopath. ..I loved him. Mostly because of broken he was, yes he was one of those, I can change him! Also cos he was so dark. He should be hated.
Valentine is a bastard, not a bastard by birth, but one freaking bastard. He blackmails everyone. He laughs at misfortunes of others, he does not give a damn. He is the devil. But already there you can see that something is wrong, because he does truly love his sister and would do anything to protect her. And then we hear his story and it is messed up. But still, he does bad things, and...well at least they are not against Bridget, so I can forgive him. She awakens him, makes him human again.
Aye, Bridget, she really is a bastard, by birth. Now she is a house keeper, and is trying to find the evidence that Valentine blackmails her mother with. She is kind and patient, and you really need to be that with him since he is an asshole.
Their romance is not insta in anyway. No he is not attracted by her, but after a while she starts to fascinate him. She, well he is hot, give him credit for that, but he is also an asshole and that is all she can see. It grows, and it has to grow since he has no heart.
He is a real bastard, only a patient woman would ever wait for him. I'd have kicked him in the nuts long before that. But oh he he longed for her, but at the same time felt it as a weakness. How sad I felt for him.
He is a bastard you have to read about.
ebook, 364 pages
Expected publication: May 31st 2016 by Grand Central Publishing
Maiden Lane #10