Published:November 2nd 2021
Length: 377 pages
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
In London’s brothels and bawdy houses, sin and scandal run rampant. Yet as Emma Downing knows, far worse perils often lurk within the lavish homes of high society. Emma has been tasked with uncovering secrets at the Lymington family’s country estate—the scene of a rash of mysterious disappearances. Samuel Fitzroy, Marquess of Lymington, is no easy mark, and Emma fears he may see through both her disguise and her feigned indifference to his seductive charm…
Recently returned to England after a long absence, Samuel finds his family in chaos amid disquieting rumors floating about town. His young cousin has become a worthless rake, several housemaids have gone missing, and then there is Emma, who is clearly not the naïve debutante she pretends to be. Yet irresistibly attracted despite his mistrust, he joins her in a daring game of cat and mouse. For Emma will unearth the truth even if it brings ruin to Samuel’s family—but the threat is as inescapable as their mutual desire…
This is the fourth in the series, I’ve read this series from the beginning but you can pick up the series at any point and not have too many spoilers.
The title is a bit of a misnomer. Emma is not a virgin, she has worked as a courtesan and she has suffered because of it. I’m assuming the title is to keep in line with the others in the series.
The plot was well thought out I was surprised at who the baddie turned out to be. I’m usually not surprised so fair play to the author for keeping me guessing. I’m not enamored with the series but it is an entertaining read.
I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.