Series: Maiden Lane #4
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: June 2012
Reviewed by: Amber R.
This isn't our normal type of book but I made a new rule and once I start a book (unless it's the worst thing ever) I'm going to finish it. So this is a historical romance? I would call it. It's a part of a series called Maiden Lane but you don't have to read it as a series. I didn't and I knew exactly what was going on. This book has stand alone characters and side characters that bring in their parts of the story.
Isabel is a widow who is enjoying the luxurious life of a lady in London. She's on several charitable boards and enjoys the finer things in life. Basically she leads a life of the upper crust of London society. But there is more to the mask she wears in society and Isabel has more to offer than just a pretty smile and good etiquette.
Winter Makepeace is the manager of an orphanage in St. Giles, a bad neighborhood in London. His father started the orphanage. And Winter considers rescuing the abandoned children of St. Giles, his life work. At night he masquerades the streets of St. Giles as a "ghost" hunting for children who are being abused or forced to do horrible things and taking them back to the home.
A chance meeting brings the Ghost and Isabel together and then Winter and Isabel together. And Winter is a normal leading man in this kind of book. He doesn't go after Isabel with a singleminded determination. Isabel however does go after Winter. Not at first but she definitely takes to him.
This is really just a romance book. It doesn't have any of that steampunk/paranormal/urban fantasy stuff I know and love but it's not bad for what it is. Isabel is a cool, modern lady for being back in the 1700's. Winter isn't your typical hero. Plus there is a pretty good story line and Winter is, shocking!, a virgin.. so their sex scenes were pretttttyy interesting. Isabel definitely took the reins, which isn't usual for this type of book either. So yeah, not bad if this is something that you're into.