With a heroine named Psyche Persephone Hill, it is no wonder that Dear Imposter reflects the influence of several myths. The excessively proper Psyche is tempted into an outrageous façade when she learns she will gain control of half of her inheritance when she announces her engagement. She instructs her maid to hire an actor who will play the role of a fiancé. It certainly sounds like the stage for a Pygmalion story with the low-born actor remade into a worthy suitor. But the man who arrives at the betrothal party has no need of instruction; Psyche eventually learns Gabriel Sinclair is not an actor but a most improper gentleman.
Like the Psyche of myth, she falls in love with a man whose identity is a mystery to her. Like the Persephone of myth, she loves a dark figure who frequents the Regency underworld of gambling hells. However, this Psyche challenges her love to make his home in her world while he helps her overcome her fears of impropriety. Meanwhile, the danger escalates through the attacks of Barrett, who would rather kill than lose the estate he gambled away to Gabriel.
Nicole Byrd has crafted a particularly clever tale. The ties to
mythology enhance and never detract from the plot. It takes a great skill to weave all of these elements together this well. Dear Imposter is a joy to read.