I'll admit, I went into the reading of this book with a bit of a jaundiced eye, as I'd been thoroughly bored by another of this author's books, "Innocent Passions". (Yes, I realize now that I read them out of order, but I didn't know that they were a part of a series when I read them.)
This was a book that had a lot of potential, but missed the mark. First off, I didn't really much care for the "Saint of the Seven Dials" plot line. I thought I would like a "Robin Hood" theme more, but it just didn't seem to quite click with me.
My biggest complaint was with the characters. I couldn't like Mr. Peverill, Quinn's father. There is matchmaking, and then there is don't-give-a-darn-what-you want, outright lying, I-know-better-than-you high-handedness. I think that he stepped over the line of matchmaker into horrible controlling, domineering behavior. His first, necessary lie to save Quinn's (and thus his family's reputation) was forgiveable. But his subsequent actions where he kept making it worse with more lies because he thought he knew better than Quinn and Marcus were not forgiveable.
I also felt that Quinn and Marcus were a little bit stupid. Because Quinn's father keeps lying to them, and telling each of them that the other is eager for the match, they both believe him. Which would be believable if he never gave them a change to speak to each other. Yet they spend time together, and it should be perfectly obvious that Quinn's father is lying through his teeth, and yet neither of them figure it out! Huh? If Marcus is supposed to be smart enough to break and enter and steal from his peers without getting caught, then how is he dense enough to not catch on to Mr. Peverill's game?
Quinn struck me as rather stupid as well, and for more than the reasons I just listed. Wandering around London alone is what got her into trouble in the first place. Yet she does it again without even a moment's hesitation. I wanted to smack her and tell her to grow the heck up and learn from her mistakes.
This is the second book I tried to read by this author that was a complete let-down. There will not be a third.