Calliope Minton is never far from scandal. Her greatest pleasure is capturing the nobility at thier worst. Donning a daring disguise, she poses as a society courtesan to get closer to london's leading bachelor. However, her ruse might have brought Calliope TOO close to her favourite target: James Trenton, Marquess of Angelford, a man who appears less foolish and more dashing with every meeting... James is certain the enchantress is hiding something - and she is driving him mad... with desire and curiosity. Alread occupied with trying to expose the 'artist' who has been humiliating him in the papers, James does NOT need another mystery! but all the lady's secrets will be revealed when the are forced to join together to find a vanished mutual acquaintance - and perilous circumstances tosses the marquess's bewitching, irresistable adversary into his arms I absolutly loved this book, Calliope was the perfect strong female, with a strong sense of adventure and a strong character. and James is just the epitome of the perfect romantic hero, (Dee is Callie's adopted sister, and the perfect wicked sidekick, shes is so fiesty, like Call, but more dramatic, this book had the perfect mixture of suspense and perfect finish. NB to any future readers, make sure you note the difference between the characters Roth, and Holt, I was quite tired when i read this for the first time and I kept getting them mixed up! maybe should of chosen more distinctivly different names! but thats my only grouch with a wonderful book, i will definitly be reading more Anne Mallory! ENJOY!
Ms. Mallory's debut effort demonstrates that she does have what it take to be a good author, but there are still some kinks that need to be worked out. One thing that was a problem was the over population of characters. Calliope Minton is not your average Regencey miss. She is a Caricaturist who just so happens to also play at being a ladies companion, and later a courtesan all with the effort to get scandalous "on-dits" for her next cartoon. Her plan, take down one member of the "Ton" at a time. But, instead she gets more than she bargained for. Now she has stepped into a mystery that tied to national security and her friend Stephen has gone missing and the bain of her existance the Marquess of Angelford is now forced to work with her in order to find out what happened to Stephen. The fact that these two strong willed people set sparks to flying everytime they're in a room together escapes no one except for...Callie and James. Will these two people manage to work together before they kill each other or will they finally admit to the attraction that they can't keep ignoring? This story had a lot of potential but what kept it from being "great" was the convoluted connections between so many of the characters with little ryhme or reason for the reader to follow. It looks as if she was laying the ground work for a series and this would have been fine except again...too much with little connection. As a result this romance between James and Callie felt forced and was not truly believeable for the reader. One can hope that her next effort will be a tad scaled down with more attention to the "romance" and less attention to building toward a series. Still this was a decent read and I will pick this author up again in the future.