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However, it is her talent for translation that brings her into contact with Alexander Banebridge, or "Bane," a man who equally attracts and aggravates her. When Bane hires Lydia to translate a seemingly innocuous collection of European documents, she hesitantly agrees, only to discover she is in over her head.
Just as Bane's charm begins to win her over, Lydia learns he is driven by a secret campaign against some of the most dangerous criminals on the East Coast, compelled by his faith and his past. Bane forbids any involvement on Lydia's part, but when the criminals gain the upper hand, it is Lydia on whom he must depend.
Review: As soon as I finished this book, I texted a friend and instructed her to drop everything and read this. It left me feeling... content. It was a well-written, compelling story, and it was stand-alone! The heroine is plucky and honorable. The hero is mysterious and driven. There's a bad guy who makes me feel ill, and the good guys are out to get him. Add in the historical information about orphanages and opium use, not to mention that the heroine is a translator, and I found the whole story riveting.