So the quick of it is that The Duke of Montgomery is pretty much a blackmailer. And his new housekeeper? Well she's there for one simple reason...to find the papers he's holding over the head of someone close to her. Alas, she gets caught and so begins a very strange game of cat and mouse as they try to figure out why the other is so dang appealing--and each keep their secrets...secret.
Okay. So. Yeah. The Duke. This guy. Villainous hero....heroic villain. Eeeeeh. Totally a toss up. lol Dude is in need of some hardcore therapy. He's so not gonna be the hero for everyone. Honestly he wasn't quite the hero for me. He's seriously broken from a horrific childhood and I felt badly for him but as a hero...eh. He's flamboyant and extravagant and outrageous and while he does do some things right now and again he's pretty selfish, wild, lazy and unruly in a way that leans more towards insane than cheeky. Ha! And Bridget was his opposite in so many ways. She's a hard worker who loved order and having something to do and her job as a housekeeper.
"Do you know that this morning Mehmed suggested I amputate my foreskin?"Now the two of them. Their romance truly proved there is someone for everyone out there. And they were good together. She stood her ground and didn't let his crazy get to her. Actually seemed to understand his particular brand of exasperating nutjob. And sometimes she'd wear off on him...a wee little bit. They had some nice heat and the sexy bits were indeed sexy. Whew, yeah!
"I...what?" She would've stopped and stared at him again, but they'd reached a door to the inside and he was pulling her along.
"Amputate my foreskin," he repeated loudly just as they passed a carpenter working on the stairs. Val, naturally, didn't seem to notice the man, but Bridget felt herself flush and the carpenter dropped his hammer. "You do know what a foreskin is?" he asked kindly as they mounted the stairs. "It's the---"
"I know what a foreskin is," she hissed. "Why are you so loud?"
"I'm a duke?" He shrugged. "Why should I lower my voice? It's a lovely voice, resonant and mellow. I should think everyone would like to hear it."
There was lots of excitement when it came to secrets and blackmail and threats from unknown forces. It kept things interesting and more than once had me raising an eyebrow and going Oo!
All in all, while this wasn't my favoritest of favorites from the series it was still a compelling read that entertained and intrigued. If you enjoy characters that aren't quite typical....give these two a try.
Born a bastard, housekeeper Bridget Crumb is clever, bold, and fiercely loyal. When her aristocratic mother becomes the target of extortion, Bridget joins the Duke of Montgomery's household to search for the incriminating evidence-and uncovers something far more dangerous.
Astonished by the deceptively prim-and surprisingly witty-domestic spy in his chambers, Montgomery is intrigued. And try as she might, Bridget can't resist the slyly charming duke. Now as the two begin their treacherous game of cat and mouse, they soon realize that they both have secrets-and neither may be as nefarious-or as innocent-as they appear . . .