The fourth book in the Swanlea Spinsters series, it could not really hold my attention for long. The wrong genre at the moment I believe. The story itself is original enough, and Sabrina Jeffries writingstyle is entertaining as always.
She won't let a thief steal her heart ...It's difficult enough for Lady Clara Stanbourne to run her London home for reformed young pickpockets without having to contend with a criminal in business right next door! The mysterious Morgan Pryce is obviously dealing in stolen property, and she will never allow the handsome scoundrel to lead the children astray! Pryce is very much mistaken if he believes her a delicate rose he can wilt with soft words and passionate, unspoken promises. Now if only Clara could douse the fiery yearning the charming cad ignites inside her ...This bold, beautiful temptress is indeed a distraction -- and Morgan wishes he could tell the exquisite Clara the truth: that he is working undercover to break up a notorious crime ring. His mind should be on his duty -- not wondering how it would feel to hold Clara in his arms and taste the sweetness of her luscious lips. But now that she has entered into his most dangerous game, Morgan knows he must have her, despite the very real peril to his secret mission ... and to his heart!
It was a really nice story, with a good ending. Morgan thinks he is unworthy, not a gentleman, and totally not a man Clara will ever want to be with. But he is very wrong. He is the first man she has ever been attracted to. And when he tells her things about his past, she sees right through him. He doesn't want to believe her, but when her life is in danger, he knows she is worth every sacrifice, and that she was right about him after all.
Yes a good ending, and I am curious about the next novel, but first I will read some other genres.