Title: The Saint Who Stole My Heart
Author: Stefanie Sloane
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: April 2012
Publisher: Random House
Source: via Publisher
Where to buy: Amazon
Desire, danger, intrigue, and steamy seduction unite a sexy spymaster and an intrepid bluestocking as Stefanie Sloane’s luscious new series continues.
Possessed of a brilliant mind and a love for puzzles, Dashiell Matthews, Viscount Carrington, is a crucial member of the elite Young Corinthians spy league. Assuming the façade of an addle-brained Adonis, he hunts for a notorious London murderer known as the Bishop. When fate causes him to cross paths with Miss Elena Barnes, Dash discovers an enigma that will prove delightfully intoxicating to unravel: a voluptuous beauty as intelligent as she is fearless.
Only the lure of a collection of rare books bequeathed to her family by Dash’s late father could tempt Elena from her cozy rural life to the crush and vanity of London. But if Elena finds his lordship to be the most impossibly beautiful man she’s ever seen, he also seems to be the stupidest. Which made her body’s shameless response to his masterful seduction all the more unfathomable. Yet when she discovers Dash’s mission to track the dangerous Bishop, she willingly risks everything—her trust, her heart, her very life—to join him.
We begin our adventure with Dash, Langdon and Nicholas teasing Sophia as young children. They are swept up in a game of who can sneak into the house the fastest without alerting the butler to their presence. Everything changes when they find Sophia’s mother dead at the bottom of the stairs. As adults this group is still close knit, but all having their own adventures and lives. Sophia asks Dash and Nicholas to find out what really happened to her mother and bring whoever did it to justice.
Bookish Elena rarely ventures too far from her father. But when the opportunity comes up to sort through a newly acquired book collection she in good conscience couldn’t say no – and trusts to very few to do the job as well as she knows she can. The moment she meets gorgeous Dash, Viscount Carrington, she realizes she might have made a very large mistake. Could she live in the same home (even temporarily) with this man?
“ Elena slid her fingers beneath the lower right corner of the leather-bound book and slowly opened it, supporting the cover with her left hand. “Many call it the Grotesque Alphabet” she began, carefully turning the title page to reveal Atheonis artistically twisted into the capital A with Diana in the background. “But I think it’s beautiful. All of the power and intelligence – the very mystique of the Greek gods – distilled down into twenty-six engravings. Most miss how truly special the book is because they’re too busy expecting it to be something else.”I LOVED this book, not only does it feature one of my favorite type of heroines – the bookish bluestocking and a sexy hero who doesn’t know what he needs in his life until he falls in his lap. While Elena relishes knowledge and isn’t afraid to show just how smart she is, Dash hides his. He keeps his love of books and puzzles to himself, and everyone else at arms length. It takes Dash a while to realize that Elena is not only perfect for him, but that she can see right through the facade he’s so carefully put up over the years.
Like you. Dash stared at the book as she gingerly turned the pages, each letter revealing Paolini’s talent and imagination. He saw it, the beauty and truth beneath the paper and pencil.
Just as he saw the same in Elena. “
Would I recommend this book? Hell yes! This is probably one of my favorites of this series so far. I just adore the characters. Will I read more by this author? Darn right, I already have her next book “The Scoundrel Takes A Bride” on my wishlist and can’t wait to get my hands on it later this fall!
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Make sure to stop by tomorrow for “A Day in the Life of..” as Stefanie will be stopping by to share her day with me and maybe a giveaway *wink wink*