Irishman Kieran has a history of staggering successes and one truly awful failure. For years he served as the ‘Piper,’ enticing wealthy, unscrupulous men into dealings with other wealthy, unscrupulous men. It was a highly lucrative way of life for a man without a conscience, and he was very, very good.
But now, he’s on a misson of revenge, and the men who once betrayed him are about to pay. He’s planned for everything, and every move is scripted, from how he’ll lure them out to how he’ll hammer the last nail into their coffins.
He’s planned for everything.
Except the appearance of the one woman who can bring the whole thing crashing down around him.
Sophia Darnly, daughter of the hanged traitor Judge Darnly, wants the same thing as Kier: the Darnly ledger. Rumored to contain details of the foulest deeds of the richest men in England, it has the potential for extortion on a very grand scale.
Kier wants the ledger. So does Sophia. Neither one is backing down.
It doesn’t help that they once were in love.
Unwillingly, they join forces. Posing as a wealthy widow and her factor, the duo set a trap for their targets, but the coals of their rekindled passion burn hotter than either of them could have imagined.
And when they discover they, too, are the targets of a deadly deception, the fate of their love, and of England itself, lies in the balance.