Of the Zoe Archer's historical romances I've read so far, this one is my favorite. If you've ever seen the TV show Leverage, then the setup for this book will be very familiar. The organization, Nemesis, Unlimited, helps people, the poor and the unpowerful, find justice when they can't find it themselves.
Jack Dalton has only one thing on his mind - vengeance. He escapes prison and sets out to kill the man, Lord Rockley, who murdered his sister and put Jack in jail. He is waylaid by Eva Warrick, a member of Nemesis, Unlimited, who persuades him to help bring Lord Rockley down instead of killing him.
Jack is big, gruff, and single-minded, at least in the beginning. But as he gets to know Eva, his focus starts to change. He's still hell bent on vengeance, but he starts to look beyond that. He's a fascinating man and I can completely see why Eva couldn't resist him. Eva's a great character too - smart, brave, compassionate. They're a great match.
It's a very different historical romance. It's very non-Society; the hero and heroine are both from the lower classes. And most of the story takes place on the outskirts. It was refreshing to read a historical romance like this, though I'm very much looking forward to reading the story behind the one aristocrat in the group, Simon. If you're lord and lady'd out, I say give this book a shot.
ARC provided through Edelweiss.