About The Gentleman and the Thief
From the moment Hollis Darby meets Ana Newport, he’s smitten. Even though he’s from a wealthy, established family and she isn’t, he wishes he could have a life with her by his side. But Hollis has a secret: the deep coffers that have kept his family afloat for generations are bare, so he supports himself by writing penny dreadfuls under a pseudonym. If not for the income from his novels, he would be broke.
Ana Newport also has a secret. Though she once had a place in society thanks to her father’s business, bankruptcy and scandal reduced the family fortune to nothing more than a crumbling town house. So Ana teaches music during the day, and at night she assumes the identity of the “Phantom Fox.” She breaks into the homes of the wealthy to reclaim treasures she feels were unjustly stolen from her family when they were struggling.
When Hollis’s brother needs to hire a music tutor for his daughter, Hollis recommends Ana, giving him a chance to spend time with her. Ana needs the income and is eager for the opportunity to get to know the enigmatic gentleman. What neither of them expects is how difficult it will be to keep their respective secrets from each other.
When a spree of robberies rocks the city, Ana and Hollis join forces to solve the crimes, but working together deepens the affection between them. After all, who better to save the day than a gentleman and a thief?
Sarah M Eden’s books are some of my very favorites! If you haven’t read The Lady and The Highwayman yet, make sure to start there. You can read this on it’s own, but I think it’ll make more sense with that one read first.
This one features Hollis and Ana. I loved these two characters so much. They are a bit of an unlikely match. But at the same time, they just work.
Ana is a teacher of music at a girls’ school by day. But she has a darker side by night. It’s not as dastardly as it sounds. but she is a thief. She’s only stealing back treasures that were her own. But…the law would see it differently, I’m afraid. What do you think? Tell me in the comments if you’d like.
Hollis is a member of the Dread Penny Society. And as such, he lives a double life as well. I liked the way he was. Hollis always has wanted to be more involved in the society, but they see him as a proper gentleman and a bit of a joke sometimes. That makes him try harder than he would in a normal circumstance. And he writes Penny Dreadfuls too!
I love the way this book includes two Penny Dreadfuls. They both mirror the plot just a little bit. And it’s just a fun bit inserted into the story. One happens to be written by Hollis.
I love the dangerous aspect of the plot. There is danger for both Ana and Hollis because of what they get themselves caught up in. But they work well together. And the ending was satisfying.
I can’t wait to see what this author comes up for her next book in this series!
I was sent a copy of The Gentleman and the Thief as a gift from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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