Fortune Favors the Wicked - Theresa Romain
Release Date: March 29, 2016
Synopsis: As a lieutenant in the Royal Navy, Benedict Frost had the respect of every man on board--and the adoration of the women in every port. When injury ends his naval career, the silver-tongued libertine can hardly stomach the boredom. Not after everything--and everyone--he's experienced. Good thing a new adventure has just fallen into his lap…
When courtesan Charlotte Perry learns the Royal Mint is offering a reward for finding a cache of stolen gold coins, she seizes the chance to build a new life for herself. As the treasure hunt begins, she realizes her tenacity is matched only by Benedict's--and that sometimes adversaries can make the best allies. But when the search for treasure becomes a discovery of pleasure, they'll be forced to decide if they can sacrifice the lives they've always dreamed of for a love they've never known…
Fortune Favors the Wicked features two rather unusual, and extremely enjoyable, characters: Benedict Frost- naval lieutenant, world traveller, and writer, blinded several years ago and readjusting to life in England; and Charlotte Perry- vicar's daughter and courtesan, who is on the run from her previous life and a dangerous man in it but hasn't quite figured out what her new life will be. Both could seriously use the reward the Royal Mint is offering for stolen gold coins in order to start their new lives. But treasure hunts bring out all kinds of people and when the stolen gold is traced to Charlotte's family's village, violence follows. Charlotte and Frost put aside their competition for the gold in order to discover who has killed the only local witness, and it becomes a little more personal when the killer also attacks Frost.
Both Charlotte and Frost have a jaded view of the world and their place in it, but are still working to create new lives for themselves. They learn to first respect and then trust each other, and discover what love is only when both think they have to give it up. Fortune is full of well written descriptions and vivid characters that kept every page fast paced and alive, enjoyable from start to finish. By the end we have also been introduced to Frost's sister - I can't wait to read her book!
An enjoyable read with fresh and vivid characters; mystery and hidden treasure; and a very happily ever after. A must read for romance lovers!
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley for an honest review.