Andreas Merrick is the king of London's dark underworld, having amassed unimaginable wealth and power...and a fierce reputation that leaves even the bravest men quaking in their boots. Yet one person is maddeningly unintimidated by his fearsome presence: the persistent Miss Phoebe Pace.
Equal parts honey and steel, Phoebe will stop at nothing to find her missing brother and save her family. Though associating with Andreas means peril and scandal, she never expects to experience a passion so intense that it threatens to consume her. But enigmatic Andreas is no ordinary man to love. He brings dangers from all sides -- without and within -- while tempting her beyond her wildest dreams...
I love Andreas! He's such a great hero: tortured, aloof, curt, intimidating man, and yet he's scared to death of Phoebe - a woman that represents happiness, sunshine, everything good. His childhood was horrific, and it influenced him deeply. After all he dedicated his life to revenge.
Now that his brother Roman is happily married, he feels the loneliness even more. But above all things his belief that he is a bad man is the thing that draws most attention. He simply won't let himself believe that he is redeemable. Luckily for him Phoebe doesn't give up.
Phoebe is a marvelous heroine who totally deserves Andreas. She's a good person whose life has been spiraling out of control lately. And yet she still doesn't give in. And she's incredibly stubborn. I like the way she didn't take no for an answer, she simply did everything she could to make Andreas notice her and fall for her.
I like the whole theme of a criminal mastermind falling for a lady. Seeing how this is pure fiction, stuff like that can happen, in RL of course nothing would be as easy. But in here it worked.
We get to see more of Roman - I liked him in his book [b:One Night Is Never Enough|8597576|One Night Is Never Enough (Secrets, #2)|Anne Mallory|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51P2Jf9kucL._SL75_.jpg|13467344]. What I find interesting is the relationship between Roman and Andreas. They're complete opposites, but they still get along splendidly and call themselves brothers.
Some of the quotes I liked are included below.