King of Thieves by Tammy Andresen – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book King of Thieves by Tammy Andresen to review.

King of Thieves by Tammy Andresen

Here is the book blurb.

Pippa Bancroft knows that trouble is circling. Between her brother’s odd behavior, the whispers of massive debts, and the old and awful man her brother keeps thrusting at her, she assumes things are very bad. But just how awful… there is only one way to find out. She’s going to have to do some good old-fashioned spying.

The problem? When she positions herself to eavesdrop, she’s not the only one! A large and ornery Scot is also listening in on her brother’s conversation. And when Laird Lockton offers her an exchange of favors to benefit them both, she’s left to wonder, can she trust this giant of a man? Is he the devil or a grumpy angel in disguise?

Laird Lockton has a life waiting for him in Scotland. Granted, that life is full of boring drudgery, the sort he never wished for himself. Which is why he decides one last adventure is in order. He’ll help his friends with an investigation into the thefts plaguing their gaming hell, secure his future, and then return to Scotland.

But he didn’t count on one pretty wallflower inserting herself into his life and his final adventure. Nor did he plan on finding her quite so irresistible. And as her own situation grows more desperate, Lockton knows he has to help. What sort of man would he be if he didn’t?

But the more time he spends with her the more he wonders…does that mean he has to lose his heart too?

This is book 21 in the Lords of Scandal series, which keeps going and going, but it works fine as a stand-alone read too.

The story begins with Pippa and her faithful dog Trixie taking a walk in the public gardens. She is hoping to eavesdrop a conversation between her debt-ridden brother James, Baron Bancroft and the odious Cornelius Blackpalm. She hears that he wants to marry her, but that is not all. Trixie has led her to a stranger, who is also spying on James and Cornelius.

This is Lord Angus Lockton, one of the owners of The Den of Sins gaming club, who has been following the Governor (Blackpalm) because the Governor stole from the club. He wants to see the Governor put in prison, and then return to Scotland.

He hatches a plan with Pippa so that he can continue to spy on the next meeting between James and Blackpalm in the house. Where will she hide him? Can he help her avoid marrying Blackpalm? How will things turn out?

I particularly enjoyed the Scottish connection to this tale, meeting Lockton’s family. It reminded me of an excellent earlier series of Tammy’s, Brethren of Stone. I’m not keen on the cover though; so glad that I read these books on my phone, as no way would I sit on a train reading a paperback with a cover like this.

King of Thieves is available on Amazon in both Kindle format and paperback. Once again another light short romantic story from Tammy Andresen.

About the author

USA Today Bestselling Author, Tammy Andresen lives with her husband and three children just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Seacoast of Maine, where she spent countless days dreaming up stories in blueberry fields and among the scrub pines that line the coast. Her mother loved to spin a yarn and Tammy filled many hours listening to her mother retell the classics. It was inevitable that at the age of 18, she headed off to Simmons College, where she studied English literature and education. She never left Massachusetts but some of her heart still resides in Maine and her family visits often.

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