London, 1725. Everybody has a secret. Lady A will keep yours—for a price. This sumptuous, scandalous YA novel is wickedly addictive.
Lady A is the most notorious blackmailer in the city. With just a mask and a gown to disguise her, she sweeps into lavish balls and exclusive events collecting the most valuable currency in 1725 London—secrets.
But leading a double life isn’t easy. By day Lady A is just a sixteen-year-old girl named Arista who lives in fear of her abusive master, Bones, and passes herself off as a boy to move safely through the squalor of London’s slums. When Bones attempts to dispose of his pawn forever, Arista is rescued by the last person she expects: Jonathan Wild, the infamous Thief Taker General who moves seamlessly between the city’s criminal underworld and its most elite upper circles. Arista partners with Wild on her own terms in the hopes of saving enough money to buy passage out of London.
Everything changes when she meets Graeden Sinclair, the son of a wealthy merchant. Grae has traveled the world, has seen the exotic lands Arista has longed to escape to her whole life, and he loves Arista for who she is—not for what she can do for him. Being with Grae gives something Arista something precious that she swore off long ago: hope. He has promised to help Arista escape the life of crime that has claimed her since she was a child. But can you ever truly escape the past?
I received a free copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I am not used to books in this time period, but I really enjoyed it. It was fun and exciting, not at all what I expected.I loved the idea of Lady A trading secrets for more secrets and power. The setting was gorgeous and full of wonder. I had myself forgetting it wasn’t a fantasy setting at times.
Arista/Ana was a great main character, I liked how she grew and developed as a character. I loved Becky, I just wish she was around more. I didn’t like Nic, he was a little bit of a flat character and I never really trusted him. Bones was a nasty piece of work. He really is a cruel man. I like Grae, he was sweet and very caring of his family.
The ending was good, it finished it all up nicely. Although I cannot see where the second book is coming from. Just about everything was wrapped up. I am not sure I will be reading the second book just because I do not know where else it can got that wouldn’t spoil it for me.
4 out of 5 stars.