Bestselling Secrets & Scandals series, Book 4
Jack the Black Heart steals only from the vilest of reprobates in order to fund his one true mission: discovering who murdered his father. Not long ago, he had no worries as Lord Jackson Townsend, an earl’s second son who served King and Country in the Royal Navy. Then he unexpectedly becomes heir to Ravenwood, and the arguments with his father about leaving the sea get heated. But everything changed when he found his father dead and was accused of doing the awful deed. Now, Jack lives on the run, desperately seeking clues to clear his name and allow his return home.
Lady Victoria Claiborne, the Duke of Huntington’s sister, yearns for one tiny adventure before going back to her boring life of parties and recitals. She also wishes for a distraction from her autocratic grandmother’s husband-hunt and is terrified of a sudden, unwanted betrothal. After overhearing her dear friend, Megan, the Duchess of Claremont, is to have a message delivered to Black Heart, Torie realizes her opportunity for an adventure. For the first time in her life, she does the unexpected. She disguises herself as a messenger boy and sets off for the quay. The delivery doesn’t go as planned, though, and Torie finds herself aboard a pirate ship, heading out to open sea.
Jack must figure out what to do now that the entire country is alerted to his presence. Matters are further complicated when he realizes Torie is no messenger boy. For her protection from his rough crew, he takes her to a friend’s home in Scotland and loses his heart in the process. He now has an even greater reason to solve his father’s murder and put the past behind him. Yet, when new evidence is uncovered, an even stronger case for Jack’s guilt arises. As all hope for clearing his name evaporates, he has no choice but to let Torie go. A life on the run is no life at all. The only chance left for Jack and Torie is to find the real killer before it’s too late.