Lily Masters has a gift for picking
pockets and telling storiesskills that come in handy for surviving
London's slums. She's proud of providing for herself and her lively
young sister, Alice, and she's never been caught.
Well, there's always a first time.
Gideon Cole is a brilliant barrister with an unfortunate weakness
for clients who can't pay. His latest charitable misstep: buying
the freedom of a daring, beautiful thief. To repay the debt, Lily
agrees to his proposition: pose as the object of his desire and
help him snare a wealthy bride. All he has to do is transform the
impudent Lily into a diamond of the first water.
But the education of Lily could cost Gideon his carefully planned
future. While she plays cards with his invalid uncle and Alice charms
the servants, the honorable Gideon is harboring less than honorable
thoughts. For sweet, stubborn and sensual Lily has a way of slipping
past a gentleman's defenses especially when she's stealing
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