To Catch a Raven

Avon. (Women Who Dare, Bk. 3). Aug. 2022. 368p. ISBN 9780062861740. pap. $8.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
In 1870s New Orleans, Raven Moreaux can abscond with precious jewels and pick any lock set before her, but she can’t escape detective Ruth Welch’s ultimatum. Raven must pose as domestic help in order to smuggle a historic document from a state senator’s home, or she and her family will face prosecution for years of illicit gambits. Braxton Steele is coerced into pretending to be Raven’s husband in order to keep her on task. Brax’s wealthy Boston upbringing isn’t the best preparation for the mission and provides much vexation for Raven, but the burning chemistry between them makes it easy to settle into the role of husband and wife. Raven and Brax will have to overcome Welch’s schemes, the racist senator and his wife, and their very different pasts to secure their happily ever after.
VERDICT Jenkins’s latest title in the “Women Who Dare” series (following Wild Rain) is steeped in an understanding of the social structures of 19th-century Boston and New Orleans, has complex and emotionally intelligent characters, and steamy scenes. Readers craving historical detail and a bold, brave heroine should put this at the top of their check-out list.
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