Portia Chadwick knows she’ll never have a life of adventure. But when a dangerous moneylender kidnaps her sister, Portia seeks help from a man known only as Nightshade. Soon she finds herself charging headfirst into his world of intrigue and danger―and unexpected passion.

Dell Turner grew up in London’s back alleys and gin lanes. Vowing to escape his low beginnings, he hires himself out to society’s elite. When he accepts a job from a beautiful young lady, he doesn’t anticipate her relentless determination to join his mad occupation…or her unnerving ability to inspire emotions he thought long buried. She’s as dangerous to him as his world is to her, and yet Dell can’t bring himself to turn Portia away… even if it means risking her life.

Titles in the Fallen Ladies series include:  Luck Is No Lady – The Untouchable Earl – Lord of Lies

Title:  Lord of Lies
Series:  Fallen Ladies #3
Author:  Amy Dandas
Genre:  Regency Romance
Published:  July 1, 2017
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca
My Rating:  4 stars

In the third story of the Fallen Ladies series, we finally get Portia’s story.  The youngest Chadwick sister has been shown to be a bit more outspoken, more rough around the edges than her older sisters.  Portia wants a life of adventure far beyond the ballrooms and strict rules of the ton.  She’s not likely to get the life she believes she wants under normal situations.  But life has a way of tossing in a few surprises, and when a dangerous event happens to her sister Portia is immediately head first into more adventures than she’d ever imagined.

I usually suggest reading series in order, but with this one I feel much more strongly about that suggestion.  All these stories run somewhat parallel with each other in events happening and people coming into the sisters lives.  I don’t think you’d be lost if you picked up Lord of Lies first, but you’d certainly miss some nuances and events seen through other’s eyes with slightly different perceptions.  Of course, that’s merely my opinion, but I do feel these are best read in order for the most understanding and impact.

Dell is a master of disguises.  As an investigator it’s in his best interests to blend and to work alone.  Portia doesn’t give him that chance when she confronts him to help her search for her sister.  She’s determined to be part of this.  And he has no other choice but to to keep her close before she runs off and gets herself into trouble as well.  The chemistry between Portia and Dell is strong, and while they may seen complete opposites – they definitely work well together.

Lord of Lies will bring answers to events that have happened throughout the series.  Surprises, twists and turns that you didn’t see coming will add another enjoyment level to this story.  While Dell wasn’t my kind of hero, he worked well for Portia.  And in the end, that’s really all that matters.  I enjoyed this world and I believe if you love Regency romance with a bit of mystery, then you’ll enjoy this story and series as well.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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