4 star


Too Dangerous For a Lady

Company of Rogues #16

By Jo Beverley

ISBN# 9780451471895

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Una


Lady Hermione Merryhew, daughter of an impoverished marquess, already has her share of problems. The last thing she needs is an intruder in her bedroom, especially not a fugitive thief. She should scream, but the shabby rascal is a man from her past.

Six years ago, at her first ball, dashing Lieutenant Mark Thayne failed to steal a kiss, but succeeded in stealing a little of her heart. She’s older and wiser now. She can’t toss him to the wolves. Besides, she wants that kiss.

Now Viscount Faringay, Mark has never forgotten Lady Hermione, but he mustn’t involve her in his dangerous life. He’s infiltrated the Crimson Band, violent revolutionaries who plan a bloodbath in London, and if he survives the night he will be able to destroy them. Hermione is involved, however, and only he can protect her.


Hermione Merryhew is on a trip with her sister and husband and their children to a distant uncle who is dying and has said that he would bequeath them money. Impoverished all feel that this is their only chance.  When resting in her room where they stopped for the night,  with 2 of the children, Hermione is awakened by an intruder inside her bedroom. She soon realizes that she knows him from her past. He had been a young lieutenant who although had not kissed her had stolen her heart. She still carried the button from his uniform with her. Although against her better judgment Hermione harbors him for the night .Thus she gets involved in the dangerous life he lives. When they get to the uncle’s house Hermione befriends the crotchety uncle and tries to help him find a cure for his illness. Her sister and family leave for home after a short time but Hermione decides to stay with her uncle. Hermione through her association with Mark Faringay becomes involved with the dealings of the Criminson Band. When her life is threatened she must depend on her own skill and Mark to protect her. After all she is determined to get the kiss she missed before.

Mark Faringay now a Viscount couldn’t believe his luck when he hid in the room of Lady Hermione Merryhew. He remembered their first meeting only too well and still carried the rose from that night. However his life at this point was too dangerous to involve a love interest. The Crimson Band which he has infiltrated has found him out and he knows that he must destroy them or be destroyed. His only regret is that Hermione is involved through association through him. The female leader of the Band is ruthless and he knows she will kill anyone in her pursuit of her cause.

He must protect Hermione so that he can prove his love for her.

I found this to be a perfect light read for a cold winter’s afternoon. The author has enough romance sprinkled with mystery and intrigue to keep the reader turning pages. I look forward to more stories by Jo Beverly.