Drew Foster has just bee released from prison for a crime he didn't commit. Unfortunately, others are not very forgiving and he finds himself on the receiving end of several fists. Lucky for him, his friend Simon Jacobs and his sister see the confrontation and run off his attackers.
The siblings take Drew back to Simon's home where Anna, a medical student, treats his wounds. Just before Drew leaves, Anna overhears part of a conversation and assumes that he refused to help Simon with his latest case. Later in the week she confronts Drew at a ball, but soon learns she was mistaken. With Anna's medical knowledge, Drew realizes that she would be helpful to the investigation. Since Simon has been sent out of London, the two form an unlikely partnership.
The case keeps the tow of them working together and they soon can't fight their attraction for each other. But Drew keeps a part of himself back because of the secrets he is keeping. What will Anna do when Drew's secrets are finally revealed?
I loved book 2 in Robyn DeHart's Dangerous Liaisons series. The mystery started in book 1 (The Secrets of Mia Danvers) and continued with this story. Even though the mystery is based on a real life crime (Jack the Ripper), I was still very much intrigued to see where DeHart would take it. Not knowing much about the actual cases, I found myself doing a little extra reading to see the facts of the Ripper case (you can find actual pictures, so it is not for the squeamish!)
Having been introduced to Drew in the first book, I was curious to see where his story would go. He was a wastrel that didn't seem to care what happened to himself. His wake-up call was his time spend in prison. When Simon asks him to help with the Ripper case, he finally sees that he has a purpose in his life.
Anna is the perfect woman for him. As an unconventional woman (she is studying to be a doctor after all), it doesn't change her opinion of Drew when she learns his secret. Someone with more traditional values and notions of propriety would not have looked beyond Drew's history to see what a great guy he was. Drew is equally perfect for Anna. Probably because he didn't spend much time in society, he didn't feel that being a woman doctor was inappropriate. These two were a very well matched pair.
Since the murders were not solved, I'm hoping that DeHart continues with the series. I'd love for the next book to be about Simon!