Claire Mayhew wants nothing more than to open her shop and make a living. Unfortunately, the owner of the property she wants, won't rent to women. So she does the only thing that will get her that lease: she sneaks into the owner's home to find his signature and forges it on the documents saying that he approves of her having the lease. She didn't count on the man himself catching her in his home and her attraction to him.
Cyrus Ryland can't get the woman he found in his home out of his mind. He has searched all over London and she is nowhere to be found...that is until he happens to go into her coffee shop. He soon learns why she invaded his home that night, but it doesn't dim his curiosity about her.
As attracted to each other as they are, can these two find the love that neither of them was looking for?
I really enjoyed this story. It was nice to read a story that didn't involve members of the ton. You have two people just trying to make a place for themselves in the world and doing everything in their power to achieve it.
Claire was a very strong heroine. She left the employment of her best friend (Edward from Meet the Earl at Midnight) to have something of her own. She will do anything to achieve that goal, including showing up at a ball she was not invited to and forging a signature. Cyrus has worked his way up from nothing. He doesn't let anyone or anything get in his way. They make a formidable duo!