Vivienne Sheridan has begun a flirtation with Kyril Taruskin, one of the many expatriate Russians in London. Her last protector, a Duke, has left her comfortably independent, and she is not necessarily looking for another permanent liaison. Kyril is incredibly handsome, and his reputation as a lover is legendary. Still Vivienne is not yet willing to relinquish her newly-won independence so easily.
It is true that Kyril is Russian, but any further resemblance to his London kinsmen is left at the door. He and his “brothers” were dispatched to London years ago, to infiltrate and acclimate themselves in order to pass information back to the Tsar. The political climate in Russia changed, there is a new Tsar, and now they cannot go home at all. In fact, they are being hunted by their own countrymen. In London, but not of London, men, but more than men, the Pack of St. James have become experts at surveillance and espionage. Their services are in great demand within the nobility and the merchant class.
Author Noelle Mack certainly has learned how to craft erotic romance. The passion between Vivenne and Kyril was enough to scorch the pages. The rest of the story was a bit of a tangled mess, with too many threads that kept interrupting the romance. In fact, for a portion of the story, the hero and heroine aren’t even together! The premise of the Pack is sound, and has left me interested enough to read more, but I hope that the next book has more organization to it. The base story has now been established, so there won’t be the need for so much background and explanation.