The Hellion’s Waltz by Olivia Waite

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The Hellion’s Waltz
Olivia Waite
#arcreview
Pub Date: 6/15/21
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Synopsis:
It’s not a crime to steal a heart… 

Sophie Roseingrave hates nothing more than a swindler. After her family lost their piano shop to a con man in London, they’re trying to start fresh in a new town. Her father is convinced Carrisford is an upright and honest place, but Sophie is not so sure. She has grave suspicions about silk-weaver Madeline Crewe, whose stunning beauty doesn’t hide the fact that she’s up to something.

All Maddie Crewe needs is one big score, one grand heist to properly fund the weavers’ union forever. She has found her mark in Mr. Giles, a greedy draper, and the entire association of weavers and tailors and clothing merchants has agreed to help her. The very last thing she needs is a small but determined piano-teacher and composer sticking her nose in other people’s business. If Sophie won’t be put off, the only thing to do is to seduce her to the cause.

Will Sophie’s scruples force her to confess the plot before Maddie gets her money? Or will Maddie lose her nerve along with her heart?

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This is the third in the series though I haven’t read the others and I don’t feel lost.

I enjoyed that the two characters weren’t nobles just two everyday industrious working women trying to further their businesses/careers. It happened to be by conning a swarmy shopowner but that’s fine. 

Their relationship started as a way for Maddie to distract Sophie who was catching on to her con and get her to side with her. This was a quick read for me as I wanted to see how it would play out! 

I finished it by the pool yesterday.

Do you have any ff historical romances you recommend?

Thank you avon books and negalley for the e-ARC for my honest and voluntary review.

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