Scoundrel by nature and master thief by trade, Mouse is the best there is. Sure, his methods may not make him many friends, but he works best alone anyway. And he has never failed a job.
But that could change.
When a stranger with a hefty bag of gold seduces him to take on a task, Mouse knows he’ll regret it. The job? Free Lord Garron, the son of a powerful duke arrested on trumped up charges in a rival duchy. Mouse doesn’t do rescue missions. He’s no altruistic hero, and something about the job reeks. But he cannot turn his back on that much coin—enough to buy a king’s pardon for the murder charge hanging over his head.
Getting Garron out of his tower prison is the easy part. Now, they must escape an army of guardsmen, a walled keep and a city on lockdown, and a ruthless mage using her power to track them. Making matters worse, Mouse is distracted by Garron’s charm and unyielding integrity. Falling for a client can lead to mistakes. Falling for a nobleman can lead to disaster. But Mouse is unprepared for the dangers behind the plot to make Lord Garron disappear.
I might have to gush a little about Lord Mouse. This story was filled with adventure, danger, intrigue, and a snarky hero that stole my heart with his sharp sarcasm that hid a heart of gold. The world was detailed and described in such a way that drew a vibrant picture without overdoing it. I loved how Mouse moved through the thief’s guild with cunning and sharp wit. I think I might have sneered more than he did at the guild’s incompetency. He used seduction when needed which gave Hawkin. Loved Hawkin to pieces. Lord Garron, I almost wanted to sneer at him and his squeamishness, though he had a point about innocents, I still agreed with Mouse. Although, done Garron ‘s way gave Mouse the time and opportunity to ogle Garron here and there, and making me hope the two of them would grab the chance to be together. I sincerely loved how an intimacy was created between the characters without the use of on page graphic sex. I don’t think the story would’ve been enriched by additional scenes of sex between Garron and Mouse. Honestly, I didn’t miss it.
This is the first book that I’ve read by this author and it definitely won’t be the last. I loved this rich world with dynamic characters that kept me listening long into the night when I should’ve been in bed. The narrator did a fantastic job relaying the depth of emotion to the story as well creating a clear distinction between character voices. For me, this story was perfect. This will definitely be on my re-read list and I’ll pick up any additions to this series without reading the blurb.
Story – 5 Stars
Narrator – 5 Stars
Overall – 5 Stars