Heartbreaker by Sarah MacLean is the second novel in the Hell’s Belles series. Adelaide Frampton moves through London and thinks no one notices her.. .but he does. Heartbreaker delivers a swoon-worthy romance as Adelaide and Henry, Duke of Clayborn, go head-to head.
New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean follows her highly acclaimed Bombshell with Heartbreaker, featuring a fierce, fearless heroine on a mission to steal a duke’s secrets…and his heart.
HEARTBREAKER Hell’s Belles, Book 2
A Princess of Thieves
Raised among London’s most notorious criminals, a twist of fate landed Adelaide Frampton in the bright ballrooms of Mayfair, where she masquerades as a quiet wallflower–so plain and unassuming that no one realizes she’s the Matchbreaker…using her superior skills as a thief to help brides avoid the altar.
A King of Reputation
Henry, Duke of Clayborn, has spent a lifetime living in perfection. He has no time for the salacious gossip that arises every time the Matchbreaker ends another groom. His own reputation is impeccable–and the last thing he needs is a frustrating, fascinating woman discovering the truth of his past, or the secrets he holds close.
A Royal Match
When the two find themselves on a breakneck journey across Britain to stop a wedding, it’s impossible for Clayborn to resist this woman who both frustrates and fascinates him. But late-night carriage rides make for delicious danger…and soon Adelaide is uncovering Clayborn’s truths, throwing his well-laid plans into chaos…and threatening to steal his heavily guarded heart.
Matchbreaker Adelaide Frampton and the Duke of Clayborn are both headed to Gretna Green. She is attempting to stop a wedding he to aid the groom in getting the girl, but there is more to the story and much to be discovered.
I had such a good time with this story. Adelaide, the daughter of London’s most notorious criminals, is a member of Hell’s Belles and London’s Matchbreaker. She uncovers the secrets of perspective husbands. When the Matchbreaker sets out to ruin his brother’s marriage, he follows her. I loved the chase and the delightfully wicked banner between them as she outfoxes him before he stuns her.
I loved the back-and-forth banter and chemistry of this couple. Adelaide’s sincere belief that no one notices her heartbreaking. She is fearless and clever. I loved seeing her outfox Clayborn. He is a swoon-worthy hero who really sees her, and I loved watching them breakdown each other’s defenses.
The Hell’s Belles network is extraordinary, and I loved seeing these characters again. They are taking London by storm and giving those who need it a set-down. We get some updates and see the progression they have made.
Danger, tender-moments, sacrifices and declarations delivered all the feels. While this may be the second novel, Clayborn and Adelaide shone brightly, with a story as interesting and addictive as Bombshell. I cannot wait for the next book!
Fans of historical romance with strong characters, swoon-worthy moments and nail-biting suspense should grab Heartbreaker. While this is book two, it holds its own as a standalone story but has spoilers regarding first couple. I however, recommend reading Bombshell first.
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