"This! This is what I want in a historical romance! Twelve years have passed since Henry abruptly disappeared after a secret marriage to Caroline, leaving Caroline broken and laboring under the impression Henry was dead. Now, Caroline is widowed, out of mourning, and has returned to London to visit her brother, ready to enjoy all the freedoms widowhood will give her, never imagining she would come face to face with the man who broke her heart all those years ago."

THE GENTLEMAN JEWEL THIEF (The Hope Diamond Trilogy #1) by Jessica Peterson

In an era when ladies were demure and men courtly, one priceless treasure set England ablaze and incited unimaginable scandal and passion—the Hope Diamond. Heir to an impressive title and fortune, Lord William Townshend, Earl of Harclay, is among the most disreputable rakes in England. Desperately bored by dull heiresses and tedious soirees, he seeks new excitement—with a dangerous scheme to steal the world’s most legendary gemstone from its owner, Thomas Hope. To his surprise, however, it’s not the robbery that sets his blood burning but the alluring lady from whom he pilfers the gem. A string of bad luck has left the fate of Lady Violet Rutledge’s estate entirely in Hope’s scheming hands. So when his prized jewel disappears from around her neck, she has no choice but to track down the villain Continue