Ready for review two of today? Like I said in the previous post, this one if from a completely different genre, and you know I love the genre so it won’t be a surprise that I read this book.
“Duchess If You Dare“, written by Anabelle Bryant, is a Historical Romance (Regency), the first book in Maidens of Mayhem Series, published on 30th March 2021.
I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Anabelle Bryant for the eCopy of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
From the glittering ballrooms of the ton to the city’s grittiest corners, London has no shortage of wrongs in need of righting–and the Maidens of Mayhem are prepared for the challenge. United by secrecy and sisterhood, these daring women from all walks of life aim to fight injustice wherever it takes them–even into the arms of unexpected love. This feminist take on Regency-era Robin Hoods from USA Today bestselling author Anabelle Bryant is destined to storm readers’ hearts!
Scarlett Wynn’s tragic childhood taught her that life can be cruel to women with little power. So when a local seamstress disappears, Scarlett vows to find out why. Armed with a weapon and her courage, Scarlett scours London for clues–and crosses the unlikely path of Ambrose Cross, the Duke of Aylesford, at an unlikely place: an upscale brothel. The Duke is trying to solve a mystery of his own, and Scarlett is sure they can help each other–if she can resist the attraction that draws them together…
As Duke of Aylesford, Ambrose is duty-bound to protect his family name from scandal no matter the cost. But Scarlett’s fearless spirit forces him to look beyond his world of privilege. Scarlett is as intoxicating as she is dangerous, igniting a fire in him like no other. When the pair learn both mysteries they’re trying to solve are tied to a string of missing women, the tangled scheme they uncover may put their lives, and their growing love, in mortal danger–and lead them to search their hearts like never before…
“A delightful historical romance with a liberal dash of adventure, plenty of sizzling heat, and a heart of pure gold. A superb start to Bryant’s new Maidens of Mayhem series” –Lenora Bell, USA Today bestselling author
“Duchess if You Dare is a fantastic read that kept me up late and has me anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.” –USA Today Bestselling Author Renee Ann Miller
About the Author
USA Today Bestselling author Anabelle Bryant began reading at age three and never stopped. Her passion for reading soon turned into a passion for writing and an author was born. Happy to grab her suitcase if it ensures a new adventure, Anabelle finds endless inspiration in travel; especially imaginary jaunts into romantic Regency England, a far cry from her home in New Jersey. Instead, her clever characters live out her daydreams because really, who wouldn’t want to dance with a handsome duke or kiss a wicked earl?
Anabelle’s books have been translated into several languages including Japanese and Russian, but writing isn’t all that keeps her busy. Building miniatures, baking and photography are other favorite pastimes. Often found with her nose in a book, Anabelle is just as happy in a room full of people. She enjoys meeting readers, attending conferences and book signings. She has earned her Master’s Degree and is ABD for her Doctorate Degree in education.
A firm believer in romance, Anabelle knows sometimes life doesn’t provide a happily ever after, but her novels always do. Visit her website at AnabelleBryant.com
This is the first book in a brand new series, and historical romance with an appealing cover, of course I was curious. The book sound very different from what I usually read in terms of this genre, at least that’s what caught my attention when I read the synopsis.
In this story we follow Scarlett and Ambrose, both fun characters to get to know more about, in terms of their background and their interactions with each other and the those around them. Scarlett is part of the Maidens of Mayhem and I kind of felt as I was a part of the group. Ambrose is the Duke of Aylesford. The combination was definitely excited.
As we follow the events of this novel, learning more about the society and all the crazy antics, I did see differences in comparison with other books, which I quite enjoyed. It was a breath of fresh air. And I was taken on a rollercoaster and it was a fascinating way of seeing another side of the society back then.
Overall, I enjoyed it and I can’t wait to see the news books to learn more about the upcoming main characters and whose Maiden of Mayhem we will follow next.
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