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
Fabulous and great fun
Scarlett is a Maiden if Mayhem, a band of ladies who protect the citizens of London. Ambrose is a duke and an unexpected shared mission brings the 2 of them together with drama and danger hot on their heels
I loved Scarlett, she is not in any way a typical woman but she has fought her way through life to become the protector she is. She isn’t highly born but I think that actually works in her favour as she knows people and can do things that others can’t. She has brilliant fighting skills and dress designs way ahead of her time which make it easier for her to do what she needs to. She doesn’t trust love or many people but she must learn to trust Ambrose so they can work together. Scarlett is so unconventional but also such a fabulous character and I so wish I could be like her which I think is part of the reason why I adore her
Ambrose is more the typical image of a duke, reserved and determine to uphold the family name but he is drawn into a mission by his wayward younger brother and realises that maybe his life doesn’t have to be as it always has been. Once he relaxes Ambrose became more real in my head and I could almost hear him saying things in his best ‘I’m a duke’ voice where he expected his commands to be obeyed. As his personality come through I started to like him more and more, even if at times he did do something that had me thinking ‘seriously??’ But those times helped me to connect to him and made me love him
Scarlett and Ambrose have to cope with a lot of danger and drama throughout this book but I have to admit that I also loved their fights and arguments, it allowed their personalities to shine through and me to fall in love with them. This book looks at part of life that most books don’t focus on but it was done so well that it drew me in and made me think about things I hadn’t previously whist still wrapping me up in the story and not letting go
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance full of danger and drama, with amazing characters and a brilliant story that will catch your attention
AM 🐾 x
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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
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