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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 These Regency Robin Hoods from USA Today bestselling author Anabelle Bryant are destined to storm into readers' heartsScarlett Wynn's tragic c I've just finished Duchess If You Dare with mixed feelings I enjoyed parts of it but there were a few things that bothered me a little here and there It reminded me a lot of Bringing Down the Duke both novels deal with a huge class divide between the heroine who is a nobody and a duke who shoulders many responsibilities and values his family name above all things The whole novel revolves around Duke of Aylesford Ambrose becoming involved in the mystery of missing young women who work in brothels because of his debauched brother I must say that I found this premise a little far fetched because I fund it hard to believe that a man of his day and age let alone his station will be troubled by the fate of a few sex workers While the plot seemed too contrived the characters were not bad Ambrose was very noble and steadfast and Scarlett is the uintessential strong heroine ahead of her time in many ways She has a dim view of men due to tragic fate of her mother and she values her freedom and independence She seems to traipse around London in areas that are not safe even for Ambrose She also doesn't need saving but uite the other way around she has a tendency to help and rescue the duke which I rather liked All in all this was a uick and enjoyable readThank you Net Galley for supplying this copy for me to review #DuchessIfYouDare #NetGalley Tennessee! (Wagons West, the glittering ballrooms of Celebration! (Wagons West, the Texas! (Wagons West, ton I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery to Revenge ni Miss Piggy the city's grittiest corners London has no shortage of wrongs in need of righting and Breakfast Book the Maidens of Mayhem are prepared for The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade the challenge United by secrecy and sisterhood Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, these daring women from all walks of life aim A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery to fight injustice wherever it Card Concepts takes Schadenfreude them even into Emotional Victory the arms of unexpected love These Regency Robin Hoods from USA Today bestselling author Anabelle Bryant are destined Still Life with Woodpecker to storm into readers' heartsScarlett Wynn's Bo Knows Bo tragic c I've just finished Duchess If You Dare with mixed feelings I enjoyed parts of it but Gender and Food there were a few Radio Silence things Finer Women that bothered me a little here and Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down there It reminded me a lot of Bringing Down Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays the Duke both novels deal with a huge class divide between Crazy Horses Girlfriend the heroine who is a nobody and a duke who shoulders many responsibilities and values his family name above all Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium things The whole novel revolves around Duke of Aylesford Ambrose becoming involved in Hannah Has Two Mommies the mystery of missing young women who work in brothels because of his debauched brother I must say Child Support that I found 777 the Lost Blood this premise a little far fetched because I fund it hard Know My Name to believe Abandoned Alice that a man of his day and age let alone his station will be Map My Heart troubled by Scandal the fate of a few sex workers While The Fashion Condition the plot seemed Embellish Me too contrived The Snakehead the characters were not bad Ambrose was very noble and steadfast and Scarlett is Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light the uintessential strong heroine ahead of her The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, time in many ways She has a dim view of men due Truly Wilde to VEGAN ganz anders tragic fate of her mother and she values her freedom and independence She seems Albert Reynolds to An Infamous Army (Alastair, traipse around London in areas Score! that are not safe even for Ambrose She also doesn't need saving but uite Abela the other way around she has a A Sisters Secret tendency Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch to help and rescue Butchers Crossing the duke which I rather liked All in all Unchained Melanie this was a uick and enjoyable readThank you Net Galley for supplying Olivias Luck this copy for me Middle Class Problems to review #DuchessIfYouDare #NetGalley

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Hildhood 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 togetherAs Duke Ambrose This book was an interesting tale about a secret group of women It is probably one of a series since the other ladies of the secret group were mentioned Our heroine is the illegitimate daughter of a woman who was led astray by a nobleman The heroine has no idea who because her mother was forced intoprostitution to support them The heroine arrived home one day to find her mother dead She was alone and in order to stay alive she stole dedication candles from churches and sold the stubs for food She was approached and offered a position in the group They were vigilantes and the heroine was a skilled fighter armed with knives Her seamstress disappeared and she was investigating it when she met the hero The hero is a duke a reclusive duke but still a duke He is trying to clean up after his younger brother when he runs across the heroine They begin searching for the same thingThis story was very informative about the life of the commoners of the time It was set mostly in the bowels of London and was filled with action adventure and danger This story had intrigue mystery and corruptness This book was very well written and had no spelling or grammar errors The characters were likeable and developed well during the span of the story This is a spoiler But I don't get the attraction of commoners marrying dukes in stories these days I can see women from the gentry marrying dukes or barons knights and lesser lords marrying commoners But not a duke marrying a commoner The role of the duchess is taught by the parents all the life of the woman She needs to be of the ton or gentry to get that education and even a gentrified lady is a large step down for a duke So this is where the story turns into a fairytale I like a dose of reality in my stories so I am giving this a 45 stars and recommendation to read

Summary Duchess If You Dare (The Maidens of Mayhem, #1)

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 But 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 befor Usually historical fiction with some romance intrigues me However I found the romance aka lust to far overshadow historical aspects and plots Maybe it was my expectations but this book disappointed I wanted to like it Scarlett an unusual woman for the times who wears trousers and carries and uses knives meets Ambrose a manly duke at a brothel But not for THAT reason She is trying to locate her missing friend and he has committed to helping his wayward brother There was immediate chemistry between them But sadly not for me The characters were not likablenot that I need to like thembut I just didn't care I like substance in characters with some semblance of believability but instead they left me seeking Whilst the premise of the darker side was interesting there were several disconnects in the story itself I didn't have the desire to keep reading though I did More historical bits would be lovely but that's just personal preference The sex scenes were toographic and did not add value nor did the characters convince me they were in loveMy sincere thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review


10 thoughts on “Duchess If You Dare (The Maidens of Mayhem, #1)

  1. says:

    I've just finished Duchess If You Dare with mixed feelings I enjoyed parts of it but there were a few things that bothered me a little here and there It reminded me a lot of Bringing Down the Duke both novels deal with a huge class divide between the heroine who is a nobody and a duke who shoulders many responsibilities and values his family name above all things The whole novel revolves around Duke of Aylesford Ambrose becoming involved in the mystery of missing young women who work in brothels because of his debauched brother I must say that I found this premise a little far fetched because I fund it hard to believe that a man of his day and age let alone his station will be troubled by the fate of a few sex workers While the plot seemed too contrived the characters were not bad Ambrose was very noble and steadfast and Scarlett is the uintessential strong heroine ahead of her time in many ways She has a dim view of men due to tragic fate of her mother and she values her freedom and independence She seems to traipse around London in areas that are not safe even for Ambrose She also doesn't need saving but uite the other way around she has a tendency to help and rescue the duke which I rather liked All in all this was a uick and enjoyable readThank you Net Galley for supplying this copy for me to review #DuchessIfYouDare #NetGalley


  2. says:

    Immediately the reader is attracted to Ambrose Cross Duke of Aylesford distinguished imposing powerful and a hero that will steal your heart But to this reader Scarlett Wynn is my favorite a heroine like none other She is a strong street smart and skilled fighter who has spent her life surviving in the slums of London while also championing those women less fortunate who are preyed upon by the thugs of the streets as well as the rich nobs of London Her interest is sparked when a seamstress friend goes missing along with other girls employed by a brothel The Scarlet Rose While lurking in the shadows on her search for information Scarlett’s path crosses with that of the Duke of Aylesford who due to his younger brother’s actions has also become involved with the mystery surrounding the brothel As things progress the two join forces and it’s not long until an attraction forms and feelings develop Not only will they struggle with the evil forces they battle in their search but also the sharp differences between their worlds his structured by society and hers of little conseuence and in the shadows Wonderfully written it’s so easy to envision every scene every situation every struggle and triumph The delivery is so smooth and flowing the story captivates the reader making it difficult to break away Filled with mystery tension romance and love this writer weaves an awesome story you don’t want to miss I received an ARC for my honest opinion Let me say that I absolutely loved Ambrose and Scarlett Touching and fiery love great storylines and many interesting characters I hope to see of in The Maidens of Mayhem Series


  3. says:

    #DuchessIfYouDare #NetGalleyThank you to Netgalley Kensington Books Zebra for the opportunity to read the e arc of Duchess If You Dare and I am voluntarily leaving my reviewI loved both main characters Scarlett and Ambrose Scarlett is daring and fearless and fights injustice where she can She crosses paths with Ambrose trying to protect his family from the scandal by solving his own mystery They start to work together as both their mysteries are intertwinedChemistry and banter ensue as they work together to solve a mystery they are both intertwined inI am sure to follow up with The Maidens of Mayhem series and other works of Anabelle Bryant


  4. says:

    This book was an interesting tale about a secret group of women It is probably one of a series since the other ladies of the secret group were mentioned Our heroine is the illegitimate daughter of a woman who was led astray by a nobleman The heroine has no idea who because her mother was forced intoprostitution to support them The heroine arrived home one day to find her mother dead She was alone and in order to stay alive she stole dedication candles from churches and sold the stubs for food She was approached and offered a position in the group They were vigilantes and the heroine was a skilled fighter armed with knives Her seamstress disappeared and she was investigating it when she met the hero The hero is a duke a reclusive duke but still a duke He is trying to clean up after his younger brother when he runs across the heroine They begin searching for the same thingThis story was very informative about the life of the commoners of the time It was set mostly in the bowels of London and was filled with action adventure and danger This story had intrigue mystery and corruptness This book was very well written and had no spelling or grammar errors The characters were likeable and developed well during the span of the story This is a spoiler But I don't get the attraction of commoners marrying dukes in stories these days I can see women from the gentry marrying dukes or barons knights and lesser lords marrying commoners But not a duke marrying a commoner The role of the duchess is taught by the parents all the life of the woman She needs to be of the ton or gentry to get that education and even a gentrified lady is a large step down for a duke So this is where the story turns into a fairytale I like a dose of reality in my stories so I am giving this a 45 stars and recommendation to read


  5. says:

    I was excited by the opening scenes Scarlett our heroine was fighting off some unknown assailant She’s uick she’s agile and she’s good at wielding knives She wears a cape and her dress is tailored such that the skirt comes off easily leaving her in trousers to give chase across rooftops and down alleyways I was even excited to learn that Scarlett is one of four Maidens of Mayhem a group of independent and strong women led by Lady Julia who offered up her house as a gatheringhangout place It got me to thinkCharlie’s Angels in Regency London Luv the premiseBut then“Their relationship was an odd one” This sentence from the book refers to Scarlett and Ambrose and it pretty much sums up the story for me The story is a combination of a mystery and a romance Unfortunately this mixture did not turn out well here It is as if the story started out wanting to be a mystery then along the way it got side tracked and turned into a romance and maybe even erotica at one point Then it jolted out of its daze remembered its original goal and turned back into a mystery The resulting outcome is an amateurish mystery and unconvincing happily ever after I would have liked to see character development Scarlett she’s illegitimate daughter of a whore Got it No need to describe this aspect repeatedly throughout the book Instead how did she become an expert at throwing knives? Ambrose he’s a duke and handsome and hot Got it But the constant reminders of his title and physiue make him less hot and not duke worthy I wonder what are Ambrose’s hobbies is there to him than thinking that lust is love etc Strangely I like his younger brother Martin betterNonetheless I would give book 2 a try if it were to focus and develop on the Charlie’s Angels in Regency London premise And let the dialogues between the hero and heroine flow continuously without interruptions of perspectives in between what each person said I found myself having to read back a page because I had forgotten what person #1 said after reading paragraph long perspectives about hisher inner thoughts This made it a struggle to want to continue to turn the pages forwardThank you NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for an advanced copy


  6. says:

    DNF at 70%I don't think I ever dnfed a historical romance because they are so light and fluffy that they tend to read easily even if I'm not crazy interested in the story This one proved to be the exception Let's start with the things I liked There are two 1 The cover is very pretty Love the illustration 2 the female Robin Hood vibes were cool I enjoyed the whole heroine saving the duke for a change dynamicsNow for the things I disliked My main gripe was with the writing It is so very convoluted and repetitive that it made the reading experience ridiculously tedious The dialogues didn't feel like real people speaking not even people in the Regency era Additionally anything conveyed in the dialogue was reiterated by the characters' inner ramblings sometimes multiple times This might just be a personal issue because repetition in texts is one of my biggest pet peeves but I found it really off putting The main characters were also lacking finesse and seemed to operate in a way that was utterly unrealistic Everyone was shining their halo left and right and while it is important in historical romances for the main pair to be likeable the Mary Sue vibes were just a tad too strong And to crown all this I just had the pleasure of reading one of the cringiest sex scenes of my life and that's saying something because I have encountered plentyOverall a fairly solid idea with a less than ideal execution I could probably finish it but I can't find it in myself to care enoughThank you for Netgalley for supplying me with an ebook in exchange for an honest review


  7. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book I am a sucker for historical romance Scarlett is a feisty young woman how has had a traumatic childhood and learned how to take care of herself at a young age She is fiercely independent almost immediately to her detriment The story begins with a mystery and carries it throughout as we get bits and pieces of clues I will say that there were not enough clues for the reader to figure it out on their own While we get an inkling of pretty much all the people involved the actual mystery was not what I was expecting The reveal of all the details was a bit lackluster and I would've loved to have seen a scene where Scarlett confronts LinnieAmbrose is your classic duke Completely bound and frozen by his sense of duty that has been ingrained in him since birth I enjoyed the chapters from his point of view though I felt like he was constantly offending Scarlett in the same way over and over without learning from his mistakes I think that was intentional on the author's part as it demonstrates his upbringing being so ingrained in him but it definitely angered me each time he confessed his desire to protect her She doesn't want protection but she will probably take a partnerIt is a romance so there is smut It is well written except for the repeated use of unerring accuracy to describe how Ambrose always found her mouth It took a while to get to the ultimate sex scene but it was definitely well worth the wait The author paints a steamy picture which was much appreciatedI definitely intend to pick up the rest of this series as it comes out Notwithstanding some minor typos in the kindle version it was a great read


  8. says:

    A Daring Heroine and a Duke Anabelle Bryant's new series 'The Maidens of Mayhem' is the captivating fiction of daring women from all walks of life united by sisterhood in order to protect each others I really enjoyed Scarlett Wynn's story in the 'Duchess If You Dare' she is no ordinary heroine she prefers pants to dresses uses knives to protect herself and her wardrobe is customized to fit her style of living Omg I love smart brave and resourceful heroines like the one Ms Bryant has created I find the idea refreshing and fun I lover the bright and cheerful coverScarlett has found out early in her childhood that life might be cruel to women without protection That's when she embarks on a journey to make it her mission to help them When her friend and seamstress Linie has disappeared she starts to investigate on her own Crosses her path is Ambrose Cross the Duke of Aylesford who is also on a mission Together they join forces to help each other Spending time trying to find clues Scarlett and Ambrose will get closer and a beautiful chemistry is about to be born sparks flare all over I really loved these two charming characters and the well developed plot I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kensington Books and NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own


  9. says:

    Usually historical fiction with some romance intrigues me However I found the romance aka lust to far overshadow historical aspects and plots Maybe it was my expectations but this book disappointed I wanted to like it Scarlett an unusual woman for the times who wears trousers and carries and uses knives meets Ambrose a manly duke at a brothel But not for THAT reason She is trying to locate her missing friend and he has committed to helping his wayward brother There was immediate chemistry between them But sadly not for me The characters were not likablenot that I need to like thembut I just didn't care I like substance in characters with some semblance of believability but instead they left me seeking Whilst the premise of the darker side was interesting there were several disconnects in the story itself I didn't have the desire to keep reading though I did More historical bits would be lovely but that's just personal preference The sex scenes were toographic and did not add value nor did the characters convince me they were in loveMy sincere thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review


  10. says:

    I received a free ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest reviewIf this book is anything to go by this series is off to a great start It has a good balance of romance and mystery and the leading characters are well crafted Scarlett is a great leading lady she's smart resourceful confident and capable of saving herself In many other books she would have been saved by the hero rather than saving herself when she finds herself being held captive Ambrose is a good complement to Scarlett and because he comes to realize she is worthy of than being his mistress I can forgive him for offering her that position in the first place I liked that Martin is starting to get his life together a little bit by the end of the story I'm kind of hoping he will get his own story later in the series The resolution to the mystery left me a little confused about what happened with Linie her disappearance is what gets people looking closer into the missing women but you never get a chance to find out what was going on It was also a little frustrating that most of the bad guys escape and never have to pay for their crimes Other than that I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading future novels in the series


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