Duchess If You Dare by Anabelle Bryant
Series: The Maidens of Mayhem #1
Genres: Historical Romance
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' 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, 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. 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 before...
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Here we meet Scarlett who is searching for Linie which is how she meets Duke Ambrose. It turns out they are searching for the same person so they decide to join forces. Of course that leads to all kinds of things. I will say this was an amazing start to a new series.
I loved Scarlett, as a heroine, she was well written an simply put amazing. I hope we see more of her in some way in future books. I will say I did expect a little more mayhem and that was why I took of a half star. I mean she is one of the maidens of Mayhem after all.
However, while there wasn’t enough mayhem for me it didn’t take a lot away from the plot itself. As far as a the beginning of series goes, as I said I thought it was a great start. Also can I just say how truly beautiful the cover for this book is? It is simple yet effective.