Published by Loveswept on June 28th 2016
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From the author of Mastering the Marquess comes another blazingly provocative Regency romance! Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but in this clash of wills, lust is a feast for the senses.
After her dreams of wedding bells are dashed by a man she thought had serious intentions, Miss Angela Ripon must be satisfied. She plans to make him burn for her, and then to reject him as he rejected her. There’s only one woman who can teach Angela that sort of seduction: Madame Rouge—or Ruby, to the men who frequent her house of pleasure. The infamous madam agrees to help, but only after warning Angela that her target has very specific tastes. To trap her prey, she must shed every last inhibition.
Matthew Harkness, Earl of Colton, doesn’t mean to hurt the young admirers who flock to him. He simply isn’t interested in women who are too timid for his dark desires. He judged Angela to be like the others—tender, sweet, and innocent. So how to explain the change that has come over her? Matthew aches to teach Angela all he knows of earthly pleasures. But even as she offers the control he craves, perhaps this angelic beauty has a lesson or two to teach him.
Angel in Scarlet is intended for mature audiences. This ebook includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
~~Reviewed by Amy~~
After believing that a dashing young earl was going to ask for her hand, Angela Ripon is devastated to be dismissed from his affections as if he never even cared for her. Now Angela is a woman scorned and she wants justice on Colton. She will make him beg for her and then cast him aside. But first she needs to learn how to seduce him, and Madame Rouge, Ruby, is known to be quite knowledgeable in that area. So Angela ventures to the house of pleasure for guidance. Ruby does know her stuff but warns Angela that Colton has certain proclivities. If she wants to trap him, she must be willing to offer the right kind of bait.
Matthew Harkness, Earl of Colton, knows he needs to find a bride, but that appears to be no easy endeavor. No matter how hard he tries, he only finds innocent lambs who would probably faint if they knew what he wanted. Angela turned out to be just like all the others, a sweet and innocent lamb. But then she approached him in that red dress! She was the angel he dreamed of, offering him total control. But as this game progresses, Colton’s not sure he’s the one in control any more.
What an amazing story of the vengeance of a woman scorned. Any woman who loves with the passion of love feels scorned when her feelings are dismissed. Unfortunately in books, many times these women turn out looking like shrews. Not so in the case of Angel In Scarlet. What starts out as a way to seek justice, turns into so much more as Angela and Colton not only discover much about each other but about themselves as well.
Angela thought she loved Colton and wanted to be his everything, but then she saw Colton in the arms of an actress. After their first glorious kiss, he had turned to another. Angela tried not to show she cared. She tried to be the lady society expected- one who didn’t fuss or complain. She knew it was how society worked after all- she just didn’t think it would work that way for her. It was hard to act normal after what she witnessed but she was sure if she was perfect enough, Colton would love her. When he dismissed her, she was angry and turned to the guidance of Madame Rouge. She wanted Colton to fall hopelessly in love with her so she could cast him aside, just as he had done to her. Madame Rouge cautioned Angela that in order to ensnare Colton, she would have to rid herself of her inhibitions. And so Angela attempts to do just that, confronting Colton and telling him she’ll do anything he wants, except give up her virginity. It was all supposed to be a game to bring Colton to a point where she could punish him. But each encounter grew more intense and every time he touched her, she found herself slipping further into his trap. How had she started as the hunter yet become his prey? Colton could do almost anything with her body but her feelings and spirit were to remain separate. Yet as the game evolved, she was unsure about what she really wanted. She found herself wanting to make him happy, wanting to please him.
When Colton first began to pay attention to Angela, he thought he saw a glimpse of what he wanted in a wife- a woman who was willing to take chances. She seemed a girl who didn’t always do what she was told, who had passion, who would argue with him and challenge him. And then suddenly, after their first kiss, she’d changed and he knew he should end the relationship before true affection was involved. But the Angela who confronted him later was not the girl he’d walked away from. Which was the real woman? And so he decided to take her up on her challenge, knowing he would have to push her so far, she could not continue. But he seemed to always be underestimating her, thinking that she wouldn’t measure up to what he needed. Yet she always surprised him. She was magnificent. He had not expected that from her and he couldn’t resist proceeding with the game. He couldn’t resist her innocent charm combined with the curiosity and desire he saw in her eyes.
This was my first Lavinia Kent novel and I am hooked. You won’t find more well developed characters and her writing style is lush. Though this is #4 in her Bound and Determined series, this can be read as a stand- alone. However, the secondary characters were so fascinating that I intend to start this series from the beginning. And I can’t wait for future books. I simply have to know Lord Thorton’s story! If you enjoy Regency romance with more than a splash of erotica, you will be captivated by this story.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.