Book Review

‘Angel in Scarlet’ by Lavinia Kent

ais lkSTORY: 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.

REVIEW: If I had one word to describe this story, it would be disappointing. I really, REALLY loved Ms. Kent’s earlier novels. They were well structured and featured a slew of very interesting and complex characters in wonderful settings and plots. I loved the way she wrote her sensual scenes. They made me sigh and fall in love with her heroes.

What happened to that author? Who ever is telling her to exchange the sensuality scenes with porn, please stop.

I never bought into the heroine, a shy virgin, going to a courtesan for advice on seducing the hero.

But that was the least of the things I wasn’t crazy about. Ms. Kent lost me at our heroine catching the hero with another woman. After that, I just lost all interest in anything either of them did or said.

If and when Ms. Kent decides to  go back to writing believable, complex and sensual characters, I’ll be right there to sing her praises. Until than, I’ll just skip her so called “erotic” novels.

Melanie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher


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