Warning: Adult Erotic Romance, proceed with caution. *winks*
Author: Sylvia Day
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
Series: Georgian #2
”Christopher St. John and Maria, Lady Winter are infamous in Society for their misdeeds and their charming allures. Wherever they go, scandalized whispers and covetous glances follow. A ruthless pirate and a widow whose two husbands have met untimely deaths, the wickedly renowned figures are even more intriguing to the authorities. Now they’ve been set on the most provocative of tasks–St. John is released from prison to learn the “Wintry Widow’s” intimate secrets, while Lady Winter is charged with performing a similar deception in reverse. One will succeed. One will hang.”Goodreads Synopsis
In a nutshell; both our main characters are being manipulated by other forces to go up against each other. Maria by her stepfather, who has hidden her sister Amelia from her for years. Maria can only do his bidding, marrying rich and give her stepfather the money she inherited when he later has killed her husbands. All she cares about is Amelia, and hope to one day get so see her sister again. Christopher’s reasons to this deal is more simple, an agent to the Crown has proof of his crimes and he can only get out of this by giving them another criminal. Either he finds proof that Maria killed her husbands which will get her sent to the gallows, or he hangs.
But of course this does not go smoothly for anyone. They are set out to seduce each other, only to find that there’s real chemistry between them. And both are suspicious of the other’s reasons to establish a connection between them. So how much trust can one criminal put in another?
The story occurs in London during the Georgian era of English history, and the whole series is named after it. Society relied heavily on the rules of etiquette during this era to avoid causing as many scandals as possible. Because your social status is pretty much everything during this era. But unlike the first book our characters can be considered outcasts from society due to their reputations being forever tarnished or, in case of our male main character, being born and has thrived outside of it.
Christopher St. John made some colourful appearances in the first book, and I was not disappointed in getting to know him a bit more. And it was actually nice that there were less of a mystery to him than other male characters in similar books. Felt like I had a head start on Maria and could snicker behind her back when she assumed things about Christopher.
Maria is actually not a true criminal, since she never did kill her husbands but was manipulated into the marriages. But that does not mean she’s an innocent little flower. She will do whatever it takes to get her sister away from her stepfather, no matter the bloodshed.
And I have to say that I love that when Christopher just marches into Marias house and takes over, she shrugs it off and just kinda goes ”Fine, but if you hurt anyone I’ll kill you. So what do you want to talk about?”. I love her icy attitude!!
Amelia also got her own POV, was the character I was most interested in. She has lead a very isolated life and does not have any close relationships. Except for the stableboy.. Need I say more?
Oh the tension is exquisite! And they are both cut from the same hot-headed cloth, so there’s a lot of delightful banter and sometimes insults to entertain. Christopher referred to Maria as a ”delightful hellion”, which was perfect!
But again Amelia stole the show. A love story of a lonely teenager, who’s arc did not take up that much of the book, that has a crush on the Romani stableboy was far more interesting than I thought it would be!
Fun and had an interesting plot line, but I never really worried about the end because Sylvia Day always delivers a somewhat of a happy ending, and it felt kind of like it was a sure thing this time. But there were a thrill in it nonetheless.
3.75 stars, yes that is not a typo. I liked this book slightly more than Ask For It, but not enough to be a 4 star read. So this is what option I’m left with. Looking forward to the next book that will be a continuation of Amelia’s story!