Angel in Scarlet by Lavinia Kent
Description: 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.
Review: Like most of the books in this series by Lavinia Kent, I enjoyed this read. Lavinia Kent does an excellent job of taking historical romance and making it naughtier. My favorite character in the series would have to be Madame Ruby, the madam of a house of pleasure. Angela, the heroine, visits Madame Ruby to get advice on how to seduce, Matthew, the Earl of Colton. He had been courting her but suddenly decides he doesn’t want to propose marriage because of changes in Angela. However, those changes came from Angela witnessing Matthew with his mistress. Angela wants to seduce Matthew so he will fall in love with her and she can get her revenge. Of course, that is easier said than done and the world Matthew exposes her to starts to intrigue Angeal. Overall, I’m not sure I totally understood Angela’s motivation and I think her plan for revenge was not developed, which actually helped the story as the hero and heroine start to fall for each other.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.