Today I wanted to bring this series to the spotlight and share some brief thoughts I have had while reading it!
I have read the four books in the past two months and I must say I had a great time. This series is full of scandal, “ruined” aristocrats, misunderstandings and love.
What a scoundrel wants, a scoundrel gets…
A decade ago, the Marquess of Bourne was cast from society with nothing but his title. Now a partner in London’s most exclusive gaming hell, the cold, ruthless Bourne will do whatever it takes to regain his inheritance—including marrying perfect, proper Lady Penelope Marbury.
A broken engagement and years of disappointing courtships have left Penelope with little interest in a quiet, comfortable marriage, and a longing for something more. How lucky that her new husband has access to such unexplored pleasures.
Bourne may be a prince of London’s underworld, but he vows to keep Penelope untouched by its wickedness—a challenge indeed as the lady discovers her own desires, and her willingness to wager anything for them… even her heart.
I heard about this book as an Hades and Persephone retelling. I see where that comes from, however that wouldn’t be how I describe it. So, we have a fallen aristocrat that because of his own bad decisions (gambling) loses everything. We have a lady that is soon to become an “old maid”. But you know, kidnapping solves everything!
(clear irony here) I feel like this is one of the less complicated stories throughout the series. What I want to say is, I feel this one is the most focused on character development and how that moves the story forward.
If you like the kind of “I’m not good enough” and the other person being like “you are more than enough and realize that now, pls” stories, and how they solve that, then this might be enjoyable for you!
It was definitely entertaining and a good romance!
Lady Philippa Marbury is odd. The bespectacled, brilliant fourth daughter of the Marquess of Needham and Dolby cares more for books than balls, flora than fashion and science than the season. Nearly engaged to Lord Castleton, Pippa wants to explore the scandalous parts of London she’s never seen before marriage. And she knows just who to ask: the tall, charming, quick-witted bookkeeper of The Fallen Angel, London’s most notorious and coveted gaming hell, known only as Cross.
Like any good scientist, Pippa’s done her research and Cross’s reputation makes him perfect for her scheme. She wants science without emotion—the experience of ruination without the repercussions of ruination. And who better to provide her with the experience than this legendary man? But when this odd, unexpected female propositions Cross, it’s more than tempting… and it will take everything he has to resist following his instincts—and giving the lady precisely what she wants.
OMG my favourite of the series!!! This maybe isn’t the best one objectively but I just had so much fun with the story and connected with the characters in a way that I didn’t with the others. So, for me, this is the best one!
We all have doubts about things, life, love, just stuff in general. Pippa was just brave enough to ask for the answers. If they come from Cross is just a super good plus. I laughed out loud from the situations they created and overall I had a great time.
I connected a lot with Pippa, on the way she thinks about life and perceives the world around her. That was definitely one of the points that made me enjoy this one more than the others.
A rogue ruined…
He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London’s corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he’s dreamed of… absolution.
A lady returned…
Mara planned never to return to the world from which she’d run, but when her brother falls deep into debt at Temple’s exclusive casino, she has no choice but to offer Temple a trade that ends in her returning to society and proving to the world what only she knows… that he is no killer.
A scandal revealed…
It’s a fine trade, until Temple realizes that the lady—and her past—are more than they seem. It will take every bit of his strength to resist the pull of this mysterious, maddening woman who seems willing to risk everything for honor… and to keep from putting himself on the line for love.
This one was the most angsty of the series. It was just a big big big mess and there seemed to be no way to solve it without “ruinning” themselves even more and while the attraction was more and more present. Temple was such a great character to read. He wanted to be mean and just ended up being the best person in the room. It was just not possible for him to be “bad” and his reputation was this whole armor they (Temple and Mara) had to work through.
Mara and her constant claim for independence was very different from Penny and Pippa but that made her a very interesting character.
You know that point when both characters are being so stubborn you just want to shake them and get some sense into them? Well, that was a bit of what happened to me here.
This was also the sweetest story because of the orphanage and how the children, without knowing, played they part on Mara and Temple’s happily ever after.
I didn’t include the synopsis of this one for one simple reason: if you consider reading this series, please at least until you finish book three don’t read this blurb.
That is what I did and there was this big plot-twist that maybe you hint at some point but I didn’t and that made it even better.
To sum up…
In this kind of series, set in the same time and place I feel like it is more likely to find that while characters might change, the core of the story is the same every. time. BUT that was not what happened in this one. Each story felt very different from the others. The characters were also quite different. Each time I started one of these books I felt excited and refreshed because I knew the story would be new. The plus was that I also got to read about the previous characters too!
The women in here were all amazing. Strong in different ways but such a pleasure and so much fun to read them! That was also something I loved about this series.
These stories delivered entertainment, fun, romance, laugh and many other emotions from angst to redemption to forgiveness.
I hope that, if you consider giving them an oportunity, you absolutely enjoy them!