• Title: Duchess If You Dare
  • Author: Anabelle Bryant
  • Publisher: Zebra Books on March 30, 2021
  • Genre: Historical Romance
  • Pages: 254
  • Formats Available: Paperback & Digital
  • Rating: 5/5

Trigger Warnings: Graphic Violence

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Duchess If You Dare Blurb

From the glittering ballrooms of the ton to the city’s grittiest corners, London has no shortage of wrongs in need of righting–and the Maidens of Mayhem are prepared for the challenge. United by secrecy and sisterhood, these daring women from all walks of life aim to fight injustice wherever it takes them–even into the arms of unexpected love. This feminist take on Regency-era Robin Hoods from USA Today bestselling author Anabelle Bryant is destined to storm readers’ hearts!

Scarlett Wynn’s tragic childhood taught her that life can be cruel to women with little power. So when a local seamstress disappears, Scarlett vows to find out why. Armed with a weapon and her courage, Scarlett scours London for clues–and crosses the unlikely path of Ambrose Cross, the Duke of Aylesford, at an unlikely place: an upscale brothel. The Duke is trying to solve a mystery of his own, and Scarlett is sure they can help each other–if she can resist the attraction that draws them together…

As Duke of Aylesford, Ambrose is duty-bound to protect his family name from scandal no matter the cost. But Scarlett’s fearless spirit forces him to look beyond his world of privilege. Scarlett is as intoxicating as she is dangerous, igniting a fire in him like no other. When the pair learn both mysteries they’re trying to solve are tied to a string of missing women, the tangled scheme they uncover may put their lives, and their growing love, in mortal danger–and lead them to search their hearts like never before…

“A delightful historical romance with a liberal dash of adventure, plenty of sizzling heat, and a heart of pure gold. A superb start to Bryant’s new Maidens of Mayhem series”

–Lenora Bell, USA Today bestselling author

“Duchess if You Dare is a fantastic read that kept me up late and has me anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.”

–USA Today Bestselling Author Renee Ann Miller

My Review

Duchess If You Dare is the perfect mix of romance and adrenaline-pumping action. Anabelle Bryant weaves a tale that portrays the ugly side of London with the extravagance of the aristocracy. This tale delighted me more than I could imagine.

This first book in the Maidens of Mayhem series is delectable and exhilarating. I fell in love with Scarlett from her first scene. She is a true bad-ass and takes no crap from anyone. I loved Scarlett just as the feisty woman she was, but when Ambrose entered, the excitement heated up.

The underbelly of London takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of debauchery and murder. The thrill I got from the seedy side of town is something I’ve not experienced before. When I read romance, it’s always the same balls and pert debutantes. Duchess If You Dare offers so much more than the same old Regency romance.

I can’t wait to read the next installment. The Maidens are remarkable women, and I wonder who the next Maiden will be next.

I award Duchess If You Dare a full 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend this book to anyone who loves romance. The dash of something different makes it even better.

About the Author – Anabelle Bryant

USA Today Bestselling author Anabelle Bryant began reading at age three and never stopped. Her passion for reading soon turned into a passion for writing and an author was born. Happy to grab her suitcase if it ensures a new adventure, Anabelle finds endless inspiration in travel; especially imaginary jaunts into romantic Regency England, a far cry from her home in New Jersey. Instead, her clever characters live out her daydreams because really, who wouldn’t want to dance with a handsome duke or kiss a wicked earl?

Anabelle’s books have been translated into several languages including Japanese and Russian, but writing isn’t all that keeps her busy. Building miniatures, baking and photography are other favorite pastimes. Often found with her nose in a book, Anabelle is just as happy in a room full of people. She enjoys meeting readers, attending conferences and book signings. She has earned her Master’s Degree and is ABD for her Doctorate Degree in education.

A firm believer in romance, Anabelle knows sometimes life doesn’t provide a happily ever after, but her novels always do. Visit her website at AnabelleBryant.com

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