Published:October 18th 2021
Publisher: Entangled: Amara
Length: 372 Pages
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Ana Gardner is determined to lose her virginity before her thirtieth birthday. She’s no stranger to fake identities, having posed as a chaperone since the scandal that destroyed her titled family. So she dons a mask, changes into a low-cut red gown, and attends the city’s most elite brothel, the Silver Chalice.
Oliver Bedford, the imposing Earl of Drake, is only at the Silver Chalice to appease his debauched friends—until he spots Lady Scarlet. She’s refreshing…and a complete mystery. Certain she’s a lady in disguise, Oliver is determined to learn her identity, but she eludes him at every turn.
The night with Oliver was unforgettable. But when he arrives at her employer’s home, she’s horrified to discover her lover is the Earl of Drake, the son of the man responsible for her father’s death and subsequent family ruin. And that he’s there to court her young charge.
Oliver never had any interest in the debutante, but he is drawn to her chaperone—a woman he soon realizes is his Lady Scarlet. Now that he’s found her, she claims she wants nothing to do with him, even though her kisses say otherwise. Fortunately, Oliver is not one to give up when he finds something he wants…and he wants Ana. In his bed, and in his life. Forever. But first, he must persuade her to trust him—and to believe that one wild, passionate night can turn into forever
This book is full of heat, the flames bursting from the pages. So be warned if you are looking for a ‘clean’ romance this isn’t it.
I really enjoy when an author deviates from the stereotypical debutante. Ava is definitely the opposite. She is independen, willing to go after what she wants and above all a survivor. I also liked how the author crafter a character of mixed race and made sure the character was a perfect blend of both rich cultures. She Ava never forgot where she came from and it was her father’s actions that caused her shame not her background.
I also appreciated how Oliver never cared about Ava’s background. He only cared about the woman herself
This is a great read that I highly recommend.
I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.