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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

5* #Review #Giveaway The Lady Hellion by @JoannaShupe @TastyBookTours

The Lady Hellion
Wicked Deceptions # 3
By: Joanna Shupe
Releasing May 26, 2015

A Marquess’ daughter, Lady Sophia Barnes doesn’t take no for an answer. Especially when she’s roaming London’s seedy underground…dressed as a man.

A rabble rouser for justice, Sophie’s latest mission is to fight for the rights of the poor, the wretched—and the employees at Madame Hartley’s brothel. She’s not concerned about the criminals who will cross her path, for Sophie has mastered the art of deception—including the art of wearing trousers. Now her fate is in her own hands, along with a loaded gun. All she needs is instruction on how to shoot it. But only one person can help her: Lord Quint, the man who broke her heart years ago. The man she won’t let destroy her again…

The last thing Damien Beecham, Viscount Quint, needs is an intrusion on his privacy, especially from the beautiful, exasperating woman he’s never stopped wanting. A woman with a perilously absurd request, no less! For Damien is fighting a battle of his own, one he wishes to keep hidden—along with his feelings for Lady Sophia. Yet that fight is as hopeless as stopping her outlandish plan. Soon all Quint knows for certain is that he will die trying to protect her…

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Review- 5 Stars
I’ve read all of the books in this series and I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite, but it just might be this one! As usual, Joanna Shupe does an excellent job taking you back to Victorian England. I’m never jarred out of the story by things that are too modern or too unbelievable. However, it’s still a romance novel, so there is plenty of fanciful love and adventure.
          Quint was always an adorable addition to the other books. As a supporting character, he was a voice of reason, a major source of support, and his dry wit is quite funny sometimes. So, it came as a bit of a shock to me, seeing how debilitated he becomes. What he’s dealing with is a very real thing, but at that time, medicine was somewhat educated guessing. And they often got it wrong. It was heartbreaking, however there were times when I was frustrated because he seemed to be just giving up.
          What came as the biggest surprise to me with Quint, was that despite his description in the other books, I hadn’t really out him in the “sexy” category. After reading a few chapters of this book, he was firmly in that corner with his other friends. He is so irrationally passionate underneath his studious intelligence.
          This may seem a weird thing for me to latch onto, but I have to say, I loved the way the author made Quint’s thoughts match his outward intellect. He refers to things in a clinical nature, even during the passionate scenes. It threw me a little the first time he referred to her vagina, because it’s not the usual way a hero things in a romance novel. Then after a second, I started to chuckle because it was exactly what a guy like this would think. Why wouldn’t he apply that same way of thinking and speaking at all times? The steamy scenes are just as hot, and feel all the more real because of that correlation.
          Sophie is so tempestuous, a complete imp, and a fun, loveable character. Her stance against marriage becomes clear in this book and it really broke my heart. So much hurt and loneliness that could have been avoided, if only. Now, she is basically a PI for the less fortunate, prostitutes in particular. She’s been drawn into a nasty, tangled web, and is frequently risking her life. I couldn’t help but completely admire her determination and spunk. Her maid annoyed me though, her proprietary attitude got on my nerves.
          Quint cares so much about Sophie but he doesn’t feel right saddling her with what he perceives as a bleak future for himself. But, he makes the best effort t that he can in helping her and keeping her safe. And, Sophie returns the feelings, and is determined to help him move beyond his current limitations. The past misunderstanding between them sucks, although it wasn’t one of those ridiculous situations when the hero and heroine are just being idiots. It was pretty unavoidable in their situation, so it bothered me less that most “misunderstanding” romances.
          The Lady Hellion has a lot for action and mystery than the first two books, but just as much fun and engaging characters. The book kept me turning pages and all too soon, it was over. The Lady Hellion is a fantastic read, but I really do recommend that you read the whole series!

Author Info
Displaying Joanna Shupe.jpgAward-winning author JOANNA SHUPE has always loved history, ever since she saw her first Schoolhouse Rock cartoon. While in college, Joanna read every romance she could get her hands on and soon started crafting her own racy historical novels. She now lives in New Jersey with her two spirited daughters and dashing husband.

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