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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  873 ratings  ·  225 reviews
What sort of lady doesn't make her debut until the age of thirty-two? A timeless beauty with a mysterious past--and a future she intends to take into her own hands . . .

Lady Euphemia Marlington hasn't been free in seventeen years--since she was captured by Corsairs and sold into a harem. Now the sultan is dead and Mia is back in London facing relentless newspapermen, an
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Published June 26th 2018 by Zebra
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Minerva Spencer's writing is sophisticated and wickedly witty. Dangerous is a delight from start to finish with swashbuckling action, scorching love scenes, and a coolly arrogant hero to die for. Spencer is my new auto-buy!
Jeffe Kennedy
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book all the way through! It has everything a historical romance should. Sexy, thrilling, involved, foreign ports, pirate ships, crumbling castles - and a visit to Brighton. LOL! The hero and heroine are unique and engaging, and the secondary characters equally vivid. Can't wait to get my hands on the sequel.

Snap this one up, folks. You'll be glad you did!
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: published-2018, arc
I found this book to be a mixed bag. It has a promising start, and the first third of it was engaging and charming. Mia and Adam are both considered outcasts, though London society only suspects they have dirty little secrets in their past. Nevertheless, rumors and innuendo are powerful forces. To hide her history of having spent the last fifteen years living in a harem after having been abducted by pirates, Mia agrees to promote her father's mostly unbelievable tale of having just returned from ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so 4.5 stars

There’s been a shortage of really good historical romance so far this year. I can count the number of DIKs (Desert Isle Keepers at All About Romance) I’ve given on the fingers of one hand, and sadly, the lists of upcoming releases for the second half of the year don’t look to be offering much to shout about either. But a shortage isn’t a complete absence; there have been a few gems, and début author Minerva Spencer’sDangerous– the first book in her new
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Wow, THIS is how you write a debut book. Minerva Spencer just made her way to my auto-buy list.

Dangerous was refreshing. In a sea of romances featuring virginal women, I loved Dangerous's sensual, sexy female MC. Mia was smart, powerful, and in her thirties. Oh happy day!

I loved Mia's relationship with the wealthy and secretive Adam de Courtney. In fact, Adam stole the show for me. He was exactly the type of hero I end up loving, and I wanted to know more about him. It was his intrigue and the
Maggie Whitworth

I loved , loved , loved this book , it was such fun to read .
Dangerous is a great title and apt for the characters and the storyline.
Mia is brilliant such a great character, she sassy and different, not your usual Debutante at all , she’s got her own ideas and is not afraid to flaunt it .
Adam I loved so much , damaged by the experience of two bad marriages , kids he doesn’t gel with , the ton who avoid him , he’s just not excepted , until Mia , she slowly worms her way into his life , not
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Holly by: Hollis
3.5 stars

Ignore the Fabio-esque cover, this book isn't as cheesy as it would imply. However, it's not exactly literature either, it's still 'just' a historical romance, albeit a refreshingly different one. The heroine is not some nubile young thing in her first Season as you see in most of these kinds of books, instead she's a thirty-two year old woman, back in England for the first time since she was a young girl, gone for so long under mysterious circumstances. The hero also isn't your typical
I'll admit that I requested this book solely because of the 'escaped the harem' plotline. I had hoped to discover a book not unlike THE DUKE OF SHADOWS by Duran that explored non-English elements of historical romance but was maybe a little less dramatic and angsty. The fact that DANGEROUS had a true blue Fabio-esque bodice ripper cover was also entertaining as hell and I had hopes that same kind of fun would translate into the story. And, spoiler, it did.

Lady Euphemia Marlington is thirty two
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
This book was amazing, so heartwarming, warm, thrilling and amazing! Halfway through the ebook, I went online to put the paperback on my wishlist because I felt that I simply needed to have this one in print as well!
The contrast between London's ton and Mia's warm and sensual manner is striking and you just feel her husband relax into something unknown to him, something warm and very much alive, you feel the love between the hero and the heroine grow and I loved to see the lightness and the
Elizabeth Everett
I read this book because I received an ARC and let me tell you. Whoooooo boy. It's so up my alley. There are dashing rogues, alpha leads, non-virgin heroines, pirates, adventure, dark family secrets, hot sex, sweet words of love, heartfelt revelations -everything I want in romance all rolled up into one. The best part is a truly strong heroine who isn't a twentieth century woman shoehorned into a regency setting. She's bold and unconventional for believable reasons - she has a backstory and she ...more
Amanda Richardson
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dangerous by Minerva Spencer is a fantastic read! Mia is a curiosity to the English ton, she has been gone from England for 17 years and no one knows where she was during this time away. The truth is, she was a captive in a sheik's harem and bore him a son. At 32, she is finally making her debut into society because her father is forcing her to marry.
Mia of course, doesn't want to marry especially a stuffy Englishman but she will to appease her father and then she will leave her husband and
Heather andrews
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes Adam's lady drives him bonkers, "he stared at her. She crossed her arms and stared back. Adam cast his eyes ceilingward. “Fine. A bargain.” I don't think Adam appreciates others seeing his wife naked, "...the door swung open and one of the housemaids entered. The girl’s jaw came unhinged and her eyes fixed on the naked backside of her mistress. He lurched to his feet. “Come back in five minutes.” The door clicked shut almost before the words left his mouth." Adam's woman knows how to ...more
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Minerva Spencer’s Dangerous is one of those books that will go on my keeper shelf! It’s sensual, fast-paced, and has an action-packed ending that had me on the edge of my seat. Both Adam and Mia have events from their past that have molded them. Mia is a curiosity to the ton, and Adam is ostracized from the society he was born into. He needs a strong woman to draw him from the dark shadow he now lives under, and Mia is the perfect woman to show him that love is still possible.

This story also
Mary Cook
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate enough to read an advance copy and was thoroughly entertained by this up and coming writer. Minerva spins a fast paced, well-written story with wickedly witty dialogue and clever plot twists. The verbal exchanges between Mia and Adam are delightful and their growing attraction embodies the best in romance novels. I look forward to many more stories from this prolific writer. If you’re a fan of romance novels, Minerva Spencer is definitely one author to follow.
Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

A woman trapped in a harem for years has come home, only to marry a man believed to have killed not one, but two wives, well count me in since that isn’t something I see in historical romance ever. I’m not one to be really caught up on how true to the time something is as long as I like the story so this whole trope worked for me.
Mia sighed, unwillingly recalling the hundreds of crying episodes she’d been forced to tolerate during her
Elena Mikalsen
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story blew me away. It's not your typical predictable love story--the couple has experience, intelligence, and wit. They are a perfect match for each other and have quite a backstory. I couldn't put this one down.
Sam (AMNReader)
Jul 05, 2018 marked it as life-is-too-short  ·  review of another edition

*** I Feel it is important to edit this review in light of more information and discussion around the topic. I will just point you to my friend's Blackjack's review
Honestly, Blackjack's review primed me going in and by the first few chapters I was too worried to continue. Given the Islamophobia today, I don't want to support anything that may reinforce negative stereotypes of Muslims, people from the Middle East, or anyone of color. I'm a mood
Joanna Loves Reading
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hr, arc, reviewed
3.5 Stars on this unique to current trends HR. I am rounding up because some of the positives are promising and make me want to continue with the series.

There was considerable buzz on this debut novel by Minerva Spencer. First, one of my favorite HR authors, Elizabeth Hoyt, raved about it, and then there was quite a bit of buzz in my GR circles about the Bodice-Ripper-esque cover. Could it be that a NEW author is bucking current trends to gives us a fresh and exciting story? And a Regency
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I must say that for a debut novel this is good! Not excellent, but good!

The fist part was very interesting with a heroine who thinks in one way and acts in another all for her benefit! I found her intriguing and her actions very much in line with her harem upbringing.

She was abducted and sold to the sultan (who was a pedophile, by the way...), but she adapted to the life in harem and thrived there. She also had a son who didn't want to go to England with her when she escaped after the sultan's
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marriage of convenience fans, rejoice! Dangerous was a refreshingly different novel, but with all the things we love about a classic Regency romance imbedded in its DNA. I loved the creativity involved in creating a believable heroine who, at thirty-two, had never enjoyed her first Season. I went along for the ride with this "wicked" sensual woman with concerns much greater than that of a young debutante. Lord Exley, as well, had some life experience and real concerns. Together, they were a ...more
Eleanor Nystrom
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fast, fun read!

My curiosity over everyone's secrets compelled me to burn through pages. I had to know how Mia had come to be in a harem. Similarly, I had to know how Adam obtained his bad reputation. I loved Mia and her awkwardness in social settings, and Adam was such a compelling character. I loved watching him thaw and fall for her, and the love scenes were a perfect blend of steamy and emotional.

Even when I thought I had everything figured out, there were new twists. The ending is
Candace N
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dangerous by Minerva Spencer is a very exciting book, full of emotion, adventure and hoards of memorable characters. Minerva is a new author to me and I thoroughly enjoyed her writing style. I really, really liked this story! It was unique, captivating and full of humour. The storyline itself sets this book apart and makes it stand out. The plot is HUGE, unpredictable and extraordinarily well done. The characters are amazing! They all seemed so real and there was a lot of them. This book was ...more
Tamra Baumann
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
DANGEROUS by debut author Minerva Spencer is full of fun, action, and adventure. The hero and heroine, both judged wrongly by society, are the perfect match. Together, they find love, happiness, and new beginnings. I truly enjoyed this book.
Apr 30, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hr
Love the almost Fabio-like cover.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
ugh! Another Dnf.

By the fourth book this month, I decided I don't like the male MCs in historical romance. They are not honorable or devoted as i thought they would be ... The male MC here was rude and arrogant even when he is in no place to be. Him having a mistress and sleeping with her straight after his marriage discussion with heroine, and attempting to again after the marriage was decided with the intention to keep her after marrying the heroine wasn't endearing either, I don't get the
Dianne Freeman
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Take everything you know about marriages of convenience and set it aside. With DANGEROUS, Minerva Spencer takes that troupe and makes it fresh and exciting. The main characters, Mia and Adam are older than the norm and both have a past. Mia spent 17 years in a harem and Adam allegedly caused the death of his first two wives. So of course, there will be lies and misunderstandings between the two, right? Nope, they talk to each other. They act like real people. In fact, the characters are so well ...more
Virginia Taylor
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Put a tiny, tough heroine and a middle-sized, smouldering hero together and you get no misunderstandings at all. Instead you get forthright conversations, lots of hot sex, a wonderful story with plenty of swashbuckling, and an adventure second to none.
Ms Spencer has found the perfect partner for each of her protagonists.
I loved this debut novel. The best part is that even when you finish, you get to read an exerpt of the next, which happens to be about the hero you want to follow next.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Euphemia Marlington considered poisoning the Duke of Carlisle

Great start to a new series with a seriously dangerous, uncanny hero and a wonderfully outrageous heroine. But what can you expect from a woman whose spent seventeen years in a harem just surviving.
Euphemia Marlington's return to the bosom of her family was uncomfortable for all. Mia's father, the Duke of Carlisle cannot wait to have her taken off his hands. Marriage to anyone, even a rumored wife murderer such as Adam de Courtney, the
Jacob Proffitt
Jan 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
I got four chapters down before deciding to stop. I can't buy Mia, even a little. 17 years in a harem complete with 17 year-old son needs to have some weight to it. The effects of her life in the harem are all over the map from making her eager to sex up the attractive man (our hero, naturally) to master-level man-manipulation skillz to disturbing memories of what happened to her nurse to a strong desire to escape England to return (to her son). I'm sorry, but that last makes no sense at all. I ...more
Ann Green
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dangerous was an unexpected surprise with this win from Goodreads! After being gone from England for 17 years, Mia returns to London at age 32 to make her debut into society since her father expects her to marry immediately in spite of an amazing back story to her life! Not sure I could have even thought up this plot with her being a captive in a sheik's harem, etc. but now she must choose among the suitors her father is displaying for her and each one is more troubling than the next until she ...more
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I write Regency Era romance and the first six books in my Outcasts series will be published by Kensington Press. DANGEROUS, BARBAROUS, & SCANDALOUS are already out and NOTORIOUS will be out in 2020, OUTRAGEOUS in 2021.

Before I began writing I spent time as a dock worker, a reader for the blind, a criminal prosecutor, and I taught American History on the

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