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Reckless in Red

(The Muses' Salon #4)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  27 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Brimming with vibrant, feisty characters, witty banter, swoon-worthy romance and a touch of mysterious intrigue, the fourth installment in Rachael Miles's Muses' Salon Series features an artistic heroine caught up in a Regency-era medical school's body snatching business.

Lena Frost is a force to be reckoned with. A woman who has made her way in society without family or
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Zebra
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Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reckless in Red
The Muses' Salon Series Series #4
Rachael Miles
Release date 10/29/2019
Publisher Kensington / Zebra

Blurb :

Lena Frost is a force to be reckoned with. A woman who has made her way in society without family or fortune, she’s about to realize her first big success as an artist. . . . Until her business partner makes off with her money, leaving her with little more than her hopes—and a dead body in her studio. Now Lena is at the mercy of a
Lena Frost has survived without family or funds and is well on her way to establishing herself as an artist in England after 10 years in France. Her latest exhibition is shaping up to be a great success until her partner absconds with all her money and she finds a dead body in her rooms. Now she has a handsome investigator breathing down her neck and must decide how much she dares entrust him with, if anything at all.

Lord Clive Somerville wears many hats: he moves in high society as a duke's
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Rachael Miles is a new author to me! Unfortunately I wasn't in love with this book.

Lena has been abandoned by her partner close to the opening of her artistic panorama. Workers have begun to go missing, and all that was left for her was a note telling her to "RUN".

Clive is a surgeon, promising to solve the murders of 6 men to date.

They meet when Lena meets a friend of a friend and begins painting lessons with her daughter.

This book, I think a lot of people would like. If you enjoy a mystery
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lena Frost is a force to be reckoned with. A woman who has made her way in society without family or fortune, she’s about to realize her first big success as an artist then her business partner makes off with her money, leaving her with little more than her hopes. Clive Somerville is a doctor working on a secret investigation for the Home Office &has him determined to uncover Lena’s hidden agenda. But the closer he gets to her, the more he longs to be her protector.
An interesting read that
As far as historical fiction goes, I think this was a marvelous take on a classic romance scenario. The characters were witty, and the plot line was exquisite. 5/5 stars for a profound tale of the ages.
Sandra Berryman
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
The premise of this book was promising but it started very slow and I found myself skipping through pages, it just didn't click for me. I received an e-book from NetGalley in return for an unbiased review. I
Cathy Geha
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reckless in Red by Rachael Miles
Muses Salon #4

Complex, complicated and completely captivating...this book had my attention from the first to the last page!

What I liked:
* The time period
* The slow unfolding of the story
* The strength of the main male and female characters
* Learning about Panoramas and how they were created as well as what a big deal they must have been long ago
* Clive’s family...all of them
* The intrigue provided by the spy-factor
* Resurrectionist information shared in the
Lori D
This is the first story I have read by this author and I have to say it pulled me in and did not let go until the end! Her detailed descriptions had me feeling I was there with the characters and could also imagine walking in their steps and feeling their thoughts. I was wrapped in the mystery immediately when the heroine Lena found her business partner Horatio gone and the money they had collected to open the exhibition with him. But there was a note with one word on it "RUN." It was at that ...more
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Reckless in Red by Rachael Miles is book 4 in The Muses' Salon Series. This is the story of Clive Somerville and Lena Frost. I have read the previous books but feel you can make this a standalone book if you wish to do so. Lena has worked hard to get her art out there and to get by on her own accord. But then the unthinkable happens that seems to be taking her dream away. Clive is doing some investigation for the Home Office that brings him to Lena who he is trying to figure out what is going on ...more
Oct 18, 2019 rated it liked it
This was one of those novels that while well written, was also a bit confusing. It wasn't confusing because it was the fourth in a series, let me be clear on that, it was confusing because a lot of it just didn't make sense.

I can get behind the fact that no one recognized Lena despite her name changes. Moving around the way she did makes sense. I didn't quite understand why her inheritance was merely a house, but even without that, the moment she moved to collect said inheritance, it would have
Pj Ausdenmore
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's been a while since my last Rachael Miles book and I had forgotten how very much I enjoy her writing. Her characters are complex and intriguing, engaging my emotions while ensuring my full investment in their lives and happiness.

In Reckless in Red, Miles returns to the Somerville family for the story of younger brother, Clive, a physician researcher and special agent for the Home Office, and Lena Frost, a gifted artist with a mysterious past. I really enjoyed these two. They are so perfect
Amy Alvis
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lena is about to open her panorama where she hopes to finally get recognition for her artistic endeavors. But just a few weeks prior to it opening, her business partner goes missing with all the subscription money and leaves a cryptic message. The same day that her business partner and the money go missing, Clive comes snooping around her office. She lies to him about who she is as she doesn't know what he wants. Hopefully she'll never see him again...

Clive is a physician and is trying to solve
Over a sinus infection quarantine weekend, I read Book #2 of this series (which has one of all-time favorite tropes, "hiding from danger and/or investigating something uncover"), then this ARC, and finally Book #3. (I didn't read #1 because it doesn't look like my thing.) Miles does a nice job taking the things you're used to seeing and spinning them in a fresh (albeit not groundbreaking) way. Of the three, this book was my least favorite, but I still enjoyed it, and the fact that it kept me ...more
Debra Martin
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lena Frost has known hardship in her life, but she's a survivor and she's determined to be judged by her artistic talent and not by her sex. Clive Somerville comes across Lena in his work for the Home Office. The more time he spends with her, the more he wants to help her. Her hired craftsmen are disappearing, later to be found murdered. Someone wants her new panorama exhibit to fail and Clive is determined to find out who the murderer is all the while trying to keep Lena safe.

I enjoyed this
Patricia Morgan
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is book 4 in the Muses series. This is the story of Clive and Lena.
I consider this a romantic mystery thriller. Clive is investigating the mysterious deaths of Emigrees showing up in his surgery school. His investigation takes him to a Mr. Calder, where he meets Lena. They are both looking for Mr. Calder, who is Lena's business partner. They decide to look for him together. As people around Lena start turning up dead, Clive becomes concerned and protective. There is an attraction between
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars - First, I think this book is misnamed. It should be Resilient in Red or Vindication Wrapped in Vermillion. The heroine is the stuff of legend. Born of a gentleman but treated like chattel, often when her father was in a mood or always after being sent off to school, the heroine has grown, endured, and again and again transformed herself into someone new to survive. She is a brilliant artist who is eager and afraid of love and trust in equal measure. The hero is equally admirable. ...more
Lovely Loveday
The highly anticipatedfourth book in The Muses' Salon series by Rachael Miles is titled Reckless in Red. A historical romance that is sure to sweep you off your feet with steamy romance! Thecharacters are complex and intriguing, sure to engage your emotions while you invest in their lives and happiness.Miles is a remarkable storyteller and it shows in her writing. She weaves together a hint of mystery and danger into a historical romance that will have you turning the pages quickly. The perfect ...more
Oct 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Rachael Miles’ fourth book in The Muses Salon series tells the story on Lena Frost, portrait and escape artist. Lena has been running from her past for a long time, and very possibly it has caught up with her. With the help of swoon-worthy Clive Somerville, she is going to have to face up to her enemies whether she is ready or not.

While some parts of Lena’s story stretch credibility, this is a fast-moving tale with interesting and unusual characters.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced
Ashley (A Stack Above The Rest Blogg)
I absolutely loved this book. It kept my attention throughout the whole plot. I felt there was a good balance of romance components with the energetic and fast paced action of the plot. It was very thought out and Rachael's writing is superb. I would definitely recommend this book to fellow lovers of historical romance who love a strong female role.

I look forward to reading more from Rachael.
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thank you netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This novel had the premise for a good mystery romance but the lack of interesting characters and slow pace made this a bit difficult to through.
Kim Vanravenswaay
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had a hard time getting into the book in the beginning. It wasn't until chapter 6 that I got interested. I'm really glad that I gave, Reckless in Red, a chance.
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Rachael Miles has always loved a good romance, especially one with a bit of suspense and preferably a ghost. She was also a professor of book history and nineteenth-century literature whose students frequently found themselves reading the novels of Ann Radcliffe and other gothic tales. A native Texan, Rachael lives in upstate NY with her indulgent husband, three rescued dogs and an ancient cat.


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The Muses' Salon (5 books)
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