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Duchess If You Dare

(The Maidens of Mayhem #1)

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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... These Regency Robin Hoods f ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: March 30th 2021 by Zebra
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Anatl
Nov 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I've just finished Duchess If You Dare with mixed feelings. I enjoyed parts of it, but there were a few things that bothered me a little here and there. It reminded me a lot of Bringing Down the Duke, both novels deal with a huge class divide between the heroine who is a nobody and a duke who shoulders many responsibilities and values his family name above all things. The whole novel revolves around Duke of Aylesford, Ambrose becoming involved in the mystery of missing young women who work in br ...more
Mary Gallo
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was an interesting tale about a secret group of women. It is probably one of a series, since the other ladies of the secret group were mentioned.
Our heroine is the illegitimate daughter of a woman who was led astray by a nobleman. The heroine has no idea who because her mother was forced into.prostitution to support them. The heroine arrived home one day to find her mother dead. She was alone and in order to stay alive, she stole dedication candles from churches and sold the stubs for
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Thuy
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was excited by the opening scenes. Scarlett, our heroine, was fighting off some unknown assailant. She’s quick, she’s agile, and she’s good at wielding knives. She wears a cape and her dress is tailored such that the skirt comes off easily, leaving her in trousers to give chase across rooftops and down alleyways. I was even more excited to learn that Scarlett is one of four Maidens of Mayhem, a group of independent and strong women led by Lady Julia who offered up her house as a gathering/hang ...more
Em (bibliophile_daydream)
DNF at 70%
I don't think I ever dnfed a historical romance because they are so light and fluffy that they tend to read easily, even if I'm not crazy interested in the story. This one proved to be the exception. Let's start with the things I liked. There are two. 1) The cover is very pretty. Love the illustration. 2) the female Robin Hood vibes were cool. I enjoyed the whole heroine saving the duke for a change dynamics.
Now for the things I disliked. My main gripe was with the writing. It is so ve
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Nicole Laverdure
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Daring Heroine and a Duke!

Anabelle Bryant's new series 'The Maidens of Mayhem' is the captivating fiction of daring women from all walks of life united by sisterhood in order to protect each others. I really enjoyed Scarlett Wynn's story in the 'Duchess If You Dare', she is no ordinary heroine, she prefers pants to dresses, uses knives to protect herself and her wardrobe is customized to fit her style of living. Omg, I love smart, brave and resourceful heroines like the one Ms. Bryant has cre
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Rachel
Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it
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Brenda
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Usually historical fiction with some romance intrigues me. However, I found the romance (aka lust) to far overshadow historical aspects and plots. Maybe it was my expectations but this book disappointed. I wanted to like it!

Scarlett, an unusual woman for the times who wears trousers and carries (and uses!) knives, meets Ambrose, a manly duke at a brothel. But not for THAT reason. She is trying to locate her missing friend and he has committed to helping his wayward brother. There was immediate
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Cat
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Duchess if You Dare is the story of street-smart Scarlett and Ambrose, the proper Duke of Aylesford. It's also the first story in the Maidens of Mayhem series; there are three other Maidens awaiting their turns. In this story, Scarlett's and Ambrose's paths cross as they both try to figure out what has happened to young girls who have been disappearing from London's brothels.

For me, the story took a long time to find its rhythm, which was a little disappointing as the plot and character profiles
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Valerie
Nov 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

“Duchess If You Dare” is the first installment in a new historical romance series (Maidens of Mayhem) by Anabelle Bryant, which will follow a group of young women in Regency-era London as they fight to bring justice to marginalized members of society. The first book follows Scarlett Wynn and the Duke of Aylesford as they try to unravel a mystery at a local brothel. The main cha
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Jenn
Nov 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Ugh. This book was so challenging to get through. I love a good historical romance, especially in the regency time period. But it didn't matter when this was set, it had drop off the charm of the time, nor did it follow any of the social conventions. I liked Scarlett at first, a strong independent and competent woman. But but the end, she had lost all of that. Aylesford, while an attractive Duke, was awful. I wanted to vomit every time he talked about wanting to protect her, even though he was a ...more
Aj
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Duchess if you Dare is Book 1 in The Maidens of Mayhem series and is a captivating story by Anabelle Bryant. Scarlett Wynn and Ambrose Cross jump off the pages and bring you into their worlds, the only hitch is he's a Duke and she's one of the Maidens of Mayhem.

Scarlett is daring and fearless and fights injustice where she can. She crosses paths with Ambrose who is trying to protect his family from scandal by solving his own mystery. They start to work together as both their mysteries are inter
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Candice
Nov 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Duchess If You Dare is an easy and enjoyable read. The beginning was a little hard to follow, as many characters are being introduced, but nonetheless, it didn't detract from the story.

The hero and heroine of the book, Scarlett and Ambrose, crosspaths at a brothel, and are instantly intrigued by each other. Chemistry and banter ensues as they end up working together to solve a mystery that they are both intertwined in.

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opini
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Susan
Nov 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Duchess If You Dare was an enjoyable read although I had a hard time getting into the story. The first few chapters introduced so many characters and so much backstory that I looked up the author to see if I was starting a series mid sequence. It seems this is the first in what I imagine will be a multi book series on the Maidens of Mayham. I enjoyed the characters and the plot but found the book slow going for about the first half. I am glad I didn’t stop reading as the pace did pick up.
Deborah  Cleaves
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
An intriguing tale about a missing seamstress no one misses and the hunt to find her before a body is found on the Thames. The Duke of Aylesford and Ms. Scarlett undertake the search, separately and together, investigating, asking questions of the wrong persons, until one is kidnapped and the other threatened with death, but, in the end, happiness will out and Ms Scarlett will dare to Duchess—or won’t she?
kate
Nov 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Marta is Reading
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked that the main character was quite atypical for a hostorical romance. I enjoyed the intrigue with the Maidens of Mayhem and the mystery aspect. However I get very thrown in at the beginning and the pacing seemed a bit off, and the points of view switched around very frequently. I received this as a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Celeste
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This was great, so different in your rags to riches kinda way. I enjoyed the characters personalities and I could easily have read a couple hundred more pages. The side characters were also well written and have me hoping for their stories to come.
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Anabelle 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 a suitcase if it ensures a new adventure, Anabelle finds endless inspiration in travel, especially imaginary jaunts into Regency England, a far cry from her home in New Jersey. Instead, her clever characters live out her daydreams because reall ...more

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