Sunday 6 March 2016
Dangerous Kisses: A Guild of Hybrids Novel (The Guild of Hybrids Book 1) by Alice Lake (2016)
Miss Lavinia Halls is a member of the Guild of Hybrids, a secret society dedicated to helping women in need. When faced with a terrified new client, Lavinia declares that her client’s fiancé must pay for his sins. The fact that she can’t take her eyes off the man’s kissable lips only spurs her resolve to bring her assignment to a quick conclusion.
Eric Yorke, Viscount Mathieson, wishes nothing more than to distance himself from his treacherous fiancée, but in his quest to do so, he finds himself trapped in the clutches of the unconventional Miss Halls. The delectable yet annoyingly persistent woman seems intent on ruining his life no matter how much he tries to thwart her attempts.
Her efforts to seek and destroy meet their match in his determination to foil her plans, until their struggles collide in a scandal of enormous proportions. Fated together, they must overcome ruin, danger and heartbreak. Will they be able to survive their past or is their future together doomed?
Review 5 stars
A well crafted story that had me glued to the page.
Lavinia and Eric make a brilliant couple. Their attraction to each other is matched in their ability to outwit and verbally spar with one another. I had a few laugh out loud moments at their antics and verbal exchanges most of which take place with tight lipped smiles in full view and within earshot of polite society. The fact that they are also attracted to each other added to my amusement. The scene involving the orphans was my favourite between the pair. It showed Eric in an endearing light and it sealed my liking of him.
I loved the idea of women from this time period being involved in and running a secret society where their aim is to get revenge on the men who have wronged their female clients. These are no demure women lounging around drinking tea and doing embroidery. They are a force to be reckoned with and are good at what they do. That is until Lavinia accepts her latest mission and things don't go according to plan.
The romantic exchanges between Lavinia and Eric were refreshingly well written, and a necessary element of the plot rather than just cringey page fillers that you so often find in historical romance. The scenes are kept short and you really get pulled into the moment along with them.
I also loved the suspense element towards of the end of the book which I wasn't expecting but I love it when there is a bit of excitement like this included in the story. The menace was realistic and I got a real sense of the danger Lavinia found herself in.
I don't think I will be able to get enough of this series!
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
Dangerous Kisses is free to read with Kindle Unlimited and is available to purchase here