Title: The Lady Hellion
Series: Wicked Deceptions #3
Author: Joanna Shupe
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Kensington Books, Zebra
My Rating: 5 stars
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.
Read on for my thoughts on The Lady Hellion. No true spoilers, promise.
Lady Sophia is headstrong, beautiful, stubborn and definitely fearless. She will do anything possible to help the women who are being harmed in London’s darker streets and brothels. Someone has to help and while she cannot do much as Lady Sophia – Sir Stephen (her male alter ego) could travel those streets with no thought to propriety’s opinion.
Viscount Quint is fighting his own demons. Recently wounded, Quint has kept to his residence recovering and worrying. His father had gone mad and now Quint is afraid he is following in his father’s footsteps. Desperately trying to keep his secrets, the very last thing he needs is Sophia coming to him with an absurd request. Sophia, the woman he wants and feels he cannot offer for. But he’ll be damned before he allows her to harm herself, so he is swept into Sophia’s schemes.
There is danger and a serial killer on the streets of London. Can Sophia and Quint save not only the poor women of the London streets, but each other as well?
I have been waiting for the third novel in the Wicked Deceptions series, and was not in the least disappointed. Quint and Sophia are not your usual hero and heroine, and that made their story all the more enjoyable. Damien is fighting his own personal demons and terrors yet he will not let Sophia put herself in danger – Sophia has her own opinion of what she will or will not allow. These two are charming, determined, definitely steamy together and simply a delightful couple.
The Lady Hellion brings danger, intrigue, mystery and a second chance at love. Once again, I don’t intend to give away much in this review. This is a story that you need to read firsthand, I’ll not spoil it for you. Just know that you will be picking up a delightful, perfect conclusion to a well worth the time series. I’d highly recommend this novel for historical romance readers without hesitation. Go on, pick this one up and enjoy.
*I received an e-ARC of The Lady Hellion from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*
~Any review is just one person’s opinion. You might feel the same or totally different. The only way to know for certain is for you to read it. This was my opinion of this particular book.~
The Lady Hellion is available in paperback and for the Kindle