The society of daring women known as the Maidens of Mayhem dedicates their lives to protecting London’s most vulnerable citizens from injustice. Daring and discreet, their missions lead them to people and places they least expect, often putting their lives—and their hearts—in peril . . .
Lady Delilah Ashbrook is tirelessly searching the streets of London for a boy who vanished while under her care. Suspecting the child was abducted to be sold, Delilah hopes the Maidens can help find him before it’s too late. But Delilah’s mission brings her into the crosshairs of a mysterious man who is also looking for the boy. Sebastian St. Allen certainly cuts a dashing figure. But is he hoping to save the child—or harm him?
Sebastian has his own reasons for protecting the less fortunate. He has a gift for seamlessly navigating both London’s darkest corners and its most elite circles. But nothing prepared him for Delilah, whose delicate beauty belies independence and sensuality he finds irresistible. Sebastian knows they can help each other if only she’ll let her guard down. And as they become entrenched in danger, they realize how strong their ties have grown—and how much they need one another . . .
This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: The Lady Loves Danger
Series: The Maidens of Mayhem #2
Author: Anabelle Bryant
Genre: Historical Romance
Published: May 31, 2022
Publisher: Kensington Books
My Rating: 4.5 stars
I have never been shy of saying that I love Anabelle Bryant’s work, and The Lady Loves Danger simply proves (again) why I feel that way. In the second title of The Maidens of Mayhem series, we’ll meet one feisty young woman who isn’t the least bit afraid of facing down bad guys or putting herself in danger to save a young child. What may take her a little longer is to put her trust completely in the hands of a handsome stranger who “says” he’s only there to help when she’s convinced he’s holding back information from her.
Sebastian has his own code of conduct and can easily slip between the world of the ton and the gritter side of London where the unspeakable happens far too often. When he discovers that Delilah is also searching for the same young boy that he is it only makes sense to combine their efforts. Neither thought that this mystery would be packed so full of danger, misdirection, or would ultimately change their future.
I love a slow-burn romance and The Lady Loves Danger has that in droves. Delilah and Sebastian have trust issues, and it shows. Yet, while searching desperately for a missing boy, one pampered pup, and a diamond-encrusted collar they’ll discover that the attraction they’ve both been experiencing is about to burst through the surface.
The Lady Loves Danger is full of mystery, unexpected twists, a look at the underside of London during this time period, and two people who don’t trust easily but once they do they’re all in. I appreciate the strong heroines that Ms. Bryant writes about. I understand what young (and not so young) women of the time period were not expected to be able to face without swooning. Yet there are always exceptions to the rule. Delilah is one of those women who is paired with a man who is not afraid to acknowledge and encourage her spunk, her bravery. I love when the hero loves the heroine just as she is without needing to change something about her. If you love slow-burn romances with touches of danger, laughter, and steam… then this story is perfect for you.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
Release Date: May 31, 2022
Available for your favorite e-reader (although the first title in this series is currently in KU at the time of this review)