It’s been a while since I wanted to read a book based on the title alone but when I stumbled across this one, I knew I had to read it.
Welcome to the most notorious address in London…
Beneath the airs and graces of the Ton lies The Underworld – London’s most scandalous gambling hall.
The only thing darker and more debauched that the hall itself? The proprietor, Max Sinclair. As mysterious as the corners of the city he stalks, Max has vowed to take revenge against the men who murdered his mother. And The Underworld attracts London’s darkest characters – the perfect partners in crime.
But when Lady Vivienne Beaumont enters The Underworld, Max’s life becomes more dangerous than he ever thought possible.
Enter a world of lust, lawlessness and obsession with The Den of Iniquity, the first in Anabelle Bryant’s Bastards of London series.
Venturing into the seedy underworld of London, this book has it all: Crime, Love, Lords, Ladies, Earls and a Bastard I think I may be developing a book crush on. Max Sinclair is strong, dangerous, protective, a damaged soul overcome with the need to seek revenge on those who murdered his mother. When he sets eyes on Lady Vivienne Beaumont, he’s unsure if it’s lust or love, they’re from two different worlds, could it work? Max is the owner of the Gaming Hell/Hall in the darkest part of London, where Lady’s shouldn’t walk the streets unescorted, he is extremely likeable. This book oozed danger and excitement.
Lady Vivienne is struggling to overcome the grief of her mother’s recent death. Living with her step-father, she feels out of place, lost in the house now her mother is no longer there and seeks comfort with her two best friends, Sophie and her brother Crispin. While certain bits of this story were predictable, it was still an enjoyable read. As I was reading this book, I kept thinking, this book is like Pride and Prejudice meets Crime Fiction and it totally works! The ‘airs and graces’ of P&P with the crime and dark characters often found in thrillers. This book opens with a murder, the violence is never heavy or hardcore and I believe this book could be enjoyed by readers of many genres.
It’s evident in this book that Bryant knows how to write Romance, being the author of several Historical Romance series, this didn’t come as a surprise. Based on the blurb of the book, I knew romance would heavily feature, (despite it being catgeorised as Women’s Fiction, Historical Fiction), I was worried the romance, to be specific, the erotica, would overshadow the story and take away from my enjoyment. It was a needless worry, the erotic scenes were weaved into the story without taking over; it wasn’t the focal point, was it the highlight of the book for me? No, but it was never over-written, never too heavy or too detailed.
This book is my guilty pleasure, almost like based on my usual reading preferences, I shouldn’t like it but I did and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
*Thank you to the author (Anabelle Bryant) and publisher (HQ Digital) for granting me access to a digital copy of this book via Netgalley*
This book is available to pre-order from: Amazon UK (release date: 11/01/17)