Friday, March 13, 2015

ARC Review: Lady Vice (Furies #1) by Wendy LaCapra

Title: Lady Vice (Furies #1)
Author: Wendy LaCapra
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Historical Romance - Regency
Length: Novel
Release Date: March 9, 2015
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 4
Sexual - 3

Not every lady plays by the rules…

Lady Lavinia Vaile knows what happens to a woman who puts her faith in society. For her, it was a disastrous marriage to a depraved man—one she threatened to shoot when she left him. Now Lavinia lives outside of society's strict conventions, hosting private gambling parties. It's only when her husband is shot dead that Lavinia finds herself in terrible danger...

A former judge in India's high court, Maximilian Harrison will do anything he can to help Lavinia. In the darkest of times, he held on to thoughts of her and the love they once shared. Now he risks his own position in society―along with his ambitions―in order to clear her name. Yet as desire reignites between them, Lavinia remains caught up in secrets and shame. Her only salvation is to do the unthinkable...and trust in both Maximilian and love.
This is going to be a very interesting series.  I love that it takes a look at historical women who have found a way to take charge of their own circumstances and make a living - even if it is running a gambling yard.  They have found a way to be successful and I love how devoted to each other they are.

Lady Vice is married to an awful man, and when he is found murdered, people blame her.  She needs to bring her allies close quickly to find the true murderer before she finds herself at the hangman.  Enter her ex-love, Max.  Separated by a big of confusion, they have a lot of assumptions about the past they really need to deal with.  They have to learn to trust each other all over again, and that can be a difficult task.

My biggest complaint was that Max wasn't up front about everything from the beginning.  Everytime Lavinia finds out he wasn't forthcoming about something, she backs off and he can't seem to understand why.  The suspense behind this story was fantastic.  It really helped to carry the characters from page to page in a way that threw them back together again to work out their problems.  It was also a nice look into the other two Furies, which I'm sure will have their own book soon.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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