As joint owner of London’s most notorious gambling hall, The Underworld, Cole Hewitt spends his days surrounded by wealth – and looks every inch the debonair.
But, unknown to most, he was born a bastard – and knows better than anyone the fine line between the elite and the slums.
When he falls for the beautiful Lady Gemma Amberson, sister to the Duke of Kent, Cole knows that his past means he will never be considered worthy of her. But Cole has no intention of being cast aside again.
But Cole’s attraction to Gemma hasn’t gone unnoticed – and there are those who wish to thwart his plans, for the darkest of reasons. Cole may be used to getting his own way. But the question is: how far will he go to get it?
When I read The Den of Iniquity, the first book in this series, I didn’t think things could get much better. That was my first foray into the world of Anabelle Bryant and I was super impressed. I’ve made it clear on several occasions that I don’t like how in historical fiction the women are always made whimsical and often subjugated (and not the good kind of subjugation *wink wink*) and this is why I have a tendency to avoid this type of period romance.
However Anabelle Bryant created a world with women who say a big FU to acting how women were supposed to act and had a character who just completely kicked arse and acted like a modern woman in the historical world. So when the opportunity to read Into The Hall of vice, book two in the series came up I wasn’t at all hesitant in giving it a go. What I didn’t expect was for it to be so much better than The Den of Iniquity.
Into The Hall of Vice follows Cole, who is business partners with Max who we met in book one. Cole like Max has a chequered past which he has worked hard to overcome. he has made a fortune and is proud of who he is, being the bastard of some random Lord who left him in the streets to die has just fuelled his desire to be a better person. In addition to running The Underworld, he also helps fund a home for children like him who have nowhere to go. He is an all round good guy.
Gemma is the sister to the Duke of Kent, again we briefly met him in book one as he is an old school friend of Max’s. Gemma like Vivienne is smart, a self-starter, and not willing to conform to the rules of society without first weighing up the odds. She is put in some sticky situations in this book and she pulls through them with wit, dignity and grace. Yet always keeps her head held high and I was often sat cheering her on and applauding her quick thinking.
Despite her privileged upbringing Gemma thinks beyond her own environment, she see’s the way the poor suffer and she wants to help. When she is introduced to Vivienne (of course) she is soon involved with her charity work, and the pair are so perfectly matched as friends.
Gemma and Cole were also so perfectly matched, intellectually they were on a par, being able to hold conversations that were deep and important. There was something magical between this couple and when they weren’t together I was willing a meeting to happen so that I could enjoy more of their conversation.
I literally couldn’t put this down, I was so engrossed by this story and I have no idea where Anabelle can go from here to make it better. Just absolutely outstanding writing and characterisation for a thoroughly enjoyable regency romance.
A huge thanks to Anabelle Bryant and HQ Digital for the eARC of this book in return for my honest review.
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Title: Into The Hall Of Vice
Series: Bastards of London #2
Author: Anabelle Bryant
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit | Historical Fiction | Erotica
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 19 April 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Buy: Amazon UK | SpeedyHen