#Review: Into The Hall Of Vice by Anabelle Bryant @AnabelleBryant @HQDigitalUK

Description

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?

Review

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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TitleInto The Hall Of Vice
SeriesBastards 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
Pages: 220
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#BlogTour: The Den of Iniquity by Anabelle Bryant @AnabelleBryant @HQDigitalUK @NeverlandBT

Welcome to The Den of Iniquity blog tour, written by Anabelle Bryant and published by HQ Digital. Today I have a review for you to check out so be sure to keep reading!

Description

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.

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Blog Tour: Guest Post: The Plague Charmer by Karen Maitland

Welcome to my stop on the The Plague Charmer Blog Tour written by Karen Maitland. I’m so pleased to be taking part in such a suitably chilling blog tour for Halloween, which as many of you know is by far my favourite day of the year, not least because I got married with a halloween knees up on the day itself! I hope you enjoy this fantastic guest post from Karen Maitland, and be sure to check out the The Plague Symptom Checker aswell…and be sure not to sneeze!

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The Plague Charmer, by Karen Maitland, Queen of the Dark Ages and bestselling author of Company of Liars, will chill and delight fans of C.J. Sansom and Kate Mosse’s Citadel in equal measure.

Riddle me this: I have a price, but it cannot be paid in gold or silver.

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Blog Tour: Review: We’ve Come To Take You Home by Susan Gandar

Welcome to my stop on the We’ve Come To Take You Home Blog Tour, written by Susan Gandar and hosted by Neverland Blog Tours. I’m very pleased to be taking part and hope you enjoy my review. There is also a Giveaway for a signed copy of the book at the end of the post.

Description:
Samantha Foster and Jessica Brown are destined to meet. One lives in the twentieth century, the other in the twenty-first century

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Review: Florence Grace by Tracy Rees

Quercus SummerI’m so pleased to be taking part in the Quercus Blogger Book Club this summer. Florence Grace was my second book for the summer and has continued the summer of fantastic reads!

Description:
Florrie Buckley is an orphan, living on the wind-blasted moors of Cornwall. It’s a hard existence but Florrie is content; she runs wild in the mysterious landscape.

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Review: After Alice by Gregory Maguire

Description:
After Alice by Gregory Maguire, the bestselling author of WICKED, is a wonderful retelling of what happened next after Alice disappeared down the rabbit hole. An entertaining spin on Lewis Caroll’s classic tale of Alice in Wonderland, this novel will delight fans of Angela Carter.

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Blog Tour: Guest Post: The Trouble with Seduction by Victoria Hanlen

Welcome to BrizzleLass Books for today’s stop on The Trouble with Seduction Blog Tour organised by Neverland Blog Tours. There is a guest post from Victoria Hanlen below, I hope you enjoy it and pick up the book for yourself. Oh and of course, enter the Giveaway at the end of the post, there’s a £15 Amazon Voucher up for grabs!

Description:
Sarah, Lady Strathford is ready for a little harmless frivolity with a man of her own age and her own appetites…surely that’s not too much to ask! After the death of her beloved husband years before Sarah is ready for an adventure… Enter the dashing, roguish – and baffling – Mr. Cornelius Ravenhill.

Ravenhill, however, is not the gentleman he seems, and soon Sarah finds herself battling against the corrupt and harsh world around her as it threatens to destroy all she holds dear. The question is, will her seduction at the hands of Mr. Ravenhill prove to be her saviour or her downfall?

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Why I Love Writing Historical Fiction by Victoria Hanlen

I love writing historical fiction because I enjoy escaping into the past.

For me, sinking into a good historical is like visiting another world, an alternate reality as rich and tasty as the first spoonful of chocolate mousse.

I like creating a story that takes me out of the humdrum, day-to-day, same-old, same-old to a place and time where gallantry, courtesy and decorum ruled.

Who doesn’t love a witty rake or clever rogue or the romance of being swept up onto a horse and carried away by a handsome prince? And who doesn’t want to experience the perfect fantasy—love’s first kiss and hearts blossoming with forbidden desire?

In the past, society’s rules were harsher, more clearly defined. Rejecting them risked ruin, even death. But in the world of a historical romance the story will always end well—there will always be a happily ever after.

Another reason I likr writing historical fiction is the language. The words are often slightly antiquated with an almost poetic music and cadence. Their complexity is a clear signal that we’ve left the 21st century for the days of yore.

I find it thrilling when my characters come alive. When I feel what they feel—like the sensation of being whisked off to a ball in a golden carriage, wearing the most beautiful gown and shoes imaginable…a one of a kind gown and shoes no one else is wearing. (Yeah. It’s happened to me.)

And how about the clothes? In the mid-eighteen hundreds, (the time in which I write) a girl could be a girl. Women wore lovely gowns with intricate workmanship, tailoring, ribbons and furbelows, petticoats and corsets. Advances in dyes created a larger color spectrum for materials and textiles. The sewing machine made it possible for more than the wealthy to own comely gowns. Men sported livelier gear with fancy waistcoats and colorful trousers. Formal wear included black tailcoats with white shirts, cravats and waistcoats. Bonnets could be as frilly as the woman dared while the men usually wore a top hat.

Some might find the research daunting. I’ve always enjoyed it, as well as reading history books and biographies. It’s fun to explore historical sites where I might place my characters. There’s always something new to learn, and it helps me discover the finer details.

All in all, a good day for me is writing a great scene rooted in the past that urges me to work a little longer to find out what happens next.

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The Trouble with Seduction - Author ImageAbout Victoria Hanlen:
Award winning, historical romance author, VICTORIA HANLEN, has worked at a wide range of jobs, from fashion, to corporate business, to treading the boards of stage and professional opera. A lifelong writer, she once put her skills to use in PR and advertising. But her favorite form of writing is stories with happily-ever-afters.

Additionally, she likes to bake (especially pies), paint (especially barns with cows), and take photographs (especially of sunsets and critters) Victoria and her husband live in rural New England surrounded by a host of wildlife.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Giveaway:
Head to Rafflecopter and enter to win a £15 Amazon Giftcard (This is a tour wide giveaway)

Title: The Trouble with Seduction
Series: N/A
Author: Victoria Hanlen
Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Carina UK
Publication Date: 25 April 2016
Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: TBD
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