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The society of daring women known as the Maidens of Mayhem dedicate 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 The society of daring women known as the Maidens of Mayhem dedicate 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 an 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.


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The society of daring women known as the Maidens of Mayhem dedicate 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 The society of daring women known as the Maidens of Mayhem dedicate 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 an 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.

30 review for The Lady Loves Danger

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    The Lady Loves Danger follows Lady Delilah Ashbrook, a woman trying to find a young boy who was kidnapped while in her care. When Delilah crosses paths with Sebastian St. Allen, an agent for the crown, they team up and work together to find the missing boy. Suspecting the boy was abducted to be sold, Delilah unfolds an child trafficking operation that is bigger and more sinister than she imagined. Sebastian dedicates his life to helping people in dangerous and precarious situations, so when Delil The Lady Loves Danger follows Lady Delilah Ashbrook, a woman trying to find a young boy who was kidnapped while in her care. When Delilah crosses paths with Sebastian St. Allen, an agent for the crown, they team up and work together to find the missing boy. Suspecting the boy was abducted to be sold, Delilah unfolds an child trafficking operation that is bigger and more sinister than she imagined. Sebastian dedicates his life to helping people in dangerous and precarious situations, so when Delilah tells him of her maid’s missing son, Sebastian readily offers his assistance. As the two become entrenched in the mystery, they must face their ever-growing feelings for each other. Delilah and Sebastian are well-developed characters, and their opposites-attract romance is filled with witty banter and sexual tension. Both are selfless and brave, and they make a really good team. Their romantic relationship builds gradually as they work together, yet their connection is strong from their first meeting. I love that Sebastian doesn’t dissuade Delilah from doing what she wants. Instead, he encourages her and even teaches her self-defense, which is one of my favorite scenes in the book. They definitely bring out the best in each other, and their romance is the highlight of the story. The Maidens of Mayhem are a secret society of women who protect those in need and fight injustice. They are fierce, intelligent, and skilled women, and their actions are similar to Sebastian’s. They all have similar goals in righting the wrongs of those less fortunate. The story just touches on the surface of this intriguing group, and I wish there were more of them in the story. I thought they would have more of a role in exposing and capturing the child traffickers. Hopefully, their skills and actions will be highlighted more in the next book. An intriguing story with action, adventure, mystery, and romance, The Lady Loves Danger is a fun addition to the series. I do wish some of the characters were fleshed out a bit more, especially The Maidens of Mayhem, but overall I enjoyed the book. Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me with a copy of the book. All thoughts are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Niki (mustreadalltheromance)

    Lady Delilah Ashbrook has been devoting her time and resources to finding Oliver, the son of her lady’s maid and friend, who disappeared while in her care. Afraid he’ll be sold, Delilah accepts the help of the Maidens of Mayhem when they approach her to offer their aid. Her efforts also bring her into contact with Sebastian St. Allen, a mysterious man who’s also trying to locate missing and stolen children. Given his access to many more resources than Delilah has, she accepts his help but not hi Lady Delilah Ashbrook has been devoting her time and resources to finding Oliver, the son of her lady’s maid and friend, who disappeared while in her care. Afraid he’ll be sold, Delilah accepts the help of the Maidens of Mayhem when they approach her to offer their aid. Her efforts also bring her into contact with Sebastian St. Allen, a mysterious man who’s also trying to locate missing and stolen children. Given his access to many more resources than Delilah has, she accepts his help but not his attempts to keep her on the sidelines of the search. Sebastian's attempts to help the children of the street are personal for him and he uses his experience to seamlessly navigate London’s seediest streets and grandest ballrooms. Having always eschewed personal relationships, he finds himself unprepared for his own reaction to Delilah. Her headstrong independence infuriates him as much as it attracts him, and he can’t help but want to be closer to her. As they work together to get to the bottom of things, it becomes clear to both of them that they’ve come to need each other as well. I wanted to love this book, especially since I really enjoy some mystery and suspense in my romance, but sadly this one just didn’t work for me, for several reasons. Mostly, I found Delilah to be absolutely infuriating. She did and said a lot of things in the name of being an independent woman that were just nonsensical. She was annoyed at having to accept help from a man when she should’ve just been grateful to have help at all, especially after she ruined his investigation. She’d also already been turned away by Bow Street and hadn’t even yet met the Maidens, so I would’ve expected her to just be happy to take any help she could get. Delilah also gets very repetitive in her arguments that Sebastian is trying to protect her and is thereby excluding her. She realizes how vulnerable she really is and how much she needs to learn, and yet she somehow still thinks she can help the Maidens of Mayhem. She has all these inner monologues about her self-reliance and such, but I never actually saw any examples of her being self-reliant without getting into some sort of trouble or life-threatening situation. Delilah talks a good game about how bold she is and while that was true, she often confused boldness for simple foolhardiness. She’s prepared to fight but since she’s an aristocratic lady with no training, I could never figure out how this was supposed to work. It was almost as if she was meant to have some sort of training in her backstory and that just got left out. This is a bit of an unrelated quibble, but I was also quite confused about Delilah’s backstory. She says she’s only gentry, but for her to be styled as Lady Delilah (not Lady Ashbrook as she’s often referred to in the ARC and which will hopefully be corrected), she has to be at least the daughter of an earl. Along these lines, I also wanted more information on how the maid has a son who’s such an accepted part of the household. Oliver’s father or how he came to be are never mentioned. I was also very confused about how we have an aristocratic household with only a cook, a maid, the aunt, Delilah, and the maid’s son. It just didn’t quite all add up. It might’ve made slightly more sense if the maid was a companion instead but even then, I’d still be scratching my head about how all these genteel ladies are living alone without even a footman. These little complaints aside, Delilah was just a puzzle to me in general. We’re told all these things about her character and convictions, but not much backs it up. When she’s threatened, she doesn’t tell Sebastian the most pertinent facts about the intruder, despite her supposed intelligence and even though Sebastian has done so much to help her, but she tells the Maidens despite that they have accomplished nothing demonstrable. This definitely hurt the romance for me, and it already wasn’t very strong. In her activities with the Maidens, Delilah just seems like she’s out for a lark, never taking the risk seriously and mostly just getting in Sebastian’s way and either undoing his investigative work or causing him to come to harm, but somehow, she never sees this as a problem. I also wasn’t a big fan of the attempt to throw in some other woman drama here, especially given that it was resolved like an afterthought, and I was left wondering what the point was and wanting Sebastian to put her in her place more firmly. The same is true of much of the mystery aspects as well now that I think of it. The solution becomes fairly obvious fairly quickly, but I was still left feeling like some things were unresolved and given that the case was the basis for nearly every conversation between Sebastian and Delilah, their feeble romance suffered. The connection between Sebastian and Delilah didn’t really grab me and he mostly seemed like just another lark to her, a bit of rough and something different from the few lords she’d met in her short time in London. She often jumps to conclusions and doesn’t display the intelligence she’s purported to have. Delilah is often so fixated on not being dependent on a man or ceding her perceived control that she habitually makes poor decisions, disregards safety, and the classic, jumps to conclusions about her man’s behavior around other women. This last is slightly understandable given the lack of depth in the conversations between herself and Sebastian, but I’m still not a fan of this plot device in place of mature communication, which we never really got. Mostly, she just proclaims about how capable she is but none of her actions back that up. If anything, she shows Sebastian time and time again that she needs to be rescued and/or can’t help herself, and her expectations of her own capabilities aren’t remotely realistic. She’s only just moved to a new city, much larger than any she’s dealt with before, and yet we’re supposed to believe that she can navigate even its worst areas with no problems, and I just didn’t buy that. She comes off as a spoiled young aristocrat engaging in a rebellion, rather than actually accomplishing anything and I don’t think that was the intention. Even in the end when the mystery was solved and the danger had passed, I still never saw much in the way of romance or a connection between Delilah and Sebastian. Instead, they were just rather flat and there was a lot of telling here but not much in the way of showing. Sebastian mentioned his hesitancy to connect with anyone on a deeper level, but he felt differently about Delilah, which was great, but I wanted to know why. I wanted to see the emotion and why he felt that way and it was never really demonstrated very well. I’ve read and loved this author’s writing previously, but this book just didn’t fit that mold for me and had too many things that annoyed me enough to pull me out of the story. I may continue the Maidens series, but I’m not sure as of now. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog link: https://mustreadalltheromance.blogspo...

  3. 5 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Enthralling start had me hooked! Pleasing characters made this an equally pleasing read. Although I felt the end was a trifle rushed, as was the romance. Still two hearts were electrified, two noses discerned the fetching aromas surrounding their equally as interesting counterparts. A few small details that I wondered about, including, did I miss something? Has Sebastian St. Allen, a peer’s by blow, product of the streets like the Seven Dials neighborhood, become a peer whilst my eyes were closed Enthralling start had me hooked! Pleasing characters made this an equally pleasing read. Although I felt the end was a trifle rushed, as was the romance. Still two hearts were electrified, two noses discerned the fetching aromas surrounding their equally as interesting counterparts. A few small details that I wondered about, including, did I miss something? Has Sebastian St. Allen, a peer’s by blow, product of the streets like the Seven Dials neighborhood, become a peer whilst my eyes were closed? The ending brings that question up for me. Although to be fair Sebastian always says he’s just St. Allen, never Mister! Hmm! Anyway we have stolen children, stolen dogs and some very nasty happenings. St. Allen meets his match in the aforementioned surrounds when Lady Delilah Ashbrook investigates the disappearance of her maid’s son, for which she holds herself responsible. An adventurous woman, in more ways than one, sizzling even, who ends up being befriended by the Maispdens. I was sorely disappointed in our heroine when she yelled at exactly the wrong moment. Hours of patient waiting destroyed by an uncontrollable call. This impulsive action at the penultimate moment just didn’t add up with her character, but it did act as a lever for what followed. And throughout her auntaccuses her of being impulsive, but really that incident was just plain out of sync. St Allen is an agent for the Crown along with a couple of other interesting fellows and the diabolical Eva, who manages to throw a spanner or two into the works. Of course all is resolved, although there’s a few loose ends hanging about should one care to notice. A Kensington Books ARC via NetGalley

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hope

    Thank you Netgalley and Kensington Books for this arc. 💚 "good things, like our love shall never come to an end. The years ahead offer us unspoken promise of laughter, passion and joy" Interesting concept However, the execution of the plot wasn't all that great and could've been better. Reading the first half was kinda like chore, I was bored. On the other hand, I actually enjoyed reading the second half for many reasons. Firstly, Delilah grew on me, I started liking her character and foun Thank you Netgalley and Kensington Books for this arc. 💚 "good things, like our love shall never come to an end. The years ahead offer us unspoken promise of laughter, passion and joy" Interesting concept However, the execution of the plot wasn't all that great and could've been better. Reading the first half was kinda like chore, I was bored. On the other hand, I actually enjoyed reading the second half for many reasons. Firstly, Delilah grew on me, I started liking her character and found her unapologetically bold and strong. Secondly, good smut. 🤭 The writing style wasn't the easiest to follow, and was very dull at times. The romance needed alot of work. Alas I spent nice time reading it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy of this for preview; this is my freely given opinion. This is the second of the Maidens of Mayhem series from Anabelle Bryant. This was a likeable story; it had a lot of potential, but I felt that it did not quite reach the full potential. The original three remaining Maidens of Mayhem were involved in the story, but later on, and really more on the sidelines than a core part of the story, and not essential to it. That is a shame, as I was enjoying the supporti Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy of this for preview; this is my freely given opinion. This is the second of the Maidens of Mayhem series from Anabelle Bryant. This was a likeable story; it had a lot of potential, but I felt that it did not quite reach the full potential. The original three remaining Maidens of Mayhem were involved in the story, but later on, and really more on the sidelines than a core part of the story, and not essential to it. That is a shame, as I was enjoying the supportive female friendships, and the strong, independent female themes. This was about Delilah, Lady Ashbrook, an orphaned lady who recently moved to London from Birmingham, to live with her aunt. She had a recent loss to her household which she takes responsibility for - the apparent kidnapping of her maid/friend's son, Oliver, while he was in her care. As such, she goes about on her own to see what she can do to find him. As such, she runs into St. Allen, an agent for the Crown who works to investigate various crimes in London. She comes across as a countrified naif born into Society and privilege. He appears to be a cold professional who scorns the aristocracy - opposites. But he is very attracted to her, and helps her with her endeavours. Through their activities, and her eventual meeting with the Maidens of Mayhem, she learns her own strengths, and explores her boldness and strength, which in turns intrigues him, earns his respect, but fosters his fear for her safety as well, as he realizes how much he cares for her. A rather sweet story about Delilah and St. Allen, but I felt that overall, the story was predictable, with not a lot of depth, and a fair amount of suspension of belief. Delilah, as a lady of the Ton, and a single miss newly from the country, seems pretty free to come and go from the home, and with no sense of danger initially, despite being poorly prepared for the dangers of areas like the Seven Dials as night. The tension between Eve and her seems rather unexplored, and there is no real conclusion to that. The mystery of the diamonds was not really a mystery, and would it not have been easier to just get rid of Oliver, considering the lack of care for children? The relationships related to the Duchess of Grandon seem to not really have any cohesiveness, especially that rather abrupt resolution between her and her nephew. Maybe it was supposed to be an alternative route of suspicion, but it did not really work for me. Also, what was the real conclusion - sure there was an HEA - but then there was the tack on in the end with the Duke and Duchess of Aylesford, from book 1, making a tack on cameo - even though Scarlett was no longer a Maiden of Mayhem (and it was implied she and Delilah never met), and what about Delilah and St. Allen? Does it mean she continues as a Maiden and he as an Agent, and they agree to respect and care for each other as equals, or they both give up their activities understanding that they want neither one in danger? A fair story, but I rather enjoyed the first one more. 2.75 stars out of 5 for me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    The society of daring women known as the Maidens of Mayhem dedicate their lives to protecting London’s most vulnerable citizens from injustice. Lady Delilah Ashbrook is tirelessly searching the streets of London for Oliver her maid’s son 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 The society of daring women known as the Maidens of Mayhem dedicate their lives to protecting London’s most vulnerable citizens from injustice. Lady Delilah Ashbrook is tirelessly searching the streets of London for Oliver her maid’s son 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 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 an independence and sensuality he finds irresistible. This is the second book in the series & I found it to be so much better than the first & I’m glad that I decide to continue with the series. A lovely mix of mystery & romance. I loved both Delilah & Sebastian, they were perfect for each other, the chemistry between them was sizzling, their road to a HEA made for a delightful read which I devoured in a couple of sittings My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read. .

  7. 5 out of 5

    Heather Moll

    This is the second book in the Maidens of Mayhem series and I didn’t read the first. Sebastian St Allen and Delilah Ashbrook cross paths in Seven Dials both trying to interrupt a child selling scheme. He trying to right society’s wrongs and she’s looking for her maid’s missing son. In the first few pages we’re telling not showing, complaining about tight corsets, and jumping point of view in the middle of a scene, so great start. I know this is the second in a series, but it took too long to loo This is the second book in the Maidens of Mayhem series and I didn’t read the first. Sebastian St Allen and Delilah Ashbrook cross paths in Seven Dials both trying to interrupt a child selling scheme. He trying to right society’s wrongs and she’s looking for her maid’s missing son. In the first few pages we’re telling not showing, complaining about tight corsets, and jumping point of view in the middle of a scene, so great start. I know this is the second in a series, but it took too long to loosely tie Delilah to the Maidens of Mayhem. Unfortunately, there was little explanation as to who the Maidens of Mayhem are and what their goals are. In a series, I’d expect some introduction to the group at large. Delilah isn’t even in their group until the end and she doesn’t seem to fit. She doesn’t act like she likes danger at all. This was a slog to finish. The regency era wasn’t set well, there was way too much telling, the characters are one-dimensional, and nothing they said or did made me care about them. Neither the mystery nor the romance captured my attention. And there was no mayhem. I received an arc from NetGalley

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth McFarland

    Sebastian St. Allen is investigating child abductions when he happens upon Delilah Ashbrook. She is desperate to find a boy that has gone missing. Delilah blames herself for the child's abduction and will stop at nothing to locate him. She accepts St. Allen's help and they embark on a perilous investigation. This is the second book in the Maidens of Mayhem series and I enjoyed much of it. The plot was good and I like how the author's writing flows. I did feel that the characters lacked in chemi Sebastian St. Allen is investigating child abductions when he happens upon Delilah Ashbrook. She is desperate to find a boy that has gone missing. Delilah blames herself for the child's abduction and will stop at nothing to locate him. She accepts St. Allen's help and they embark on a perilous investigation. This is the second book in the Maidens of Mayhem series and I enjoyed much of it. The plot was good and I like how the author's writing flows. I did feel that the characters lacked in chemistry however overall it was a good book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    This is an awesome book filled with treachery and love. Delilah and Sebastian make a simply perfect couple. 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 This is an awesome book filled with treachery and love. Delilah and Sebastian make a simply perfect couple. 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 an 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. Annabelle Bryant has written another very good book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley. This in no way affects my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.

  10. 5 out of 5

    ColleenSC (ilikeoldbooks1213)

    Thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read an e-ARC. This book has likable characters and it started off strong with plenty of romantic tension and a suspenseful plot. But it did start to drag about halfway through. The characters seemed to talk openly about some things but not others. And their investigations seemed to get a little muddled and then unrealistically resolved. However, I liked that the couple didn’t get into silly fights and they kept in communication. Del Thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read an e-ARC. This book has likable characters and it started off strong with plenty of romantic tension and a suspenseful plot. But it did start to drag about halfway through. The characters seemed to talk openly about some things but not others. And their investigations seemed to get a little muddled and then unrealistically resolved. However, I liked that the couple didn’t get into silly fights and they kept in communication. Delilah was a foreword thinking woman, and she and Sebastian were an excellent match. There were some great lines about the double standards for men and women, and I loved how Delilah refused to accept those standards. This is an ARC, so things may change before the final copy. But I will say some of the phrasings were awkward, with what I would consider essential conjunctions missing or with word groupings that weren’t natural. The consistency made me think this issue is not an editing error but just how the author writes. This style did distract me and didn’t seem to fit the Regency time period; I don’t remembering noticing style issues in Duchess If You Dare, the first book in this series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Wow! This book was a pleasant surprise. I had read the first book in this series, Duchess If You Dare, and reviewed it with three stars. I saw much potential and promise in the series. I felt that there were some character believability/plot pace issues. I am happy to report that The Lady Loves Danger was everything I expected in an intriguing, eye-catching romance! Both Sebastian and Delilah are solid, vibrant, relatable characters. Sebastian conceals his tragic past and present occupati ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Wow! This book was a pleasant surprise. I had read the first book in this series, Duchess If You Dare, and reviewed it with three stars. I saw much potential and promise in the series. I felt that there were some character believability/plot pace issues. I am happy to report that The Lady Loves Danger was everything I expected in an intriguing, eye-catching romance! Both Sebastian and Delilah are solid, vibrant, relatable characters. Sebastian conceals his tragic past and present occupation yet one kiss from Delilah upturns his entire world. Delilah is new to the bustling, intimidating city. She suffers a traumatic loss and is determined to right the wrong. Delilah’s reserved strength and loving nature endeared her to me, yet it was her fierce determination and bravery that stole every scene. Sebastian and Delilah’s connection was instantaneous. The couple’s attraction was off-the-charts yet still felt warmly romantic. The sweetly sensual scenes are a highlight. The couple’s fragile, burgeoning feelings grow in tandem with their growing respect. Although Sebastian battles with fear, he allows Delilah the freedom to be herself. At times the “I want her, but I am not good enough for her” theme was redundant; however, the couple’s beautiful, passionate journey made up for the angsty moments. The plot had intent and purpose. The secondary characters supported and encouraged the story. There was a mystery that had me guessing at times. There were some loose ends. For example, what happened to Eva? I loved Sebastian’s back story. He was tough and strong yet held this uncertainty of his value when it came to Delilah. Once Delilah’s mind is made up, she goes full throttle for what she wants. I loved that aspect of her character. The Lady Loves Danger is the second book in The Maidens Of Mayhem. This book fulfilled its promises of an exciting, page-turning romance. I am delighted to give this fantastic book a well-earned glowing review. I look forward to the next book in the series. Anabelle Bryant has outdone herself in writing a page-turning, fast-paced, passionate romance. This book promises even more excellence to come! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Amy ~ Love At 1st Read

    Just when I think I’ve read my favorite Anabelle Bryant book, she produces another one that completely takes my breath away and makes me fall in love all over again. This Maidens of Mayhem series is absolutely delightful. Daring young women joining together to fight injustice and discovering so much more along the way. I fell in love with Sebastian and Delilah from the start. Though they were from completely opposite backgrounds, I hoped they’d find their way to each other. Sebastian had learned Just when I think I’ve read my favorite Anabelle Bryant book, she produces another one that completely takes my breath away and makes me fall in love all over again. This Maidens of Mayhem series is absolutely delightful. Daring young women joining together to fight injustice and discovering so much more along the way. I fell in love with Sebastian and Delilah from the start. Though they were from completely opposite backgrounds, I hoped they’d find their way to each other. Sebastian had learned survival in the streets, whereas Delilah was raised a proper societal miss. Brought together by a case involving a stolen boy, pup, and jewels, they vowed to work together but still weren’t trustful of one another yet. I loved Delilah for her courage and her acceptance of others regardless of class. I loved Sebastian for his dedication to helping others and especially because he accepted Delilah’s involvement and didn’t try to dissuade her. Instead, he worked with her. The evolution of their trust and their romance was exquisite. Anabelle Bryant is a master of the slow burn romance. Nothing is rushed. The mysterious case Sebastian and Delilah were involved in slowly developed along with their attraction to and trust in one another. And I have to say I adored every second of the journey! Anabelle Bryant also creates exceptional secondary characters that always leave me anticipating their stories. I can’t wait to see more of these Maidens of Mayhem and I’m hoping to learn more of Sebastian’s co-worker Eva. I’m dying to know what becomes of her. Like every Anabelle Bryant book I’ve read, (and yes, I’ve read them all) this is a beautifully crafted story. Sebastian and Delilah’s story is full of wit, a delightful mystery, and lots of passion. Sebastian’s tutelage of Delilah in the art of self defense left me breathless! If you love passion that’s off the charts and a mystery that keeps you turning the pages, you’ll be thrilled with this story. The epitome of what historical romance is all about. With Anabelle Bryant’s attention to detail, vivid characters, and eloquent prose, you can’t help but lose yourself in this amazing story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    A kidnaped child, a dog and a diamond collar bring together Delilah Ashbrook, Sebastian St. Allen and The Maidens of Mayhem. Delilah ventures into Seven Dials alone. When attacked, she's unable to save herself and is rescued by Sebastian. She needs his help to find the missing child of her maid. Sebastian has ties to Seven Dials. As an intelligence agent in service to the Crown with his associates, it is their job to covertly solve crimes in London. Delilah refuses to be left out of Sebastian's A kidnaped child, a dog and a diamond collar bring together Delilah Ashbrook, Sebastian St. Allen and The Maidens of Mayhem. Delilah ventures into Seven Dials alone. When attacked, she's unable to save herself and is rescued by Sebastian. She needs his help to find the missing child of her maid. Sebastian has ties to Seven Dials. As an intelligence agent in service to the Crown with his associates, it is their job to covertly solve crimes in London. Delilah refuses to be left out of Sebastian's investigation. He admires her strong will, but fears for her safety. If he won't include her, The Maidens of Mayhem will. Sebastian tries to fight his attraction to Delilah. She won't deny it, but where can it lead? Their focus must remain on finding Oliver. What does a kidnaped dog with a diamond collar have to do with Oliver? Pretty straight forward with little surprise on the ending. Of course, it is always nice how things work out for an HEA. Heat level 4 🔥🔥🔥🔥 I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    The Maidens of Mayhem Series focuses on a group of women who work together to help solve various mysteries. This particular novel is called The Lady Loves Danger. This particular novel focuses on Lady Delilah Ashbrook and Sebastian St Allen. They meet in Seven Dials while they both are looking for a young boy. Delilah Ashbrook just moved to London to live with her widowed aunt. She brought a long time retainer with her as well as her young child. Unfortunately, when Delilah was out with him, an The Maidens of Mayhem Series focuses on a group of women who work together to help solve various mysteries. This particular novel is called The Lady Loves Danger. This particular novel focuses on Lady Delilah Ashbrook and Sebastian St Allen. They meet in Seven Dials while they both are looking for a young boy. Delilah Ashbrook just moved to London to live with her widowed aunt. She brought a long time retainer with her as well as her young child. Unfortunately, when Delilah was out with him, an incident occurred and the child was lost. Delilah is frantic and willing to do anything to help find the child. She attracts the attention of the Maidens of Mayhem who offer to help her. She also attracts the attention of Sebastian St Allen, who is not impressed by her daring. Delilah and Sebastian form an attachment for each other, but as always there are obstacles including Oliver being missing, diamonds being missing and Delilah being threatened. The Lady Loves Danger by Annabelle Bryant is a good read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sissy's Romance Book Review

    The Lady Loves Danger by Anabelle Bryant is book Two in The Maidens of Mayhem Series. This is the story of Sebastian St. Allen and Delilah Ashbrook. Delilah is a young lady who has to move in with her aunt because she has no other family. Delilah's maid is her friend who has a young son that she happened to be watching when he was taking. Now Delilah is out to find that little boy so she heads to The Maidens of Mayhem for their help. Delilah ends up meeting Sebastian who has a mystery with him b The Lady Loves Danger by Anabelle Bryant is book Two in The Maidens of Mayhem Series. This is the story of Sebastian St. Allen and Delilah Ashbrook. Delilah is a young lady who has to move in with her aunt because she has no other family. Delilah's maid is her friend who has a young son that she happened to be watching when he was taking. Now Delilah is out to find that little boy so she heads to The Maidens of Mayhem for their help. Delilah ends up meeting Sebastian who has a mystery with him but he offers to help her too. Sebastian boarders on the good part of town and on the bad part of town which leads him to be able to enter both worlds. In addition because of that he is a agent for the Crown and investigates crimes of London. Something about Delilah draws him to her and they set off to find the little boy. Loved their story. I am huge fan of Ms. Bryant, so this was a must read for me.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joann Maggio

    The Lady Loves Danger by Anabelle Bryant ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ As the second book in the Maidens of Mayhem this did not disappoint. Lady Delilah Ashbrook has been searching for her maids son. She was put in charge of the boy only to have him apprehended in a confusing street situation When Sebastian St. Allen comes forward to help her find the boy she accepts his help. Sebastian knows his way around the streets and many of his insights are prove fruitful. As these two work together their attractions for each o The Lady Loves Danger by Anabelle Bryant ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ As the second book in the Maidens of Mayhem this did not disappoint. Lady Delilah Ashbrook has been searching for her maids son. She was put in charge of the boy only to have him apprehended in a confusing street situation When Sebastian St. Allen comes forward to help her find the boy she accepts his help. Sebastian knows his way around the streets and many of his insights are prove fruitful. As these two work together their attractions for each other grows. It is at this point this gifted author shines. She weaves her impeccable narratives. Ms Bryant is a master of romance that makes you want more. This was a delightful book. I look forward to more from the Maidens of Mayhem.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maryellen Webber

    I enjoyed this second book in The Maidens of Mayhem series. The hero, Sebastian and heroine, Delilah join forces to find a missing boy. Delilah seeks the Maidens of Mayhem for further assistance. I loved the tension build up and the mystery of the missing boy. I'm looking forward to Ms Bryant's next book in this series. I received an ARC and my review is freely given. I enjoyed this second book in The Maidens of Mayhem series. The hero, Sebastian and heroine, Delilah join forces to find a missing boy. Delilah seeks the Maidens of Mayhem for further assistance. I loved the tension build up and the mystery of the missing boy. I'm looking forward to Ms Bryant's next book in this series. I received an ARC and my review is freely given.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Delilah’s maid’s son is kidnapped while under her care. She sets out to search for him and enlists the help of the Maidens of Mayhem. She also attracts the attention of agent for the crown Sebastian who feels he must watch out for her. Together they try to solve the mystery. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Kensington Books for my honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    The first book in this series did not hold my interest but I kept with it. Still it was a no-go for me. I went into this book with higher hopes. Unfortunately, I felt the same thing. It was a bit boring. I did not finish the book. I have loved Anabelle’s writing and have read many of her books and I hate that this series is just not the same. I don’t think I will finish the series. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Teneisha (Teesbookjourney)

    Anabelle did it again. I was involved in this storyline right from the beginning. I loved that I was surprised about the route of the story. I enjoyed the mystery when trying to recover Oliver and beyond. I love that I get to see the another side of London ~ the unpleasantness, the horrors that aren't typically in these books. Sebastian comes with a goal and baggage. Delilah has a soft heart and a plan to put things right. They can help each other accomplish their goal. I loved the romance of th Anabelle did it again. I was involved in this storyline right from the beginning. I loved that I was surprised about the route of the story. I enjoyed the mystery when trying to recover Oliver and beyond. I love that I get to see the another side of London ~ the unpleasantness, the horrors that aren't typically in these books. Sebastian comes with a goal and baggage. Delilah has a soft heart and a plan to put things right. They can help each other accomplish their goal. I loved the romance of this story and the mystery behind it all.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cindy von Hentschel

    The Lady Loves Danger is book two in the Maidens of Mayhem series. Anabelle Bryant has brought us another witty, charming, mystery filled love story. In it we meet Sebastian St Allen and Delilah Ashbrook. Delilah is looking for a boy who was kidnapped while he was under her care, Sebastian works for the Crown and after meeting Delilah in the dead of night in dangerous Seven Dials they decide to work together to find the missing boy. What entails is a story filled with mystery, conflict, danger a The Lady Loves Danger is book two in the Maidens of Mayhem series. Anabelle Bryant has brought us another witty, charming, mystery filled love story. In it we meet Sebastian St Allen and Delilah Ashbrook. Delilah is looking for a boy who was kidnapped while he was under her care, Sebastian works for the Crown and after meeting Delilah in the dead of night in dangerous Seven Dials they decide to work together to find the missing boy. What entails is a story filled with mystery, conflict, danger and love. I love Anabelle's characters, her settings and her use of words. She never disappoints. I can't wait to read the other books in this series! I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bridget Jungblut

    Anabelle Bryant is the Queen of Slow Burn Romance. By the time Delilah and Sebastian find their way to each other, I was practically begging them to be together. The Lady Loves Danger is a fun story with several twists and turns. Oliver is a delightful addition; he is the child of Delilah’s best friend and lady’s maid who’s disappearance spurs the story into action. I enjoyed how Delilah came to know the other Maidens of Mayhem and enlist their help in her cause. I liked how Sebastian sees Delil Anabelle Bryant is the Queen of Slow Burn Romance. By the time Delilah and Sebastian find their way to each other, I was practically begging them to be together. The Lady Loves Danger is a fun story with several twists and turns. Oliver is a delightful addition; he is the child of Delilah’s best friend and lady’s maid who’s disappearance spurs the story into action. I enjoyed how Delilah came to know the other Maidens of Mayhem and enlist their help in her cause. I liked how Sebastian sees Delilah for who she is and respects her all the more for her wit and intellect and her propensity for leaping into action regardless of the danger. I’m loving Anabelle’s use of strong heroines within the historical romance genre. I think women have been misrepresented for ages. Mainstream media is finally spotlighting strong women, women who made great contributions to society (oftentimes propping up their great men,) for their true minds and accomplishments. I love that Anabelle writes characters that, despite what traditional romance says “ladies” should be, have spine and smarts and sass, and pants underneath their gowns.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mónica Frías Sánchez

    Anabelle Bryant does it again, once you start the book you will lose yourself in this great story. Filled with lovely and vivid characters, an amazing attention to detail and mystery, this second chapter of The Maidens of Mayhem will take you to a delightful journey. I just love the way Sebastian and Delilah evolve during the story, no matter they came from totally opposite backgrounds they found a way to make things work out and give us a beautiful love story. The way Sebastian teaches Delilah s Anabelle Bryant does it again, once you start the book you will lose yourself in this great story. Filled with lovely and vivid characters, an amazing attention to detail and mystery, this second chapter of The Maidens of Mayhem will take you to a delightful journey. I just love the way Sebastian and Delilah evolve during the story, no matter they came from totally opposite backgrounds they found a way to make things work out and give us a beautiful love story. The way Sebastian teaches Delilah self defense was one of the top moments in the story for me. If you love a story filled with mystery and romance, you will fall in love with this story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Lady Delilah Ashbrook is trying to find a young boy lost on her watch. Sebastian St. Allen works for the crown and those less fortunate. When their paths cross, they must team up to unravel the mystery and avoid danger. But with danger on all sides, can the two find the child and deal with the sizzling chemistry between them? I liked this book (3 stars on my scale is liked - so don't read too much into the stars as everyone rates differently). I particularly liked the spunk and tenacity of Lady D Lady Delilah Ashbrook is trying to find a young boy lost on her watch. Sebastian St. Allen works for the crown and those less fortunate. When their paths cross, they must team up to unravel the mystery and avoid danger. But with danger on all sides, can the two find the child and deal with the sizzling chemistry between them? I liked this book (3 stars on my scale is liked - so don't read too much into the stars as everyone rates differently). I particularly liked the spunk and tenacity of Lady Delilah. She was kind, level-headed, and not willing to back down from a fight. Sebastian was also a great character - I enjoyed his banter with Delilah and their romantic spark. If you're into possessive alpha heros, he is your guy. The other thing I liked was that parts of the story weren't predictable and took you in a different direction. Some of the action I expected towards the end materialized in other places, which was pretty refreshing. It does tackle some very serious topics (child abduction, abuse) so if those are personal triggers, be warned! One interesting element was the character of Eva - I'd be interested to see if she returns in another capacity. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a strong historical romance heroine. Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the advanced e-arc. All opinions my own.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Deborah Cleaves

    What happens when a country lass moves to the city and is beset by dognappers who due to exigencies kidnap a small boy who is in her temporary custody? She learns of the evils concealed in the city and the risks they present to children. She takes her country pluck and some random encounters and sets out to retrieve the child and punish those who abuse them. Along the way, she joins with two vigilante crews to set things right and finds love and acceptance despite stepping outside boundaries est What happens when a country lass moves to the city and is beset by dognappers who due to exigencies kidnap a small boy who is in her temporary custody? She learns of the evils concealed in the city and the risks they present to children. She takes her country pluck and some random encounters and sets out to retrieve the child and punish those who abuse them. Along the way, she joins with two vigilante crews to set things right and finds love and acceptance despite stepping outside boundaries established for ladies like her. A fine addition to Bryant’s Maidens of Mayhem series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elodie’s Reading Corner

    🔪 The Lady Loves Danger 🐾 Maidens of Mayhem Book 2 ✒️Anabelle Bryant https://www.facebook.com/AnabelleBrya... Release Date 05/24/2022 Publisher Zebra Books ➪ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B098KNZWKG/... 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 The society of daring women known as the Maidens of Mayhem dedicate 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 As 🔪 The Lady Loves Danger 🐾 Maidens of Mayhem Book 2 ✒️Anabelle Bryant https://www.facebook.com/AnabelleBrya... Release Date 05/24/2022 Publisher Zebra Books ➪ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B098KNZWKG/... 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗿𝗯 The society of daring women known as the Maidens of Mayhem dedicate 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 an 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 . . . 𝗥𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 I confess I expected to learn more about the Maidens of Mayhem, especially as the first book was short of them. But here, it is the tale of a damsel in distress and a man who acts like the female group is supposed, to save and rescue the abused. They are only a shadow group and not much useful. Delilah does not really acts like a miss raised in this era, I even wonder how nothing has befell on her before her run in the streets of Seven Dial. She is like a pup among wolves. Yet she persists and signs, putting herself on harm way and impeding at every turn the search for the stolen boy. St Allen becomes unwillingly her knight in shining armor from the moment he saves her from a fate she does not seam to realize she might not have walked away alive. After he is a man and she is a pretty thing, he is continually saving from herself, how not be bewitched by a lovely miss ready to endanger herself for the sake of a child. While I found the romance quite cute if making abstraction of the era, I can at best understand how an illegitimate fellow is able to impersonate a peer, but there were risks if he was discovered, but working for the crown absolved him probably. But Delilah is said to be a lady, not being married, it means she would be the daughter of an Earl at least, but who was her father, how can she navigate the city all by herself when she is so new to the town. After her maid, mother of the missing child, I would say very unconventional to employ a single mother at such a post, I suppose she is a widow but there is not even one mention of a father for the kid. Delilah being a lord’s daughter, if she wanted her friend to be close by, she could have hired her as a companion instead of as a maid. Then I do not really know if this was a regency set story, there is one or two time reference to the Prince Regent but the heroine struggled running because of her corset, but during this era women wore Stays, short or long. I had to put the book for some time to let things rest, so if I was rating only the romance part, it would be a 3 stars but below as an historical finition. 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹 onscreen lovemaking scene I have been granted an advance copy by the author, here is my true and unbiased opinion. https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine Caprio

    The Lady Loves Danger by Anabelle Bryant, the second in the Maidens of Mayhem series, gripped me from page one. A distraught, guilt-ridden, but determined heroine out to rescue a young boy encounters our hero also out to rescue young children in a dark and unsavory part of London. Sebastian St. Allen isn’t about to blindly trust Lady Delilah Ashbrook, but he is instantly drawn to her and soon becomes entangled in her plight to rescue her maid’s son who was lost on her watch. St. Allen is an agen The Lady Loves Danger by Anabelle Bryant, the second in the Maidens of Mayhem series, gripped me from page one. A distraught, guilt-ridden, but determined heroine out to rescue a young boy encounters our hero also out to rescue young children in a dark and unsavory part of London. Sebastian St. Allen isn’t about to blindly trust Lady Delilah Ashbrook, but he is instantly drawn to her and soon becomes entangled in her plight to rescue her maid’s son who was lost on her watch. St. Allen is an agent of the crown who also has spent his life protecting people in need particularly children. While St. Allen is willing to help Lady Delilah, he prefers to leave her behind while he does the searching which will put him in harm’s way. Delilah will have none of that and insists that she be an active participant in the search, fully aware of the danger, but driven to make sure that Oliver was safely returned home. To hedge her bets, Lady Delilah begins working with the Maidens of Mayhem and eventually joins their group. St. Allen also works with another agent of the crown, Eva, on another case which turns out to intersect with the disappearance of Oliver. Eva has her sights set on St. Allen and is not pleased with his interactions with Lady Delilah, almost to Delilah’s detriment. I enjoyed Delilah’s moxie and determination. She was not going to be sidelined, she was going to be an integral part of the search and if St. Allen wasn’t going to support that, the Maidens were then going to be a perfect fit. I appreciated St. Allen’s recognizing Delilah’s grit and fortitude. He respected her and included her even when he’d prefer not to. I enjoyed their banter and their interactions particularly when he began teaching her self-defense. I loved that they treated each other with respect and discussed what was going on, no hidden secrets that lingered throughout the book, no twisted misunderstandings. Two adults who found each other through a series of events and even when St. Allen had doubts about their future, it was clear that they had a future. I enjoyed the secondary characters including Delilah’s aunt who gave her great advice on love and happiness outside of society’s strictures. I enjoyed the other agents of the crown and the other Maidens. Having a supporting cast is something I enjoy in a book and this didn’t disappoint. I truly loved Delilah and St. Allen’s story, so much that I’ve read the book twice already. I am looking forward to the next book in the series and highly recommend this story and the Maidens of Mayhem series. Oh, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the steam between Delilah and St. Allen, smoking hot. Great story overall. I received an ARC of The Lady Loves Danger by Anabelle Bryant from NetGalley and voluntarily read the book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    3.5 stars. I wavered a lot while reading this book. I did not realize this was a book 2 when I requested it, and I did not read book 1 before jumping in. I felt I still was able to follow along readily, but I also felt the introduction to the Maidens was very brief. Things The Lady Loves Danger does well: - the yearning fantasizing/rumination: there is a lot of time that Delilah and Sebastian are thinking about kissing/touch each other, even before they get together -Non-alpha hero: rather than 3.5 stars. I wavered a lot while reading this book. I did not realize this was a book 2 when I requested it, and I did not read book 1 before jumping in. I felt I still was able to follow along readily, but I also felt the introduction to the Maidens was very brief. Things The Lady Loves Danger does well: - the yearning fantasizing/rumination: there is a lot of time that Delilah and Sebastian are thinking about kissing/touch each other, even before they get together -Non-alpha hero: rather than saying "that is too dangerous, you can't do that!" Sebastian supports Delilah -No three-quarter breakup!!! Things I felt were less developed: - The characters: Delilah was a nice girl who was determined, and Sebastian was a strong man who had a troubled past. Beyond that - and especially at the beginning of the book - I felt they didn't have defining characters. Most of their thoughts were either consumed with "kidnapping and child abuse is terrible" or "man is s/he HOT", which isn't necessarily a bad thing in romances, but the opening quarter of the novel is so focused on Oliver's kidnapping it seems the main vehicle of the novel is to talk about the deplorable practice of child kidnapping rather than developing the characters. - insta love: Delilah and Sebastian seem to have insta love, which isn't something I really enjoy Things I don't know how I felt about; - her vocabulary was noticeably sophisticated (example: "He was exhausted, wrung out, but sleep evaded him with the same succinct efficiency as the abductors he sought. It was nearly half two, and yet his mind raced with unanswered questions, ugly memories, and the lingering remembrance of Delilah's lush kisses") - I really enjoyed some of it, but at other times I kept thinking about her diction choices and the sophistication there, but the lack of character depth - the villainizing of Eva - the very neat (and by neat I mean almost dues ex machina) resolution of the jewelry theft plot, particularly with the interpersonal relationships among the Duchess Overall, the book has solid spice and is a regency with a lady in trousers. The opening really heavily emphasizes and centers Oliver's kidnapping, but if you're looking for a novel with a not problematic hero who only supports the heroine, this will be a cup of cool water for you. If you're looking for something very character driven, this may not be the book for you. Spice level is solid. Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marsha Keeper Bookshelf

    Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf 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 Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf 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

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tripip

    This is the first read for me by this author and this is book 2 of a series. I love stories with strong, daring female characters which is why I picked this book to. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel the story matched the description. The Maidens of Mayhem seemed to play a prominent part, according to the synopsis, yet they had a minor and, IMHO, incomplete role in the story. Maybe there was more info given in the first book, but I felt that details were lacking such as how did the group form in the b This is the first read for me by this author and this is book 2 of a series. I love stories with strong, daring female characters which is why I picked this book to. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel the story matched the description. The Maidens of Mayhem seemed to play a prominent part, according to the synopsis, yet they had a minor and, IMHO, incomplete role in the story. Maybe there was more info given in the first book, but I felt that details were lacking such as how did the group form in the beginning, who the other maidens were, what was their motivation to be in this club. They secretly meet in a building but who owns the building? One of the maidens? But how did she get to own a building in a time period where women did not own anything or very little? Delilah was described as fearless and intrepid. While I applauded her dedication to finding Oliver, I thought her actions were careless and dangerous. She was a lady of genteel breeding yet goes traipsing off into the stews of London with no backup. Fortunately for her, Sebastian comes to her rescue. I was also disappointed in Sebastian. I would have liked more info on him. While we know his is rags to riches story, we don’t know how it came to be. How did he get his riches? How did he become an agent of the Crown? His peer father, who abandoned Sebastian as a child, was mentioned quite often yet there was no follow up as to his identity or confrontation with Sebastian. I was annoyed with his emotional whiplash regarding Delilah. He would reprimand Delilah for going into dangerous situations then, in the next sentence, will be in awe of her daring. While the story idea was attractive, I did not feel the story lived up to my expectation. I received a free copy from Netgalley. This is my unbiased review.

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