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04.18.2021 DUCHESS IF YOU DARE (The Maidens of Mayhem #1) @RARARESOURCES


Duchess If You Dare

From the glittering ballrooms of the ton to the city's grittiest corners, London has no shortage of wrongs in need of righting--and the Maidens of Mayhem are prepared for the challenge. United by secrecy and sisterhood, these daring women from all walks of life aim to fight injustice wherever it takes them--even into the arms of unexpected love. This feminist take on Regency-era Robin Hoods from USA Today bestselling author Anabelle Bryant is destined to storm readers' hearts!

Scarlett Wynn's tragic childhood taught her that life can be cruel to women with little power. So when a local seamstress disappears, Scarlett vows to find out why. Armed with a weapon and her courage, Scarlett scours London for clues--and crosses the unlikely path of Ambrose Cross, the Duke of Aylesford, at an unlikely place: an upscale brothel. The Duke is trying to solve a mystery of his own, and Scarlett is sure they can help each other--if she can resist the attraction that draws them together...

As Duke of Aylesford, Ambrose is duty-bound to protect his family name from scandal no matter the cost. But Scarlett's fearless spirit forces him to look beyond his world of privilege. Scarlett is as intoxicating as she is dangerous, igniting a fire in him like no other. When the pair learn both mysteries they're trying to solve are tied to a string of missing women, the tangled scheme they uncover may put their lives, and their growing love, in mortal danger--and lead them to search their hearts like never before...

"A delightful historical romance with a liberal dash of adventure, plenty of sizzling heat, and a heart of pure gold. A superb start to Bryant's new Maidens of Mayhem series"

--Lenora Bell, USA Today bestselling author

"Duchess if You Dare is a fantastic read that kept me up late and has me anxiously awaiting the next book in the series."

--USA Today Bestselling Author Renee Ann Miller


Duchess If You Dare is a well -written historical fiction romance and mystery with a head strong and courageous heroine, Scarlett the Maiden of Mayhem, who was investigating the disappearance of an acquaintance. The mystery leads to a brothel where she runs into Ambrose, who was also investigating the disappearance to protect his family's reputation after his brother's shenanigans and indiscretions. I found that the mystery and the build up a slow burn that lead to a romance neither expected. 

I found the read to be exciting and I was invested in the characters as well as seeing how the other lives lived who are not a part of the ton. I thought that part of how the horrific conditions of women and those who are not part of the society lived were  very well researched. 

I thought the pacing though slow build, was great and I did enjoy this read. I had been looking to reading more Regency era books in both romance and mystery, and this definitely delivered for me. I look forward to the next book in the series, and learning more about the backgrounds of the characters. 

Anabelle Bryant did a phenomenal job in this first book in the series that left me wanting more - more mystery, more sleuthing, more romance, and definitely more mayhem!

Historical Fiction readers, do not miss this one.

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USA Today Bestselling author Anabelle Bryant began reading at age three and never stopped. Her passion for reading soon turned into a passion for writing and an author was born. Happy to grab her suitcase if it ensures a new adventure, Anabelle finds endless inspiration in travel; especially imaginary jaunts into romantic Regency England, a far cry from her home in New Jersey. Instead, her clever characters live out her daydreams because really, who wouldn't want to dance with a handsome duke or kiss a wicked earl?

Anabelle's books have been translated into several languages including Japanese and Russian, but writing isn't all that keeps her busy. Building miniatures, baking and photography are other favorite pastimes. Often found with her nose in a book, Anabelle is just as happy in a room full of people. She enjoys meeting readers, attending conferences and book signings. She has earned her Master's Degree and is ABD for her Doctorate Degree in education.

A firm believer in romance, Anabelle knows sometimes life doesn't provide a happily ever after, but her novels always do. Visit her website at

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