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Ingenue by Jillian Larkin
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When last we left Lorraine in "Vixen," she had drunkenly outed her best friend Clara. Now working for the mob in N.Y., she has plans to betray Gloria and her boyfriend Jerome to the mob. Meanwhile, Gloria and Jerome managed to escape Chicago after Gloria killed mob man Carlito's hit man Tony. Despite his being black, Gloria has defied all the rules of society by loving him, and she's not giving in to them now. Starving and needing to work, they unknowingly accept jobs as a singer and piano player in Carlito's own speakeasy. Vera, Jerome's sister, feels guilty for setting up Gloria and her brother to Carlito and his men and is now in N.Y. to warn them of Carlito's plans to kill them. Meanwhile, Clara's life as a flapper was supposed to be over as she was ready to settle down with Marcus, the love of her life. Then she meets Parker, and writing for his magazine tears her and Marcus apart. Larkin has woven together another exciting story set in 1920's N.Y. when Flappers, Prohibition and Gangsters ruled the world. ( )
  ShouldIReadIt | Sep 26, 2014 |
Wow! Just as good as the first one! Can't wait to get my hands on the third! ( )
  Steph1203 | Mar 14, 2014 |
I enjoy these books so much! Fun & dishy!! ( )
  MargaretArmour | Dec 28, 2013 |
I enjoy these books so much! Fun & dishy!! ( )
  margaret.armour | Jul 15, 2013 |
Okay, so I enjoyed Ingenue a smidge more than the first book, mostly because the plot was faster-paced and more exciting. Other than that, though, I found the book mediocre for all the same reasons as I thought that about Vixen. Clara had more personality, but I thought Lorraine was a very poorly-written villainess: easily distracted, still needlessly caught up in the whole jealousy/hatred thing, and not really terribly intelligent despite how her character is supposed to be smart. The plot was, again, choppy and at times inconsistent. I was utterly baffled by some of the characters' decisions that seemed to not take into account the immediacy of acting to stop problems or how they would affect relationships. But of course, the book ends with another lead into a sequel that makes readers want to continue with the series. ( )
  SusieBookworm | Jun 18, 2012 |
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Power . . . love . . . scandal . . .
There’s never enough to go around.
In the city that never sleeps, Lorraine Dyer is wide awake. Ever since she exposed Clara Knowles for the tramp she was—and lost her closest confidante in the process—Lorraine has spent every second scheming to make her selfish, lovesick ex–best friend pay for what she did. No one crosses Lorraine. Not even Gloria.
True love conquers everything—or so Gloria Carmody crazily believed. She and Jerome Johnson can barely scrape together cash for their rent, let alone have a moment to whisper sweet nothings in the dark. And if they thought escaping Chicago meant they’d get away with murder . . . they were dead wrong.
Clara was sure that once handsome, charming Marcus Eastman discovered her shameful secret, he’d drop her like a bad habit. Instead, he swept her off her feet and whisked her away to New York. Being with Marcus is a breath of fresh air—and a chance for Clara to leave her wild flapper ways firmly in the past. Except the dazzling parties and bright lights won’t stop whispering her name. . . .

INGENUE is the second novel in the sexy, dangerous, and ridiculously romantic Flappers series set in the Roaring Twenties . . . where revenge is a dish best served cold.

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Unaware that a hired killer has followed them from Chicago, three eighteen-year-old flappers relocate to separate sections of New York City where their lives still revolve around speakeasies and rich boyfriends.

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