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The Lady Hellion by Joanna Shupe
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The Lady Hellion

by Joanna Shupe

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Series: Wicked Deceptions (May 2015 - Book 3)

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The first one I read of this series about Sofia and the viscount who had been shot and is now afraid to leave the house. She's always in trouble and it's a cute story. ( )
  afarrington | Dec 15, 2016 |
4 stars / 3 flames.

[a:Joanna Shupe|8312675|Joanna Shupe|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1403049210p2/8312675.jpg] is a talented new historical romance author, and I have really enjoyed this series of steamy romances set in the Georgian era of British history. This book follows Lady Sophia and Viscount Quint, who we met in [b:The Courtesan Duchess|23450109|The Courtesan Duchess|Joanna Shupe|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1414763069s/23450109.jpg|41941081] and [b:The Harlot Countess|23450110|The Harlot Countess|Joanna Shupe|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1414763091s/23450110.jpg|42243151].

Lady Sophia, at age 27, considers herself an unmarriageable spinster after she was duped by a rake during her first debut. Feeling oppressed by the limitations on women in society, Sophie decides to dress as a man in order to investigate matters for women whom society snubs. Her investigations take her through brothels, gaming hells, the docks, and other unsavory parts of the ton. Because Sophie is a good sleuth, she comes to the notice of some very dangerous people while she is investigating a serial killer of the Jack the Ripper variety. Sophia was a likable heroine, not of the dishwater miss variety that are somewhat common in historicals. Sophie flaunts convention to do what she believes is right, which is an admirable trait, but that leads her into danger more often than not. When she gets in over her head, she decides to approach Quint, whom she has admired for many years.

Damien, Viscount Quint, after suffering a gunshot injury in [b:The Harlot Countess|23450110|The Harlot Countess|Joanna Shupe|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1414763091s/23450110.jpg|42243151], becomes an agoraphobic prone to panic attacks and bouts of terror. Despite the tender feelings he has always held for Sophie, he does not need her meddling in his life while he is hiding such a huge secret. Luckily Sophia won't take no for an answer and forces her way into Quint's life. I really liked Quint, who is somewhat of a nerdy beefcake. Instead of cursing, Quint exclaims chemical elements when excited/angry - Sweet cadmium! His nerdish tendencies were endearing and unique for the genre.

This story and romance was paced well, there was no insta-love (yay!) but a sweetly unfolding relationship as Quint helped Sophie and vice versa. Speaking of the relationship, there was some very steamy sexytime in this book. But, if you have read the rest of the series, you know that Ms. Shupe is not afraid to steam up the pages. Characters from earlier books take a back seat in this installment, as the focus is on finding a serial killer and forcing Quint over his fear of going insane. If you are looking for a heated historical, this series is a must read.

I received and advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  Bambi_Unbridled | Mar 19, 2016 |
Piquant romantic read!

This has it all!
Intrigue, spying, murdered young women from brothels, tormented Dukes, feisty women and scorching romance!
I really enjoyed the story line; the determination of Lady Sophie; the struggle for Damien Beecham, Viscount Quint, to understand that he was entitled to happiness. His gritted determination to not let himself even feel, let alone love, because he couldn't bear to punish the woman he loved, and to have her saddled to man with a mind that was losing its reason.
I applauded Sophie for her spirited commitment to change, to love and life and mostly to Quint.
An excellent read!

A NetGalley ARC ( )
  eyes.2c | May 28, 2015 |
The last book in the series and Sophie is the most forward, outgoing heroine of them all. She is often dressed in disguise as a man to capture criminals, when young prostitutes start turning up dead with a hand mutilated, Sophie is on the case, but she needs someone to show her how to use a gun......she asks Lord Quint.
Quint has been having problems of his own, he's been worried about his health and sanity, he has become a bit of recluse, but he agrees to help her as he is a friend and want's to make sure that Sophie is safe.

This was a great end to the series. There's intrigue and adventure in the story that keep the reader entertained and of cause there's a wonderful romance as Quint and Sophie heat the pages.
I've thoroughly enjoyed this series and will be looking for more work by Ms. Shupe, and will highly recommend it. 5/5 ( )
  JulieD2 | Apr 17, 2015 |
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February 1820

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