Angel in Scarlet: A Bound and Determined Novel

Angel in Scarlet: A Bound and Determined Novel

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by Lavinia Kent
     
 
From the author of Mastering the Marquess comes another blazingly provocative Regency romance! Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but in this clash of wills, lust is a feast for the senses.
 
After her dreams of wedding bells are dashed by a man she thought had serious intentions, Miss Angela Ripon must be satisfied. She plans to

Overview

From the author of Mastering the Marquess comes another blazingly provocative Regency romance! Revenge may be a dish best served cold, but in this clash of wills, lust is a feast for the senses.
 
After her dreams of wedding bells are dashed by a man she thought had serious intentions, Miss Angela Ripon must be satisfied. She plans to make him burn for her, and then to reject him as he rejected her. There’s only one woman who can teach Angela that sort of seduction: Madame Rouge—or Ruby, to the men who frequent her house of pleasure. The infamous madam agrees to help, but only after warning Angela that her target has very specific tastes. To trap her prey, she must shed every last inhibition.
 
Matthew Harkness, Earl of Colton, doesn’t mean to hurt the young admirers who flock to him. He simply isn’t interested in women who are too timid for his dark desires. He judged Angela to be like the others—tender, sweet, and innocent. So how to explain the change that has come over her? Matthew aches to teach Angela all he knows of earthly pleasures. But even as she offers the control he craves, perhaps this angelic beauty has a lesson or two to teach him.
 
Angel in Scarlet is intended for mature audiences. This ebook includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.
 
Praise for Lavinia Kent’s Bound and Determined series
 
“[A] tale of sexual exploration and liberation . . . the hottest historical romance story I’ve ever read.”Heroes and Heartbreakers, on Mastering the Marquess
 
“Sexy, steamy . . . an entertaining read.”Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews, on Mastering the Marquess
 
“A refined, sophisticated and tasteful historical romance . . . The mood is very seductive but still playful, and the sex scenes are scorching hot. . . . Revealing Ruby is superbly written, moves along quickly; it’s a very enjoyable read.”Fresh Fiction, on Revealing Ruby
 
“Ruby and Derek’s chemistry is just as explosive during their unbridled trysts as with their slow, ardent lovemaking.”Library Journal, on Ravishing Ruby

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
07/01/2016
In this newest "Bound and Determined" installment (after Ravishing Ruby), a bitter Angela Ripon seeks the assistance of Madame Rouge in gaining vengeance against Lord Colton, the suitor with whom she had an intense courtship that dissolved when Angela spied him in flagrante with an actress. Oblivious to the cause of these dimmed affections, Lord Colton finds his hopes dashed when the enticing woman he courted appears to vanish, leaving a vapid, disinterested waif in her place. Now Angela returns, claiming to seek nothing more than his lust and his command. Colton and Angela embark on a game in which both and neither have the lead, as Angela coaxes Colton in his desire and Colton retaliates by testing Angela's sexual limits. As the pair reignite the spark of their former romance, a close encounter threatens to expose their secret rendezvous. While the back-and-forth regarding the pair's "game" and its emotional consequences might be tedious for those looking for a novel with less talk and more action, Angela and Colton's eventual erotic trysts are well worth the wait. VERDICT Though less overtly graphic than its predecessors (including Mastering the Marquess and Bound by Bliss), Angel in Scarlet and its naughty nature will not disappoint fans of Kent's raucous Regency tales.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399593864
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/2016
Series:
Bound and Determined , #4
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
302
Sales rank:
119
File size:
822 KB

Meet the Author

Lavinia Kent is a former two-term president of the Washington Romance Writers and a four-time Romance Writers of America Golden Heart nominee. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her family and an ever-changing menagerie of pets.

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Angel in Scarlet: A Bound and Determined Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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KimP65 6 months ago
I absolutely love this series. I didn't realize it at first but all of this series really does revolve around Madame Rouge. She's like the overseer that guides all these couples towards their Happily Ever After. In this installment of the series we meet Angela & Matthew. There were so close to finding happiness a few years prior but it eluded them on a bed of fear. Now there doesn't seem to be a way to get back to what they had and it's as though neither of them want that but then if that were true they would have moved on way before now. The characters in this story are absolutely brilliant. They are vibrant, well-rounded and whole. The story flows with fantastic, beautiful settings laid out in exciting prose that makes you want more and more while being totally satisfied with what you have. I can't wait to see what Madame Rouge will get up to next!
AFOX0 7 months ago
Wickedly Good Angel In Scarlet is a lovely addition to the Bound and Determined Series. It’s a captivating read that had me rooting for the heroine, Angela Ripon. As a young lady of the ton, her only aspiration is to land a husband. It’s a wonder that one so innocent might know the true nature of men, let alone grasp the knowledge of the darker desires of certain gentlemen. And that certain gentleman is Matthew Harkness, Earl of Colton. The story opens with Angela desperately seeking help from Madame Ruby, an owner of a brothel, about the Earl of Colton because she wants revenge for her humiliation. She thought his serious interest would lead to a marriage proposal, but he, instead, rejected her by calling off his pursuit. Armed with the knowledge of Matthew’s particular sexual tastes, and Ruby’s sensual tips, Angela has a plan of seduction for Matthew whereby heightening sexual desire and lust, thus he’ll be unable to resist her. Hopefully, enough to drive him to the point of wanting to marry her. Then, vengeance and justice will be served as she publicly squashes his hopes and desires. Matthew Harkness has particular sexual tastes. And with Angela he sees interest, passion, and an adventurous streak, and she might be the right wife to handle his darker desires. But when weeks go by where she displays vapid interest in their encounters, he calls it off. An assumption and misunderstanding stands in the way of truly revealing the reason for the rift between these two until the end, and so the reader is thrust into this intricate plotline of two people playing a game of dare. Angela sheds her inhibitions to show Matthew that she is the woman he needs for the purpose of entrapping him, but discovers a true sexual awakening with Matthew. Matthew, too, is overwhelmed by her gift of obedience and submission. Ms Kent balances this strangely beautiful, erotic romance with titillating, sensual scenes, emotionally connected characters, and story. I loved that Matthew and Angela learned to share their thoughts and desires, understanding and growing closer together. Very nicely done, Ms. Kent. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Marichus-Real 7 months ago
I was given a gifted copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The first time they met, Colton saw something in Angela that was different from the rest of the women he knew. After a while that something disappeared, and Colton decided to end the relationship. Angela got angry and decided to get a revenge. Will she be able to end the game or will she get trapped with it? The book is well-written, although the beginning is a little slow. There are some situations that are difficult to believe they could happen in that period of history, the Regency, but if you forget about it, they are even funny. There is a lot of anticipation and little by little you fall in love with the characters. Angela’s mother is very funny also: sometimes she is overprotective of Angela but other times she spoke in riddles and Angela wasn’t sure about what she was talking about. It has several hot scenes; one could think there were too many if they were in a row but as they are separated and very different from each other they don’t look so many. I did like the book and when I finished it, I would have liked to get on reading about several questions that remain unfinished, although they are not important for the understanding of the book as it is a stand alone story.
sportochick 7 months ago
Excuse me while I fan myself.....okay so now that I can breath calmly again all I can say is wow. This was a most unusual story that I could not put down. I was spellbound between the interaction of Angela and the Earl of Colton. I have a fondness for this series as it closely follows historical fact while adding the hidden spiciness that was never mentioned in that era. Certainly the reader will enjoy an innocent young women being forward enough to seek revenge in an unorthodox manner such as I did. I could actually see myself as Angela. I would much prefer her than all the simpering young misses. I think I would of gone insane like Earl of Colton did as he looked for the perfect wife. This story brings into effect what young women are taught as far as intimacy, how they should act in that era and how it effected marriages. For me it raises the thought that if they were not brought up to suffer it, would mistresses of been in less demand or was it just that having one brings a man status. This book was written with some intense, well written, scorching scenes and it even had a plot to it which adds more enjoyment to the story. The way Angela handled herself was priceless and no matter what Colton did she keep forward movement till she decided it was NOT to her liking. Bravo Angela. Colton was searching for a wife that would meet all his dark physical needs and he just couldn't bring himself to settle. For him he didn't want a mistress once he married he wanted the one person that would match his desires. What I admired about him was that he was not willing to settle or lead someone on. He preferred to be unmarried and stay the was he was in spite of the desire to wed. It is refreshing to see a man so sure of himself that he could also be honest with himself about having his needs meet. This book deals with seeing something that changes your life, revenge, stepping outside your comfort zone and getting your hearts desire. I give it 5 STARS for the story and it's sensuality. Do Angela and Colton find a way to be together in all ways? Well will you read the book to see? A copy was gifted via Netgalley
disneytothemax 7 months ago
Thanks to Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley for a copy of this book. By the blurb, I thought this sounded like a great book. It was definitely steamy!! Angela had her dreams of a wedding crushed by a man that she thought would be her groom, and with her forever. After she picked herself back up, she decided she's going to get even with him by making him want her and then she'll reject him like he did her, so he can see how it feels. She decides to take seduction lessons from Ruby. Ruby agrees to help and our story begins!! Matthew, Earl of Colton comes into the story and he's a hottie! He has dark desires....yep, it's a good story from here on out!! I did enjoy this book. I don't generally enjoy historical books, but if I blocked out that this was historical, the core of the story , and the sexiness was good!
Crystal61 8 months ago
This is a second chance although somewhat unconventional. Angela hoped that he would marry her, but Colton hurt her instead. Now she wanted vengeance until she found out she wanted more. Colton hoped he saw what he hoped for. Lessons of trust and honesty move this story along. I enjoyed this story and do recommend it. I got this story through Netgalley for an honest review.
Sissymae1 8 months ago
'Angel in Scarlet' by Lavinia Kent is book four in the "Bound and Determined" series. This is the story of Angela Ripon and Matthew Harkness, Earl of Colton. I have been jumping in and out of this series so I did feel it was a standalone book. This by far has been the best book I thought of the books I have read. Yes it is a old tale of a women scored and wanting the man to want her back and then she dumps him but this had some added things to this story. It was a hot, exciting read that hooded you in. Matthew was courting Angela but he found her to be somewhat sweet, innocent kind of simple. Matthew taste in sex runs pretty hot and not the normal type of sex...so he thinks too that she won't be able to meet or go along with his needs. Angela is now after vengeance to hurt him as much as he hurt her when he choose to end their relationship. So to have success with her vengeance, Angela seeks Madame Rouge help. Angela friend Bliss had lead her to Madame Rouge since Angela knew that Madame Rouge had helped Bliss with her relationship. Will revenge be best served cold? Or will it stay as hot as they are now for each other? I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
TammyS32 8 months ago
Loved it! I was hooked from beginning to end. Angela is out for revenge when Colton ends their courtship and any hopes she had of marrying him. She visits the infamous Madame Rouge and learns what she must do to make Colton desire her so she can reject him. The next time Angela and Colton meet he sees a whole other woman. Will Angela get her revenge? Great story and oh so steamy. I love the Bound and Determined Series and am looking forward to more.