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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.
From the Hardcover edition.
"This is a minxes-and-mayhem cross between Friends and Boardwalk Empire."
School Library Journal
"The booze, deception, scandals, and romance will keep readers looking forward to the next book in the series."
"Larkin brings the colorful 1920s alive with her vivid descriptions of the amazing fashions and jazzy music. And she doesn't back away from the dangers and dirt of the time period either, incorporating the illegal speakeasy nightclubs with their smoky atmospheres and flowing liquor bars, and the law-breaking mobsters who rule the streets. She also tackles the racism and bigotry of the time, doing so with honesty and sensitivity. Fans will be excited to know that this talented writer is offering more thrills, romance and history with book three, DIVA, coming in 2012."
Bibliophile Support Group (blog):
"The cliffhanger end was pitch-perfect, and I am very much looking forward to the third book – Diva – when it comes out. I can’t help hoping that this is not the final book in what is turning out to be a lively, wild, romantic, opulent series! Want to sit back, relax, and be flat-out entertained? Grab Ingénue! That is, after reading Vixen!"
"This series should definitely be on your list to buy, as these books tell what 1920’s New York was really all about - good gossip and a whole lot of fun."
Book Loving Mommy
"I love the descriptions of New York in the 1920s! They are so real that you feel like you are watching it on TV. The speakeasies were well-described and it is obvious that the author has done her research into this world and time...I highly recommend that you pick up this series and give it a try!"
One Page at a Time
"Fun brain candy with lots of historical insight."
Crouching for long periods of time was never fun, but doing it in patent-leather T-strap heels was murder. Vera usually tried to wear more comfortable shoes when she was following someone, but there'd been no time to change. She'd been working at the Green Mill when she'd overheard Carlito Macharelli mention a meeting on the docks with Sebastian Grey.
She'd immediately called a cab.
"Follow that car!" she'd ordered the driver.
A normal cabbie would never put himself at her disposal for this sort of activity--a black girl? Telling a cabdriver to follow a wealthy white man?--but Wally was not a normal cabbie. He was that rarity: a black man with his own taxi and license. He was a family friend and happy to help her clear her brother's name. "Jerome is like the son I wish I'd never had," Wally liked to say. Most nights, he waited outside the Green Mill until she was done with her shift to take her home.
Tonight they followed the taillights of Carlito's Rolls-Royce all the way through downtown and to the docks--a place Vera usually avoided. This area was dangerous. Vera already worked in a Mob-run speakeasy; she didn't need the added threat of being around when the gangsters unloaded the hooch.
She asked Wally to let her out a block behind where Carlito parked the Rolls in the vacant lot. The hulking shadows of ships loomed to the east, but here the docks were still and silent.
Vera edged close to the Rolls, dodging from shadow to shadow until at last she found a hiding place behind a stack of tied-up crates. Already, there was Bastian Grey--she could see his smug features as he lit a butt from his silver cigarette case. He ambled out on the pier and stood smoking, staring out at the water.
She was sweltering on this warm summer night, thanks to her black, knee-length trench coat, but Bastian looked at ease in the heat, irritatingly handsome in a brown suit, his cheeks freshly shaven, his dark hair slicked back and parted. He was a looker, that much Vera couldn't deny.
"What do you want?" Carlito called out as he walked up, the lights from the pier warehouse catching his gray pinstriped suit and black fedora.
Carlito was her boss and had once employed her brother, Jerome, as the piano player at the Green Mill. But then Carlito and Tony Pachelli, one of his goons, had tried to kill Jerome. And Gloria, Bastian's high-society fiancee, had shot Tony dead. And then Gloria and Vera's brother had had to flee Chicago to save their lives.
And it was all Vera's fault.
Vera had been the one feeding Bastian information about Jerome and Gloria. Vera had been the one determined to break up their secret affair. Just because Vera hadn't known that Bastian was telling everything to Carlito didn't mean she was any less guilty.
That was why Vera was here, crouched behind a stack of crates, hoping to learn something incriminating about Carlito and Bastian--something she could use to barter for her brother's life.
"What do I want?" Bastian flipped his cigarette in a bright arc across the lot. "You're the one who told me to meet you here."
Carlito stepped backward. "No, I didn't."
"Secret notes and midnight meetings." Bastian walked a few steps away. "I'm tired of your little games, Macharelli." Only a young man as despicable as Bastian Grey could work with mobsters and show a proud distaste for them at the same time.
"This isn't a game," Carlito said, casting a quick glance over his shoulder. "And I didn't send you a note. That means someone else did."
"Don't be absurd," Bastian said, lighting another cigarette. "Why would anyone go to the trouble of dragging us out here?"
Vera was leaning forward to hear better when she felt a hand crawl over her mouth. "What are you playing at?" a woman's voice whispered.
She wanted to struggle against the stranger's hold, but she couldn't give herself away. She felt herself being turned around to face her attacker.
Vera stared into the eyes of Maude Cortineau, Carlito's moll. When Maude had been a flapper, she'd barely paid attention to anyone outside her glamorous inner circle. Since she'd gotten with Carlito, she stuck to his side and spoke only when she was spoken to.
"I'm trying to eavesdrop," Vera whispered back. If Maude had been planning to bust her, she would've done it already.
"Shut up, Vera," Maude hissed. "I was waiting in the car, and I saw you running around behind these crates like you didn't have a care in the world. If Carlito sees you, you're in deep trouble. Don't be an idiot. You don't want to end up like me."
After dropping out of her bluenose prep school, Maude had become the queen of the Chicago flapper scene. Sequins, feathers, gold lame--she wore it all. Her makeup was always flawless and her headband always settled perfectly over her blond bob.
But now her beaded red dress hung over her bony body like a burlap sack. Deep shadows lurked underneath her kohl-rimmed eyes. Carlito had sucked the life out of her: The flame that Maude had once been famous for had been snuffed out.
"Maude! Where the hell are you?" Carlito called from the other side of the crates.
"Just be smart and hide," Maude said, clacking away in her heels, back to Carlito's Rolls. Carlito was pacing by the car as Maude ambled up, smoking a cigarette. She was the perfect portrait of boredom.
Carlito banged his fist on the hood. "I told you to stay in the car!"
Maude dropped the practically new cigarette. "I wanted a ciggy," she replied in a soft, defeated voice. "I know how you don't like anyone to smoke in your car, Daddy."
"Get in," he said. "We gotta go, and fast. This is a setup."
"You're being silly, Macharelli!" Bastian shouted. "No one is after us!"
But Carlito ignored him. He slid behind the wheel, cranked the engine, and sped off with a squeal of tires.
Vera let herself relax against the crates, leaning out to check on Bastian. How could she have been so stupid as to ever trust him? Those eyes, she thought. When she'd first met Bastian, his green eyes had seemed sincere--swoony, even. Arrogant, of course, but that was to be expected from a rich white boy like him. She hadn't realized the heartless steel his irises really concealed until she'd accused him of sending a man to kill Jerome and he'd just smiled and called her "silly, stupid Vera."
And in all honesty, that was exactly what she was.
Vera opened her purse and felt the comforting, cool metal of Bastian's pistol inside. She'd carried it often since she'd found it at Gloria's feet that night. Bastian certainly didn't know it was his own gun that had killed the gangster, that his own fiancee had pulled the trigger.
Vera had never used a gun before, but if a dame like Gloria could use one, then so could she. Vera loved Jerome every bit as much as Gloria did, and would go just as far, if not further, to protect him.
She snapped the purse shut and looked back toward the docks.
Footsteps, approaching from the other side of the dockyard. The figure wore a long black overcoat and a hat with a wide brim. Vera watched the person walk down the pier.
"Sebastian Grey?" Vera was shocked to hear the voice of a woman.
Bastian turned from the water. "I don't believe I've had the pleasure--"
"Skip the formalities. I'm looking for Macharelli. And the piano player, Jerome Johnson."
"Do I look like their keeper?" Bastian breathed out a cloud of cigarette smoke, and then his face brightened. "You're too pretty a woman to be chasing after trash like Carlito. But if you must know, he took off a minute ago."
The woman made a swift movement, and Bastian raised his hands in surrender. "Where to?" she demanded. "And where's the piano player?"
"No need for guns," Bastian said, slowly backing up. "Carlito went home. And Johnson? No one knows where he disappeared to. He sent his kid sister a postcard from a post office box in New York, but that's been a dead end so far."
"Thank you," the woman said. "You've been most helpful."
Then Vera heard the unmistakable sound of a gunshot. Two.
Instinctively, she cowered, knocking her heavy purse against the crates.
The killer turned at the noise, her features hidden by shadow. All Vera could see was the silver pistol, pointed directly at her.
The third gunshot in as many minutes rang out over Lake Michigan.
The bullet slammed into a wooden crate so close to her head that Vera felt splinters hit her face. She didn't wait for another bullet. She just turned and ran.
It wasn't far to the edge of the dockyard, and the wall of crates was between Vera and the shooter. But Vera was wearing heels, and she'd never been able to run in heels.
She waited for the crack of the gunshot and the bullet in her back as she crossed the lot, as she turned and ran the block to Wally's cab, as she banged on the window to wake him from his nap.
"What's the rumpus?" he said as she clambered into the backseat.
"Drive!" she said. "As fast as you can."
Wally didn't need to be told twice. He turned the key, gunned the engine, and took off.
When he dropped her at the club, it was already locked up for the night, but that didn't slow her down: She fumbled through her purse, found Jerome's old keys, and slipped the brass master into the lock.
Whoever the killer was, she wouldn't miss the next time.
From the Hardcover edition.
Posted February 8, 2011
I really liked the first book and can't wait to find out whay happens next. 'Vixen' leaves you hanging with a pretty intense cliffhanger with almost no lose ends tied up. i'm super excited to read this book!
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Posted April 18, 2011
Posted February 1, 2011
The first, Vixen, was a five star hit and now number 2? We have been waiting to know what happens to Gloria and Jerome, aching to see if Clara and Marcus were meant to be, and wondering if Lorraine will really travel down that dark path. It may take place in1923 but 2011 just can not wait!
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Posted July 28, 2012
In all honesty, I read this book way after it came out and forgot almost everything. One main thing that usually hate is when books don't recap well, but this did an good job of rejogging my memory. Anyways beside that point this book capivated me from the first book and I'm still hanging on. One change in Ingenue is the introduction of Vera's( Jerome's little sisters) point of view, whom I have to say was an interesting character to add to the story. Jillian Larkin will keep you reading as her depth filled character create the story. Hope this helped
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Posted August 31, 2011
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We start up this second book in the Flapper's series in New York City, Gloria and Jerome hiding out from the mob, Lorraine working for the mob, Clara is back in the city that almost ruined her, can she stay away from her old life or is it too much of a temptation and Vera trying to find her brother and hopefully save his life and make up for what she had done in Chicago. Relationships go through some growing pains in this one! You'll be surprised who ends up the happiest in the end.
This one was a lot of fun again with some major intrigue as the stories and people converged for the climax and what a climax it was! It isn't really a cliffhanger but the end of one chapter and the next book will be a new one because parts of this story were wrapped up very well, yet with just enough mystery to keep fans reading to see what happens next.
I so enjoy the atmosphere in this series, the 20's ,flappers, bootleggers, booze, gangsters and some famous people of the time play into this story! I love who Vera meets backstage at the Cotton Club and who engineers some of the bad things that happen! (No Spoilers)
I think this is a great YA historical fiction series that teens and adults alike will enjoy no fantasy involved just a look at life in a different time when women were just starting to come into their own, segregation is in effect except of course that it's ok for the African Americans to entertain you but they must come in the back door and an interracial relationship will get you in trouble I think it gives a great look at a life we can only imagine and hope that we have moved far away from. I do love books that that show strong women and this one is full of them , women in 1920 leaving the notions and traditional roles their parents have laid out for them to make their way in the world on their own, scary as that is.
I look forward to the next installment of this series!
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Posted October 4, 2012
Posted July 3, 2012
Great sequel. It was pretty slow, and I wish Clara had even more parts, but I loved that Vera now had her own chapters. It had an amazing ending that threw me off a bit. Lorraine--poor Lorraine, the complete failure of a flapper.
Posted February 28, 2012
Gloria Carmody had to leave Chicago in a hurry after killing a mobster. She hoped to find a new start in New York City with Jerome Johnson. But a white woman loving a black man is just as hard in New York as it was in Chicago. Love aside, living in New York is much harder without the Carmody money supporting her.
Vera Johnson knows Gloria and her brother Jerome left Chicago for good reason. But when trouble threatens to follow them to New York will Vera be able to warn them both before it's too late?
Lorraine Dyer is reader for a fresh start of her own in New York. One short summer is all that stands between her and a clean slate at Barnard. But before she can forget about her less than glamorous departure from Chicago society, Lorraine needs to mete out some justice. Gloria was supposed to be her best friend. Instead she abandoned Lorraine and let her be humiliated. In public. It's only fair that Lorraine help give Gloria what she has coming to her.
Following her boyfriend Marcus Eastman to New York seemed like the perfect idea. Clara Knowles was sure it would help cement her new life leaving her flapper days far behind. But when a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity draws her back to glittering world of booze and flappers, Clara isn't sure she can walk away again.
A new city. A new life. Everyone is trying to get away from their past. But sometimes life won't let you forget a thing in Ingenue (2011) by Jillian Larkin.
Ingenue is the second book in The Flappers series which started last year with Vixen. (The series will conclude in 2012 with Diva.)
Much like the blase parties Clara observes upon her return to New York City, the latest installment in this series has lost some of its luster.
While the plot moved logically here building on the events of the first book, the characters did not. A lot of their behaviors felt contrived, especially Clara who went abruptly from reading a lot to fervently wanting to a writer. And then became kind of selfish about it besides. It was also disappointing to see Lorraine once again being so sorely abused. (She is either a much abused heroine or the most sympathetic villain in the entire world--which one she is will hopefully be determined once and for all in Diva.)
With none of the characters actually seeing each other until the last hundred or so pages of the novel, the alternating chapters following each heroine just feel choppy and disjointed. Combined with the numerous missed connections between Vera and Gloria the book started to feel very forced.
Ingenue is a decent installment and a fine bridge to the conclusion of the trilogy. It just was not, sadly, quite as brilliant as the first book in the series.
Possible Pairings: Strings Attached by Judy Blundell, Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher, Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen, The Luxe by Anna Godbersen, The Sheik by Edith Hull, Bowery Girl by Kim Taylor
Posted February 20, 2012
Posted January 3, 2012
I cant wait to read this next chapter, i dont think the author can squeeze a fullfilling enough amount of drama to complete this story. I hope this one answers my questions and fullfills my curiosity, and maybe leave room for another installment.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 8, 2011
I loved this book. The best part of this series is that all the character are so relateable. And its easy to fall into their world. Everyone who I recommended this book too got addictied. I highly recommend the entire series. I cant wait for DIVA to come out!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2011
Posted September 27, 2011
I absolutely loved Vixen, and was so jazzed to read the second book Ingénue. I was not disappointed at all, I was very impressed. In my opinion the second book in the Flapper series is even better than the first.
I love how Larkin makes you feel as you are really in the 1920's with these characters.
Another plus is the Vera addition, I love how Larkin added what Vera was thinking and feeling, as well as her romance with Evan.
Can't wait to read the next Flapper book in 2012, keep up the good work Ms. Larkin!
Posted September 24, 2011
Even though I haven't finished this book yet, it is a great follow up to the first book, Vixen. I must admit, I developed a slight obsession with the 1920s after seeing the movie Chicago (even though it's based in the 1940s). Vixen and Ingenue have been a great way to feed that addiction. Telling stories of the Prohibition era, illegal speakeasies that house hot jazz, gangsters and their shady dealings, and flappers and their glamorous lifestyles. When looking for fact in fiction with a lot of adventure thrown in, I couldn't ask for anything more.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 7, 2011
This book was terribly good...im having a hard time finding the right word, so terribly good is all i can say for the moment.Only question I have is....when is the next book? ( this coming from a person who barely reads books to begin with) Im hooked!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 30, 2011
The first book in this incredible series titled, The Flapper Series, was Vixen. And with that first incredible noel, readers were introduced to the 'Roaring 20's' and the fun, power, and mystique that the twenties still carry today. The clothes were cool, the music was jazz, the mobsters were many, and the people who had their own little niches had their own little secrets, romances, and futures all planned out in the crazy, entertaining world. Ingénue is the second installment in The Flapper Series, and it begins only a few months after Vixen left off. Luckily, the author is still at her highest heights. From page one, readers are not left wanting, as the amazing characters are driven full-force back into our literary lives. The girls are the same. For a brief recap, Lorraine Dyer is the one who exposed Clara Knowles secret "trampy" past, but lost her best friend Gloria when she played that card. Gloria Carmody is in love with Jerome Johnson and has left Claire and her backstabbing behind. And, Clara Knowles is with the man she loves, yet even though she knows its wrong - the flapper life, the dazzling music and smoke-filled rooms - that scene is still something she can't forget. Book II begins in New York City. Clara has followed Marcus to New York looking for a fresh start where she was formerly known as a wild flapper. Lorraine is also in the big city and is hired to run a speakeasy owned by Ernesto Macharelli, a man said to be second only to Al Capone. Gloria and Jerome, who are still skulking around, are living in poor circumstances and are very desperate not to be found by their families. Jerome's younger sister, Vera, discovers that Jerome's life is still in danger from the vengeful Carlito Macharelli, son of Ernesto, so she and her friend Evan go to the City to find Jerome and Gloria to let them know about the danger. Clara starts to come into her own by becoming a reporter for a slick magazine; Gloria and Jerome's story is very sad as issues of race seem to take over their dreams; and, Lorraine is really something else. She is basically a good person but, not a very good friend. She is up to no good and can't seem to make up her mind between the good guys versus the bad. And, Vera, Jerome's sister, is an extremely loyal girl and wants so much to find her brother to warn him, but when she finally does find him, things start to go bad for everyone. Ingénue follows the same path as Vixen. This book is full of action! From Mob dealings, deception, betrayal, to romance and flappers galore, this is so much fun to read that it can't be put down. The author, once again, does a wonderful job of bringing you back to a sincerely mesmerizing time in history. Quill Says: This series should definitely be on your list to buy, as these books tell what 1920's New York was really all about - good gossip and a whole lot of fun.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 20, 2011
This is a great story that keeps you guessing the whole time. A thriller to keep you on your toes, the love and relationships between the characters is amazingly portrayed through the writings. Beautifully written and I am counting down to the next book. My favorite book series of all time. Plus my favorite time period is the 1920's.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 18, 2011
I really wish there was a better description for this book. I obviously liked Vixen enough to read the sequel, but I was hoping that this would be better than the first. I got so much more than I bargained for.
Gloria and Jerome are trying to make it on their own in New York City. But, it's not easy for any young couple trying to make ends met. Add in the fact that they aren't they same race in a time when frowned upon doesn't even begin to describe their relationship. Their living on the edge of black harlem, and Gloria has to sneak in through the fence and into the building everyday. But, their devotion is what sees them through the day. But when Gloria gets a job first, Jerome feels like he's failing at his promise to take care of her. That's were my only real disappointment was in the book. At the first real test of their love, they both seem to take the easy way out. Granted it makes them both miserable in the process.
I think I enjoyed Lorraine's story the most. I was worried at how vindictive she had become at the end of the first book. And she doesn't start out on a positive note here either. She's been hired by the mob to head a club in NYC. Her chief job is to lure Gloria and Jerome with jobs as the club's singer and piano player. She thinks they just want to ruff them up a little bit, and in her opinion they both desire it. But, along the way she learns the truth about what happened that night and what the mob really wants to do to her former best friend and boyfriend. I really truly wondered if she could put aside her grudge and help them in some way. I did feel bad for her in the end because she's seems to get burned a lot. But, I'm hoping she's seen the error of her ways.
I was a little disappointed in Clara. I think she fell back into her flapper girl ways to easily. I don't know why she couldn't see that the thrill she got off writing anonymous articles about the extravagant parties she went to was a poor substituent for she could really be doing in her life. I did think that Marcus was a little hard on her, but that's what happens when you get caught in a lie as big as the one Clara was telling him. I'm really hoping that they can make up in the end. I think they are good for each other.
Overall, a massive improvement over the first book. It still has all the intrigue, the parties, and the gossip that makes this time period interesting. Add in the mob, romance, and the illegal club scenes and you have a really good book. I can't wait for the next in the series, Diva!
Posted August 1, 2011
Am I seeing this right? the ebook costs more than the hardcover? :/
BN, Whats wrong with this picture? Whats worse as a BN member ebooks don't qualify for member discount while the hardcover version does!
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Posted July 29, 2011