Secrets in Scarlet

Secrets in Scarlet

by Erica Monroe
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Secrets in Scarlet by Erica Monroe

Scoundrels, thieves and rebels inhabit the rookeries--where the women are fierce and the men are dangerous. Are you willing to take the risk?

HIS BUSINESS IS DISCOVERING SECRETS...

When a girl is murdered at a factory in London, Sergeant Thaddeus Knight of the Metropolitan Police comes in to investigate. But it's not just the factory owners that Thaddeus wants information on-the devilishly intriguing Poppy O'Reilly is a puzzle he'd like nothing more than to solve.

HER LIFE DEPENDS ON KEEPING HER PAST HIDDEN.

All it took was one mistake for Poppy to lose her good reputation. Shunned by polite society, she's retreated to the one place no one from her old life would look for her: the rookeries. Protecting her young daughter is the most important thing to Poppy, and Thaddeus threatens the false identity she's carefully constructed. The last thing she should do is allow Thaddeus close to her family, yet she can't stay away from him.

With danger around the corner, will the secrets of a scarlet woman lead to their undoing?
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Secrets in Scarlet is a dark, gritty, and sexy full-length romantic suspense set in pre-Victorian England. While it is book two in the Rookery Rogues series, it can be read as a stand-alone historical romance.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150685345
Publisher: Quillfire Publishing
Publication date: 09/21/2014
Series: The Rookery Rogues , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 411,679
File size: 541 KB

About the Author

Erica Monroe is a USA Today Bestselling Author of dark, suspenseful historical romance. She was a finalist in the published historical category for the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Romantic Suspense, and her books have been recommended reads at Fresh Fiction, Smexy Books, SBTB, and All About Romance. When not writing, she is a chronic TV watcher, sci-fi junkie, and comic book fanatic. She lives in the suburbs of North Carolina with her husband, two pit bull mixes, and a cat. Visit Erica online at ericamonroe.com and sign up for her new release newsletter at: bit.ly/mlem4.

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Secrets in Scarlet 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and well edited. I really enjoyed this historical romance set in the 1800s. Lots of interesting detail.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
This fabulous historical romantic suspense story is the tale of Poppy and Thaddeus. While investigating the murder of a factory worker, Thaddeus sets his sights on Poppy as one who can help him gain inside information. Poppy owes Thaddeus a favour for saving her brother's life but holds her own secrets close to her heart, secrets she fears will destroy the dawning attraction between them. With time running out, can Poppy trust Thaddeus with her heart or will the killer catch up with her first? It is immediately obvious from the start that this is a well researched and meticulously crafted story. The setting with its descriptions of house and home, businesses, and general life for the average citizen is well described and immerses the reader wholly into the story. Even the vocabulary is accurate and true to the time, so one doesn't get jarred out of the story by a modern term. Unlike most historical romance novels, the protagonists are not Lords and Ladies, but average people, eking out their existence in any way possible. Thaddeus, born into a middle class family, disappoints them with his pursuit of a policeman's career. His character was wonderful as an upright, determined young man (age 24 though his deportment would indicate someone of more mature years) dogged in his fact finding and smitten with the lovely but mysterious Poppy. He know he is ill regarded in the rookeries but doesn't hesitate to do what he can to solve the young teen's murder. One can't help but like him, with his shy smiles, his desire to do what's right, his single mindedness and his care and treatment of Poppy and her child. Poppy too is an engaging character, full of shame over secrets in her past but learning to stand up for herself and fiercely protective of her child. She knows injustice and suspects the murder of her friend could happen to another girl she works with. The opportunity to help Thaddeus is too much for her to resist - on the one hand to help with the case, but on the other to find an excuse to spend time with him, feeling that her attraction to him, though mutual is a fantasy that won't be fulfilled. With a slow simmer, the attraction between them heats up until neither can resist and the resulting love scenes are steamy and seductive. Completing the world of the rookeries are glimpses into other character's lives - that of Daniel and Kate (hero and heroine of the first book in the series A Dangerous Invitation), Atlas the gentleman thief, Abigail a co-worker of Poppy's from the factory and assorted villains and friends who make the story flow and add intrigue, humour, tension and action to the plot. Overall I found this story to be a fascinating view into a slice of time gone now but not forgotten, with an intriguing and suspenseful plot, engaging characters, and a sweet romance between two people who deserve a happy ever after. 5 fabulous stars!
GabriellePortier More than 1 year ago
This was a charming and intriguing story with lovable characters. Far outside the regency romance mold, this book was not just about the clues to the mystery, but also to the relationship between unlikely allies in crime-solving. I just love Erica Monroe's work, because it always leaves me with the sense that something larger than an HEA is in play.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
What a splendid book! Erica Monroe is a star! Fantastic story, wonderful characters, fabulous love story, magnificently written! It’s perfect!  It took me forever to finish SECRETS IN SCARLET because I kept re-reading sentences, paragraphs, pages simply because it’s so well-written! Outstanding! No self-respecting historical romance reader should do without this book! Fantastic!  I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for making this magnificent book available to me. 
celticmaggie More than 1 year ago
This is a first time to read a book of Erica's. This is the second in a series but works as a stand alone too. This is a romance but set in a serious atmosphere. Thaddeus is a very straight Sgt. in the local police. He hates lies and anyone not following every rule. Poppy was forced to leave home when her town sent her away for having been taken advantage of by a toff from the area. She tries hard to do well for her and her child, Moira. There are not a lot of spoilers. You know where the story is going but not how it gets there so much. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes history. This is on the edge of change in the 1830's. Please read this book.. I have this book for an honest review for NetGalley.