The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels (Dangerous Damsels Book 1)Featured
Cecilia Bassingwaite is the ideal Victorian lady. She's also a thief. Like the other members of the Wisteria Society crime sorority, she flies around England drinking tea, blackmailing friends, and acquiring treasure by interesting means. Sure, she has a dark and traumatic past and an overbearing aunt, but all things considered, it's a pleasant existence. Until the men show up.
Ned Lightbourne is a sometimes assassin who is smitten with Cecilia from the moment they meet. Unfortunately, that happens to be while he's under direct orders to kill her. His employer, Captain Morvath, who possesses a gothic abbey bristling with cannons and an unbridled hate for the world, intends to rid England of all its presumptuous women, starting with the Wisteria Society. Ned has plans of his own. But both men have made one grave mistake. Never underestimate a woman.
When Morvath imperils the Wisteria Society, Cecilia is forced to team up with her handsome would-be assassin to save the women who raised her--hopefully proving, once and for all, that she's as much of a scoundrel as the rest of them.
I was laughing throughout this story. It has a The Gentleman's Guide to Virtue and Vices vibe going for it. These women long for assassination attempts. Also, it's a badge of honor to be able to not only navigate but fly a house off the ground into battle. Witty banter between all the characters.
One of these lady pirates is Cecilia Bassingthwaite who loves being a part of the group. Then she finds out there's an assassin out to get her. Only in this case, it's roguish Ned Lightbourne. She resists feeling light headed around him and ends up finding he has his own secrets.
Add one notable historical figure to the mix-Queen Victoria, who wants to learn the society's magic. There's thievery, tea parties, ideal Victorian behavior, and swoony romance. All this while trying to battle one malevolent Captain Morvath, whose overall goal is to rid the world of the Wisteria society and women, like the queen, and restore men back into positions of power.
Hilarious Victorian romp with lady pirates who fly houses into battle while continuing to have proper Victorian etiquette. Sure to appeal to fans of The Gentleman's Guide to Virtue and Vice and those who love a good historical romp with engaging characters.
2. Punchy dialogue
3. Has a Gentleman's Guide to Virtue and Vice vibe
4. Magic throughout