Pub date: July 14, 2015 (ARC review)
H/h - Lord Hugh Randall/Lady Sophia Beneham
Setting: London, 1784.
Read in July, 2015
In Greek and Roman mythology, the Furies were female spirits of justice and vengeance. In this series, they are a group of 3 ladies, widowed and married yet estranged from their husbands, both; who have formed an unlikely friendship and are sworn to protect each-other. So in a way, they do resemble the Furies of the myth. These ladies have fallen on hard times due to some injustice done to them, yet resolving to earn their living. And for that, they can’t afford to play by the rules. The Furies, Lavinia or Lady Vaile, Lady Sophia Beneham and the Duchess of Wynchester, Thea, have put all their resources together to earn their living by opening a gambling club, where they go by as Lady Vice, Lady Scandal and Duchess Decadence. The events are hosted at Lady Sophia’s grand estate. In time, the club gained enough popularity with the rakes and gentlemen of the Ton alike, giving the ladies a strong financial backbone, though not without a scandalous reputation.
In book 1, Lady Vice, we were introduced to Lavinia and her current state of estrangement from her husband Lord Vaile. She had a horrid marriage mired in shameful secrets, both things about her husband and the stuff she was forced to do by him, and Lord Montechurch, Vaile’s inseparable companion. Montechurch was also the person who controlled him thoroughly. Lavinia was but a puppet in their hands. When she left Vaile finally to regain some of her sanity, Lavinia threatened him with life, should he pursue her any longer. Unfortunately, when Vaile is murdered in his bed, had it not been for her first love, Max Harrison, she’d be the one charged for it. Harrison used to be a judge in Calcutta, working on behalf of the East India Company. He also had his shares of nightmares from India that still haunts him to this day. When he and Lavinia parted, it wasn’t on good terms but definitely not because they wanted to break up. Lavinia’s father was the one who made it so and a misunderstanding led her to believe that Max never loved or cared for her. Just how wrong she was, Lavinia soon finds out as Max steps in as soon as the news broke, not only to protect her from the threats on her life but also to fight on behalf of her against the murder accusation. Bit by bit, he also starts working to make her believe that he still wants her, have always wanted only her and no one else. And that he wants her back. Lavinia, burnt first by the love of her life (Max), then by her sad excuse for a marriage, wasn’t easy to convince. But when she finally gives in, it was just wonderful to read them come together for a second chance.