Welcome to the most notorious address in London…
Beneath the airs and graces of the Ton lies The Underworld – London’s most scandalous gambling hall. The only thing darker and more debauched that the hall itself? The proprietor, Max Sinclair. As mysterious as the corners of the city he stalks, Max has vowed to take revenge against the men who murdered his mother.
And The Underworld attracts London’s darkest characters – the perfect partners in crime. But when Lady Vivienne Beaumont enters The Underworld, Max’s life becomes more dangerous than he ever thought possible.
What a fabulous introduction, not just to this new series but to this author I haven’t read any of Bryant’s work before this, but I have been a keen follower this is such a great way to get to know this talented authors work this is a supremely sexy and evocative story with a thrilling plot.
Max Sinclair is all out for revenge he wants justice for his poor murdered mother, and for the best part of Max’s life he has slowly tracked the men who are responsible and dealt with them in his own way; let’s just say he hasn’t got any foibles about murder, manipulation and blackmail to get what he wants, he is driven by one and only thought. Retribution; Sinclair style! His heart is set on revenge he hasn’t the time for other things, that is until he sets eyes on the beautiful Vivienne she turns his head and for once in years he can see light but he can’t let himself get too close to her, no matter how intoxicating she is. He has things he must do, his search is drawing closer to its finale, but Max soon finds that it is getting dangerous and before he knows it he is on the receiving end of threats and danger.
Vivienne has just come out of her year of mourning, after her mother’s death she finds that she can’t face the full on ton, she can’t face society but being locked away on her own with nothing but her creepy step fathers company is too much to bear. So, she decides she needs a challenge and between her and her friends she decides to reform a notorious rake, and who better than the devilishly handsome and scandalous Max Sinclair; owner of one of the most notorious gaming hells in London. The Underworld!
“I can’t be reformed.” He adopted a sympathetic tone as if he apologized and at the same time mourned the truth of his words.
He touched a lock of her hair with his free hand, winding the length around his finger and stroking it against her cheek. It was a terribly intimate gesture and her whole body revelled in that one velvet caress.
“That’s not true.” Her brows furrowed in dispute. “Of course…”
“I’m a bastard.” His eyes searched her face but she shared no reaction and when he saw none he leaned that much closer. She inhaled, wanting his scent inside her.
“I’m a bastard and nothing can change the circumstance of my birth. I’m formed this way. There’ll be no reforming.” The tension in his words was near overwhelming, the admission rife with too many emotions to label, yet no matter how he fought against it she could never allow him to believe it true.
“I think…” He captured her mouth in a demanding kiss that brought them against the door with its force. Good thing too.
She melted beneath him, her legs of no use for support, her hands grasping the collar of his coat in desperate preservation. He angled his head, fitting his mouth to hers in perfect position while his hand sunk into her hair, his fingers scraping across her scalp with tingling possession.
Dear Lord she must be dying….
Max is a strong, complex and enthralling man but an exceedingly vulnerable one. He is trapped in this dark place that is filled with revenge, but he is hugely protective of those he cares about. If you are fortunate enough to be caught in his sights, then you never have to worry again, he is a smooth suave and too sexy for his own good rogue. Everyone knows how much I adore a dog loving man so wait until see Max and his huge Irish Wolfhound; Ransom. 😉 Max is definitely a tempting and seductive rebel with a very good heart, buried very deep inside.
I love the relationship between him and his co-owners and co-bastards; Cole and Luke they are a real band of brothers, it is sweet and filled with respect for each other, All three have hidden depths they are extremely close to one an other and hugely protective of each other. They all share the fact that they were all born on the wrong side of the blanket, they run The Underworld together and they all have their reasons for being there as each man is going through their own individual torment’s and crisis.
I just love each one of the owners Max is the roguish, hot-head one, ready for a fight at a moments notice. He isn’t averse to getting what he wants by using his fist’s, but never with those that don’t deserve it. He has got some morel’s! He is also very protective to those he cares about especially Vivienne, he can be an elusive and very intimidating man but all that brute force just adds to his appeal especially when he shows his caring tender side.
Cole and Luke are just as elusive and intimidating as Max, but in a very different way, where Max likes to use his fists to get answers. These two are sly and cunning, they use their brains and they both have their secrets and are both equally just as seductive. Like Max you get a sense of two tortured souls and two complex and flawed men who you yearn to get to know more off.
Den of Iniquity is a smart, sexy and engaging Historical Romance, that is entwined with a compelling sub plot of vengeance and loss, the story just rolls along flawlessly there is no let up. The characters are fabulously developed, they jump off the page and demand attention, that keep you hooked right up to the very last page.
Its fun and witty and it just sizzles! Max and Vivienne are two of the most compelling characters you will find. Both have their own hidden past, both in need of love and both so sexually charged that when they are together the atmosphere changes to a sensual, smoulder and you know that you are going to have a lot of fun as they to and fro. She invokes a gentleness in him whereas he brings out the smoking hot vixen that is buried deep down.
Bryant has got The Underworld’s owners spot on, they are the perfect amount of viciousness, deadly charm and sensitivity. They really are lovable rogues they may want to come across as hard men but all three are so cute and lovable.
This is a marvellous start to a new series, and one that I am really looking forward to reading. It is flawless and I can’t wait to start book two; Into The Hall of Vise, featuring lovely Cole.
A thrilling and intriguing romance and one I highly recommend.
This was a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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