Rogue in Red Velvet: Emperors of London #1

Lynne Connolly

ISBN 9781616505646
Publish Date 8/4/2014
Format ePub
Categories Romance Historical, Lyrical Press
List Price: $1.99

Emperors of London, #1

If Connie loses her standing in society, she risks losing everything…except Alex.

When country widow Connstance Rattigan finds herself in a notorious London brothel instead of at the altar, only one person can save her from the auction block. Alex Vernon walked away from Connie once before, when he discovered her engagement. Now that her fiancé has betrayed her, Lord Ripley doesn’t intend to leave her again. But Connie has other ideas… She won’t marry him until her name is cleared.

Alex decides to make Connie’s wishes come true, but it’s not that easy, even with the help of his powerful relatives known as the Emperors of London.

About Lynne Connolly:

Lynne Connolly was born in Leicester, England, and lived in her family’s cobbler’s shop with her parents and sister. She loves all periods of history, but her favorites are the Tudor and Georgian eras. She loves doing research and creating a credible story with people who lived in past ages. In addition to her Emperors of London series and The Shaws series, she writes several historical, contemporary and paranormal romance series. Visit her on the web at lynneconnolly.com, read her blog at lynneconnolly.blogspot.co.uk, find her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter @lynneconnolly.

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Reviewer: Patty McKenna Van Hulle

A damsel in serious distress, a hero who uses society for good, a evil nemesis & lots of much needed gasps, moans & screams to turn up the furnace of this Georgian romance!

Mrs. Connstance Rattingam is a simple country widow & had a sad loveless marriage, but she is lucky to have her Godparents, Lord & Lady Downholland, who have embraced her after her Father's death. She is a sensible woman with a brain, has made money for her own estate, loves to help her Godfather with all his "History of his Family" projects & has even agreed to marry his heir, Jasper Dankworth. All she has to do is busy herself to avoid the house party & stop looking & liking the dashing Lord Ripley!

Alex Vernon, Baron of Ripley, is from a large, loving, mega bucks galore & influential & powerful family, plus he is the heir to the Earl of Leverton. His BF is his cousin Julius, who is the heir to the Duke of Kirkburton, & they are as thick as thieves & always A UNITED FRONT! Alex had a close call with the relentless Miss Louisa Stobart, as she cornered him ALONE, ask him to pin her ripped train & was UNEXPECTEDLY interrupted by her mom while he was kneeling, but he nicely refused her hand, so that is how he finds himself being STALKED by Miss Louisa at this country house party!

So we have a dusty, dirt & unmade Connie looking up to see the dazzling face of Alex as he slams the door of the library to avoid his stalker. He needs a plan to distance his stalker & the matchmaking mamas of this house party & if he can send some elusive time with the delicious Mrs. Rattingan, all the better. As his stalker enters the library, he pleads with his eyes, so Connie takes pity on him & ropes him into helping her with the dust & sometimes heavy family history books. Over many days, they grow close, as Connie talks a lot & even introduces her foot to her mouth & Alex actually finds a charming & smart female that totally makes him burn, but they are from 2 different world, so only 1 PANTIE DROPPING kiss is given, as he leaves for London & she awaits her soon-to-be-betrothal Jasper. Jasper is a dastardly evil man as he plans to get the money & forget the girl, steal Connie's inheritance by evoking the morality clause of the marriage contract via selling her in a brothel, a really CHEAP brothel!

Connie goes to London, travels via public coach (in 1700, that is literally HADES on wheels), drugged, abducted, doped for days & standing on a auction block. Have no fear because Alex is there to save the day & the damsel, with help from Connie's worried maid, a £50 & £5,000 bid (guess Connie's amount), the loveable & super helpful Madame of the "not cheap" premier brothel as she sanitizes the neighbor of the said CHEAP brothel, a room that screams brothelRus & heavenly sleep to bring Connie face to face with Alex & HELLO, finally she gets some screaming orgasms! He begs her to marry him, but she refuses to bring him or his family down with her. Soon their have to unite to save her reputation, as rumors of her brothel episode exploded & make Jasper pay, so Alex ropes in his Cousin Julius to help, makes Connie reappear as Julius' sweet sister, Helene, companion, a glorious wardrobe is FOUND (a girl has got to look the part), Alex chats about Jasper's crappy character to any & everyone, have society see & accept Connie & Alex is wooing by romantic deeds, as he puts the final nail in Jasper's coffin! Can Alex prove to Connie that she is good enough for him? Is Connie even going to feel worthy of Alex's love? Will London society accept her? Can she accept her life in society? Can I beotch slap the stalker Louisa? But most importantly, does Jasper get a$$ kicked by karma?

This my first romance by Ms. Connolly & she can weave a good tale full of the unexpected! The beginning was a little slow as Ms. Connolly added all the ducks in a row, but it was so worth it. Connie was a no nonsense & no fuss kinda heroine & I LOVED her mind, her "speak & think later" mouth & stood up for herself, but she need to get seriously get laid, as have her 1st orgasm! Alex was raised with a silver spoon, but he had a true sense of right & wrong & his family was his source of strength! Ms. Connolly made her h/h just click, become fast friends & they actually had fun sex. I am not really a fan of Georgian era romances because to me is all overdone fashion, with hoops, stomachers, separate bodices, powdered wigs or hair & with male walking around with bejeweled swords. Its just seems too ridiculous to me, but Ms. Connolly took all my negatives of fashion & made it a SPARKLY part of the flowing story & I actually enjoyed all the wardrobe changes & she even had a action paced bejeweled sword fight! Now all romances need the sizzle & Ms. Connolly started up her 18 wheeler of shivers & quivers & it burned rubber & left scorch marks on my Kindle, but she finally got her heroine those much needed screaming orgasms! This story had a good vs evil society fell to it & Ms. Connolly showed how society can actually be GOOD & helpful instead of hurtful, which was an interesting twist for me. She also had a unique cast of "The Emperors & a few Expresses" & I can't wait to read Julius & Helene stories, too. Ms. Connolly may have started this romance a little slow, but she blowup many of my Georgian taboos, made me love 1700s ridiculous fashion, fall in love with her unique & diverse characters, causes a few tears, many full belly laughs & delivered pure eroticism! So she receives my score of 4 fingers up & 7 toes for this "couldn't put it down" romance & BRING ON some more Lynne Connolly reads!

NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.

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