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Simply Scandalous - Kate Pearce The ninth book in the House of Pleasure series is an incisive plot of sex, deception, and spies in Regency London. But the mysteries take too long to play out and the romance suffers from a feeble focal point. The relationship between Richard and Violet is a moody, manipulative affair that never fully grabs hold. The side stories and battling liaisons between Violet's brother, Richard's sister, and Ambrose create a claustrophobic texture that smothers the Violet/Richard development. For mystery/history buffs, however, Violet's sense of paranoia and seemingly sinister machinations is a compelling plot point. Add Ambrose's relationships and back story, and these intricacies evoke interwoven worlds of gentry and squalor, immersing you into the proprieties of historical London. KP's seasoned writing paints the day-to-day nature of this charming era which, more often than not, reads like a historical fiction novel with erotic intermissions rather than the intimate period romance it wants to be. ***ARC by courtesy of Kensington Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for honest feedback.***