This had the potential of being a great book; however, it was a good book. It had some plot and character issues. I liked the general premise. I feel it could be a jumping-off point to more substantial future installments in this series.
I tried really hard to relate to and love these characters. I found doing this was difficult. I liked Scarlett; she had a fierce spirit. She is independent and capable. She, along with her friends, participate as unofficial detectives. I enjoyed the idea of Scarlett. However, the reality of her fell a little flat. Her personality didn’t always shine through as much as I would have liked. But when it did, she sparkled. I had a more challenging time relating to Ambrose. I wanted to like him; however, he was too perfect and a little too arrogant. I understand he needed to live up to his title of Duke. He was at times two-dimensional, being the pious perfectionist. He treated Scarlett more of an inconvenience than a love interest. Near the book’s conclusion, he took on quite the attitude change, and I liked him better; as the book progressed, he became more life-like.
The plot was grounded and held a lot of potential. There were times where the storyline excelled, and the book was entertaining and exciting. Sometimes it was a little sluggish. I always comment when a book focuses on women’s rights in this era. This book addresses this subject excellently. The women’s rights issues were a solid focal point. I cared less for the class struggles. I didn’t feel that the latter found a resolution. This was a slow burn plot. I like the story to be a little faster-paced.
I felt this book didn’t live up to its full potential. All the elements were there; it just didn’t finish strong. I would have liked a more extended conclusion or an epilogue. I felt the ending was a little rushed. That being said, the book was likable and easy to read. This wasn’t the best step forward in a new series. It did set the stage for other books focusing on the other members of the club. I feel these future books can be excellent if they will build momentum from the first book. Overall, I wanted a little more, but it will not deter me from reading the other books in this series. I feel with a few improvements; the subsequent books could be significant.
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley and Kensington Books. This is my honest, voluntary opinion.
This is the first book in the Maidens Of Mayhem series. I always enjoy the books I read. I try to be respectful and honest. I feel this series has great promise even after a bumpy start. The general themes that flow through each book could be the beginning of something great.