Miss Lavinia Halls is a member of the Guild of Hybrids, a secret society dedicated to helping women in need. When faced with a terrified new client, Lavinia declares that her client’s fiancé must pay for his sins. The fact that she can’t take her eyes off the man’s kissable lips only spurs her resolve to bring her assignment to a quick conclusion.
Eric Yorke, Viscount Mathieson, wishes nothing more than to distance himself from his treacherous fiancée, but in his quest to do so, he finds himself trapped in the clutches of the unconventional Miss Halls. The delectable yet annoyingly persistent woman seems intent on ruining his life no matter how much he tries to thwart her attempts.
Her efforts to seek and destroy meet their match in his determination to foil her plans, until their struggles collide in a scandal of enormous proportions. Fated together, they must overcome ruin, danger and heartbreak. Will they be able to survive their past or is their future together doomed?
DISCLAIMER: This book is intended for mature readers 18+
Dangerous Kisses is book 1 in the Guild of Hybrids series. I have to say it is not a bad way to start off a series. It had enough of everything to keep me satisfied. It focuses on independent women who have various skill sets and experience. No innocence in this story. It’s a tad bit more gritty than your usual romance and the heroine is more alpha than the hero.
I found that the tone of the story changed half way through reading it, the first half had some humorous scenes, but then the arguments and head butting between Eric and Lavinia was a little too adversarial. I was beginning to wonder where the romance part of the story was. Sure, they were sexually attracted to each other, but neither expressed romantic notions. However, I had to keep reading in order to find out what event would cause both of them to realize their love for each other. Reader, you must be patient with this story.
Lavinia’s main issue is letting her emotions getting in the way. She’s been hurt before and is now jaded.
“Once again she had allowed her emotions to get in the way. Her assignment was to ruin his reputation, and instead, it felt distinctly as though her quest was becoming personal.”
She has one job in this story and it was satisfying to find that the perfectly calm and collected Lavinia became frazzled.
The verbal assaults between Eric and Lavinia were at times amusing.
“I did not think blood ran through your veins, but it’s good to know you are human after all.”
It was a good story that moved at a steady pace. Reading more in the series is something that I can look forward to.
“He snuck in and yelled something about knowing what I had done,” she said, “and the next thing I knew, he kissed me.” A very dangerous kiss.
*I received a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.*
What do you think your skill would be in the Guild of Hybrids?
Wow, that’s a tough one. I did get my Masters degree in Rhetoric and Writing Studies, so Lavinia’s talent was inspired by that, but not sure if I’d follow in her footsteps. I always wanted to learn how to throw knives like Miss Hunter, which would be awesome but maybe unrealistic. I can use herbs for medicinal purposes and I cook pretty darn well. Maybe I could slip someone a sleeping potion in their soup or something like that. Ha! I also speak several languages, so I could be a translator/interpreter for them too. And finally, people have said I can be intimidating, which would make me a natural bodyguard. I’m kidding. Maybe. There are so many to choose from, I’d have a hard time deciding how to be of assistance.
Do you think the Guild of Hybrids would stand the test of time and still be around today?
I’d like to think so. Nowadays we have movies about James Bond or Jason Bourne, which seem far-fetched, but then there are secret government agencies doing who knows what kind of work. If women had the opportunity to be part of a kick-ass society which gave them the chance to help others in need, yes, I think they’d send in their applications. I know I would.
What interests you about the Victoria Era?
I’m one of those people who gets nostalgic about the good old days, and then I remember that we have proper medicine so I should be grateful for our times. I do love the fashion, the manners, and society balls. The glamor of the time is very alluring. With my luck though, if I had a time machine to take me back, I’d probably be a maid or farmer’s wife, working my butt off and not enjoying fancy tea.
If you were to travel back in time to the Victorian Era, what is the one thing you would bring back?
I thought about this answer the longest. I’m not sure I’d bring back anything material because let’s face it, when would I get to wear a beautiful ball gown now or where would I store my carriage? I’d like to bring back knowledge of the time so I could write even better stories. I want to know how women did their makeup and how did they curl their hair? Did they wax their legs or were they all hairy beasts? How sexy were those dukes really and how easy or hard was it to talk to them? I’d be a sponge, soaking up knowledge and bringing it all back with me.
How many books do you plan in this series?
This is going to sound ridiculous but I have plots outlined for 23 more, so a total of 24. The second one, Dangerous Desires, features the young, reckless sister Larissa, and it’s already written and in the editing stages now. The third features their opera-singing cousin Enola Clark, and I’m a few chapters into that one. Two more after that are written, but they are very rough and need much attention. So yeah, I have my hands full.
Will we see reoccurring characters in the other book?
Yes. Even though each book is a standalone, Guild members will make guest appearances all the time. And when family is involved, then even more so. In Larissa’s story (Book 2), her sister Lavinia, her brother-in-law Eric, and her aunt Cynthia show up.
What is your go to snack when writing?
Everything! I love to cook and bake, and love eating even more. Snacking is obligatory for me. If I’m trying to be good, I’ll have fruit or salami/cheese/crackers. If my mood requires comfort food, then Pim’s cookies (orange flavor), peanut butter and banana muffins I baked, or plain old Lays potato chips.
Special thanks to Alice for the fun interview! I loved her answers, hope you did to! Feel free to comment. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Alice Lake’s interest in the unusual is reflected in the stories she puts down on paper. Along with her passion for romance and 19th century history, she is a champion for women’s rights. Who said women had no voice, no say and no choice during Victorian times? Accordingto Alice, they had all that and more. They could teach and build, fight and heal, and do so many other things not traditionally deemed proper.
Alice is an unusual case herself. She grew up in three countries and on two continents. Suffering from a lack of cultural identity, she borrows whatever traditions suit her. Nothing is rigid and fluidity encompasses her world. This philosophy of open-mindedness spills into her writing, making for unexpected romance stories.
Alice also writes contemporary romance under the name Mila Rossi.
When she’s not writing, she’s beating her husband at whatever they’re currently competing over, or chasing her girl around the house.
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