Book Review: The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels

I mentioned when I reviewed The League of Gentlewomen Witches by India Holton that I was reading the Dangerous Damsel series out of order. Well, I finished the first book, The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels, a few days ago.

In The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels, the main characters are Ned Lightbourne and Cecilia Bassingthwaite, both pirates. However, Ned is a rogue pirate – among other things – and has been hired to assassinate Cecilia. Having someone hired to kill you is a huge honor for the women in the Wisteria Society, since it means you’re important enough to kill. However, it’s not as simple as all that. While one person has hired Ned to kill Cecilia, another has also hired him to capture her alive for their own schemes. But, Ned decides he likes Cecilia and would rather help her escape everyone who is after her. Can she trust him? And what are they going to do about their growing attraction to one another?

I really liked this book, but not as much as The League of Gentlewomen Witches. I think this could be for a couple of reasons. It could be that I just enjoyed the storyline more in the second book. Or that I enjoyed Alex and Charlotte more in that book. I think it helped that more of the focus was on just Alex and Charlotte in book 2 whereas in this book the author also spent a little time on Constantinopla and Tom and even Pleasance, the maid so I felt like we didn’t get to just focus on Cecilia and Ned. It could also just be that book 2 was more well written and if I had read The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels first, I would’ve absolutely loved it. Anyway, I did still really like the book with its humor, whimsy, fantastical romance with a little hilarious steam – I just prefer the second book more!

I can’t wait until the 3rd book comes out next year!

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    • lifeaccordingtojamie

      I did enjoy the humor! It is a series but they can be read as standalones. The second book, The League of Gentlewomen Witches, is about Alex O’Riley and a witch named Charlotte. I actually liked the second book even more than the first!

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