When Lady Lavinia Vaile's estranged husband ends up shot to death in a manner in which Lavinia had previously threatened, her former love interest, Maximilian Harrison steps in to make sure Lavinia remains safe and out of the authority's hands. Since her estrangement from Lord Vaile, Lady Lavinia has taken up with a few ladies of questionable reputations. Lady Vice (Lavinia), Lady Scandal and the Duchess of Decadence, also known as the Furies, run private salons that provide gambling among other rumored entertainments.
Max has always loved Lavinia, but when he went off to India for his career and Lavinia entered into a horrible marriage, all seemed final. When Max returns from India, he sees Lavinia from afar and those feelings he always had for her rise to the surface once more. When she faces accusations of murder, Max risks his stellar reputation to prove her innocence and once in each other's company, the love they once shared blossoms once again, and this time will not be suppressed.
Even with her reputation in tatters, Lavinia has kept her head held high with the help of her friends. Keeping the treatment she suffered at her husband's hands a secret however becomes moot, when Max comes to understand what she has been through, and his deeply ingrained need to protect Lavinia makes him a first rate hero.
This debut novel by author, Wendy LaCapra is a stunning presentation. Lady Vice entices and intrigues with an outstanding story and fascinating characters. This wonderfully written story quickly became one of my favorites and I yearn for the next story in the Furies series.
1 Winner – Will win an eBook copy of The Secrets of a Scoundrel by Gaelen Foley and Watch the Wall My Darling by Jane Aiken Hodge
11 Winners – Will win an eBook copy of ONE of the following books:
In Bed With a Spy by Alyssa Alexander, Reckless Wager by Christy Carlyle, Captured Countess by Ann Lethbridge, To Love a Thief by Darcy Burke, My Lady’s Trust by Julia Justiss, Unraveling Secrets by Lana Williams, A Shocking Delight by Jo Bevelery, Why Dukes Say I Do by Manda Collins, Secrets in Scarlet by Erica Monroe, An Improper Aristocrat by Deb Marlowe and Night Storm by Tracey Devlyn
SPOTLIGHT ON WENDY LACAPRA
BOC: Hi Wendy and welcome to Book Obsessed Chicks…
WENDY: Hi Kimberly! I’m so excited to be on Book Obsessed Chicks.
BOC: For those readers who don’t know you, could you tell us a bit about yourself?
WENDY: I’m a NJ native-turned-New-Yorker who spent a decade or so in Boston honing my office management skills. On the creative side, I’ve always wanted to write romance, even before I understood it was a genre. Historical romance is my passion and I consider myself as much a reader as a writer.
BOC: How did you come up with the idea for Lady Vice?
WENDY: I read a book on the life of Lady Worsley which opened up the seedy world of the Georgian demi-monde to me. I’d been trying to write sweet debutante-at-Almacks stories for ages, but when the Furies (The three ladies in Lady Vice who band together to survive outside society’s strict conventions) were born, everything clicked.
BOC: Do you have a favorite character in Lady Vice?
WENDY: I don’t. I love all three Furies and the men they love (or will love!). After spending so much time with Max, the hero of Lady Vice who is yummy and handsome and honorable to his core, writing Lord Randolph, the hero of the second book, was a bit of a thrill. He’s dark and dangerous and very, very sensual.
BOC:Who are your favorite authors?
WENDY:My newest favorite is Alyssa Alexander. Perennial favorites are Gaelen Foley, Elizabeth Hoyt, Jo Beverley, Miranda Neville, Mary Balogh, Joanna Bourne, Eileen Dreyer and, on the lighter side, Tessa Dare, Sally MacKenzie and Eloisa James. Early favorites were Victoria Holt, Jane Aiken Hodge, Judith Ivory & Laura Kinsale. I could go on but then I’d fill up the whole page.
BOC:What are you reading?
WENDY: I just finished listening to the Audible version of As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride. Oh my. ANY fan of that movie has to get the audio version. To listen to Cary Elwes read his stories feels almost like being the Fred Savage character in the movie. That voice of his…oh my! I’m slowly reading Dear Sugar (which is far too intense to take in all at once). And, I hope to get back to Ann Lethbridge’s Captured Countess soon. Next up? What A Duke Dares by Anna Campbell. Then Trade Me by Courtney Milan.
BOC: What is next for you?
WENDY: Lady Scandal will release later this year and the Duchess Decadence will wrap up The Furies series.
BOC: Where can readers find you on the web and meet you in person in 2015?
WENDY: I’ll be at the Liberty States Fiction Writers Conference in Woodbridge NJ on March 21-22, Lady Jane’s Salon at Madame X in NYC April 6 and, hopefully, the Romance Festival at the Morris-Jumel mansion in NYC on June 20th. On the web I’m at www.wendylacapra.com, Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WendyLaCapraAuthor, Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/wendylacapra, Twitter https://twitter.com/wendylacapra, Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/wendylacapra/
Thank you again for having me!
Wendy LaCapra has been reading romance since she sneaked into the adult section at the library and discovered Victoria Holt & Jane Aiken Hodge. From that point on, she dreamed of creating fictional worlds with as much richness, intrigue and passion as she found within those books. Her stories have placed in several contests, including the 2012 Golden Heart®. She lives in NYC with her husband and loves to hear from readers.
Not every lady plays by the rules.
Lady Lavinia Vaile knows what happens to a woman who puts her faith in society. For her, it was a disastrous marriage to a depraved man-one she threatened to shoot when she left him. Now Lavinia lives outside of society’s strict conventions, hosting private gambling parties. It’s only when her husband is shot dead that Lavinia finds herself in terrible danger…
A former judge in India’s high court, Maximilian Harrison will do anything he can to help Lavinia. In the darkest of times, he held on to thoughts of her and the love they once shared. Now he risks his own position in society―along with his ambitions―in order to clear her name. Yet as desire reignites between them, Lavinia remains caught up in secrets and shame. Her only salvation is to do the unthinkable…and trust in both Maximilian and love.
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