I adore a feisty heroine and when you combine one with a hero, who gives as good as he gets, you know the sparks are literally going to fly off the page.

THE LADY HELLION by Joanna Shupe is the kind of story that I love best. Sophie and Damien’s sometimes childish antics, mixed with verbal sparring that reminds me so much of Moonlighting in it’s hey-day, had me laughing out loud over and over again. What makes it even more fun is that the war of words is clearly nothing more than foreplay, even if it takes a while before they realize that for themselves.

A marquess’s daughter, Lady Sophia Barnes doesn’t take no for an answer. Especially when she’s roaming London’s seedy underground…dressed as a man. A rabble rouser for justice, Sophie’s latest mission is to fight for the rights of the poor, the wretched—and the employees at Madame Hartley’s brothel. She’s not concerned about the criminals who will cross her path, for Sophie has mastered the art of deception—including the art of wearing trousers. Now her fate is in her own hands, along with a loaded gun. All she needs is instruction on how to shoot it. But only one person can help her: Lord Quint, the man who broke her heart years ago. The man she won’t let destroy her again…

The last thing Damien Beecham, Viscount Quint, needs is an intrusion on his privacy, especially from the beautiful, exasperating woman he’s never stopped wanting. A woman with a perilously absurd request, no less! For Damien is fighting a battle of his own, one he wishes to keep hidden—along with his feelings for Lady Sophia. Yet that fight is as hopeless as stopping her outlandish plan. Soon all Quint knows for certain is that he will die trying to protect her…

A real joy to read…

A real joy to read and definitely my version of CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL. In fact, this story was so yummy, that I immediately jumped on the computer to buy the first two books in the Wicked Deceptions series, read them back to back AND THEN, read this one all over again. It’s simply that wonderful!

Massive kudos to Joanna Shupe for creating not only a story, but a world of characters I would love to live in.

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Teresa Spreckelmeyer
Teresa St. Mary - Teresa, is a wearer of many hats (figuratively) including, mother, wife, graphic designer, event planner, web developer and a self-admitted, avid reader of historical romance novels. Although Teresa is a “small town girl” (again, figuratively) from Missouri, through her various workings with clients and events, in and out of the west coast entertainment industry, she laughingly refers to Los Angeles as her second home. Teresa has produced marketing design work for actors, directors, writers and film studios, among others and played a strong behind-the-scenes role in the creation of entertainment oriented, fundraising events in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas over the past nine years.