The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton
Series: Dangerous Damsels #1
Published by Berkley on June 15, 2021
Genres: Historical, Romance
Reading Challenges: Debut Author 2021, GoodReads
About The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels
The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton is a delight! Imagine a Victorian England where lady pirates sail the country in their houses, plundering items that the owners were practically begging them to take (by leaving them unattended and in plain sight). And yet, these are no unmannered, unkempt, uncivilized lady pirates. Oh no, these are LADY pirates. The niceties of society must be observed. Like unmarried ladies need to be chaperoned and even married ladies don’t show their ankles in mixed company.
Cecilia Bassingwaite is the perfect Victorian lady. She just happens to have some amazing fighting skills and deft fingers perfect for picking pockets. Cecilia longs to be fully established as a lady pirate, no longer forced to sit at the juniors table when the Wisteria Society gathers.
She gets her hopes up when an assassin knocks on her door, sent by another lady pirate. But soon Cecilia and Ned must team up to defeat a true evil – Morvath, Cecilia’s mad father who’s intent on destroying the Society and marrying Cecilia off to some ninny of a cousin.
My thoughts about The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels
This book gave me strong Gail Carriger vibes in the best way possible. Lots of witty banter, a strong tension between the two leads, lots of swashbuckling, empowered women, and some seriously comedic moments.
India Holton has created a fabulous alternative Victorian England and then peopled her world with incredibly delightful characters. The romance between Cecilia and Ned is so charming with incredible sexual tension (but no steamy scenes). Even the villains of the piece are fabulous even if they do sometimes quote appallingly bad poetry.
This first book in the Dangerous Damsels series is fast-paced, fun, and laugh-out-loud funny. It’ll utterly and completely charm the pants off of you (you can pretend a lady pirate nicked them)!
Looking for an alternative history, fantasy romance with lady pirates, witty banter, and sweet romance? Then The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton is for you!
Thank you NetGalley and Berkley for the ARC.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Debut Author 2021
- NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2021