The Serpent's Kiss

Madelynne Ellis
The Serpent's Kiss
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Incantatrix Press
Release Date
March 2019
Book 7 of Scandalous Seductions
Erotic Romance, Historical Romance, LGBTQ, Ménage or more

Bella Rushdale is the disgrace of the county. Not only has she returned home after eloping still unwed, her scandalous liaison with notorious rakehell, Vaughan, Marquis of Pennerley sets her at loggerheads with her world-weary elder brother. Remote Yorkshire society is scandalised! Something ought to be done. But, the harder Joshua pushes for a match, the less inclination Vaughan shows for making one.

Vaughan has more pressing concerns to attend than worrying about a few rural bumpkins and their waggling tongues. Eight months ago his lover left him and its past time the man was brought to heel. Matters are made additionally vexing by the fact that Viscount Lucerne Marlinscar happens to be the rogue Bella originally ran off with, and for whom the locals are still rooting for her to wed. All right, so Lucerne broke her—and his—heart, and now she swears she doesn't want anything to do with him, but Vaughan's not one to be thwarted by long odds. The three of them are clearly meant to be together. Hence, he's damned well going to ensure that's how they wind up. If that makes him a calculating, callous cad, then so be it.

Older, wiser, yet unable to forgive, and convinced that her future happiness is dependent on Vaughan's love, Bella's determined to hold onto her man no matter the cost to her heart or reputation. She just didn't expect things to get out of hand so quickly or to take such a dramatic turn. Is their forbidden love as ill-fated as the society they inhabit would have them believe, or can three people whose lives and hearts are so inexorably bound overcome their shared past to forge a lasting bond?

The Serpent's Kiss is a Regency-set historical romance with a high heat including M/F, M/M and M/M/F interactions. Those of a timid or nervous disposition are advised against indulging.

Book Review by Merissa (reviewer)
Apr 08, 2019   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
61 people found the following review helpful
THE SERPENT'S KISS is the seventh book in the Scandalous Seductions series, although I haven't read any of the previous books.

Bella is going back home, accompanied by Lord Pennerly, to be a godmother for her deceased friend's daughter. Lucerne, a lover who left them both eight months ago, will be there.

This is a LONG book! I had no idea there were six books prior to this one, but I don't honestly know if you need them as most of their time together is rehashed over and over again.

I found the characters hard to like, for various reasons, but that appears to be me, as other reviews state how wonderful they are.

This is a menage book, but most of the time it is just two of them--either MM or MF. And our main female goes from hating the one who left, to having sex with him within five minutes--this is after three quarters of the book hating him.

This isn't a book for me to re-read, and I won't be reading any others in this series. Saying that, it has had some great reviews by others, so don't take my word for it. Try it for yourself and see what you think.
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