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Minerva Spencer

Autor(a) de Notorious

42+ Works 787 Membros 84 Críticas

About the Author

Inclui os nomes: S M Goodwin, S. M. LaViolette


Obras por Minerva Spencer

Notorious (2020) 143 exemplares
Dangerous (2018) 80 exemplares
Outrageous (2021) 78 exemplares
The Arrangement (2020) — Autor — 71 exemplares
Infamous (2021) 62 exemplares
Barbarous (2018) 46 exemplares
Scandalous (2019) 37 exemplares
Absence of Mercy (2020) 32 exemplares
The Music of Love (2019) — Autor — 17 exemplares
The Footman (2020) 13 exemplares
Crooked in His Ways (2021) 13 exemplares
The Cutthroat Countess (2023) 11 exemplares
Hyacinth (2023) — Autor — 9 exemplares

Associated Works

Duke in a Box (2022) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
LaViolette, Shantal Marie
Outros nomes
LaViolette, S.M.
Goodwin, S.M.
Data de nascimento
20th Century
Local de nascimento
Locais de residência
New Mexico, USA
Pamela Hopkins



The Cutthroat Countess by Minerva Spencer
The Wicked Women of Whitechapel #3

A delightful addition to the series ~ Kept reading till nearly 3am to see how it would all end ~ Love this author and this series.

What I liked:
* Jo “Blade” Brown: focused, skilled, lethal, bodyguard, works for her living, investigator, skilled with blades, has secrets, feels chemistry for and with Elliott Wingate, learns something surprising that will change her life
* Honorable Elliott Wingate: fourth son of an early, spy for England, high moral standards, good friend, fits in like a chameleon, drawn to Jo, caring, protective, a good man
* That Jo is, in some ways, stronger and more capable than Elliott
* The two parts to the story – the first in France and the second in England
* The information that come out about Jo’s past and heritage
* That though there is disparity in the upbringing and social status of the two main characters, they find a way to be together by the end of the book
* The plot, pacing, setting, and writing
* That the women in this series are more than window dressing – fierce, fiery, capable, forthright, and equal to any man
* Getting to catch up with the characters in the previous two books of the series
* Wondering if Helen will have a book of her own

What I didn’t like:
* Who and what I was meant not to like

Did I enjoy this book? Yes
Would I read more by this author? Definitely

Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the ARC – This is my honest review.

5 Stars
… (mais)
CathyGeha | 2 outras críticas | Dec 23, 2023 |
Trust no-one!

A mantra Blade (Josephine Brown) has lived with for years. Not for her the usual upbringing! Death and violence, hiding, travelling great distances in dangerous places, have all been her way of life. This is the final in the ‘Wicked Women of Whitechapel’ series.
I find Blade the most fascinating of Spencer’s Farnham’s Fantastical Female Fayre ladies. She’s always been distant and mysterious, accompanied by her Raven Angus, disappearing from time to time, then turning up unexpectedly.
As for Elliot Wingate, he’s equally as admirable, intelligent and solid. Fourth son of an earl he’s been an effective English, able to blend in perfectly no matter the situation, as Blade attests.
Jo (Blade) is lethal with the various knives she always has about her person.
Her tame raven Angus is wonderfully eccentric (if birds can be that), and appears to be quite fond of Elliot.
Jo, with her father Mungo (now deceased) had been working for various clients across Europe, during the Napoleonic Wars on highly confidential matters.
Just after the war the Fayre travels to Prussia, acting as a front for the Duke of Stanton and his friends, who are following a lead about the Duke’s brother. He’d gone missing whilst an intelligence officer with Wellington.
Jo is there with the Fayre, working as a knife thrower, but also on other business. When Elliot is captured by the Red Caps, ex militia who now, in the war torn aftermath, terrorised the locals. Fortunately she’s able to rescue him from these vicious rebels.
As the story unfolds we learn more about Blade and her past life. Then information comes to light that smacks her right in the face, leaving her reeling.
Wow! Will Elliot rise to the occasion or will he revert to being the typical idiotic Englishman?
Intrigue, suspense and humor dog the pages for a startling, yet not surprising reveal.

A Kensington Books ARC via NetGalley.
Many thanks to the author and publisher.
… (mais)
eyes.2c | 2 outras críticas | Oct 16, 2023 |
A solid 3.75 stars

*Thanks NetGalley for the ARC*

I was drawn by the cover and blurb and this was a very pleasant surprise indeed. First of all, although the POVs were from both leads, I genuinely feel this was more a Gabriel aka Jibril! (more on that later) story. We got a lot of his background, more on his family and I honestly just felt I knew him more. Drsuilla came across as an independent assured woman of means who secretly had always been very drawn to Gabe and because she felt she had no chances, bickered with him instead. These 2 had very strong personalities and tended to always clash with each other until the Book fates brought them together.

How they came together is a book staple but i really appreciated that Gabe did not do a woe beside me routine before doing what he must. It would have been even greater fun seeing how their marriage of convenience evolved into long lasting affection if there had been just a little more communication. I understand that Drusilla was insecure due to circumstances and all she knew (or thought she did) about Gabe but there were indeed frustrating turns when she just refused to talk!

I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the friendships it showed and Gabriel's mom was an utter delight! I would have loved to know how she got to her present place in this book and felt it was glossed over, but a little research indicates that she is in earlier books that I will now look for. I sincerely feel this was the first period romance I read that the Hero was a Muslim and it was a delight especially because the author did not make a big deal of it at all. It fit in so well. She wrote about his place of birth and palace intricacies with an assured hand that I really appreciated and I genuinely delighted in that. It truly did not feel like inclusion just for the sake of it. I also enjoyed the LGBTQ representation and how it was portrayed.

This was a very easy read and I honestly did not put it down once I started. It has a whole lot of plot going on with the mistresses, and duels and past palace stuff but all in all was a great read.
… (mais)
DramPan | 16 outras críticas | Sep 6, 2023 |
*2.5 stars*

This is the second book in a series and one I didn’t enjoy as much as the first.

The ML was very different from the first book and there was not a lot of justification why. I had to reread some aspects in Notorious (the first book) just to be sure I wasn’t misremembering things but indeed his actions here were almost completely different from the first. I still enjoyed Eva from the first book.

One main thing that took me out of the story and actually dimmed my enjoyment of the book was the references that kept being made about the age gap in the strangest circumstances. I read a lot of books that I enjoy with huge age gaps, but they kept being referred to in a strange way here and that interfered with my ability to stay and be immersed in the world built.

Overall, this was an okay read but I will admit to preferring the first book in the series over it.

Thanks to the author and NetGalley for the ARC.
… (mais)
DramPan | 6 outras críticas | Sep 6, 2023 |


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