Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ingenue (Book 2, The Flappers)

"Power . . . love . . . scandal . . .There’s never enough to go around.
In the city that never sleeps, Lorraine Dyer is wide awake. Ever since she exposed Clara Knowles for the tramp she was—and lost her closest confidante in the process—Lorraine has spent every second scheming to make her selfish, lovesick ex–best friend pay for what she did. No one crosses Lorraine. Not even Gloria. 
True love conquers everything—or so Gloria Carmody crazily believed. She and Jerome Johnson can barely scrape together cash for their rent, let alone have a moment to whisper sweet nothings in the dark. And if they thought escaping Chicago meant they’d get away with murder . . . they were dead wrong.
Clara was sure that once handsome, charming Marcus Eastman discovered her shameful secret, he’d drop her like a bad habit. Instead, he swept her off her feet and whisked her away to New York. Being with Marcus is a breath of fresh air—and a chance for Clara to leave her wild flapper ways firmly in the past. Except the dazzling parties and bright lights won’t stop whispering her name. . . . 
INGENUE is the second novel in the sexy, dangerous, and ridiculously romantic Flappers series set in the Roaring Twenties . . . where revenge is a dish best served cold."
Plot: The plot was great, you pick up with everyone in New York for the summer. Gloria unrecognizable and  transformed from Debutante to a witty street girl. Lorraine working as a manager of a speakeasy and getting mixed up in the mob, Clara avoiding getting sucked back into her old life and Vera searching for her brother. It all comes together in the end, each of their stories eventually intertwining.

Characters: Everyone is pretty much the same, Minus Gloria who has a little more grit to her. Lorraine is still Selfish,annoying and getting into trouble. I love Clara and her ambitions and Vera is a little easier to like, since she comes of more soft.

Pros: Great Sequel, enjoying 20's read and good for a short summer read as well.

Cons: Nothing really, but I felt there was something missing I just don't know what.

Final Thoughts: I was happy to come back into the 20's with these girls and I enjoyed the fluffy read and liked the addition of a hired hit woman out to get Jerome and Carlito. I would have appreciated if that story line either had a better ending or continued on into the next book and/or was more prominent through the book. I also felt the ending was off, I just don't know why I feel that way. Overall, I would call Ingenue a good Transition book to book 3 and maybe a tad more stronger story..

1 comment:

  1. This reminds me of The Luxe by Anna Godberson, despite having read neither and the fact that they're both set in completely different era's...

    I haven't read the first book in this series, but I've heard about it and must keep an eye out for it!

    Brilliant review, Kelsey.(: