Previously reviewed in this series:
Once it seemed as if Angela Ripon and Matthew Harkness, Earl of Colton, would be wed. Angela's defiant spark caught Matthew's attention, but when it seemed to go out without any warning he dismissed her as too timid for his tastes. With a behavior change triggered by overhearing Matthew with a mistress, Angela is left angry and wanting him to feel what she felt at his rejection. And the only way she can think of to do that is to learn seduction from the infamous Madame Rouge, to make the Earl burn for her so that she can teach him rejection.
The two of them fall into a dangerous and exciting game, one where more than hearts are on the line.
Angel in Scarlet is a creative continuation of the Bound and Determined series, with some interesting development/growth regarding a rather obnoxious familiar antagonist. I'm wondering if he'll be transitioning from a general annoyance and bother to a protagonist of his own story soon.
Matthew Harkness does really deserve getting some sense knocked in to him. Putting it bluntly, and even the whole mistress thing aside, he is more than just a bit of a dick to Angela. Is Miss Ripon's method the best? That's up for debate, but it does work out for all of them in the end, and she does bludgeon some insight into her target.
The stories within the series tend to have something of a formula (as do most romance novels), and while they're we'll done, I wouldn't mind a bit more of a derivation from the secretly-kinky-man and the eager-to-learn woman. Especially since one of the regular points is the man "testing" the woman's resolve (point of note - the Ruby stories actually have less of this, but also don't have much kink). I'm kind of hoping that one of her future stories in this series has a dominant woman instead of a man. I'd say at this point Mastering the Marquess remains my favorite, but I've been looking for each new release as they come out.
Advanced Reader Copy copy courtesy of Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley; differences may exist between uncorrected galley text and the final edition.