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Bridgerton fans and readers of Scarlett Scott, Darcy Burke, and K.J. Jackson won’t want to miss this smart and stirring new holiday love story from the acclaimed author of Outrageous. A mean girl reformed... Once the reigning beauty of her social set, Celia--whom the newspapers dubbed Lady Infamous--has fallen on hard times and is practically destitute, her reputation in shr Bridgerton fans and readers of Scarlett Scott, Darcy Burke, and K.J. Jackson won’t want to miss this smart and stirring new holiday love story from the acclaimed author of Outrageous. A mean girl reformed... Once the reigning beauty of her social set, Celia--whom the newspapers dubbed Lady Infamous--has fallen on hard times and is practically destitute, her reputation in shreds. When Celia is forced to attend a society wedding as a companion to an elderly guest, she must confront the clique she once commanded; the gentleman she'd once hoped to marry--who is now wed to a girl Celia relentlessly taunted; and the powerful man who ruined her life a decade before--and is threatening to do so again... A hero transformed... Then there is Richard, the studious boy Celia used to ridicule, who is now gorgeous, wealthy, and more-than-a-little famous. As a youth, Richard was infatuated with Celia. He still seems intrigued, but Celia has acquired a shocking secret along with her hard-won humility. Will it put an end to the love blossoming between them? Does she have the courage to find out?


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Bridgerton fans and readers of Scarlett Scott, Darcy Burke, and K.J. Jackson won’t want to miss this smart and stirring new holiday love story from the acclaimed author of Outrageous. A mean girl reformed... Once the reigning beauty of her social set, Celia--whom the newspapers dubbed Lady Infamous--has fallen on hard times and is practically destitute, her reputation in shr Bridgerton fans and readers of Scarlett Scott, Darcy Burke, and K.J. Jackson won’t want to miss this smart and stirring new holiday love story from the acclaimed author of Outrageous. A mean girl reformed... Once the reigning beauty of her social set, Celia--whom the newspapers dubbed Lady Infamous--has fallen on hard times and is practically destitute, her reputation in shreds. When Celia is forced to attend a society wedding as a companion to an elderly guest, she must confront the clique she once commanded; the gentleman she'd once hoped to marry--who is now wed to a girl Celia relentlessly taunted; and the powerful man who ruined her life a decade before--and is threatening to do so again... A hero transformed... Then there is Richard, the studious boy Celia used to ridicule, who is now gorgeous, wealthy, and more-than-a-little famous. As a youth, Richard was infatuated with Celia. He still seems intrigued, but Celia has acquired a shocking secret along with her hard-won humility. Will it put an end to the love blossoming between them? Does she have the courage to find out?

30 review for Infamous

  1. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    This is the third book in the Rebels of the Ton series and I liked it the best of the three so far. The author seems to be settling into her rhythm now and this one has a slightly unusual storyline which makes it more interesting. The title refers to one of the main characters, Celia, who is known about town as Lady Infamous due to some of her actions. These become so disapproved of that she is obliged to drop out of sight and become a ladies companion. Eventually however she has to accompany her This is the third book in the Rebels of the Ton series and I liked it the best of the three so far. The author seems to be settling into her rhythm now and this one has a slightly unusual storyline which makes it more interesting. The title refers to one of the main characters, Celia, who is known about town as Lady Infamous due to some of her actions. These become so disapproved of that she is obliged to drop out of sight and become a ladies companion. Eventually however she has to accompany her mistress to a large house party where she meets again all the other people who were involved in her downfall. There are some excellent characters both good and bad. Richard who was the original victim has grown up from being a skinny nerd into a very good looking man who is well travelled, well educated and even famous - he is about to be knighted for his services to science. Of course this being a romance he has always loved Celia. Is there any way they can get over the past and be together? This turned out to be a really enjoyable book and one that was hard to put down. Full marks again for the beautiful cover too! Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Barbara’s rating: 5 of 5 Stars Series: Rebels of the Ton #3 Publication Date: 9/28/21 Period: Long Regency (George IV) 1828 Number of Pages: 352 This was a most delightful read with engaging characters, two lovely romances, and a lesson for all of us – people are not always who/what they seem. I love it when I get two romances in a book – and both of these are really lovely. I almost said that one of them was a second chance romance, but I’m not sure that is true because they never had a chance at ro Barbara’s rating: 5 of 5 Stars Series: Rebels of the Ton #3 Publication Date: 9/28/21 Period: Long Regency (George IV) 1828 Number of Pages: 352 This was a most delightful read with engaging characters, two lovely romances, and a lesson for all of us – people are not always who/what they seem. I love it when I get two romances in a book – and both of these are really lovely. I almost said that one of them was a second chance romance, but I’m not sure that is true because they never had a chance at romance the first time. Our first couple is Lucian and Phyllida (Phil) who had never even met prior to the night they were compelled to become betrothed. Lucian was planning to ask the woman he loved, Celia Trent, to marry him. He would be paying a visit to her father the following morning. Ah – such are the puny plans of men. Fate, however, is wiser than we are and sometimes steps in whether we wish her to or not. A very nasty trick, meant for someone else, goes awry and Phil and Lucian end up locked in a closet overnight – which, of course, necessitates marriage for them. Phyllida has lived with the insecurity of knowing she was not her husband’s chosen bride for the last ten years. She has pushed him away – and pushed him away – and pushed him away – and their marriage is definitely feeling the strain. After ten years and two children, Lucian is at his wit's end – until he gets some unsolicited advice from his bachelor brother, Richard. Richard and Celia – what an unlikely pair – or are they? Richard was supposed to be the one on whom the nasty trick was to be played. Richard was supposed to be the one trapped in the closet with Phyllida because both of them were the recipients of the ‘bad girls’ scorn. When the trick is revealed, it seems the only person to pay a price – other than Lucian and Phyllida – is Celia. Not only does she lose Lucian – who was to be her salvation – she is cast out of society to begin a horrible ten years of suffering. When the four of them are thrown together at a Christmas house party meant to celebrate Richard and Lucian’s sister’s wedding, tensions run very, very high. Phyllida’s insecurities rise to an incredible level, Richard is just Richard (you’ll love him), Lucian has fallen in love with his wife and doesn’t want Celia anywhere around, and Celia has no choice because she is now the paid companion to a very cranky old lady who insists they attend the house party. It was utterly delightful to watch these four navigate the rocky road that is before them. Misconceptions are explored, forgiveness is given, a nasty viper of a villain is thwarted, and – well – love wins. I loved this delightfully well-written, well-paced, very romantic read. I loved learning how Celia had grown and changed, and I loved seeing Phyllida blossom under Lucian’s care. Then, there is the BIG fall for our thoroughly analytical scientist, Richard. Richard doesn’t believe in love – until he falls and falls hard. I don’t think one romance really outshines the other, both are very different, and both are very romantic. I can definitely recommend this book and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jenn (The Book Refuge)

    *Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.* Wow... this book was... wow. The Rebels of the Ton series has been quite an adventure for me. I have had my ups and downs with it, but one thing that is always true is the very compelling characters that the author writes. She doesn't shy away from giving a character some unfavorable traits, and sometimes makes them almost unlikeable. But of course, characters... and people too are more than what *Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.* Wow... this book was... wow. The Rebels of the Ton series has been quite an adventure for me. I have had my ups and downs with it, but one thing that is always true is the very compelling characters that the author writes. She doesn't shy away from giving a character some unfavorable traits, and sometimes makes them almost unlikeable. But of course, characters... and people too are more than what we see at the beginning. And growing with them, watching them learn a lesson or two and come out stronger is the beauty of being a reader. This book is about Celia Trent a.k.a. Mrs. Pehlam. Who went from Society diamond and mean girl to being a lady's companion. When she was young and reckless and cruel she made some mistakes and she meddled in some peoples lives in unavoidable ways and then she had a fall from grace, that was inevitable for her but hidden to the Ton until it happened. 10 years later, she goes to a house party with her patroness and is thrust back into the lives of those she wronged. It is a humbling experience, but also a spark to make change happen all around her. Richard was a man that Celia had mocked and tried to ruin. When what she really did was ruin his twin, by accident. But Richard is a scientist and has an academic mind that doesn't hold grudges for the past and in fact, he is fascinated by Celia and wants to know her better than he ever did before. This story also spends a good amount of time focusing on Phyillida and Lucian, the couple that Celia forced into marriage by a prank gone wrong. They have spend years at arms length and their marriage is about to get a revamp in a way they never expected. Will the coldness melt away into passion or will they stay doomed to impersonal bed chamber visits once a month? I just ached for everyone in this book, more than I usually like to, in fact, but as I said.... it was so compelling. I couldn't wait to see how it all worked out. I liked seeing a former mean girl get her redemption, and to find out what made her that way in the first place. Not as an excuse but as a look into why hurt people hurt people... this book really goes there and I was riveted. This book won't be for everyone, I know that right now but I will be passionate in it's defense and I look forward to seeing people give it a chance. Lady Infamous has some secrets to share and you will want to be there when she does. 4.5/5 stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    eyes.2c

    Life changing moments! I love Richard, Viscount Redvers, the nerd who's not a nerd. The man quietly simmers. Entomologist, naturalist and adventurer, Richard is returning home for his sister Antonia’s wedding--to a man he loathed, Sebastian Fanshawe, the Duke of Dowden, slithery as a snake and twice as poisonous. Unknowingly, joining the party is the widowed Celia Pelham. She is now Dowden’s aunt, Lady Yancy’s companion / maid. Ten years ago Celia had been known as CT , the brightest star of her Life changing moments! I love Richard, Viscount Redvers, the nerd who's not a nerd. The man quietly simmers. Entomologist, naturalist and adventurer, Richard is returning home for his sister Antonia’s wedding--to a man he loathed, Sebastian Fanshawe, the Duke of Dowden, slithery as a snake and twice as poisonous. Unknowingly, joining the party is the widowed Celia Pelham. She is now Dowden’s aunt, Lady Yancy’s companion / maid. Ten years ago Celia had been known as CT , the brightest star of her season, and whom all thought was going to marry Richard’s twin brother Lucien, including Celia. At that time, Celia secretly filled all Richard’ thoughts even as he knew Celia was all the woman his brother was determined marry. That was until a scandal threw Lucien and Celia’s friend Phyliida Singleton into an unfortunate situation. Celia as the instigator of the occasion is tagged Lady Infamous by Society. And just who was the behind this? Well let’s just say that whilst Celia might have pulled the trigger, the architect it seems was none other than the tardy bridegroom-to-be. To be fair, in the here and now, the house wedding party was the last place Celia wanted to be. Heaps of drama and nefarious doings happen, as our entomologist comes to find out that relationships aren't always down to survival of the fittest, there’s sometimes something more. The thing is I'm never sure whether I like Celia. I really had to think about how to respond to her. Certainly in her “infamous” incarnation she's a mean girl, a cat and a bully. As the story moves forward we learn why. I can't help but be shocked by her being only seventeen when the story first begins. Now she's ten years older and wiser. A survivor. As much a victim of male perpetrators as others. How does a seventeen year old protect herself if there's no one to stand by her side? Sebastian is all that is bad. And the perpetrator who never stops persecuting Celia, even after all this time. I did love Antonia's way of handling him. Redemption comes for Celia, as other threads of the story come together. Not without heartache and despair. Another sparkling tale from Spencer bringing together parties from previous times such as those of the twins’ and Antonia’s parents, Baron and Baroness Ramsay. A Kensington Books ARC via NetGalley

  5. 5 out of 5

    ChasingLeslie

    Studious Richard Redvers was infatuated with Miss Celia Trent, and his twin brother Lucian planned to marry her. But a gambling father and a prank-gone-wrong have left mean girl Celia destitute. A decade later, she's forced to face her past when she has to attend Richard's and Lucian's sister's wedding as a companion to an elderly guest. This is the third book in the Rebels of the Ton series. Besides a brief appearance from book two's couple, this book stands completely alone. I had mixed feeling Studious Richard Redvers was infatuated with Miss Celia Trent, and his twin brother Lucian planned to marry her. But a gambling father and a prank-gone-wrong have left mean girl Celia destitute. A decade later, she's forced to face her past when she has to attend Richard's and Lucian's sister's wedding as a companion to an elderly guest. This is the third book in the Rebels of the Ton series. Besides a brief appearance from book two's couple, this book stands completely alone. I had mixed feelings about this book because it wasn't just about Celia and Richard - which the blurb implies - but a large overarching story about how Celia was manipulated and her actions had unexpected consequences. There are dual love stories and secrets to be uncovered. Because so many elements are packed in, I felt like Celia and Richard's romance didn't get to develop as much as I wanted. I did, however, like the fallout at the end. 3.5 stars, rounded to 4. Tropes: Class Difference, Ugly Duckling, Twins, Working Heroine Steam Rating: 3 (two for main couple, one for secondary couple) * I received an ARC and this is my honest review. #Infamous #NetGalley

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brinley

    I really loved this one!! After the massive disappointment that was Outrageous, I was just praying this was better. Thankfully it was, and has redeemed my faith in Minerva Spencer. I think my favorite thing about this was how developed every character was. All of them had their flaws, and it was amazing. I feel like this aspect was definitely much better than it was in the other books, as I don't remember caring much about the characters in the prior books. Celia's arc was done incredibly well, I really loved this one!! After the massive disappointment that was Outrageous, I was just praying this was better. Thankfully it was, and has redeemed my faith in Minerva Spencer. I think my favorite thing about this was how developed every character was. All of them had their flaws, and it was amazing. I feel like this aspect was definitely much better than it was in the other books, as I don't remember caring much about the characters in the prior books. Celia's arc was done incredibly well, and I loved the way it came to a conclusion. She didn't feel like a bad person, she just felt flawed. I loved how this deviated from the typical "mean girl" narrative we normally see. This was so much more, and I loved it for that. I also loved how this followed two couples instead of just one. When I read this was about a set of brothers, I am was super worried it would just be a love triangle. It wasn't, and it excelled because of that. I was rooting for Phyillida and Lucien just as much as Richard and Celia. Both of the relationships balanced spice and emotion perfectly. Although I've loved and hated books in this series, I can't wait to see what else Spencer comes out with. She has a talent for writing strong romances and complex characters, which are two things I love. I'd definitely recommend this! Thanks to Netgalley and Minerva Spencer for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    A mean girl gets her comeuppance and a gawky geek is forced to re-think his theory on love when they reunite at a Christmas Wedding house party. First a gorgeous cover, a curious title, and finally that blurb. It was well-nigh time for me to give Minerva Spencer's books a go and, I can only say, "Yet another author I shouldn't have waited so long to try!" Infamous is the third of the Rebels of the Ton series which is the second generation stories of her The Outcasts series. I had no trouble readi A mean girl gets her comeuppance and a gawky geek is forced to re-think his theory on love when they reunite at a Christmas Wedding house party. First a gorgeous cover, a curious title, and finally that blurb. It was well-nigh time for me to give Minerva Spencer's books a go and, I can only say, "Yet another author I shouldn't have waited so long to try!" Infamous is the third of the Rebels of the Ton series which is the second generation stories of her The Outcasts series. I had no trouble reading this out of order, but for those who are sticklers, yes, there are scenes with and mentions of the previous couples in both series. Infamous opens in the past when the key players were experiencing the London season and matrimony was a possibility for two until spite and malice destroyed that chance. There were a pair of identical twin young men who are opposites- suave Earl and dashing to the ladies was Lucien and awkward, scholarly and a joke among the ladies and gents, Richard. Lucien plans to propose to the prettiest woman of the Ton and Rich is well aware that Celia is only after Lucien's title and wealth even while she and her golden set, including the Duke of Bowden, are the cruel people who make fun of him and others like Phillida. Years later, Celia is a dreary hired companion to a crotchety old woman, Luce and Phil were a forced marriage because of the scandal Celia helped cause, and Rich is a renowned naturalist on the verge of a knighthood. Along with the other players in the past, they all converge on Luce and Rich's home estate for the marriage celebration of their younger sister to Bowden. Celia would rather be anywhere else, Luce and Phil appear cold and distant, and Toni refuses to see Bowden for what he is. Rich, the awkward one sees them all clearly and goes against his isolationist nature to do what he can. This time, though, he will make the gorgeous Celia see him rather than his twin. And, Celia, has many regrets, but realizing her mistake about overlooking Richard Redvers for his twin is foremost on her mind. If she can only keep Bowden and his dangerous threats from finishing the ruin of Lady Infamous, Celia's mean girl title. It's a tricky thing to reform a mean girl who was the real deal and make readers want to cheer her on to happy, but the author did a grand job and not far into the story at that. Celia might have been mean, but some others were evil and cruel making Celia's malice seem tame. In fact, my fickle self started to feel sorry for her after seeing that she properly served her time and was truly penitent. Then I was cheering her on as she let Richard lead her into a more colorful, lively world of seduction and play. Richard was a fabulous awkward, complex hero with his scholarly fixation on beetles and the breeding habits of the animal kingdom, his direct and sometimes salacious statements, and his security in his own skin so the cruelty of others slid right off him. He wasn't ignorant of other people or their motives and, in fact, was the only one to see through the charm of some hideous people when others who saw him as an oddity and lacking in people skills couldn't see the truth. He's one of the few to truly see Celia and I enjoyed how he didn't blow off the bad stuff she did, but he was deft at letting the past go for what he wanted in the present. And, oh did this lusty man want and show a woman some ecstasy. I dearly love to loathe on a villain and the author gave me one or two to really hate on. Oh, the hurtful and conniving plotting this one did and all the while people were twisted to his control and lives were devastated. Where was a convenient carriage to plow him over when needed? But, never fear, he gets his and it was sensational. I wish a few of his cohorts had a comeuppance, too, but I suppose having to live out their lives as the empty wasters they were is a punishment of sorts. Fun that this was set during the Christmas season and all the goings on happened with this and the dreaded wedding looming in the background. It was also fun to have the bonus of a secondary romance going on in the background for a pair my heart went out to from the beginning. It blended well into the main threads of the story as did the time of Rich within his family circle and the glimpses of that crazy-wonderful Redvers family. I could gush on and on, but in the end, this was a marvelous intro to a new to me author and you bet your breeches I'll be tackling her backlist plus, I will be pressing ahead with any new releases in this series especially if a certain gal with a stunning right hook gets her romance. Historical Romance lovers who want sexy, flirty, and a plot that can dig a little deeper into the dark at times, should definitely give this book/series a go. I rec'd an eARC from NetGalley to read in exchange for an honest review. This book was a buddy read with Melissa for COYER Community.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Infamous is a refreshing, different, heart-wrenching love story of two couples and second chances. This story provides heartache, redemption, and all-encompassing love. Minerva Spencer delivers an intricate, lovingly written tale of how bad choices elementally change us for the worse, but most importantly, how we learn from them and create something extraordinary from the ashes. This plot is quite intricate, and there is much left out of the blurb at the front of the book. I will simply ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Infamous is a refreshing, different, heart-wrenching love story of two couples and second chances. This story provides heartache, redemption, and all-encompassing love. Minerva Spencer delivers an intricate, lovingly written tale of how bad choices elementally change us for the worse, but most importantly, how we learn from them and create something extraordinary from the ashes. This plot is quite intricate, and there is much left out of the blurb at the front of the book. I will simply say that the story focuses on four individuals whose lives are irrevocably altered after a nefarious trick goes horribly wrong. We start the story ten years past the aftermath of the fateful night that up-ended four lives. One couple, locked in a cold marriage, is trying to find their way back to each other. The other find each other after much pain and strife. Celia is the center point of the entire tragedy. Pushed into being the antagonist by an evil man, she pays the consequences of her actions tenfold. Celia is a tragic figure, brought low after causing so many people pain. Celia is humbled and degraded again and again. Even though she created this disaster, no one deserves the pain she endured. After ten years of deprivation and degradation, Celia finds Richard, a man she ridiculed and rejected years ago. The couple instantly ignites the page with their attraction. Richard and Celia’s journey is a long one, fraught with consequences over the past. Lucien and Phyllida are the other couple, mired in ten years of a marriage full of misunderstanding and strife. Their journey back to one another is tenderly passionate. Both couples have a second chance at happiness if only they are brave enough to take that first step. The writing coordinates the many moving parts of this story flawlessly. The story, which could have been muddled and mired, is instead uniquely written to cast a beautiful spotlight on these terribly flawed people who deserve a second chance at happiness and love. The story fell together perfectly, and the pace moved seamlessly for such an expansive storyline. This book grabbed my interest in the first chapter and demanded my attention until the last sentence. The author orchestrated a tale of tragedy, redemption, and love that I will not soon forget. I encourage you to take the chance on this hauntingly beautiful book; you won’t regret it. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn DeHerrera

    TW: sexual assault, rape I've learned that when I pick up a Minerva Spencer book, I'm guaranteed three things: steamy romance, complex characters, and a dark narrative. Spencer doesn't shy away from unsettling topics, which makes her books different than the typical historical romance, hence the TWs. Celia is a former mean girl who pulled a prank at a ball ten years ago, ruining the lives of several people and resulting in the nickname Lady Infamous. In the present we follow Celia, twin brothers TW: sexual assault, rape I've learned that when I pick up a Minerva Spencer book, I'm guaranteed three things: steamy romance, complex characters, and a dark narrative. Spencer doesn't shy away from unsettling topics, which makes her books different than the typical historical romance, hence the TWs. Celia is a former mean girl who pulled a prank at a ball ten years ago, ruining the lives of several people and resulting in the nickname Lady Infamous. In the present we follow Celia, twin brothers Lucien and Richard, and Phil, Lucien's wife, as they all gather for a Christmas wedding. As the wedding day draws near, shocking truths from that long-ago night emerge, as well as secrets kept in the ten years since then. Overall, I feel like the writing was well done and that Spencer told a compelling story. Even when the characters had traits or did things that were unlikable, I was rooting for all of them to get their HEA. There are also some Easter Eggs for those who have read the previous book in the series, Outrageous. If you're looking for a page turner, second chance romance, or just a book with some interesting characters, I would highly recommend. Many thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This is quite a long and convoluted story about a mean and spiteful woman, Celia. She has a trick she plays on someone backfire into scandal and disgrace for her. Years later she is a servant who visits the country house of the family she tried to ruin. Richard, the object of her ridicule, forgives her and still finds himself attracted to her. Though Celia has been manipulated by others, I still find her transformation suspect. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Kensington Books for my honest This is quite a long and convoluted story about a mean and spiteful woman, Celia. She has a trick she plays on someone backfire into scandal and disgrace for her. Years later she is a servant who visits the country house of the family she tried to ruin. Richard, the object of her ridicule, forgives her and still finds himself attracted to her. Though Celia has been manipulated by others, I still find her transformation suspect. I received an ARC from NetGalley and Kensington Books for my honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shifra ♕

    In need of a reprieve from your cookie cutter, altruistic, regency heroines, who all- if not nobly, then naively- vow only to wed for love, or die a destitute spinster? If you thought even a tentative 'yes,' then welcome aboard! Synopsis: Miss Celia Trent, were she placed in any other story already housing a plucky protagonist, would surely be cast the antagonist for she is- from the outside- the consummate mean girl: calculating in her husband hunting, a ringleader of a posse of snarky bullies, In need of a reprieve from your cookie cutter, altruistic, regency heroines, who all- if not nobly, then naively- vow only to wed for love, or die a destitute spinster? If you thought even a tentative 'yes,' then welcome aboard! Synopsis: Miss Celia Trent, were she placed in any other story already housing a plucky protagonist, would surely be cast the antagonist for she is- from the outside- the consummate mean girl: calculating in her husband hunting, a ringleader of a posse of snarky bullies, and of course the undisputed reigning beauty of the season. Indeed, fictional portrayals have not held back any punches in depicting beautiful mean girls, casting them in irredeemable lights: insipid, one-dimensional creatures, that are cruel just for the sport of it. Ahh, were it as black and white as that life would be oh so simple! But it is not of course, and Infamous affords us a complex, human, and thus intrinsically imperfect heroine, who due to a perfect storm of desperation, coercion, and fake friends makes a mistake that lands two perfectly innocent individuals- one of whom would have otherwise wed her and solved all her problems- into an undesired compromise. Her handiwork, though unintentional, is squarely attributed to her and she goes overnight from desired and on the precipice of a brilliant match, to shunned, earning the sobriquet: 'Lady Infamous.' We then flash forward a decade and find Celia is now companion to a Lady Yancy and goes by Mrs. Pelham. She will be forced to revisit that unhappy chapter that transformed her life & sobered her fanciful notions, when a wedding Lady Yancy is invited to reunites her and all the key players that featured in her darkest hour. The groom happens to be Sebastian Fanshawe, the Duke of Dowden, an influential & charismatic puppet master, who abuses his influence to keep others- amongst which is our Celia- under his thumb & do his bidding. As the bride in question is Miss Redvers, it is hosted at the estate of her brother, Lucien Redvers, Earl of Davenport. He is the man victim to Celia's compromise, and was forced to wed a rather plain, on the shelf, bluestocking: Phyllida. Lucien: He had fancied himself in love with Celia, at least before she showed her hand with the prank. What few know is that he was never the intended target, that distinction belongs to Lucien's dorky, bespectacled, twin brother: Viscount Richard Redvers. You've heard of resting bitch face? Well allow me to introduce you to 'Resting Dissecting Face,' a most off-putting affliction that Richard suffers; that coupled with his fascination for creepy crawlers as a naturalist marked him as a sore thumb in the upper echelons of London society. Richard: He also has the misfortune of earning a powerful and determined nemesis in Sebastian. Richard, were he your 'neurotypical' sort of man would hold a grudge, and justly, against the woman who would have so carelessly tried to compromise him as a prank, and had penned a scathing 'Ode to Odious' in his honor- but Richard isn't wired as such. Armed with an analytical mind, and likely on the spectrum to an extent, renders him enviably able to rise above such trivialities and be unbothered. Due to this objective lens, he regards Celia as a source of fascination, and undoubtedly, beauty. When Sebastian arrives to find Celia, who knows too much of what he truly is, he threatens her to make herself scare or else... Surrounded by those who resent her, those who have used her ill, and in great social disadvantage, in 'The Reunion from Hell on Steroids,' how will the former Miss Trent fare in the trenches? What Worked: ♡Characters felt authentic, well rounded, and were active. They never did anything that made me want to tear my hair out- which is increasingly rare in novels. ♡Witty dialogue, good prose, and engaging plot. ♡Celia’s journey! I loved how Celia’s insecurity and it leading to her folding to peer pressure and becoming a mean girl, even as her conscience haunted her, is portrayed. Celia was sick and tired of arguing with her conscience- a battered, bruised, and malnourished thing that refused to die no matter how badly she abused it. Her growth is in stunning evidence. As any girl who has survived the trials of cliques in school and the petty politics therein I think it really humanized the bullies who fall into those roles. I found her well written and compelling. ♡Phill's and Lucian’s honest portrayal of a marriage and coming to care for one another. ♡Celia & Richard's love story was potent. What Irked: ✗I had a deuce of a time getting into it, but by 40 percent I was unable to put it down and finished thereafter straight through. ✗The insight into the baser inclined mind of Richard was a bit much for me but that got better with progression of story. I will say Richard is aptly named- the abbreviation of his name becomes him- for every other thought of his is phallic centered. The brunt of his narrative is the jarring insight into an overgrown, horny teenage boys mind I had never hoped to glimpse, and reading it was an unnerving, nose wrinkling, chore. The Brass Tacks: I must admit that when I got this ARC I realized belatedly it was a series and decided to go read the first installment 'Notorious' and couldn't get through it. I was starting to regret having requested this but to my not so small relief I enjoyed it immensely. There was a lot to admire about this work: the characters, the plot that kept feeding reveals, the protagonist, and the layers to it. I found this engaging, satisfying, humorous, and it compelled pauses in appreciation of certain clever wording. Reader, if you are still here, then I would encourage you to try it as I found it well worth the read. ꙳ Spice Scale rating: Heady Habanero 🌶 🌶🌶🌶/5 ꙳ Wear gloves while handling! In the spirit of the Scoville Scale- a system that measures the degree of spicy- I am coopting it to facilitate rating the degree of sensual content in reading material. For expanded scale ref. photos. I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 📎 If you liked this, you might like Secrets of a Summer Night

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anu

    I requested this book because I loved Dangerous. I wanted to read more of Minerva Spencer and get a better idea of the author and her style. Now, this book is the third one in the Revels of the Ton series, and is about Celia and Richard. Celia, who was a bully toward Richard when they were younger, had now changed as a person after a prank goes wrong. She is now a paid companion and meets Richard at his sister's wedding. So, since reading this, I've also read The Music of Love and Notorious. The I requested this book because I loved Dangerous. I wanted to read more of Minerva Spencer and get a better idea of the author and her style. Now, this book is the third one in the Revels of the Ton series, and is about Celia and Richard. Celia, who was a bully toward Richard when they were younger, had now changed as a person after a prank goes wrong. She is now a paid companion and meets Richard at his sister's wedding. So, since reading this, I've also read The Music of Love and Notorious. The angst level is high in this one, just as in her other books (at least compared to the ones that I've read). The thing that I genuinely loved is that Celia's growth reads so well. I really find it believable and find that her redemption was written well. I loved Richard from the first. The characters were well done and well written. The beginning of the book was not paced well. I found it sort of unnecessary. The second half is much better. Richard and Celia's relationship gets moving during the second half and although it's a little late, I started to enjoy myself much more. I actually liked the side story between Phil and Luce and, unpopular opinion, kind of wanted the story to be about them. I found myself craving for more moments between these two and more relationship development here. I'm not a huge side-story fan bc this always happens to me. I end up loving the other relationship more and wanted a full book about it. I will ay that, after having read four books from her, I don't know if Minerva Spencer is the author for me personally. The angst level, even in The Music of Love, wasn't for me and the lack of communication between the LIs is such a persistent problem in many of Spencer's books. I don't know if I'll read or request another Spencer book, but I'm happy to have read this in the end.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mar

    Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the advanced copy in exchange of an honest review. This book was SUCH a surprise! I’m usually very picky when it comes to my historical romances, but this book exceeded my expectations. In summary: Celia, former mean girl, who is now basically destitute and with her reputation in shreds after a mean prank 10 years ago, is forced to attend a society wedding. She sees again the man she was supposed to marry — who wed a girl she incessantly taunted, and his b Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the advanced copy in exchange of an honest review. This book was SUCH a surprise! I’m usually very picky when it comes to my historical romances, but this book exceeded my expectations. In summary: Celia, former mean girl, who is now basically destitute and with her reputation in shreds after a mean prank 10 years ago, is forced to attend a society wedding. She sees again the man she was supposed to marry — who wed a girl she incessantly taunted, and his brother, a gorgeous studious and wealthy man with enough wit and sensuality to turn her world around. This book had four POVs, Celia’s, Richard’s (the LI), Lucien (the man Celia was supposed to marry), and his wife. We follow both couples through their different journeys. For Celia and Richard, it’s a heated, witty, and entangled affair, mingled with friendship, kindness and patience. She meets someone who’ll be always on her side, and he meets her match. For Lucien and Phillyda, it’s a timid courting and a realization of hidden feelings after 10 years married. They married because of Celia’s prank, so in many ways their path to happiness was a way for Celia to be pardoned after what happened. The writing was incredible, and allowed me to be invested in every story, at all times. I never wanted to put the book down! The plot was very well done, and it was original enough that I truly did not know where it’d be going. It was so fresh, and fun, and with such a good feminist message as well that I couldn’t help but root for all the girls/women in this book. Even if you don’t normally read historical romances, trust me, you’ll love this one. It’s fast, romantic, steamy and original. It’s my first time reading this author but it certainly won’t be my last!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    What goes around comes around, or so it would seem – ten years ago mean girl and diamond of the first water, Miss Celia Trent seemingly had the world at her feet and was just hours away from being proposed to by Lucien Redvers, the Earl of Davenport when a mean spirited prank she and her partner in crime, Sebastian, the Duke of Dowden, played against his twin – studious Richard, went awry, leaving Lucien wed to wallflower Phyllida “Phil” Singleton, Celia being dubbed Lady Infamous and becoming a What goes around comes around, or so it would seem – ten years ago mean girl and diamond of the first water, Miss Celia Trent seemingly had the world at her feet and was just hours away from being proposed to by Lucien Redvers, the Earl of Davenport when a mean spirited prank she and her partner in crime, Sebastian, the Duke of Dowden, played against his twin – studious Richard, went awry, leaving Lucien wed to wallflower Phyllida “Phil” Singleton, Celia being dubbed Lady Infamous and becoming a pariah and Richard slipping away completely unscathed. Now ten years later, Sebastian is set to marry Lucien and Richard’s sister, Miss Antonia ”Toni” Redvers and a lavish Christmas wedding/house party is being prepared at Lucien’s country estate. It is at the house party that they will all be reunited, much to just about everyone’s dismay – except Richard, who is looking forward to exploring the attraction he still feels towards Celia! Celia has changed, life dealt her a bad hand and yes, she was nasty, but once you learn more of her past, you begin to understand why she acted the way she did – not that it made her actions acceptable, but who can’t understand youthful insecurity, peer pressure, and jealousy? Celia knows she was awful to Phil and expects the woman to gloat as Celia is now a paid companion. But that doesn’t happen, Phil struggles with her own insecurities and the appearance of Celia in her home brings things that have been simmering for years to a full boil! I was not a fan of the first two books in this series and almost passed on this title – Thank Goodness I didn’t! OMG – I loved this book! It is well-written and nicely paced with the dual love stories perfectly balanced, and neither couple being slighted. Throw into the mix a couple of parrots, geriatric canines, a vindictive groom, an insect obsessed hero, a heroine with secrets, cameos from Hugh and Daphne, conversations that were years in the making, long overdue apologies, a bride who can plant a perfect roundhouse punch, some steamy love scenes and a lot of witty banter and you have a nearly perfect read complete with two HEAs and an epilogue! This is the third book in the series, but it can easily be read as a standalone title with no problem. I thoroughly enjoyed this uncorrected proof and would happily recommend it! *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.*

  15. 5 out of 5

    Keri

    Absolutely fabulous read! This was one of those books where you read with your heart in your throat. This is the story of the mean girl, regency style and what her true story was. Admittedly I struggled at first to find any sympathy for Celia. Which was completely warranted, she was a horrible person. Slowly though MS started showing us the real Celia and we couldn't help but start to cheer her on. I mean we suspected the entire time who the real snake was and eventually all was revealed, but bo Absolutely fabulous read! This was one of those books where you read with your heart in your throat. This is the story of the mean girl, regency style and what her true story was. Admittedly I struggled at first to find any sympathy for Celia. Which was completely warranted, she was a horrible person. Slowly though MS started showing us the real Celia and we couldn't help but start to cheer her on. I mean we suspected the entire time who the real snake was and eventually all was revealed, but boy that ride! If you haven't read a MS, you can start with this one, although you will want to read the other stories once you finish this one. Well done!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brianne

    Rating: 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars I absolutely love this series and I was so excited to get this book as an ARC from Kensington Books. Highlights: - strong female MCs - Regency era romance - two main couples - couple 1: ex-bully and victim to lovers (in a nontoxic way) - couple 2: forced marriage - schemes and blackmail I enjoyed this book so much! And it was especially interesting because it focused on two couples instead of just one (like the past books)! I really loved the “ex-bully and victim t Rating: 4.5 stars rounded up to 5 stars I absolutely love this series and I was so excited to get this book as an ARC from Kensington Books. Highlights: - strong female MCs - Regency era romance - two main couples - couple 1: ex-bully and victim to lovers (in a nontoxic way) - couple 2: forced marriage - schemes and blackmail I enjoyed this book so much! And it was especially interesting because it focused on two couples instead of just one (like the past books)! I really loved the “ex-bully and victim to lovers” relationship. They started out as naive teenagers then met again 10 years later. That time really changed them both for the better and it lead to a beautiful romance. Of all the characters, Richard was definitely my favorite. He might be my favorite out of all the books in this series (although I do love Eva so much). Oh and this book was so stressful and drama-filled sometimes. It was definitely worth it though! One thing that really got to me in this book was one of the women’s stories. I want to avoid spoilers, so I won’t say which woman, but I just have to say it. Her story was so heartbreaking and infuriating and all I wanted to do was wrap her up in a hug and keep her safe. I LOVED the ending though! It was everything I could have asked for and more. Minerva Spencer never disappoints. Anyway, I really enjoyed this book (even the stressful parts) and I can’t wait for the author to write more books in this series! I will always recommend them to Regency romance fans! (TW: emotional and sexual manipulation, forced prostitution (kind of), mentioned non-graphic r*pe)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Aly is so frigging bored

    This was so much fun! Fans of Minerva Spencer will love it, and new to her and the series will enjoy it as well. I like categorizing my reads, include them in different trope lists, but I can't find good ones fore this. The only one I can think of is a redemption story for the heroine, a power imbalance between the hero and the heroine(which I thought was handled perfectly) and that's kind of it. We have Celia, the heroine, who was an insecure girl, living on the edge of poverty and always being This was so much fun! Fans of Minerva Spencer will love it, and new to her and the series will enjoy it as well. I like categorizing my reads, include them in different trope lists, but I can't find good ones fore this. The only one I can think of is a redemption story for the heroine, a power imbalance between the hero and the heroine(which I thought was handled perfectly) and that's kind of it. We have Celia, the heroine, who was an insecure girl, living on the edge of poverty and always being afraid of losing her place in the ton. The only thing she saw as having was beauty and she took advantage of it. She also was a queen b in the ton, always making fun of the "lesser people" and trying to land a rich, titled husband. The story takes place 10 years after she falls from her position, lower then she and everyone could have thought(I can't get into it because it's too spoilery). Now she's working as a companion/servant to an old lady and trying to make the best of it. Her plans are thrown into a spin when she finds out they will be traveling to the house of one of the women she tormented and then created a scandal of and her husband(they had to marry because of it). Richard is the hero, also the twin of the now married couple, a naturalist and a guy who doesn't care what anyone thinks of him. 10 years a go he got picked on by Celia(though not directly and he also didn't care what anyone was saying about him) and the scheme that got her ousted from the ton was actually directed at him, not his brother. He's a nerd and proud of it, he is also really earthy and women kind of throw themselves at him. He's wealthy, handsome, magnetic and on the verge of being knighted. He and Celia are starting to develop a friendship at his brother's house party in honor of their half sister's marriage. They are also really attracted to each other and Celia isn't sure at first if they should do anything about it. This book has a secondary love story, between Richard's twin Lucien and Pill, the woman he's been married to for 10 years. From the outside they have the perfect marriage: she helps him in his political carrier, he asks her her advice, they have beautiful, healthy children, they are partners, but they aren't lovers. Phill is convinced Lucien doesn't love her and she keeps him at arm's length, he's also oblivious about her feelings for him, but also yearning for more. Actually, both are kind of oblivious about each other, which is funny and heart breaking at the same time. In this story we also have a wealth of secondary characters, a lot of whom we met in the earlier books in this series, and the one before it. I loved this and after finishing the book I kind of want a story about Lucien and Richard's siblings Toni and Jeremy. I liked how ms Spencer resolved the plot and I would have read more, if the story was longer :D What I am trying to say is that I loved the characters, the story and I wish I had more stories to read from this series and from this author.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Daniëlle Faber

    Celia was the most beautiful girl during her London season. The attention she got was enough to make every other girl jealous. She could have it all. The perfect husband with money and a title! That is.. until an (evil) prank goes awry, leaving her reputation in shreds. Celia falls on hard times and is practically destitute, with no friends left. Several years later she is working as a companion to an elderly Lady, and has to accompany her to a society wedding. There of course she will have to con Celia was the most beautiful girl during her London season. The attention she got was enough to make every other girl jealous. She could have it all. The perfect husband with money and a title! That is.. until an (evil) prank goes awry, leaving her reputation in shreds. Celia falls on hard times and is practically destitute, with no friends left. Several years later she is working as a companion to an elderly Lady, and has to accompany her to a society wedding. There of course she will have to confront the clique she was once in. The man she had once hoped to marry (Lucien), the powerful man who ruined her (and is trying to again) and… Then there is Richard… Lucien’s younger brother, who isn’t quite as studious or ridiculous as he used to be. He’s actually quite gorgeous and Celia is definitely noticing. But… will her past, her hardships and secrets stand in the way of the love that is starting to blossom between them? And will Celia have the courage to find out? Absolutely loved this historical fiction! (yes I’m a bit biased as it is one of my favorite genres) It has love, intrigue and even some nice and spicy scenes (not fade to black, not too spicy)!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    Once the reigning beauty of her social set, Celia Trent—whom the newspapers dubbed Lady Infamous—has fallen on hard times and is practically destitute, her reputation in shreds. When Celia is forced to attend a society wedding as a companion to an elderly guest, she must confront the clique she once commanded. Then there is Richard, the studious boy Celia used to ridicule, who is now gorgeous, wealthy, and more-than-a-little famous. As a youth, Richard was infatuated with Celia. He still seems i Once the reigning beauty of her social set, Celia Trent—whom the newspapers dubbed Lady Infamous—has fallen on hard times and is practically destitute, her reputation in shreds. When Celia is forced to attend a society wedding as a companion to an elderly guest, she must confront the clique she once commanded. Then there is Richard, the studious boy Celia used to ridicule, who is now gorgeous, wealthy, and more-than-a-little famous. As a youth, Richard was infatuated with Celia. He still seems intrigued, but Celia has acquired a shocking secret along with her hard-won humility. This is the third book in the series & my favourite. It’s easily read on its own. I just loved everything about this book, the characters are wonderful, the story flows effortlessly & we get two romances for the price of one. This was romance at its best, the author has surpassed herself. If you haven’t guessed I absolutely loved it My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alisa

    This was my favorite in the series so far. I loved this couple. There are really two love stories in this. Richard is a twin and his brother and his wife are also a part of the book. The twins were first met in the end of the last book but this is 10 years in the future and works completely as a standalone.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth McFarland

    I loved this book. It was the third book in the Rebels of theTon series and my favorite of the three. Infamous refers to mean girl and society darling Celia Trent turned ladies companion and pet wrangler Mrs Pehlam. It's been ten years since she did some pretty horrible things and now she's come face to face with those that she wronged. She has come along to a house party and is now in the same house as Richard, the man she once ridiculed, his twin Lucian and Lucian's wife Phyllida. Celia is r I loved this book. It was the third book in the Rebels of theTon series and my favorite of the three. Infamous refers to mean girl and society darling Celia Trent turned ladies companion and pet wrangler Mrs Pehlam. It's been ten years since she did some pretty horrible things and now she's come face to face with those that she wronged. She has come along to a house party and is now in the same house as Richard, the man she once ridiculed, his twin Lucian and Lucian's wife Phyllida. Celia is responsible for the prank gone wrong that resulted in the two of them being forced to marry. This book features two separate love stories. The sparks are flying between Richard and Celia and Lucian and Phyllida are finding their way to happiness. After years of coldness in their marriage. I felt so deeply for all of the characters and was whole heartedly invested in their Happily Ever Afters. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany www.instagram.com/tiffs_bookshelf

    I highly enjoyed this book. It is my first by this author and certainly not my last. I adored this authors writing style and her way of describing her characters and everything. I highly recommend this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lady Di

    I have recently received ARC copies of books in exchange for my honest review. My stack is growing and I plucked this one to read first because of its cover design. A good, raucous, regency romance. Be warned, very descriptive sex scenes. Definitely not a PG book. A few standout words (cock, fag, needed to piss like a racehorse), in my opinion were unneeded and crass.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maddison Michaels

    Minerva Spencer has knocked it out of the park again with her latest, INFAMOUS. Weaving a spellbinding tale of romance and redemption, that will hook you from the first page and won't let you go until the end, INFAMOUS is one not to be missed! With characters so intriguingly flawed, you can't help but be drawn to them, Minerva creates a story that will stay with you well after you finish the last page. Spencer is a romance author superstar in the making! Minerva Spencer has knocked it out of the park again with her latest, INFAMOUS. Weaving a spellbinding tale of romance and redemption, that will hook you from the first page and won't let you go until the end, INFAMOUS is one not to be missed! With characters so intriguingly flawed, you can't help but be drawn to them, Minerva creates a story that will stay with you well after you finish the last page. Spencer is a romance author superstar in the making!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Taylor

    Infamous is book three in the Rebels of the Ton series, and while I enjoyed all three, I found this one the strongest of the three. The synopsis says this story centers around Richard Redvers and Celia Trent. And while that's true, it's not the entire story. This book is really a twofer. We also get a lovely second story about Lucien Redvers (Richard's older twin brother) and his wife, Phil. I don't know if this is going to be an unpopular opinion, but I preferred the secondary story to the prim Infamous is book three in the Rebels of the Ton series, and while I enjoyed all three, I found this one the strongest of the three. The synopsis says this story centers around Richard Redvers and Celia Trent. And while that's true, it's not the entire story. This book is really a twofer. We also get a lovely second story about Lucien Redvers (Richard's older twin brother) and his wife, Phil. I don't know if this is going to be an unpopular opinion, but I preferred the secondary story to the primary. It's touching, sweet, and heart-breaking. I almost wish Lucien and Phil's tale had been the central story. Celia, with the help (or hinderance) of Sebastian, accidentally traps Lucian and Phil into marriage. The entrapment was meant for his brother, Richard. Now ten years later, a servant, she's stuck at a house party in the Redvers home with all of the key players in her infamous scheme. Of the three books in the series, I found Infamous to have the most well-developed characters. They were all three-dimensional, with beautifully drawn strengths and weaknesses. The pacing in this book was also spot on. Something I felt the first book had a few problems with. At no point did I want to put this book down. My only complaint was at times characters were mentioned that I had no knowledge of - after reading all three books. I went digging through reviews, trying to find if I was the only one who felt this way. It turns out that this series is a spin-off of an earlier series by the author. These characters are the children of those characters. While you don't need to know those books to understand these, be prepared to have names mentioned of characters that you do not meet. Overall, I really really enjoyed this book and read through it very quickly. (In the best way.) I look forward to reading more from this author. Though this is part of a series, I felt it could be read alone. I didn't need any of my knowledge from reading the other two books to enjoy this book. It almost read as a standalone. Infamous is fun, fast-paced, and touching, full of characters that you will love and love to hate! I received an ARC from Netgalley and Kensington Books in exchange for my honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Infamous is the third book in the Rebels of the Ton series, that so far has featured two women who claim to not want to marry, each for their own reason. This book veers in a different direction, focusing on Celia, who was a bully toward Richard in their youth, but has since been brought to lower circumstances after what was meant to be a prank blows up in her face. She attends the wedding of Richard’s sister as a paid companion, and ultimately what comes out is that things years ago were not as Infamous is the third book in the Rebels of the Ton series, that so far has featured two women who claim to not want to marry, each for their own reason. This book veers in a different direction, focusing on Celia, who was a bully toward Richard in their youth, but has since been brought to lower circumstances after what was meant to be a prank blows up in her face. She attends the wedding of Richard’s sister as a paid companion, and ultimately what comes out is that things years ago were not as they seemed for anyone involved. There is also a side story with Lucian, Richard’s twin brother, and his wife Phyllida, who were forced into a marriage as the outcome of the prank. I would rate this 2.5 stars overall. The entire first half of the book was boring and seemed unnecessary. I liked Richard as a character, and I thought that Celia, in spite of who she used to be and the awful things she had done, was portrayed well with a redemptive nature. I thought that once they actually started to interact at the halfway point, the story moved more. I liked the separate parts about Luce and Phil, but wish there was more to the development of their relationship. It felt like the author crammed a short story about them between the main story. It also seemed like it was meant to make the book as a whole longer. Like the first two books there were references to characters that it felt like the reader should know, but even reading those books first I still don’t. However, ultimately this book felt more stand-alone than those in spite of our being book 3. Honestly, I think I am over this author and won’t be reading her again. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rainelle

    Infamous, by Minerva Spencer. What a book?! What a book?! I am so elated to have read this remarkable resilient love story. This story pulled a family and unexpected loves together during the time when they all needed to stand together as one. The writer didn’t hold back her gifted talent of writing, from this book. The love story was magnificent and then some. I love how the writer was able to write the story in such a way that it reads like a movie in my mind. I was literally in a trance betwe Infamous, by Minerva Spencer. What a book?! What a book?! I am so elated to have read this remarkable resilient love story. This story pulled a family and unexpected loves together during the time when they all needed to stand together as one. The writer didn’t hold back her gifted talent of writing, from this book. The love story was magnificent and then some. I love how the writer was able to write the story in such a way that it reads like a movie in my mind. I was literally in a trance between the pages. I did not want to put down to go to bed! I was literally upset that I had to stop reading to get some sleep. You avid readers out their, you understand my dilemma. The story reads with so much realism. The writer brought information backed by facts. The details and description of places, things and people tapped into my visualization of the story. The book is definitely a page turner that didn’t disappoint me at all. The entertainment was outstanding! Every character was written well. Their personalities and the parts that they played in the book was tenacious. I’m most of the characters I found the witty charm, warm, humorous, caring and they ability to share their open heart with the people that are very important to them. Luc and Rich reveal this the most I think among all the characters. The humor, quick whips and the candid discussions was one of the many things that I loved about the book. The drama was a smashing success that lead the charge of this being a well written book. Most of the characters shared in some of the drama and they played an excellent role. My inability of putting the book down also showed me the book reads a good pace, because I didn’t want to put the book down at all. Now let’s talk about the steam. I give it an A+! Lid have mercy this Redrever twins know how to please a woman. To know how wicked these two play, I will not divulge. I’m leaving that wonderful joy for your own private pleasure. I will say this I loved Phil statement to Luc, Phil said to Luc, “If you want to bed me according to our agreement, then extinguish the candles and exercise your legal right here. If not, I bid you good night.” Ladies I was sucking on a jolly rancher while reading this scene and when Phil told him that, I just about choked on my jolly rancher from shock! This book is sooooo gooood! I give this book two snaps and a, “Sebastian, you better run Toni is coming. She knows how to bury a body that no one will be looking for”. Until next time my fellow readers… read on!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Fenna Edgewood

    The Most Infamous Mean Girl of the Ton is About to Become Your Favorite Heroine Infamous has a Mean Girls premise which I absolutely loved. Ten years ago, the beautiful debutante Celia Pelham orchestrated a cruel trick by locking one of two male twins in a room with an unwanted wallflower, Phillida. Unfortunately, the wrong twin was locked in the room. It is Lucien Redvers, the handsome earl who Celia has had her eye on all season and is intending to wed who is trapped inadvertently and who prop The Most Infamous Mean Girl of the Ton is About to Become Your Favorite Heroine Infamous has a Mean Girls premise which I absolutely loved. Ten years ago, the beautiful debutante Celia Pelham orchestrated a cruel trick by locking one of two male twins in a room with an unwanted wallflower, Phillida. Unfortunately, the wrong twin was locked in the room. It is Lucien Redvers, the handsome earl who Celia has had her eye on all season and is intending to wed who is trapped inadvertently and who proposes to Phillida out of a sense of duty and honor. Fast forward ten years ahead to a Christmas house party celebrating the engagement of Richard and Lucien's younger sister to the "meanest boy" in London, and it is quickly evident that the lives of many people have been changed forever by Celia's terrible choice of pranks. If you are not caught by that point in the story, you will soon be by the deep pain of the characters. The plot rests on a series of miscommunications, failure to communicate, and misunderstandings--which can sometimes be a very tedious plot device. In this case, Minerva Spencer is such an excellent writer that while the miscommunications are frustrating, they create great tension and the plot works as a whole very well. This book made me cry. That is a rare occurrence for me. The characters in Infamous are breathtakingly well-developed and come alive very quickly. When the hero of this book turned out to be a twin, I did not realize that meant it would be a double love story--but indeed it is, and the second love story is one which drew me in even more than the first. And the first has an excellent premise. At first, I was a little put off the hero in this book at first. There were a couple of reasons for that, but I think it was intentional on the author's part. He is excessively nerdy and he also prefers to have older women as his lovers because they are more "needy" (yuck). But the other three primary characters are so incredibly full of life and their arcs are so compelling that it didn't matter (and Richard, the main hero, becomes very sympathetic in time). There is steam and tension, but it is the mending of broken hearts and past pains that makes this story so special. Six out of five stars. Side Note: I have not read any of the other books in this series but very much enjoyed this one nonetheless.

  29. 5 out of 5

    S. A.

    I read this as an ARC through NetGalley. This is an incredibly compelling story of a former mean girl whose bad behavior has been more than rewarded with punishment even before the story begins. Once the darling of the Ton, known for her clever set-downs of anyone who was a bit different, and a master of punching down at people poorer or less socially apt than herself, Celia Trent was one of a very fast set surrounding the heir to a Dukedom and part of his inner circle. She was close to snaring a I read this as an ARC through NetGalley. This is an incredibly compelling story of a former mean girl whose bad behavior has been more than rewarded with punishment even before the story begins. Once the darling of the Ton, known for her clever set-downs of anyone who was a bit different, and a master of punching down at people poorer or less socially apt than herself, Celia Trent was one of a very fast set surrounding the heir to a Dukedom and part of his inner circle. She was close to snaring a rich marriage with the heir to an Earl, one Lucien Redvers, who was set to ask for her hand. She also used her position to torment a poorer, wallflower, former schoolmate, Phyllida, and the intellectually-inclined twin brother to her beau Lucien, Richard. When asked by the future Duke to pen letters to Richard and Phyllida to trap them together in a room and create a scandal, one letter was mistakenly delivered to the Earl's heir, Lucien, instead of his twin brother. He and Phyllida were trapped into marriage and it was revealed that it was all Celia's idea (she'd written the letters after all), earning her the name Lady Infamous and drumming her out of the Ton. In the years since that time she has come far down in the world, eventually landing as an elderly Lady's companion. This lady just happens to be the Aunt of the Duke who ran Celia’s former set, who is now planning to marry the younger sister of Lucien and Richard. Celia has to go to the home of her former beau and the woman she once tormented as a servant. It ends up being nothing you'd expect and that's the best thing about this book. The entire storyline is fresh and interesting. Celia is genuinely remorseful, and not just because her cruelty precipitated her own downfall. And she is a far more sympathetic protagonist than you'd imagine. Her life has been incredibly hard as an impoverished former noblewoman. And she has genuinely suffered while all those she tormented have prospered. And she’s not bitter about that. She’s glad things came out well for them. Those she tormented are mostly far more gracious than you could expect. But they always were decent people, unlike Celia. Needless to say, Celia has changed so much that she now falls for one of her former victims, Richard, who has become a famous naturalist. And she is an object of interest to him, not just because she remains extremely beautiful, but because he always wants to know what makes people do what they do. I don’t want to spoil too much, because this ride is such a fun one. And you get two romances for the price of one, as Lucien and Phyllida, who got off on the very wrong foot in their marriage, also get to work things out during the story. I have read a lot of regencies and this one wasn’t just a retread of something else. There’s genuinely new ground being covered in portions of it. The characters are well-rounded and fresh and they seem like real people, not one-note. There are some that are very quirky, but they are quirky in a real way. Lucien and Richard, though twins, are totally different instead of being interchangeable as are so many twins in stories, and it seems that Richard is on the autism spectrum, which is also handled very, very well and explains both his social difficulties and his inability to care about society’s concerns at all. Their mother is also described similarly, so heredity is even evident. There is also a well-rounded villain or two. Rich kids getting away with it, and I think we’ve all encountered a few of those. This is the first book that I’ve read by this author, though I’ve found the covers intriguing for some time. I will be seeking out more of her work.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Panach

    This book forces you to look closely at whether people really can change. The focus of the book is on Celia Trent and the after effects of mean spirited trick. Celia is what I would describe as a textbook, grade A, mean girl. When she was younger Celia's family was on the very edge of not being respectable and in a very precarious financial position. Celia handled that by asserting herself as more powerful than those around her - and punishing those she felt were getting more than they deserved This book forces you to look closely at whether people really can change. The focus of the book is on Celia Trent and the after effects of mean spirited trick. Celia is what I would describe as a textbook, grade A, mean girl. When she was younger Celia's family was on the very edge of not being respectable and in a very precarious financial position. Celia handled that by asserting herself as more powerful than those around her - and punishing those she felt were getting more than they deserved or threatened her superiority in any way. One night changes everything - Celia, as part of a scheme involving the biggest, meanest bully of the story simultaneously ends her own chance of marrying an earl and irrevocably alters the lives of two other people. In addition to Celia, we also focus in on Richard. Richard is a neurodiverse, scientific, basically total nerd hero. When we first meet him he hasn't truly filled out or grown into his body yet. He is socially awkward - but doesn't really care. He's definitely more forward thinking about many things than other men of his era. When we see Richard again he has grown in to himself fully and has really spent the last ten years. He and Celia are a fascinating couple - in that Celia was very unkind to Richard in the past (he didn't really care - but her attitude and behavior still happened) and The story also follows Lucien (Richard's twin brother) and Philandia his sister-in-law - who married as a result of that life altering event. Poor Lucien and Phil - I just wanted to hug them and sit them down with a couples therapist. I loved that the book took such an honest look at this topic - can you rehabilitate a character like Celia? can you rebuild a marriage founded on a shaky foundation? Can people really change? and do they? This book talks pretty extensively about the results of bullying - so if that is triggering for you - read with caution. But know. that this book also - for me at least - reinforces that life truth: Be kind, because others are fighting a battle you know nothing about. I received it as an ARC, but these opinions are all my own. Also - don't mind me - I'll just be over here reading all the author's backlist....

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