Saturday, October 29, 2011

Ingenue by Jillian Larkin- Review

I just finished reading the second book in the Flapper series, Ingenue.  Here is the goodreads description:

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.

I really enjoy this series. I read the second one because the first one, Vixen,  I read for my YA Book Club and enjoyed it so I wanted to continue the series.  I know it's not as popular as the Bright Young Things books but it should be.  The characters are so fun and I love the whole interracial relationship in the book.  I can't imagine going through this in the 1920s.  In fact, I think the book might make it a little more light since it is YA then it really would be.

This book changes characters in each paragraph and that makes this book more interesting!  Each person's story takes place in a totally different area finally meeting up in the end.  And the ride is fabulous!   Flappers, speakeasies, prohibition, gangsters, jazz, an interracial relationship and murder all jump from the pages of "Ingenue". This young adult book transports the reader back to a time when life was exciting and dangerous and where interracial relationships were forbidden. 

I can't wait for the next book Diva to come out in 2012.  The Flapper Series has a great website so be sure to check it out!!
 Vixen by Jillian Larkin
 Diva by Jillian Larkin


  1. Interesting. This is the first I have heard of the series. Always loved the history around the 20's.

  2. OMG I bet I would love this. Fun review.