Saturday, January 15, 2011

Vixen by Jillian Larkin

Booze,jazz, men, dancing - what more could a flapper want?  Gloria may be seventeen and engaged, but is that what she wants?

Delacourte Press, a Division of Random House, sent an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It was published in hardcover in December and is now available at your local bookstore for purchase.

This is the first book in the Flapper series, and I was impressed by it.  I've always been fascinated about the flapper era, and Ms. Larkin paints a verbal picture of those days that rings authentic.

Her character, Gloria, is conflicted.  She's engaged and he would bring wealth to her family.  But she's attracted to the jazz music and wants to sing.  Sebastian would not approve, so she sneaks out of the house at night and goes on her own, meeting friends there.  Once she gets a taste of night life, booze, and the danger of speakeasies, she doesn't want to give it up to live a stead, boring married life.

Her best friend is also her worst enemy, but she doesn't realize that.  Her cousin who moves in with Gloria and her mother seems all prim and proper - but something is not quite right there.  Even Sebastian has some secrets that he's not willing to share.

All Ms. Larkin's characters are strong in their own way and each has their own challenges.  As you read the story, it's very plausible and believable, and you find yourself rooting for Grace.

The ending is only a beginning.  There's a lot of story left in each of these characters.  I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.  After all, not everyone has Al Capone after them...

Get yourself a copy and settle down for a good read about the 20's. 

If you'd like my ARC, leave a comment here on the blog about the book and then write me at info @ (take the spaces out) with your name and ADDRESS and tell me why you'd like to win the copy.  Please note:  This ARC has come unglued and is only a reading copy.  I had no problem reading it and doubt that you will, but wanted you to know.  I'll pick a winner in about a week.

1 comment:

Gwen said...

After reading your review I really wanted to read this book.