Author: Jillian Larkin
Average Rating: 3.85/5.0
Personal Rating: 4.0/5.0
Page Count: 368
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: 1 January 2011
According to Goodreads:
Power . . . love . . . scandal . . .
There’s never enough to go around.
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.
The second installment of The Flappers series did not disappoint. I left the library practically skipping on the day it arrived at my library. I was excited to travel back to the 1920s, and see what Vera, Clara, Lorraine, Marcus, Gloria, and Jerome were all up to now.
There was a LOT more involvement of the mob in the second book, which as I mentioned in my review for Vixen I wanted to see more of. In the comforts of my home, I always say how fascinating it would be to experience the mob. Then I really think about it, and realize that I could never handle it in real life. While reading Ingenue, I felt the fear that the mobsters instilled. I felt the disgust and desperation. I loved reading every second of it.
One of the main focuses of the book was to follow all the couples that formed in Vixen, and see how they were doing. SPOILER: We have Clara and Marcus, Jerome and Gloria, and Vera (Jerome's younger sister) falls for one of the band members from Jerome's old band. Lorraine flitted around. She was heavily involved with the mob, so she was focusing on doing her job correctly. Clara and Marcus' big problem was being back in New York, the place of Clara's downfall before meeting Marcus. Jerome and Gloria's big problem was how he was African American and she was white. Biracial relationships were unheard of in the 1920s, more so than today. Vera and her special beau team up together to protect the ones they care about and right the wrongs that had taken place.
Ingenue is told from alternating perspectives of Vera, Gloria, Lorraine, and Clara. You feel like you are right in the middle of the action, especially when things heat up between the main characters and the mobsters. You will find yourself on the edge of your seats, flipping through pages as fast as you can to find out what happens and who ends up with who. And yes, I have already requested the third and final book (sad face) of The Flappers series. I recommend Ingenue to all who believe they are flappers at heart, and who love a good story of betrayal, love, and loyalty.