Book Review: Breathless (Scarlet Suffragette #2)


Determined doctor? Interfering busybody? Fearless fighter?

The London of Anna Cassidy’s memories is not the London she faces today. Having proved her worth as a physician, Dr Cassidy finds herself pitted against the stolid attitude of a male-dominated society.

But it’s not only society she has to contend with.

A criminal mastermind has set themselves up in London, England; chosen the dirty streets of Whitechapel and Lambeth as their stage. Competing against a devious and cunning opponent sets Anna and her closest friends off on a dire adventure, which could culminate in a loss so great Anna may never recover again.

Steadfast police inspector? Loyal guardian? Caring lover?

Anna, however, is not alone. Or, at least, she won’t be once Inspector Kelly finds her. Facing the ghosts of his past, Andrew Kelly rushes to face Anna’s enemies and protect the woman he loves.

But Anna is not unable to defend herself.

Proving she needs him is a task Inspector Kelly would gladly undertake. But the city of Andrew’s birth is more in the grip of evil machinations than it has ever been, bringing to mind memories of a dark London, ripped to within an inch of its life by a devil known to most simply as Jack.

Andrew knows otherwise. For his secrets are unravelling and within their shadowed corners lies a murderer, a poisoner, and a villain so deceitful that nothing is what it appears to be.

A gritty, twisted, and authentic Victorian romantic suspense, sure to rip you apart… just like old Jack.

Secrets have a way of shackling you. They do so surreptitiously. Before you know it, they are wrapped around your limbs, threatening your circulation, until you are weighted down by them.



WOW!! It seems that Nicola Claire has done it again with her second book in the Scarlet Suffragette series. Breathless is a spectacular follow up to Fearless and just as gripping.

In Breathless we change locations from New Zealand to London, where Anna has just graduated as a doctor. However things don’t quite go to plan when her cousin, Mina misses her graduation. While searching the darker side of London’s east end for her cousin she happens across Inspector Andrew Kelly.

Andrew has travelled to London to investigate the whereabouts of his estranged wife. The two of them work together to try and unravel the mysteries surrounding Mina’s disappearance and the possible connection to Andrew’s wife.

The characters are extremely well developed and I especially love Anna. She’s strong willed, independent and, at times, stubborn yet she still has compassion. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go for it, even in a time when it was frowned upon for women.

The chemistry between Anna and Andrew is turned up a notch in this book, yet still retains the will they-won’t they aspect from the Fearless. I may be getting softer as time goes on as I quite enjoyed the romance aspect of the book this time around.

The mystery and suspense from the first book were there and the twists and turns kept me guessing until the very end.

I can definitely say I’m hooked on this series and I am now eagerly awaiting the third book in the series Heartless which is expected around July 2018.


Title: Breathless (Scarlet Suffragette #2)

Author: Nicola Claire

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Page Count: 338

Publication Date: 28th April 2017

Format: Kindle

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