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Lyon's Prey (Rakes of Mayhem #0.5) by Anna St. Claire. Historical Romance Release & ARC Review.

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Enter the world of the most notorious gambling den in London, where matches are made... unusually. Welcome to the world of THE LYON'S DEN: The Black Widow of Whitehall Connected World, where the underground of Regency London thrives... and loves.

Haunted by his wife’s death, he vowed to never marry again...until he meets her!

Evan Prescott, the fifth Earl of Clarendon lost his wife during the birth of their child. Broken, Evan seeks solace in the Lyon’s Den, a world of drink, cards, and excess—where wins and losses are easier to navigate than responsibilities. Overconfident and in his cups, he makes a bet that will change his life.

Still mourning the loss of her father and elder brother…

Lady Charlotte Grisham saves her young brother from the path of a speeding carriage. In a fit of pique, she throws propriety to the wind and storms up the steps of the owner’s London townhouse—and meets the man that upends her world.

The stars align when his high stakes bet and her lapse in judgement give the Black Widow of Whitehall the perfect opportunity to spin her web of hearts, while untold danger lurks a step behind.

Can a marriage of convenience give rise to love in time to avoid deadly disaster?

(Note: This is an introductory novella to the Rakes of Mayhem Series - The Earl of Excess, Book One, coming soon!)


Evan Prescott,  Earl of Clarendon lost his wife to childbirth. In the year since he has drowned his loss in drink.  His son is being cared for by Evan's sister.  This cannot carry on,  and he's already feeling guilty for it when he is told in no uncertain terms of the damage he very nearly caused. 
While Lady Charlotte Grisham is still mourning the recent death of her father, something happens that very nearly cost the life of her little brother.  Her temper causes her to act rashly and that could ruin her.  
This is an exciting story with lovely characters,  a wicked villain and more than a few surprises.  It's part of a series of books by various authors centred on the Widow who owns the Lyon's Den gambling hall and her matchmaking.  They are all good fun and I've enjoyed each one that I've read.  
I loved it. 


Escape to a Time of Romance and Adventure, Where Rakes and Rogues Meet Sass and Spice!

Anna St. Claire is a big believer that nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself. She sprinkles her stories with laughter, romance, mystery and lots of possibilities, adhering to the belief that goodness, love, dark chocolate and popcorn will win the day.

Anna St. Claire is an avid reader, and now author, of both American and British historical romance. She and her husband live in Charlotte, North Carolina, where their once empty nest has two dogs. They have also just become grandparents.

Anna relocated from New York to the Carolinas as a child. Her mother, a retired English and History teacher, always encouraged Anna's interest in writing, especially, after discovering short stories Anna would write in her spare time.

Her fascination with history and reading led her to her first historical romance, Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone With The Wind.' The day she discovered Kathleen Woodiwiss' books, 'Shanna' and 'Ashes In The Wind,' Anna was hooked. She read every historical romance that came her way.

Today, her focus is primarily the Civil War and Regency eras, although Anna enjoys almost any period in American and British history. She would love to connect with any of her readers at

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