Named one of the Best Romance of 2020 by EW, Washington Post, NPR, and Bookpage!
Meet the SOCIETY OF SIRENS—three radical, libertine ladies determined to weaponize their scandalous reputations to fight for justice and the love they deserve…
She’s a Rakess on a quest for women’s rights…
Seraphina Arden’s passions include equality, amorous affairs, and wild, wine-soaked nights. To raise funds for her cause, she’s set to publish explosive memoirs exposing the powerful man who ruined her. Her ideals are her purpose, her friends are her family, and her paramours are forbidden to linger in the morning.
He’s not looking for a summer lover…
Adam Anderson is a wholesome, handsome, widowed Scottish architect, with two young children, a business to protect, and an aversion to scandal. He could never, ever afford to fall for Seraphina. But her indecent proposal—one month, no strings, no future—proves too tempting for a man who strains to keep his passions buried with the losses of his past.
But one night changes everything...
What began as a fling soon forces them to confront painful secrets—and yearnings they thought they’d never have again. But when Seraphina discovers Adam’s future depends on the man she’s about to destroy, she must decide what to protect… her desire for justice, or her heart.
A woman more committed to her ideals than to any of her casual lovers feels her heart begin to thaw in the sexy, tumultuous Regency romance that launches Peckham's Society of Sirens trilogy. The hedonistic Seraphina Arden is one of a trio of women who capitalize on their notorious reputations to promote gender equality. Upon returning to her childhood home to complete work on her scandalous memoir, Seraphina meets handsome, widowed architect Adam Anderson and wastes little time in propositioning him. Adam initially refuses her offer of a purely physical affair, focused on winning an influential client and securing his children's futures, but he's drawn to Seraphina and eventually succumbs to her brazen charms. Adam's struggle to keep his feelings separate from their relationship and Seraphina's difficulty accepting Adam's kindness form the heart of the story. Seraphina's reluctance to let anyone in stems from her painful past, and her eventual reckoning with her trauma propels this romance into heavy emotional territory. The open, exploratory love scenes sizzle with passion balanced by frank conversations about contraception and the risks of pregnancy. Peckham (The Lord I Left) never shies away from the bleak realities facing women of the era while capably making 19th-century sexual politics feel relevant to today. This rewarding love story is fierce, feminist, and full of feeling.
Sirens are made
Unapologetically unrepentant. Sirens are made.
A must read for every woman tired of the same old trite male fantasy of an experienced man and a virginal young girl.
Rakess is ruthlessly clever, refuses to conform to the industry norms (set up by men) and that is so refreshing and very much needed for a reader wary of the same story told a thousand times over. Ironically, it’s an ode to a woman who trailblazed two hundred years ago, Mary Wollstonecraft, the original bad A.
Seraphina takes her pleasure like a man, is unrepentant and deliciously bold. She’s both the rakess and a ruined woman trying to save her mentor Elinor.
Adam is her unlikely match in every way. He’s her perfect foil.
What I liked?
That the book speaks to the consequences of physical intimacy (both good and bad).
Highly recommend because we need more well crafted literature that speaks to a woman’s fantasy, not a guys. Rakess is well written, lyrical and descriptive in a way that engages all your senses.