In 1890s London, suffragette leader Caledonia Rivers – known as “The Maid of Mayfair” for her unassailable virtue – angers a powerful man who fears her popularity may actually enable the passage of a bill granting women limited suffrage. Hadrian St. Claire, a photographer in desperate need of money, is hired to seduce Callie and get a picture of her in the most compromising position possible. With her reputation ruined, the bill’s chance of passing will collapse. But when Harry meets Callie, will she indeed be vanquished, or will love conquer all?
Vanquished is a vivid, passionate romance, and the love scenes are sizzling. But as an historical novel, it is less successful. While the main facts are well-researched, the author doesn’t seem to have a good handle on the manners and mores of the period. However, it’s one hot, if flawed, read.