If given the opportunity to review a book that is historically based, I jump at the opportunity. Also add to this the fact that I highly enjoyed the first book in this trilogy – The Wolf Den. It was most definitely a highlight read of 2021.

Title: The House with the Golden Door

Author: Elodie Harper

Format: ebook

Publication Date: 12th May 2022

Description:

Freed from Pompeii’s brothel. Owned as a courtesan. Determined to have revenge. Her name is Amara. What will she risk for power?

Amara has escaped her life as a slave in Pompeii’s most notorious brothel. She now has a house, fine clothes, servants – but all of these are gifts from her patron, hers for as long as she keeps her place in his affections.

As she adjusts to this new life, Amara is still haunted by her past. At night she dreams of the wolf den, and the women she left behind. By day, she is pursued by her former slavemaster. In order to be truly free, she will need to be as ruthless as he is.

Amara knows she can draw strength from Venus, the goddess of love. Yet falling in love herself may prove to be her downfall.

The House with the Golden Door is the stunning second novel in Elodie Harper’s celebrated Wolf Den Trilogy, which reimagines the lives of women who have long been overlooked.

My Thoughts:

Amara has escaped Felix and the brothel but is she safe. It certainly appears that she is still haunted by the past.

Amara is paranoid about the safety of Victoria and Beronice (her friends who are still enslaved at the brothel). She becomes obsessed with paying for their freedom. Philos (her patron’s steward) warns her against this course of action, but she is driven by steely determination. As a result she has a confrontation with Felix and only gets one of the women.

I really enjoyed how the slave Philos was given such a large role in the book. His perspective was really interesting.

It becomes apparent that not everyone should be trusted and Amara is betrayed.

What will the future hold for Amara. I most definitely will be reading the last instalment.

Many thanks to the publisher via Net Galley for the review copy.

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