Review: The House with the Golden Door by Elodie Harper

Book Review

The House with the Golden Door by Elodie Harper
Wolf Den Trilogy #2
Historical Fiction

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The life of a courtesan in Pompeii is glittering, yet precarious…
Amara has escaped her life as a slave in the town’s most notorious brothel, but now her existence depends on the affections of her patron: a man she might not know as well as she once thought.

At night she dreams of the wolf den, still haunted by her past. Amara longs for the women she was forced to leave behind and worse, finds herself pursued by the man who once owned her. In order to be free, she will need to be as ruthless as he is.

Amara knows her existence in Pompeii is subject to Venus, the goddess of love. Yet finding love may prove to be the most dangerous act of all.

We return to Pompeii for the second installment in Elodie Harper’s Wolf Den Trilogy, set in the town’s lupanar and reimagining the lives of women long overlooked.

What I thought

Thank you Union Square & Co and Elodie Harper for giving me an ARC of this book for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings expressed are my own.

I had to wait to write this one because I became so frustrated with the main character that I just wanted to yell.  I get it, I understand what she did and her reasons for it in the last 25% or so of the book, but that doesn’t mean that I have to like it. Honestly, I just have no idea where this story is going to go now.  Oh, don’t get me wrong I’m here for it, and yes I knew that there was going to be a third book so what I wanted could not happen, but that doesn’t change the fact that I wanted only the best for our girl.  Also, there is the fact that as the time has gone by in the first two books we are getting closer to when Mt. Vesuvius erupts, and I am so worried about our characters and what this is going to mean for them.  

I have come to love Britannica so much in this series, she may be my favorite character, and I hope we get to see more of her in the next installment.   

The Pompeii that Elodie Harper gives us is so well researched.  The setting, the politics, and well just everything is just so well done.  I can’t wait to see where the next book takes us. 

My Rating: /5

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