How to Catch a Wild Viscount
Author: Tess Dare
Overview: Luke Trenton, Viscount Merritt, returned from war a changed man. Battle stripped away his civility and brought out his inner beast. There is no charm or tenderness in him now; only dark passions and a hardened soul. He has nothing to offer the starry-eyed, innocent girl who pledged her heart to him four years ago.
But Cecily Hale isn’t a girl any longer. She’s grown into a woman–one who won’t be pushed away. She and Luke are guests at a house party when a local legend captures their friends’ imaginations. While the others plunge into the forest on a wild goose…er, stag chase, Cecily’s on the hunt for a man. She has only a few moonlit nights to reach the real Luke…the wounded heart she knows still beats inside the war-ravaged body…or she could lose him to the darkness forever.
This is a novella of approximately 20,000 words, or 80 pages. It was originally published under the title The Legend of the Werestag.
Review: As a working mother in school and a whole bunch more responsibilities and must do’s, it is rare that I actually get a moment to read a novel these days, so novellas are my jam right now. They are just long enough to really feel a connection to the story and its characters, but short enough that I can actually read most of them in one sitting when I actually have the time.
I have read many of Tessa Dare’s historical romances in the past and this novel does not disappoint. A steamy romance with a back story of innocent love, add in a bit of magic and unrequited love, and you have a beautiful quick read. The romance was definitely steamy and well written, but every time there was a moment between the two lovebirds, it would immediately end with an argument or hurt feelings. I understand Luke was trying to push her away, but what about the after-glow? Can’t there be just a moment where he allowed himself to revel in the moment?
My only other comment would be on the actual historical aspect of the novel. I feel like that is a loose subcategory for this novel as the only real bit of history is the date and war Luke fought in. It really did not affect the story, mind you, but it just felt a little forced rather than just a setting piece.
Now the Werestag bit was very interesting. I would love to see a fan fiction or even have Tess Dare do a piece on this idea. Maybe have it be written by Portia. That would be a very interesting read. I haven’t read a paranormal book in a while!