Book Review: How To Catch A Wild Viscount by Tessa Dare

23006658How to Catch a Wild Viscount
Author: Tess Dare
Rating: 4

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!

Book Review: Lady of Valor by Lara Adrian

I read this novel a while ago, but Lara Adrian aka Tina St. John is my go to when it comes to historical romance, and I can’t help but coming back to the Warrior novels whenever I’m looking for a spicy read. I think I’ve read this one at least four times, and each time, it never fails to warm me up and lift my romantic heart.

Left a widow by her cruel husband’s death, Lady Emmalyn of Fallonmour is determined to control her own destiny, until her hard-won vows of independence are threatened by the mysterious warrior sent to protect her castle on order of the king. Emmalyn is now at the mercy of Sir Cabal, a feared knight known as Blackheart.

Skilled at war and hiding a tormented past, Cabal swears allegiance to no one but himself and his country. But once he meets Emmalyn, he finds his strength tested by this proud beauty who stirs his blood with desire, tempting him to defy his king and surrender his heart.

Lady of Valor
Lara Adrian aka Tina St. John
Rating: 5


Book Review: Perfect Strangers by Rebecca Sinclair

As a writer, I truly believe I find inspiration in all sorts of places; I’ve found it in music, movies, and in other’s written works. There are times where a little pick me up is necessary for me to continue a story, so I’ll turn to a contemporary romance novel, or a mystery thriller novel to help me continue. Recently, I’ve been reading some historical romance novels. These have been my first venture into this sub-genre, and I can definitely say I’ll be back for more!

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