From New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries, the deliciously sexy fourth book in the “Duke’s Men” Regency romance series—the first of which was called “a totally engaging, adventurous love story” (RT Book Reviews, Top Pick).
The heir presumptive to the Viscount Rathmoor, Dominick Manton once had his heart’s desire within reach—a bright future as a barrister and engagement to Jane Vernon, a wealthy baron’s daughter. Then a shattering betrayal by his vindictive brother George snatched away Dom’s inheritance and his hopes of offering Jane a secure future. Brokenhearted, and attempting to end their engagement without destroying Jane’s reputation, Dom staged a betrayal of his own to convince her that he’s not the husband-to-be that she thought.
Now George is gone and the viscountcy restored to Dom, since his brother’s widow, Nancy—Jane’s cousin and closest confidant—never bore an heir. But when Nancy goes missing, a panicked Jane calls on her former fiancé to track down her cousin. Dom knows the mistakes of the past may be unforgiveable—but now, entangled together in mystery and danger, will they rekindle a passionate longing that was never lost to begin with?
Rating: 5 stars
I’m not a fan of second chance romance, but IF THE VISCOUNT FALLS made me change my mind. Sabrina Jeffries delivers a sweet, romantic tale of two lovers who found love with each other again after being separated for twelve long years by circumstances and sacrifice (or betrayal, depends on how you look at it).
When her cousin Nancy went missing, Jane Vernon asked the new Viscount Rathmoor for help, sure that Nancy was in grave trouble. It didn’t help that the new viscount was her former love, Dominick Manton, whom she “jilted” years ago. But Dom was head of Manton Investigations and therefore, he has the necessary skills and experience to help her. Despite being engaged to an earl, Jane finds herself questioning her feelings where Dom was concerned. Would this adventure and mystery give them the opportunity to reclaim what was lost? Could they make a relationship work this time, especially when she finds Dom much changed from the boy she once loved?
Jane is a woman who knows her mind and stands her ground. She knows what she doesn’t want in a man and she doesn’t hesitate to tell Dom so. She’s a likeable heroine, and I can’t help but root for her all the way.
Dom is a sweetheart. He did betray Jane years ago, but let’s attribute that to youth and his own beliefs as to what is good for Jane. Perhaps his own insecurities also play into that. What makes him a sweetheart is his willingness to change to make Jane happy. And as this change is for his own good anyway, this just proves what a smart man Dom is.
The character development of both Jane and Dom were believable, especially their learning and discovering what the years apart have done to change the other person, and whether they can still accept and love the other, flaws and all. Love their witty interplay of words, too. It was great fun that Lisette, Max and Tristan joined in the adventure to search for the missing Nancy, and their contribution to the conversations were illuminating and significant. This story wouldn’t have been the same without their presence.
Another secondary character I just have to mention is Edwin, the earl that Jane was to marry. Though he was described as a curmudgeon and cynical about women and marriage by Dom, and that Dom didn’t want Jane to marry Edwin (of course!), he’s an interesting character and I feel he ought to have his own book! I’d love to see the woman who would bring about his “fall”.
IF THE VISCOUNT FALLS is a must read for those who love historical romance and/or second chance love. I really enjoyed it, and while The Duke’s Men series is completed, I’m looking forward eagerly to the author’s next book, The Art of Sinning, which is the first in her new series, Sinful Suitors. And guess what, it features Yvette, Edwin’s sister. It makes me hopeful that one of the books in the series would be Edwin’s!
1. 100 Books A Year
2. Full House Reading Challenge – 2nd or more book in a series (If the Viscount Falls is the 4th book in The Duke’s Men series)