Society's Most Scandalous Viscount
Regency Charms #3
Regency Charms #3
By: Anabelle Bryant
Released November 3, 2015
When rules are made to be broken…
Viscount Kellaway may sound like a gentleman, but he doesn’t act like one. As far as Kell is concerned, drink, women and the wrong side of the law are much more attractive indulgences than could be found in polite society – much to the scandal of the ton.
With all of Brighton’s women to choose from, Kell has never settled for one – and his devilish good looks have meant he’s never had to. But when he spies Angelica Curtis walking on the beach by moonlight, the living vision of a familiar dream, all that changes.
Suddenly, Kell finds himself craving the touch of a single woman…and it just so happens that the woman in question won’t have him! But if Kell’s bad ways have taught him anything, it’s that nothing is truly out of bounds…
Angelica Curtis has fled from her religious zealot father for a week; to take sanctuary with her Grandmother in Brighton, before her father marries her off to one of his cronies. While in this safe haven; Angelica plans to experience a little life, before she is thrust in to religious servitude, starting with a moonlight walk in the waves.
Viscount Kellaway (aka Kell) is yet again embroiled in another scandal of his and his father’s making, so he is back in his safe haven of his Brighton home, when he spots mermaid on the beach in the moonlight, but he is unsure if she was real. So in the morning, when he has a clear mind, he searches for the specter he saw in the moonlight, but what he finds is much more real.
Now these two broken souls have found each other and plan to spend every moment of their fleeting freedom together (as much as they can get away with anyway). But when their time comes to an end, will they just give in, as they always have done or go against everything they have known and fight for each other?
This is a very nice regency romance, I haven’t read anything by this author before, and so I don’t know if that is what made the book a little confusing in the beginning? Some parts (to me) were written a little too flowery, but I like my books to be a little cut and dried. My favorite part of the whole book was the ending, NOT because the story was ending, but because that’s when it got a little more gripping.
With all that being said, I give Society’s Most Scandalous Viscount 3 out of 5 stars.
He was tall, strikingly handsome, and absolutely forbidden. Virility rolled off him in waves. She should have a care. She knew better. Still that ever-present undercurrent of wild curiosity suffocated any suggestions made by common sense.
While she contemplated her reckless not restless behavior, he lit the lantern on the hook by the door and bathed them in the soft glow of the lamp.
“We need to dry off.” He said the words as if they were an edict to be obeyed, and she nodded her agreement although how they were to accomplish the task remained unknown.
He wriggled the knob on the door and patted his pocket, although she couldn’t imagine why. Only the groundskeeper and the owner of the manor would retain a key. Then he raised his boot and before she could summon an objection, kicked in the cottage door with a dull thud. He grabbed the lantern from the hook and preceded her, glancing over his shoulder and offering a winsome smile to imply she should follow inside.
She swallowed audibly. What was she doing? This was insane, yet she’d never felt so enthralled. Some unspoken sensation she couldn’t explain assured she was in no peril, but still how could one be certain? If he desired, this stranger would overpower her with ease proving only a fool should enter the cottage. A rumble of thunder concurred, underscoring her decision to depart. She managed one step backward before his hand shot through the doorframe, captured her wrist, and tugged her into the dry shelter of the room.
Anabelle began reading at age three and never stopped. Her passion for reading soon turned into a passion for writing and an author was born. Happy to grab a suitcase if it ensures a new adventure, Anabelle finds endless inspiration in travel, especially imaginary jaunts into Regency England, a far cry from her home in New Jersey. Instead, her clever characters live out her daydreams because really, who wouldn't want to dance with a handsome duke or kiss a wicked earl?
Though teaching keeps her grounded, photography, running and writing, counterbalance her wanderlust. Often found with her nose in a book, Anabelle earned her Master's Degree and is completing her Doctorate Degree in education. Thrilled to be an author for Harlequin's Carina line, Anabelle's historical romances are character driven. She strives to provide a heartfelt connection between her hero, heroine, and the reader, believing the emotional journey on the path to true love is the most important bond. Clever secondary characters and lively conversation keep the pages turning.
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