Loved the story. Very well written & holds interest to end.
An unremarkable, rather disappointing effort from Anne Mallory. This author has been very hit or miss, some books with good characters and interesting situations, others with vapid, boring characters doing things that wouldn't happen in reality. The Viscount's Wicked Ways falls into the latter category.
Those who gave this book good reviews have probably read little historical romance. This book offered a very tepid heroine with an interesting occupation and a hero with whom we are only briefly acquainted in the first person early in the book. Most of the story is told from the heroine's perspective and we are left in the dark about the hero. Ordinarily this would be intriguing but in this case just made for two very empty characters.
There was much "telling" of the story rather than "showing" and a rapid resolution at the end that was so perfectly pat it rendered the entirety of the multiple plot devices unnecessary.
Sensuality in this book was withheld until near the end of the book and was lukewarm.
I'll probably skip further books by this author, this was just a letdown.
delightful book this is the first book of Anne Mallory's that I have read so do not have much to compare with but I enjoyed it nice light reading
Thomas Ashe, the brooding Viscount Blackfield, is a man any lady would shun. But Patience Harrington, try as she might, has never been a proper lady. Her bumbled London season left her with no marital prospects and no recourse but to accept her father's invitation to travel to gloomy Blackfield Castle. Surely, spending a few nights in the presence of priceless antiques and a devilish viscount can't be as bad as facing the ton gossip.
Focused solely on his secret government project, Thomas cares little for the valuable antiques he's recently inherited. The troublesome young woman who has come to assess them, however, stirs his senses in every way. Patience is a distraction Thomas can ill afford -- a beautiful temptation that makes him ache with desire. For a spy is threatening to destroy all he has built, and Patience is hiding something. With so much at stake, Thomas must do whatever it takes to seduce the truth from Patience's lips before lives -- and his own heart -- are lost.