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ARC Book Review-The Viscount Who Lived Down The Lane by Elizabeth Boyle

The Viscount Who Lived Down The Lane
Rhymes With Love (4)
Elizabeth Boyle
Avon Books
Published October 28 2014
384 Pages
Acquired: Edelweiss
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN:  9780062283825
 Authors Website

In New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Boyle’s fourth novel in the Rhymes With Love series, a resolute young woman goes toe-to-toe with the Beast of Mayfair…

She has no desire for love…

As she arrives in Mayfair, Louisa Tempest is horrified when her incorrigible cat bolts from the carriage and dashes into a neighbor’s house, where she comes face-to-face with the reclusive Viscount Wakefield. But even more dismaying than his foul temper is the disarray in which she finds his home. Convinced his demeanor would improve if his household were in order, Louisa resolves to put everything to rights.

…until she meets the viscount who lives down the lane.

Much to his chagrin, Wakefield finds it impossible to keep the meddling Louisa out of his home, invading his daily life with her “improvements,” and his nights with the tempting desires she sparks inside him. Wounded in the war, he’s scorned society ever since his return . . . until Louisa opens the door to his heart and convinces him to give love a second chance

My Review

I was granted a ARC copy in return for a honest review, thanks to Edelweiss and Avon Books. 

Louisa Tempest, is cursed alongside with her sister, but when her sister is adamant they go to London and have a season among the Ton, Louisa can’t resist her sisters pleas. Louisa has no plans for marriage, since they are cursed to never get married and if they do then it will go bad. So she is determined to see her sister happy and married and then go back to her small village and live in content. When her cat, steals his way into a stranger home, she goes in chasing after him, and runs into Viscount Wakefield, known as a recluse and a beast, but even though he is intimidating Louisa can’t help but find him intriguing and can’t resist showing him what a tempest is actually made of. Wakefield, was once well known among the Ton, for getting into trouble with his two best friends, and carousing around London with no care in the world. But then he went off to war, and came back with a injured leg and a broken heart, he lost his closest friend in the world, and shuts himself off from everyone and lives with only a cook and his trusty old butler. But his life turns a different way when a young trouble making woman storms her way into his life and home, and leaving nothing left but her brightening countenance. He is fascinated and intrigued and refuses to let anything happen. He knows that she is the last thing he needs in his life, and tries to kick her out of his life, but Louisa is made of sterner stuff and goes about to prove him wrong.

The Viscount Who Lived Down The Lane is the fourth installment, and by far my favorite book from this author yet!! I adored every moment while reading this one and could barely put it down. There was something so intriguing about this story and what a pair these two made!!! I had such a fun time with this book and just couldn’t get enough!! It was exactly what I was in the mood for and I am so glad I was able to get the opportunity to read it. These two were equally matched, both equally stubborn and full of steam and passion!! They don’t back down and it was quite a show to see these two find their way to a HEA. It wasn’t easy going, and oh boy was the heroine so funny to watch. She tends to leave shattered pieces in her path, and she is beyond clumsy, but what a sweet character she is. I tend to be picky about some of my heroines, but Louisa was a hoot!! Even though she doesn’t want marriage, she can’t seem to stay away from Viscount the beast. In fact, his broodiness and banning her from his home, only makes her more stubborn to get closer to him and break the shell around himself and let her in. She knows what she wants, and she goes after it. What I really liked about these two was their connection which was pretty heated from the beginning. Even though the hero is damaged and angry and just wants to be left alone to his inner demons, he doesn’t see Louisa storming into his life and turning it Topsy turvy, and he will start to become the man he once was…full of life and passion.

This story was packed with everything that I adore in a historical romance! It had plenty of sensuality, well written characters, and a enticing dialogue that keep you coming back for more! A PASSION FILLED ROMANCE!

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In Series 
Along Came A Duke
And The Miss Ran Away With The Rake
Have You Any Rogues?
If Wishes Were Earls

ARC Book Review-If Wishes Were Earls

If Wishes Were Earls
Rhymes With Love (3)
Elizabeth Boyle
Avon Books
E Book
Published December 2013
384 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN: 9780062089090
Authors Website

Harrriet Hathaway has loved only one man her entire life: the Earl of Roxley. But when he ignores her at a ball, she takes rather desperate steps to catch his eye and her plans find her ruined and without any hope of gaining Roxley’s heart. So it is much to her amazement when Roxley proposes marriage to save her from ruin. But Roxley’s proposal isn’t quite on the up and up and when she finds out she’s just another piece in one of his plots and japes, she vows revenge.

Roxley is desperate to pull his family from the brink of ruin, and the only way to gain a lost fortune is to prove to his aunts that’s he’s “reformed” his life and is determined to settle down. But the bride-to-be that he thought would be most amiable is doing everything to turn his life and his heart upside down. Harriet Hathaway had always seemed the most sensible girl he knew, but now this siren of a stranger he’s engaged to is leaving him feeling anything but sensible. Harriet is about to steal not only his heart, but quite possibly the keys to the Roxley fortune.

My Review

Harriet Hathaway has known Roxley for most of her life. Now as a grown woman, she wants more from him than mere friendship, she desires him and loves him. One night at a ball they share a memorable kiss, but nothing came from it. Now over a year later, she still wants to marry him and wants to show him that what they have is more powerful than any other match he could ever make with any other woman. Roxley, due to his parents gambling habits, has barely kept himself afloat. Now he is approached by a man who has bought all of his debt, and demands that he marries his daughter. Feeling as if his hands are tied, he knows that he has no choice, even though his heart has always belonged to one woman, a woman who was dare enough to kiss him and change everything. The last thing that Roxley wants is to hurt “Harry”, but he doesn’t have a choice in order to save those whose welfare are relying on him. Harriet is shocked when she learns that Roxley is suppose to propose to another woman, and is determined to stop it. Then a dangerous plot unravels, and it will take Roxley and Harriet working together to put that which was wronged right once again, and to take down those who would destroy them.

If Wishes Were Earls is the first novel that I have read from Elizabeth Boyle. I was able to receive a copy in exchange for a honest review from Avon and Edelweiss. I don’t know why I haven’t read her before now, especially since I love historical romance. As they say “Better late than never”, and I definitely feel that way about this author. I plan on looking for this author at my local library and reading more of her books. Even though this is the third in the series, it could be read as a stand alone, but I definitely wishes I had read the first two beforehand, but it isn’t necessary to read this one. First off I want to discuss the cover, which is one of my favorites, including the stepback. When I saw it for the first time, I found the blend of the purples, pinks and the white dress, had such a mixture of soft colors that created a magical scene of sensuality.

One of my favorite aspects of If Wishes Were Earls was the way that the story picked up, it starts with the reader seeing Harriet being bold and daring and going after what she wants, which is the Earl of Roxley. But what turns into hopes gets turned into disappointment when Roxley treats her differently after the fact. But she doesn’t want to give up hope, so she sets up a plan to make Roxley fall in love with her and choose love over his duty. We see that there are two sides to this situation. Roxley wishes he was free to marry Harriet, but he has to provide for his aunts, and keep those lands that have been in his family for generations. When he ends up being blackmailed, he knows he has little choice. Then we see a certain sub plot of danger and intrigue involving some diamonds, and the plot thickens, and the reader is then taken on a ride of passion, suspense and power of true love.

I found If Wishes Were Earls to be a truly captivating story that reeled me in from the prologue. Usually I have to force my way through the prologue sometimes, I just want to get to the story (LOL). But I have found that reading the prologue lends the reader to some background information needed to make sense of the rest of the story. When I first read the synopsis I wasn’t sure if I would like it much, but the story was far different than what the Synopsis implied the story to be. So I was surprised by how much I enjoyed seeing the change of events and the way the Harriet and Roxley get on together. I couldn’t complain much about the setting, I found it very delightful the connection the Roxley and Harry have with each other, even though its subtle at times and too obvious at other times. The one thing that I would complain about this story would be the multiple flashbacks, it could be a bit confusing at times. Other than the flashbacks, I truly enjoyed this story and I can hardly wait for the chance to read the rest of the series, and more from this author.

Overall I splendid romance with a touch of witty humor, a hint of passion and excitement, a plot thickened with drama and danger and intrigue that will tie you up in knots, and a love story to charm and entice. A DELICIOUS READ!!!

Favorite Quote
 “I want you, and only you” he’d whispered as he’d entered her. Taken her. Possessed her. It had been so breathless, so ruinous. So very wonderful.

My Grade 
4 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

Other Books In Series 
Along Came A Duke
And The Miss Ran Away With A Rake

Quickie Book Review-Have You Any Rogues?

Have You Any Rogues?
Rymes With Love (2.5)
Elizabeth Boyle
Avon Impulse
Novella
Published November 12 2013
50 Pages
Regency Historical Romance
ISBN:  9780062322883
Authors Website

Synopsis 
The Seldons and Dales have been mortal enemies for centuries, but that hasn’t stopped the roguish Crispin, Viscount Dale and the impetuous Lady Henrietta Seldon from waging their own battle … of the heart. Every stray glance, every chance encounter threatens to reveal the secret passion that keeps drawing them together.

But finally after years of flirting with disaster, Crispin and Henrietta find themselves locked in a wine cellar, and now there is no denying the love and loyalties that have lured them and torn them apart time and time again. Will this one last chance, this tempting night of desire be the one that ignites a fire that will never be extinguished, no matter the price?

My Review
This is just a quickie review, especially considering that this book took me about 45 minutes to read. I knew it wouldn’t take very long to read, so I just read it last night right before I went to bed. Have You Any Rogues is a very interesting take on a “Romeo and Juliet” theme.  The majority of the book involves flashbacks, and sometimes I didn’t mind, but others I got a bit frustrated with it a bit. I am not a huge fan of flashbacks, but I did understand by the end why the author put all the flashbacks in. The characters were interesting, through the flashbacks you see how they almost get their HEA but something disrupts their trust in each other, and boy this heroine got married quite a bit. I did enjoy the ending and the reconciliation between them. I do love the theme of the most recent series by this author. It had a charming quality to the story, and I loved the way the story turned out. I do plan on reading more of this author, because I am fascinated with her writing style. Even though it had a couple aspects to the story I didn’t like so much, overall a fun romance that will wet your appetite.

My Grade 
3.5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Warm

Other Books In Series 
Along Came A Duke
And The Miss Ran Away Wit The Rake
If Wishes Were Earls