Another Viscount in Love (The Originals #3.5)
By: Vivienne Lorret
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
As the toast of the ton, Samuel Wortham, Viscount Ellery, should have no trouble finding a wife. Yet each lady he pursues ends up married to another. As a last hope, Sam plans a house party, intending to choose a bride from one of his guests. But when he encounters a raven-haired beauty by his estate’s pond, he’s captivated by her charm and desperate to see her again.
A quiet trip to the country is just what Gemma Desmond needs to take her mind off marriage. After all, as the daughter of a notorious criminal, her prospects seem quite grim. The last thing she expects is a chance meeting with a handsome lord and an invitation to his lavish house party. Ellery is everything she hoped for in a husband. But can she ever escape the stigma of her father’s misdeeds?
When a pair of conniving debutantes frame her for theft, Gemma has her answer. Unwilling to let her scandalous reputation taint the kind, honorable man she adores, she flees. Yet Ellery isn’t about to give her up. He might be just another viscount in love, but he refuses to let this potential bride slip through his fingers
I was so excited when I learned that Vivienne Lorret was coming out with another Originals story. I really enjoyed the last one–enjoyed them all, in fact–and as there aren’t really any historical romances in my radar at the moment–or really on my TBR pile (until I bought this and a novel by Mary Balogh)–this novella came out at the perfect time 🙂
I admit, it took me a while to remember who Sam was–I remember in the early books that there was this one guy who kept falling for the heroine but then she would fall for someone else, lol, so I was happy that he was the lead male character in this book (and therefore would get a happy ending, lol). Reading this novella, I felt bad for him because he really is a nice guy with lovely parents (really, one of the best parents I’ve read in historical romances), it was just his bad luck that he kept liking women who in turn loved someone else. It sort of did a number on him as the poor guy finds himself doubting himself and his initial gut feeling.
And Gemma was also a great character whom I felt bad for because she had to shoulder the shame of her father’s crimes and endure Society’s response to that. Her story is darker than that, which broke my heart, but I was so happy that she had such a supportive family member in her aunt, Edith, who is related to some of the characters who previously graced the Originals series (again, took me a bit of a while to recall who was who from which novel).
I loved Sam and Gemma’s scenes together, even as it was mired with self-doubt, second-guessing, and scheming members of the ton trying to smear Gemma’s reputation further (ugh, how frustrating). There’s a simplicity to Sam and Gemma’s story, the emotions there, that I really liked. For a novella I thought it was pretty well-paced; nothing felt hurried, there was enough character depth and growth as well as story for it just to be all-in-all a really satisfying read. Definitely worth checking out, both as a standalone and if you’ve read the series 😀
(By the way looking forward to what Vivienne Lorret writes next! 2018 is too far away though ;_; )
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