Tag: Author: Vivienne Lorret

Review: The Maddening Lord Montwood

Posted 21 March, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Maddening Lord Montwood (The Rakes of Fallow Hall #3)
By: Vivienne Lorret
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Frances Thorne can handle anything—except losing her position, her home, and her father to debtor’s prison all in one day. So when a generous offer of assistance falls into her lap, she’s grateful for a second chance, even if it seems too good to be true. The last thing she needs is for the charming, infuriating—maddening—Lord Lucan Montwood to stand in her way.

The end of the bachelors’ wager is near, and Lucan Montwood can taste victory—just so long as he can stay away from the one woman who sees through his façade. Yet when he learns that Frances has been caught in an insidious trap, Lucan can’t deny that he will do anything to help. Convincing her to trust him is the hard part, resisting her is next to impossible, but falling in love with her? That may be far too simple.

Here we are, another Vivienne Lorret novel, and the last volume of The Rakes of Fallow Hall trilogy. I’ve really enjoyed the trilogy thus far and the main group of friends. So we’ve come now to Lucan Montwood, the final member of the group, and his story. I’ve been sort of looking forward to this book because of the three friends he was the most elusive; the second book definitely alluded to that mystery behind his charming and seemingly benign persona. I say sort of because I’ve seen mixed reviews to this book, but given I already read two out of three of the books, I figure I’d finish it 😛

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Review: The Elusive Lord Everhart

Posted 18 March, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Elusive Lord Everhart (The Rakes of Fallow Hall #1)
By: Vivienne Lorret
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Gabriel Ludlow, Viscount Everhart, will never marry, and thus is sure to win the bachelors’ wager amongst his friends. Assuming, of course, that his deepest secret—a certain letter containing a marriage proposal made in a moment of passion—doesn’t surface. After all, without Calliope Croft to tempt him, there’s no danger of losing. Or of falling in love.

Calliope wants revenge. Five years ago, an anonymous love letter stole her heart and ultimately broke it. Now Casanova has struck again, and Calliope vows to unmask the scoundrel, stopping him from breaking any more hearts. Yet, time and again, Gabriel distracts her from her task, until she can no longer deny that something about him calls to her…

Gabriel was a fool to ignore the depth of his feelings for Calliope, but the threat that kept him from her five years ago remains. Now he must choose between two paths: break her heart all over again or finally succumb to loving her… at the risk of losing everything.

I really enjoyed reading The Devilish Mr. Danvers (review) so I went back and picked up the rest of the books from this trilogy along with a few other titles by this author. So here I am, at the start of the wager and everything about these three friends 😛

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Review: The Devilish Mr. Danvers

Posted 17 March, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Devilish Mr. Danvers (The Rakes of Fallow Hall #2)
By: Vivienne Lorret
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

For the first time in her life, Hedley Sinclair holds the keys to her own future. She’s inherited the crumbling Greyson Park, but the disrepair does nothing to dissuade her. No one will ever lock her up again or attempt to take away what’s hers. No one except Rafe Danvers—the charming, fiendish man from Fallow Hall. He’s determined to claim Greyson Park, but if Hedley isn’t careful, he’ll claim her heart as well.

Rafe has every intention of ridding Greyson Park of the conniving Sinclairs once and for all. The last thing he expects is to find the beguiling Hedley—the younger sister of his former fiancée—standing in his way. With drastic measures called for, he plans to marry her off in order to regain control of the estate. The only trouble is, he can’t seem to stop seducing her. Even worse, he can’t help falling in love with her.

I can’t remember if I came across this book through GoodReads or Kobo, but either way the premise of the novel intrigued me–an inheritance, pride wounded with a bit of revenge, two people thrown into a tussle over an estate–and the reviews seemed favourable. Granted, this is the second book to a series, but this was the interesting of the three so I ended up picking it up first 🙂

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Books: A Batch of Mini-Reviews

Posted 28 January, 2016 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

And here we are, first batch of mini book reviews for 2016! Sort of…granted, the reviews featured below were from titles I’ve read in 2015, but no matter, it was an interesting assortment of titles I read towards the end of last year 😛 Included in this batch of reviews are:

So without further ado…

The Last Witness
By: K.J. Parker
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

When you need a memory to be wiped, call me.

Transferring unwanted memories to my own mind is the only form of magic I’ve ever mastered. But now, I’m holding so many memories I’m not always sure which ones are actually mine, any more.

Some of them are sensitive; all of them are private. And there are those who are willing to kill to access the secrets I’m trying to bury…

I’ve been eyeing the Tor novellas for some time; the stories sound interesting and the artwork for them are fantastic. I decided to pick up this novella first as the premise sounds really interesting and holds a lot storytelling promise and direction. Suffice to say it didn’t disappoint; I found myself really gripped to my eReader, chest tight with anxiety as I read this unnamed narrator’s story as a man who could wipe your worst, most unwanted memories away. It’s eerie what he can do–and why he can be such a dangerous person and/or weapon–and his dubious morals makes him a rather fascinating character to follow. Despite of his faults, which he freely admits to, I found myself strangely rooting for him, hoping that his shady dealings doesn’t catch up with him, even as some of the things he had done were pretty =S

The novella was also interesting in that the narrator finds himself contemplating about memories, how they define us, how they are tied to truth, etc. I really appreciated how these themes weaved in and out of the story, not necessarily on the fore, but it’s there, especially as our narrator proves to be terribly unreliable. The story can be dark, the character flawed and dubious, the worldbuilding interesting enough with a lot of political changes happening in the backdrop, but overall it was a fantastic novella. Definitely worth checking out!

Rating: ★★★★☆

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