Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Spurned Viscountess

Shelley Munro

Cursed with the sight and rumors of witchcraft, Rosalind's only chance at an ordinary life is marriage to Lucien, Viscount Hastings. She doesn't expect love, only security and children of her own. Determined to go through with the wedding, she allows nothing she encounters at the gloomy Castle St. Clare to dissuade her.

Recently returned from the Continent, Lucien has no time for the English mouse his family has arranged for him to marry—not when he's plotting to avenge the murder of his beloved Francesca. He has no intention of bedding Rosalind, not even to sire an heir.

 Though spurned by her bridegroom, Rosalind turns to him for protection when she is plagued by a series of mysterious accidents and haunted by terrifying visions. Forced to keep Rosalind close—and tempted into passionate kisses—Lucien soon finds himself in grave danger of falling in love with his own wife . . .

My Take:

I read this book right smack dab in the middle of two very heavy and depressing books that I didn't really love, so The Spurned Viscountess was a very welcome relief.  Sometimes, do you just want to read a fun romance that may not be the most prolific book you ever read, but just gives you a break from your stressful life?  This is just the book.  The was some mystery and murder, but not emotionally heart wrenching.  The mystery element was more cozy mystery that heart pumping thriller, which was good, since the book was mostly about the romance, you didn't want the mystery to drown it out.  I loved the overall creepy atmosphere of the castle in the book, with the secret passageways and spy holes everywhere.  This set a nice contrast for the sweet and innocent main character to fall in love with her gruff widower of a husband.  I really liked the love interest, Lucien, I totally dig that gruff and manly vibe.  Imagine, if Mr Darcy from (my favorite book ever) Pride and Prejudice had a big huge imposing scar down the front of his face and was bitter because his beloved Elizabeth Bennett had been murdered and died in his arms, this will give you a hint as to Lucien's personality.  I love Mr Darcy, so if a love interest is mentioned to be tall dark and handsome, I always find some way to relate him to my beloved Mr D, which I admit, I have up waaaay too high on a pedestal.  Anyway, if you are in the mood for a fun romance, this is a great one.  Is this book going to be the greatest romance you ever read?  Nope.  But it has all the earmarks of a fun story, well paced plot, good characters and an exciting ending. 3 Find a Used Book Store

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

If The Spurned Viscountess were a movie, it would likely be rated PG-13 for sexual content and a little violence

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"M" said...

This sounds like a fun read. I'll definitely check it out.

Audra said...

I so hear you on the need for some light, fun reading between heavy books -- and this one sounds great. Thanks for the review!

Jess said...

This sounds like a good read. Something about it made me think of a book I read some time ago that you might also enjoy. It's called The Bride Finder by Susan Carroll.

m.qassimi said...

I will definitely check it out!


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