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The Madness of Viscount Atherbourne (Rescued from Ruin Book 1) Kindle Edition
The night that changes everything …
Life for Victoria Lacey should be perfect. And it is—perfectly boring. Agree to marry a lord who has yet to inspire a single, solitary tingle? Why, of course. Smile as though this is not the thousandth time he’s mentioned hounds and hunting? It’s all in a day’s work for the oh-so-proper sister of the Duke of Blackmore. Surely no one would suspect her secret longing for heart-racing, head-spinning passion. Except, perhaps, a dark stranger … on a terrace … at a ball where she should definitely not be kissing a man she has only just met.
The obsession that leads to ruin …
Hatred, not love, drives Lucien Wyatt, Viscount Atherbourne, to tempt the “Flower of Blackmore” into sin. Her brother has done unthinkable damage to Lucien’s family, and he intends to exact revenge in the only way left to him: Ruining his enemy’s sister, then stealing her from Blackmore by making her his own.
The woman who will set fire to her husband’s heart …
As Lucien carries out his ruthless plan, tutoring his new bride in the finer points of pleasure, her surrender leaves him breathless … and soon a new obsession awakens—a scandalous fascination with his irresistible wife.
About the Author
Reading romance novels came easily to Elisa Braden. She's been doing it since she was twelve. Writing them? That took a little longer. After graduating with degrees in creative writing and history, Elisa spent entirely too many years in "real" jobs, writing T-shirt copy--and other people's resumes--and articles about giftware displays. But that was before she woke up and started dreaming about the very unreal job of being a romance novelist. Frankly, she figures better late than never. Elisa lives in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest, where you're constitutionally required to like the colors green and gray. Good thing she does. Other items on the "like" list include cute dogs, strong coffee, and epic movies. Of course, her favorite thing of all is hearing from readers who love her characters as much as she does.
Mary Sarah is an actor and voice-over artist known for her subtle, emotionally potent performances. Classically trained at the Riverside Shakespeare Academy and the Film Actors Studio in New York City, Mary narrates books filled with adventure, mystery, and romance.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B00RUAFXGO
- Publisher : Elisa Braden (January 4, 2015)
- Publication date : January 4, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2769 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 328 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #88,947 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Love learning about the aristocracy of historical England, or any era when presented as pure entertainment!
I love this book and have re-read it several times despite its flaws. Revenge tropes are one of my favorite so I was 100 percent in when I purchased this book. The attraction between the H and h was palpable and you could see how these two came to love each other. The aspects of the book that I see others struggle with are the ones that I actively avoid in order to enjoy other parts of the book. I see many reviews saying that it was not really revenge because the H was kind and grew to love the h quickly. It was revenge because first he takes away her choice in marrying someone that she loves as opposed to being forced to marry the H in order to avoid a scandal. Although she is attracted to him, she is not in love and yes I know that is not an important aspect of marriages in this time period, but it’s almost always important to the heroines in romance novels. He actively forbids her from seeing her brother and ensures that the h doesn’t receive her brother’s letters. She feels sad and isolated without her brother as a support. When she makes attempts to leave and see her brother, the H uses their physical attraction to weaken her resolve and distract her from going to her brother. His staff is even instructed to never allow her to take the carriage or their horses to her brother’s home. He uses her as a pawn and more than once makes her feel that his revenge and his hatred for her brother are more important than the H’s feelings for the h. Despite all of these negatives, what made it more acceptable to me was that we get to see the H’s POV and we can see how conflicted he feels about his actions.
For me, the characters' actions need to have some logic behind them, the plot complications need to feel believable, the characters need to develop and grow over the course of the story and the ending needs to make sense. Happily, this story and its characters make sense, is well written and absorbing and the ending made me cry. One of the highlights of this book is the character development, especially that of the the hero, Lord Lucien Atherbourne. The cause of his tortured angst is completely justified even if his method of revenge seemed a little far fetched. However, I felt that the characterization of the heroine, Victoria, was a bit weaker. It took her a little too long to to find her spine, but not so long that I lost patience with her as I so often do in romance novels. There are some interesting secondary characters who make significant contributions to the story. I especially liked the Greek chorus like comments of Lady Wallingham found in the chapter headings. They were pithy, humorous and set a slightly more sophisticated tone than what is often found in Regency Era romance novels.
Bottom line: You may find that this story drags a bit through the first half, that Victoria shouldn't have been surprised as she was at the depth of Lucien's commitment to revenge, and that she gives in a shade too often to sexual attraction when she shouldn't, but you will also find that this is a very well written book. I'm pretty sure that you'll care about the characters and you'll be invested in their achieving a happy ending. In short, it's worth your time and your money. Now I'm off to get the second book in the series.
always want more) Lucien has lost himself from war at Waterloo then returning home to fine his brother and sister had died leaving him with no family. He then seeks vengeance against Black ore whom he thinks caused b the death of his sister and brother so he marries the sister of Black more and restricts her from seeing her brothers. it all comes to a Head and Lucien finds out it was the younger brother. Anyway don't any to give the story away but they get their HEA. Would highly recommend this author and series.🙂
Except Victoria becomes Lucien's angel and fascination overrides his desire for revenge. Almost.
What emotion. Grand passion. Bitter anger and hatred.. Victoria is deeply hurt by Lucien's plans and he almost takes his revenge too far. Ms. Braden weaves an intoxicating spell. What a great ronance.
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Don't get me wrong, I love heated stories, I read gritty MC books, dub con books, omegaverse books, all for their heated scenes, so I'm not a prude but her insta lust was completely off putting and just not believable in a historical romance. Even putting that aside. The story and story telling bored me. Too many dull scenes and it was all extremely predictable. Easy to tell that her husband had mixed up the brothers from very early on. Struggled not to give up. It took three days to finally make myself finish, only because I paid for it.
I try to give authors a couple of chances in case I just happen to book the one boring book, so I considered trying her brother Harrison's book and especially James Killbrenner's book because he sounded yum, the small glimpse at the end of this book for those were also boring and put me off purchasing. It's not good when the glimpses ment to tempt a purchase are dull and boring! I'd only recommend a read if it was free on KU
When she is discovered in a scandalous embrace with Atherton on a terrace at the grandest ball of the season, her pristine reputation is in tatters and her wedding cancelled. When Atherbourne offers to marry her she takes the chance to lessen the scandal. But there is also something about the viscount that draws her to him, his passionate kisses, his heated whispers. Nothing like the safe, dull fiancée who cast her off at the first hint of trouble. Perhaps she has a real chance for happiness here, two people brought together for the wrong reasons might just work out well. But Athertbourne's revenge has only just begun, Victoria has yet to discover just how nasty he can be.
This is a fun read and although it does touch on serious themes it remains positive and engaging. I developed a real soft spot for Atherton, especially when he was at his most vengeful.
The redoubtable Dowager Marchioness of Wallingham– who's pithy wit and wisdom starts every chapter, is a real star. She more than makes up for the fact that Victoria can be a bit of a drip at times,
I was totally involved in the story, and the characters, and found it extremely difficult to put down. And after rushing through it, desperate to find out what happened to Lucien and Victoria, I had to read it again to absorb things I had not fully understood the first time.
Lucien was a very damaged person, but even when he was being screwed-up I couldn't dislike him. I felt I could understand his warped position. Victoria was also pretty believable - starting as a bit of a pattern book heroine (innocent gone astray) but coming into a strong personality and trying to sort her relationship out.
I was also interested in several of the other characters - and hope their lives may be laid bare for us in other books!
This is not a Georgette Heyer Regency Romance. If that is as raunchy as you like, this novel is not for you. However, I felt that all the 'romance' was an extension of the relationship of the hero and heroine and it was therefore quite acceptable to me.