Whispers and secrets are no match for love…
Henry Flynn, the new Lord Chesham, still blames himself for the disappearance of his younger brother when they were children. That incident destroyed his family, and now he’s on a path of self-destruction that no one can interrupt…
Lady Emma Talbot can’t stand watching the man she secretly loves destroy himself little by little. She’s determined to show him that no one holds him culpable, before it’s too late. But Emma doesn’t know what really happened to Flynn on that fateful day long ago, so what chance does she have of saving him from himself?
Shana Galen is one of those authors I see around everywhere, but whose books I have never tried. Viscount of Vice might have a pretty embarrassing title and cover, but I think it was a good introduction to Galen’s writing. It’s a novella, yes, but there was a pretty solid story here, and I always enjoy suspense and a look at the lives of the lower classes.
It wasn’t perfect. I couldn’t believe it when both hero and heroine are trapped, thinking they’re going to be killed soon, and they stop for a sex scene. And this only after having their first kiss hours earlier, and neither of them before having acknowledged their attraction until then!
Part of this is probably the fault of editors and publishers. Maybe it’s true for some readers that they’ll die unless there’s a sex scene every second chapter, but I wish they would stop pushing for them when they make no sense.
From blog posts and things, I’d been given the impression Galen wrote very flimsy, wallpapery romances, so I was pleased that there was much more depth to the story than I expected. As with almost every novella I’ve ever read, I think this could have been an even better book if it had been full length.
Viscount of Vice is the introduction to a new series, and I think it did a good job getting people interested in future books.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.