I have read many historical romances. It's one of my favorite genres. Ms. Vane does a nice job with the time period. She is true to the customs & traditions women had to deal with back then. They had to be so concerned with their reputations. That being said, Lady Diana Palmerston-Wriothesley has lived her life being the type of woman she was expected to be. She married a man she knew little about to make her father happy. She has not had a loving marriage and has been lonely, never really experiencing true love or passion.
She meets Viscount Ludovic and is torn because of her instant attraction to him. He also feels the attraction and it is not well received by his jealous mistress. There are plenty of innuendo and sexual encounters that are well written.
I really liked Ludovic even with his shortcomings. He is not the knight in shining armor we are used to, the "good" guy that always does the right thing. He isn't perfect but you can't help liking his character.
We learn about her sorry excuse for a husband and Ludovic's jealous witch of a mistress. There is passion, blackmail & even murder!!
The narrator, Eva Hathaway, took some getting used to. She has a nice accent for the location & time period but I didn't fully connect with her until halfway through the book. She is able to distinguish her voice with male/female characters but she can't change her voice enough when there is more than one male or female speaking in the same scene. I had difficulty figuring out which character was speaking at times.
The book ends abruptly, which was not something I like. Thankfully the next book is available already so I will continue to find out what happens with this couple.
This was my first book by Victoria Vane, but it will not be my last.
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