The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane

The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane

Book - 2014
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She has no desire for love... until she meets the viscount who lives down the lane... As she arrives in Mayfair, Louisa Tempest is horrified when her incorrigible cat bolts from the carriage and dashes into a neighbor's house, where she comes face-to-face with the reclusive Viscount Wakefield. But even more dismaying than his foul temper is the disarray in which she finds his home. Convinced his demeanor would improve if his household were in order, Louisa resolves to put everything to rights. Much to his chagrin, Wakefield finds it impossible to keep the meddling Louisa out of his home, invading his daily life with her "improvements," and his nights with the tempting desires she sparks inside him. Wounded in the war, he's scorned society ever since his return . . . until Louisa opens the door to his heart and convinces him to give love a second chance.
Publisher: New York : Avon Books, c2014
ISBN: 9780062283818
Branch Call Number: F BOY NVD
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 18 cm


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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jun 21, 2017

The wounded war hero is a familiar character in Regency romances (after all, the Napoleonic War presents such a golden opportunity for this), and I am always interested to see how authors, like Elizabeth Boyle, who favor a lighter tone in their romances will handle such a hero. You don’t want to downplay the severity of the hero’s experiences, but you also don’t want to totally throw a damper on the light, fizzy feel of the book. I think she strikes that careful balance quite well in this book, because of the setup for the hero and heroine’s interactions (namely, the hero has turned into a sort of recluse since returning from the war, but the heroine moves in next door and is constantly in the hero’s house and yard, cleaning up stuff and generally managing his household). A rather busybody heroine was the perfect fit for a somewhat reclusive, damaged hero, and watching their relationship develop over the course of this book was thoroughly enjoyable.

Jul 31, 2014

Sweet, but slight. I would have liked to either have more of how Wakefield overcomes his demons, having a glimpse of his life with Louisa after marriage, or more of Lavinia's story.

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