Series: The Duke's Men #4
Also in this series: How the Scoundrel Seduces
Genres: Historical, Regency, Romance, Suspense, Thrillers
Source: Gifted, Publisher
From New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries, the deliciously sexy fourth book in the “Duke’s Men” Regency romance series—the first of which was called “a totally engaging, adventurous love story” (RT Book Reviews, Top Pick).The heir presumptive to the Viscount Rathmoor, Dominick Manton once had his heart’s desire within reach—a bright future as a barrister and engagement to Jane Vernon, a wealthy baron’s daughter. Then a shattering betrayal by his vindictive brother George snatched away Dom’s inheritance and his hopes of offering Jane a secure future. Brokenhearted, and attempting to end their engagement without destroying Jane’s reputation, Dom staged a betrayal of his own to convince her that he’s not the husband-to-be that she thought. Now George is gone and the viscountcy restored to Dom, since his brother’s widow, Nancy—Jane’s cousin and closest confidant—never bore an heir. But when Nancy goes missing, a panicked Jane calls on her former fiancé to track down her cousin. Dom knows the mistakes of the past may be unforgiveable—but now, entangled together in mystery and danger, will they rekindle a passionate longing that was never lost to begin with?
Dom and Jane don’t disappoint. Mostly.
My Thoughts on If the Viscount Falls
Having read two of the previous three books, I was seriously looking forward to Dom and Jane’s story, especially with the glimpses we’ve seen in this series. I wanted the real story, since Dom was always grim and silent about Jane, and well, we never got Jane’s POV until now.
And I wasn’t disappointed-ish. I do enjoy a couple who have been together before but who are finding their way back to each other. With Dom and Jane, they’ve got nearly twelve years of being apart to contend with… including the dissolution of their engagement.
Baggage. City. And that’s where the tension and drama (the good kind) are.
Though I do have to say that I preferred Dom over Jane. Jane was too black and white in her views of Dom. And while yeah, we learn reasons why Jane might view Dom that way, those reasons never sank deep enough to make me believe Jane’s reservations. Sometimes Jane just made me want to shake her.
But one thing I’ve enjoyed about this series is the relationship between Lisette, Tristan, and Dom. It’s a bit odd — Dom, the second son, bonding with Lisette and Tristan, Dom’s father’s bastard children — but it works so well.
I also have to say that the mystery — Nancy’s disappearance — was a good one. Since Dom is the reason the Duke’s Men came to be, I’m glad we got to see him in action. And that he got his HEA that he deserves.