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The Maddening Lord Montwood: The Rakes of Fallow Hall #3 by Vivienne Lorret

The Maddening Lord Montwood: The Rakes of Fallow Hall #3 by Vivienne Lorret

Allow me to present the third book in Vivienne Lorret’s historic romance series The Rakes of Fallow Hall.  Please read on for my review and excerpt, don’t forget to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the book and be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a digital download of BOTH books 1 & 2 from The Rakes of Fallow Hall Series.

The Maddening Lord Montwood

I’ve read each of the books in this series, and have enjoyed each one. The Rakes of Fallow Hall are like a group of frat boys with some social constrictions: each railing against a difficulty in their own past while struggling with the need to grow up and make an advantageous marriage.

In The Maddening Lord Montwood, Lucan truly is that sort of man that makes you want to pull HIS hair out until he sees sense, the bet be damned.  Yes, the men in this series have all agreed on a wager proposed by him: the one who stays unmarried will be owed significant money, in Lucan’s case, enough to bring him out of debt.  Watching Gabriel and Rafe fall for their new brides hasn’t softened his resolve, he is determined to remain strong and untethered.

Frances Thorne is similar to earlier heroines in this story: intelligent, determined and in a situation that isn’t entirely of her own making. See, Frances’ father is a poor manager of money, and with him in debtor’s prison, Frances must find a position that will provide her with the ability to survive.  A particularly generous offer comes, but for some reason Lord Montwood just will NOT allow her to proceed without sticking his opinion, feet and rather overbearing personality into the mix.  But, he is intriguing.  Very intriguing.

Lucan’s bluster with Frances is much of a sham: he’s completely convinced that he is no better than her disgraced father, and while he will go to great lengths to save her from ruin, he’s not finding himself captivated by her. Not at all. Not even for a moment.

Several twists, some devious and nefarious moments from a scoundrel and the determination of Frances to convince Lucan that he is exactly WHO and What she needs and wants, and this story flew by.  Humor and heart mixed with equal measure, giving Lucan some truly worrisome moments, from his perspective and mine.  Would he be able to believe that he is deserving of happiness and love, and that Frances is what he needs…… You’ll want to read on to know.

A perfect installment, perhaps even my favorite of this series, it reads well alone but you will want to know the other characters and follow their own stories.

The Maddening Lord Montwood: The Rakes of Fallow Hall #3 by Vivienne Lorret

Title: The Maddening Lord Montwood
Author: Vivienne Lorret
Series: The Rakes of Fallow Hall #3
Also in this series: The Elusive Lord Everhart, The Devilish Mr. Danvers
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon Impulse
ISBN: 0062380532
Published on: 14 July, 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 320
Rated: four-stars
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About the Book:

Frances Thorne learned at an early age to rely on herself. Yet, losing her job and her home and watching her father carted off to debtor’s prison all in one day, is too much for her to bear alone. When a generous offer of assistance falls into her lap, she ignores her better instincts and decides to take a chance. The last thing she needs is for the infuriating Lord Lucan Montwood to stand in her way.

The end of the bachelors’ wager is near, and Lucan Montwood can taste victory. Yet, on the precipice of finally gaining freedom from his debts, he’s incensed to learn that the beautiful Frances Thorne has fallen into an insidious trap in the guise of a new position. Lucan can’t deny the way her lips call to him and knows he must risk his own future to ensure her safety.

Convincing her to trust him is the hard part and resisting her is next to impossible. But falling in love with her? That’s far too simple.

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A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

Tasty Excerpt

 

Stepping around to view the statue from behind, she could not help but notice that her admiration was not stirred the same way it had been when she’d spied Lucan, fully clothed on a London street or even today at Fallow Hall. Wasn’t this statue supposed to represent the epitome in male grace and beauty?

“You are quite the avid admirer, Miss Thorne.”

Frances jumped. She spun around so quickly that her taper sputtered and flickered out.

“Careful,” Lucan crooned, his voice emerging from the shadows lingering at the outer edges of the room. “Without a lamp how can your artistic perusal continue?”

It took a moment for her eyes to adjust to the dim light filtering in through the windows. The sculptures around her seemed to possess their own faint glow, soaking up the moonlight. And then she saw Lucan clearly—the glint of amber in his gaze, the flash of white in his smile, the darkness of his hair and eyebrows that made the shadows appear gray in comparison.

“What are you doing here?” she asked, still attempting to catch her breath. “I could lose my post if you are caught.”

“As I said before, I’m too familiar with dark places to be discovered.” He drew closer, never looking away from her. “Besides, I told you I would come.”

Seven insignificant words and yet her pulse raced in her throat. Silly as it was, knowing that he’d come solely because he’d said he would touched on a tender wound that she’d carried with her for a long while.

“You needn’t have bothered,” she said, though her tone lacked any bite.

Lucan’s grin broadened, as if he’d noticed. “You’re glad that I’m here.”

“Nonsense.” She gave him her most condescending glare.

Unfortunately, it had no effect on him. He moved closer. Ignoring the sudden leap in her pulse and the warm tremor that coursed through her, she held her ground.

Reaching out, he slid her spectacles up the bridge of her nose. “There. Try it again. I might believe you this time.”

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About Vivienne Lorret

USA Today bestselling author, VIVIENNE LORRET loves romance novels, her pink laptop, her husband, and her two sons (not necessarily in that order … but there are days). Transforming copious amounts of tea into words, she is an Avon Impulse author of works including: Tempting Mr. Weatherstone, The Wallflower Wedding Series, The Rakes of Fallow Hall Series, The Duke’s Christmas Wish, and the Season’s Original Series.