Title: If the Viscount Falls
Written by Sabrina Jeffries
Series: The Duke's Men #4
Published by Pocket Books
Publication Date: January 27th 2015
Genres: Historical Romance, Regency Romance
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Challenges: 2015 Goodreads Book Challenge, 2015 Historical Romance Challenge, 2015 Netgalley Reading Challenge, Blog Ahead
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 unforgivable—but now, entangled together in mystery and danger, will they rekindle a passionate longing that was never lost to begin with?
If the Viscount Falls by Sabrina Jeffries is the last book in The Duke’s Men series and it is a wonderful conclusion of this awesome series. I have been waiting for this book and was able to get an eARC of it. Unfortunately, I just haven’t gotten around to reviewing it! Anyway, If the Viscount Falls is the Dominick Manton’s story – finally!
At the start of the book, we are given a glimpse of what actually happened between Dom and Jane. In the previous books, it was hinted that there was some bad blood between the two, now we know why. Dom has regretted his decision from the moment he made his choices but he has since decided that whatever has happened was for the best. Now years later, Jane is engaged to be married and loathes Dom on site. All of this changes when Nancy, Jane’s cousin and Dom’s sister-in-law goes missing. Because Jane doesn’t have a choice, she goes to Dom for help.
I enjoyed reading Dom and Jane’s happy ending. I admit that it wasn’t a smooth one but in the end, it was worth it. This book turned out to be really emotional (How the Scoundrel Seduces had all the action). If the Viscount Falls uses the reunited lovers trope and I admit, that is one of my favorites!
My only problem with this book (which is why I rated it 4 stars) is that there isn’t much tension, sexual or otherwise, between Jane and Dom. I feel like they sort of picked up where they left off despite the book focusing more on the emotional aspect.
Sabrina Jeffries is one of my favorite authors and her books do not disappoint.