Saturday, April 22, 2017

Review: Only A Viscount Will Do by Tamara Gill

Title: Only A Viscount Will Do
Author: Tamara Gill
Genre/Age: Historical Romance/Adult
Series: To Marry A Rogue Series (Book Three)
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Format: ebook via NetGalley
Rating: ✺✺✺✺.5
SynopsisLady Alice Worthingham never conforms to Society’s norms. Ever. She loves adventure, new experiences, and approaches life with a sassy attitude Society can take or leave. But even for her, robbery by a highwayman is a bit much.

Lord Arndel, Lady Alice’s neighbor, is playing a dangerous game—acting the proper viscount by day and the Surrey Bandit by night. And to brazenly steal from the woman who’s captured his attention is no mean feat, or the wisest of moves.

When Lady Alice learns the truth, the viscount finds that when a well-bred woman seeks revenge, she’ll make a gentleman thief pay for his crimes with everything…including his heart.

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book.**

A feisty lady meets a charming highwayman and the chemistry is explosive!

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Callum isn't your average viscount. He wasn't raised in the titled life that he's come into. But along with the estate, he has inherited his cousin's excessive debt. A debt that can only be paid with stolen jewels from the wealthy citizens that Callum is supposed to be friends and neighbors with. To keep his daughter safe and pay off the debt, he has become a highwayman. But then he makes the mistake of stealing from one inquisitive lady.

Alice can't decide what to think about Callum. On one hand, his very presence causes an unstoppable reaction in her that she can't ignore. On the other hand, he has made it clear that he isn't interested in her even though his latest behavior says otherwise. But when she begins to suspect that Callum's extracurricular activities are of the scandalous sort, she's determined to get to the bottom of it.

And so Alice sets out to right the wrongs against her family. But Callum's deeds are part of a larger scheme that even the two of them do not fully understand. Between their quest to make amends and their attempts to avoid their attraction to each other, Alice and Callum must decide what kind of people they want to be. And who they want to spend forever with.

This was a really good book. The pacing was steady and I never put it down once I picked it up. Callum was charming but also a bit rough around the edges due to his upbringing and the past year of being a thief. His soft side came out when he interacted with his daughter. He was a good match for Alice, who was calculating and courageous, yet incredibly generous. I thought this couple was a good match.

The plot was thick but didn't overwhelm the romance, which I was appreciative of. Alice was entertaining to watch as she followed the clues and went to any lengths necessary to get justice. There was a bit of a mystery toward the end and some action sprinkled throughout.

The romance in this book was spicy! I was surprised to see how brave our couple was in their moments of passion. Contrary to what was considered acceptable behavior at that time, Alice and Callum couldn't deny their desire for each other and it led to some pretty scandalous moments. There was a particular scene that took me by surprise and I read it twice because it was just so darn good.

I hope that Alice's sister gets her own story. She was a great secondary character and I'd like to see her find her own match. This is the first book of the series that I've read and I'd definitely like to read the others and hope there are more to come.

In closing...
A fun historical romance with a thieving hero and a determined heroine. 4.5 suns!

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