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If the Viscount Falls by Sabrina Jeffries

If the Viscount Falls - Sabrina Jeffries

****Full Review****

 

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

After being disinherited by his older brother and facing an unknown fate, Dom decides that his betrothal to Jane must be called off. Jane loves Dom and refuses to adhere to his wishes; she stands ready to face the fire with him. Seeing no alternative Dom constructs a situation that has Jane running away in tears and calling off their betrothal. After twelve years of being apart Dom and Jane suddenly find themselves thrust back into each other's lives. As they search for Jane's missing cousin old hurts and lingering wishes rise to the surface tempting them to wonder if now their time is finally here.
 
If the Viscount Falls is book four in The Duke's Men series and while it can be read as a standalone, reading at least the first book in the series will give you a deeper insight into Dom and appreciation of him more. Dom is a bossy, sacrificing, and sexy character. His take charge attitude annoys Jane at times but he gets things done. He emerged as a forceful phoenix from the ashes of his privileged life to create Manton's Investigations, which also provides employment for his half siblings. He takes care of his own and there is nothing sexier than that. Jane grew up with an overly dominate father who inflicted emotional trauma on her mother so Dom's authoritativeness is a trigger for her at times. She also holds anger for Dom deciding for her that she wouldn't have been able to survive with him as he worked his way back up. The crosses that these two bear are in constant conflict with each other.
 
As Dom is trying to be so noble and Jane tries to get answers for why Dom never came back for her, your heart will crack. They are also very stubborn characters who will try your patience at times. There is a lot of meandering back and forth with blame and REASONS that gets a little repetitive and clearly meant to add length and angst. Even though there is Dom becoming the viscount and Jane's engagement to someone else it seemed somewhat sudden when Dom decides to claim Jane, twelve years of sacrifice goes poof in two days. His circumstances are vastly improved but he was still trying to keep Jane an arm’s length away and instead of a gradual breaking down it was an anti-climatic Ok now I'm going to allow myself to have you.
 
This is moderately a road romance as our couple is traversing the roads to find Jane's cousin but the focus is heavily on Dom and Jane's issues rather than the suspense. Past character's come out to play as they help in the search but never overload the story. This is a lighter regency romance with the dialogue perhaps not quite up to historical standards and heavier on the sexual aspect of our couple. If you have read the previous books in the series then you'll definitely want to read this to see protective Dom get his happily ever after. If new and looking for a causal romp into the regency world with some sexy scenes then If the Viscount Falls would be a fun pick.