The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane

The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane

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In New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Boyle's fourth novel in the Rhymes With Love series, a resolute young woman goes toe-to-toe with the Beast of Mayfair

She has no desire for love . . .

As she arrives in Mayfair, Louisa Tempest is horrified when her incorrigible cat bolts from the carriage and dashes into a neighbor's house, where she comes face-to-face with the reclusive Viscount Wakefield. But even more dismaying than his foul temper is the disarray in which she finds his home. Convinced his demeanor would improve if his household were in order, Louisa resolves to put everything to rights.

. . . until she meets the viscount who lives down the lane

Much to his chagrin, Wakefield finds it impossible to keep the meddling Louisa out of his home, invading his daily life with her "improvements," and his nights with the tempting desires she sparks inside him. Wounded in the war, he's scorned society ever since his return . . . until Louisa opens the door to his heart and convinces him to give love a second chance.

Publisher: New York : Avon, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062283818
0062283812
Branch Call Number: Historical romance B PBK
Characteristics: 374 pages.

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marthabwaters
Jun 21, 2017

The wounded war hero is a familiar character in Regency romances (after all, the Napoleonic War presents such a golden opportunity for this), and I am always interested to see how authors, like Elizabeth Boyle, who favor a lighter tone in their romances will handle such a hero. You don’t want to downplay the severity of the hero’s experiences, but you also don’t want to totally throw a damper on the light, fizzy feel of the book. I think she strikes that careful balance quite well in this book, because of the setup for the hero and heroine’s interactions (namely, the hero has turned into a sort of recluse since returning from the war, but the heroine moves in next door and is constantly in the hero’s house and yard, cleaning up stuff and generally managing his household). A rather busybody heroine was the perfect fit for a somewhat reclusive, damaged hero, and watching their relationship develop over the course of this book was thoroughly enjoyable.

CMLibrary_sdeason Feb 03, 2016

This "beast" like viscount can neither avoid his troublesome new neighbor nor their shared future. This 4th installment in the "Rhymes with Love" series centers on Louisa.

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stephaniedchase
Jul 31, 2014

Sweet, but slight. I would have liked to either have more of how Wakefield overcomes his demons, having a glimpse of his life with Louisa after marriage, or more of Lavinia's story.

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