Hi there! Today I’m sharing a review for a sexy new historical romance just released from Sorcha Mowbray. HIS SCANDALOUS VISCOUNTESS is the third book in the Lustful Lords series, and I just adored it. I totally loved both HIS HAND-ME-DOWN COUNTESS and TAMING HIS HELLION COUNTESS, and this one features a reconnection romance between estranged lovers that have some pretty big hurdles to bound before they can finally fall in love again.
Julia fled abroad after the death of her husband, Lord Wallthorpe. She has finally returned to England, but little has changed.
Except for her.
As a dowager marchioness, Julia lives and loves where she pleases. And the obnoxious son of her dead husband does not please. But what can an independent woman do? Why, create a scandal, of course!
Viscount Wolfington is no stranger to the wagging tongues of the ton. Between being a Lustful Lord and the scandal of his birth, he learned long ago that society had little use for him. So when he walks into The Market and finds the woman who once stole his heart being auctioned for a night of debauchery, he jumps at another chance to hold her–even for just a single night.
As Julia and Wolf unravel their pasts, will villainy win again, or will love finally conquer all?
Julia is the eldest daughter of a wealthy merchant. When she was a debutante her parents sought to marry her to a Lord, so they arranged to marry elderly Lord Wallthorpe. Turns out he was an abusive cad who only married her to keep his son, who’d been smitten with Julia, from proposing. Lord Wallthorpe felt his son and heir would do far better marrying a true lady, and not an upstart nouveau riche redhead. Julia had been deeply in love with her childhood friend, Grayson Powell–or Viscount Wolfington to the polite society. “Wolf,” as his friends regard him, had vowed to elope with Julia, but a family scandal stayed his pursuit.
Ten years have passed since Wolf let down Julia and she submitted to her loveless marriage. It didn’t last more than a year before her groom died, and she was left a wealthy viscountess. Unwilling to enter the marriage market again, she stayed abroad in the far east where she and her husband had been traveling at the time of his death. She enjoyed some lovely years as a lover to a sheik, but refused his many attempts to add her to his harem. Since her younger sister became a widow, Julia has returned to London to care for her, but now her husband’s son is pressing her for marriage, and she’ll do anything to avoid it. Even offer herself in scandalous fashion to be used as a sex-toy at The Market, a club for the elite men of society to sate their flesh hungers.
Wolf, a regular at The Market, is appalled to see his former love lower herself in such fashion. Does she have debts to pay, or is she simply wanton? He bids with the intent to free her from the sexual obligation, but Julia will not be “rescued” and certainly not by the man who broke her heart so many years ago. No, she insists both Wolf and his dear friend Linc make good on their purchase. Unfortunately, both Julia and Wolf have rekindled feelings from the encounter. As Wolf tries to amend the sins of his past, he finds himself getting drawn into the plot to dissuade the current Lord Wallthorpe. And, this extends to engaging Wolf’s single friends to pretend a connection to Julia’s beloved widowed sister, once Wallthorpe attempts to turn his attentions in her direction.
It’s an interesting manners comedy-romance with lots of illicit sexytimes between Wolf and Julia. He insists the only way to keep Wallthorpe from bothering her is for them to get married, and she–very reluctantly–agrees, unknowing that Wolf secretly desires to be a true husband to her. He’s hoping to love her up so much that she’ll fall for him again. Meanwhile, Julia’s hell-bent to hide her burgeoning love, believing Wolf’s just being chivalrous and acting out of guilt for their past. It’s definitely a sweet ans spicy love affair. There was a little bit of melodrama near the end that seemed over the top, for this type of book. Wallthorpe is the 1860s equivalent of a modern-day stalker, and I feel as if some of our “today” drama and sensibilities were anachronistically applied to this period romance. I could have done without that being the climax. That said, I’m a big fan of these super-sexy, candid romances and look forward to Julia’s sister, Ros, winning the impenetrable heart of Lord Flintshire.
About the Author:
Sorcha Mowbray is a mild mannered office worker by day…okay, so she is actually a mouthy, opinionated, take charge kind of gal who bosses everyone around; but she definitely works in an office. At night she writes romance so hot she sets the sheets on fire! Just ask her slightly singed husband.
She is a longtime lover of historical romance, having grown up reading Johanna Lindsey and Judith McNaught. Then she discovered Thea Devine and Susan Johnson. Holy cow! Heroes and heroines could do THAT? From there, things devolved into trying her hand at writing a little smexy. Needless to say, she liked it and she hopes you do too!
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