by Sabrina Jeffries
Series: The Duke's Men #4
Genres: Historical Romance
From New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries, the deliciously sexy fourth book in the “Duke’s Men” Regency romance series—the first of which was called “a totally engaging, adventurous love story” (RT Book Reviews, Top Pick). 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 unforgiveable—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 is the fourth and final, book in Sabrina Jeffries Duke’s Men series. Finally, we get Dominick Manton story and with it we get second chance romance, a little mystery and updates on previous characters. Jeffries kept me engaged as I hoped for happily ever after.
Caffeinated dates with If the Viscount Falls
First date: We have known Dom since the beginning when his brother George betrayed him. Now George is dead and Dom is the heir presumptive to the Viscount of Rathmoor. Dom has come a long way since his brother betrayed him and owns the Manton’s Investigation dubbed the Duke’s Men. Back at the estate he cannot overlook his former fiancé Jane is visiting her friend at the Dowager house. Jane is newly engaged after twelve years and Dom is depressed at the prospect. Ooo you just know things are going to get interesting when you hear Jane is demanding an audience with him in the foyer. Aannd I slip into the tale.
Second date: The chemistry between Jane and Dom is apparent, with flickers of anger from the past, and despair from Dom thinking all is lost. Jane is concerned because her cousin Nancy has gone missing. Dom feels a little resentment towards Nancy. Years ago, Nancy helped Dom into deceiving Jane forcing her to call of their engagement. Jane believes there is fowl play with Nancy’s disappearance and wants Dom to assist her in locating her cousin. We have a little mystery forcing the two together and it is delicious as they work to solve the case and sort out the baggage between them. Dom can be bossy, and his methodical nature does not work well with the opposite sex. Jane is feisty, angry at the prior trickery and yet she still has feelings for the fool. We meet up with former characters as we investigate Nancy’s disappearance.
Third date: Dom and Jane are playing a dangerous game, and we see occasional flairs of passion and heat. Tempers, miscommunication and Dom’s personality get in the way as they move closer to finding Nancy and perhaps rekindling the past. Nancy may throw a wrench into Dom’s plans, especially if rumors are to be believed, but does any of that matter. Eep! This last date had me flipping the pages, crossing my fingers, and giggling with delight.
I ended my dates with If the Viscount Falls and was sorry to bid adieu to the Duke’s Men but look forward to Jeffries next adventure.
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