This sparkling novella introduces award-winning author Shana Galen's brand new series, Covent Garden Cubs. Galen mixes London's glittering ballrooms with the gritty underworld in her exciting new Regency romance series.
Whispers and secrets are no match for love...
Henry Flynn, the new Lord Chesham, still blames himself for the disappearance of his younger brother when they were children. That incident destroyed his family, and now he's on a path of self-destruction that no one can interrupt...
Lady Emma Talbot can't stand watching the man she secretly loves destroy himself little by little. She's determined to show him that no one holds him culpable, before it's too late. But Emma doesn't know what really happened to Flynn on that fateful day long ago, so what chance does she have of saving him from himself?
Shana Galen is three-time Rita award nominee and the bestselling author of fast-paced, witty, and adventurous Regency romances. Kirkus says of her books, "The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT Bookreviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making.
I received an advance reader edition of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
I completely enjoyed this novella. I was able to read it in just a couple of hours and was immediately pulled into the story. Some novella length pieces feel rushed or incomplete but that was not the case with this story. There was a whole lot of story packed into these few pages. I was immediately drawn to the characters and found myself grinning several times.
Flynn Chesham is known as the Viscount of Vice, a title he has earned through his behavior. The story opens with a scene that illustrates how this nickname was earned and I immediately knew that Flynn was going to be a character that I would enjoy. Viscount Chesham finds himself in Bath in his quest to find his long lost brother, Robert.
Lady Emma has met Viscount Chesham before but now she is finally eighteen. Flynn and Emma are drawn to each other at a ball and share a dance. At the end of the ball, they share a kiss before the night takes a dramatic turn. As the pair works to locate Flynn's brother, they find themselves in danger.
I thought that this novella was very well written. The plot moved forward quite nicely and the characters were likable and realistic. I liked the chemistry between the pair and thought that the dialog was outstanding. The plot of this story was nicely contained within the novella. I do wish that Flynn had been a bit younger. I do realize that it was quite common for ladies to marry much older men during this time period but I still do not like the thought of a man in his twenties looking at a 15 year old girl.
I would recommend this novella to anyone who enjoys historical romances. This is a great piece to read when you would like a complete story in a single sitting. This was actually the first piece that I have read by Shana Galen but I will definitely be reading from this author in the future.
I don't usually read novellas, but the books in the series are so long I wanted a fast treat. This book didn't read like the others. There wasn't character development and the insta- attraction was well very instant. I thought because of this it would be smutty, but it wasn't!
So disappointing, . I did like the storyline, but there wasn't much to it.
Suffice it to say I wasted 2 hours of my life and this book can be easily skipped.
Viscount of Vice by Shana Galen (Covenant Gardens Book O)
I recently read the first book in this new Covenant Gardens series by Shana Galen, so reading this novella was really amazing because it provides some background on Sir Brook’s adventures. I love every word Shana Galen puts on a page and this book was no exception. Sometimes novella’s are like an appetizer. They are exciting and delicious, but you still want your main course. This novella was like a full course meal. When I finished the book I didn’t feel like anything was missing. The plot was well developed, there was adventure and mystery and a very well explored romance. Emma has longed for the Viscount of Vice, Flynn since she first met him as a sixteen year old girl. He was out of her league then, but since turning eighteen and having her first season, she has high hopes that their paths will cross. I really liked the character Emma. She isn’t flighty or flirty, she has substance to her character and is a woman who knows what her heart wants. Flynn was a great character as well. He has reveled in being the Viscount of Vice for years, yet the act is wearing on him. He definitely noticed Emma when they first met, but even with the warning of her brother the Duke, he still wanted her. Fast forward two years and he is trying his hardest not to be the unscrupulous man society has him pegged for. He sees that Emma is a lovely young woman and he doesn’t want to trifle with her in a way that would leave her ruined. Not only is she a siren to him, she possesses great compassion and concern for others. The mystery element of the book sweeps both Emma and Flynn into a dramatic rescue gone wrong in the town of Bath. It was exciting to have the setting away from London and to have something nefarious happen in the sleepy town known for restorative practises. Flynn has been brought to Bath to find and reunite with his long lost younger brother, found by Sir Brooks. His brother Matthew has been part of a gang of thieves and Matthew is an opium addict. Reuniting with Matthew is much harder than Flynn anticipated and that is where the adventure and mystery take over. It’s an exciting ride that has Emma and Flynn alternating between running for their lives to exploring what is between them. This novella is a fabulous read. It can be read before starting the new Covenant Gardens series or as a stand alone. Once again, Shana Galen proves that she is an outstanding author. Even with a novella, she has the reader entranced in the story and feeling very satisfied with the ending. Reviewed for www.kiltsandswords.com
Thank you to SOURCEBOOKS CASABLANCA and Netgalley for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
I’m just going to say it—this cover needs to go. Whoo! It feels so good to get that off my covered chest! Now let’s talk pages. Viscount of Vice kicks off Shana Galen’s newest series, Covent Garden Cubs. Bow Street Runner Brook Derring is the common thread within the first two books. This story (and the next one) begins with a startling discovery, and things take off from there.
Viscount of Vice focuses on Henry and Emma, a dashing rogue and a naïve young miss who have been secretly yearning for each other since their first meeting. Except Emma isn’t as quite as naïve as Henry thought, and her boldness takes him by surprise. Henry and Emma were both likable characters. He is quite the rake, jumping from bed to bed and doing his best to avoid squabbles when he can. But underneath Henry’s blasé manner is pain that’s been plaguing him longer than he’s been carrying his torch for Emma. She was a determined, bright heroine who saw beneath Henry’s persona and wanted to help him move on to a more meaningful life.
The plot of this book was intriguing, and the reader was flung right into the story from the get-go when Henry, quite literally, was hanging on for dear life. As it’s a novella, things moved swiftly; there was never a moment when things seemed to slow down. There was a lot of growth in this book for Henry’s character, and it was nice to see. It was fitting for him, as it was clear the man he became was there all along; he just needed to find it.
My only criticism of this book was the timing of the most intimate scene between the characters. Without giving too much away, I think there were much more pressing matters than cozying up when they did. As level-headed as Emma was, I just didn’t feel that this was in line with her character. Having said that, Emma and Henry had chemistry in spades. You could feel the longing between them.
While I think this would have made a fantastic full-length novel (Henry and Emma both have interesting pasts and hobbies), I was satisfied with this novella. If you like some intrigue mixed in with your romance, this book is right up your alley. It definitely left me with a desire to continue the series!
a disappointing read. the author did not elaborate on the time henry and emma spent together when they were younger--only vaguely mentioned it. then boom, they were in love. it felt like love at first sight--one thing that i do not believe in and that love remained even as they became adults.
unbelievable romance, unmemorable hero and heroine, not much character development, and a rushed plot. the action came so quickly that the couple barely had time to build their romance.
for once in a long time, i couldn't wait to finish this book and put myself out of my misery. part of me was hoping towards the end of the book, the story would become better. alas, it did not.
It's nice to start the New Year off with a good book.
When Flynn was a boy, he and his little brother were playing hide and seek. He looks up to find him, and his brother is missing.
Fast forward to adulthood, and Flynn has spent his entire life blaming himself for the loss of his brother. His family was devastated from this, and he's believed his brother was dead all these years. So he builds up the reputation of being the Viscount of Vice. And he revels in it.
But Emma knows better. She knows he's a good man, and although she doesn't know the specifics, she knows that he's not to blame. Now that she's 18, Emma is ready to go after Flynn.
Normally an 18 year old heroine bugs me. They are barely adults at 18, she's in her first Season, I mean I was pretty naive at 18. And I know it's accurate, but still, 18 is still a teenager. That being said, Emma never seems young to me. I liked that. But I don't know why she couldn't be a couple years older. Flynn for his part, knows how young she is, and tries to keep a healthy distance (he's about 9 years older). But he's been in love with her since he first saw her when she was maybe 12 years old.
I'm honestly surprised no one mentions that in any of the reviews I've read. It was presented so that you don't feel Flynn is a perv drooling over his buddy's sister, but it's not exactly glossed over either. Either way, it didn't bother me, because she's 18 when we start the story, and Flynn has kept his distance from Emma for all these years, so you don't feel as if he's dreaming and pining away over of his friend's little sister. In fact he makes a conscious effort to become a better man, which I loved.
The set-up is for the series, not just this novella, so when Emma is kidnapped by a street gang in Bath, it's hinting at things to come. The rescue is easy, but it shows you just how bad the villain of the next book (and possibly the series) really is. Flynn was a great hero. Between the missing brother, the kidnapped heroine, and looking at the next book, I see a pattern here, that looks very promising. I can't wait to read the next book!
I can't believe this is my first Shana Galen book! I swear I've read her before, but I guess not. I do have almost her entire backlist on my nook, though, so I'm set!
This is a spin-off series of her Jewels of the Ton series, the third book of which has Emma's brother, so there's the connection, and I'm excited, since as I said, I already have the whole series!
Anyone who wants a quick read, or a Shana Galen fix will really enjoy this, and I think it's a really good introduction to the series called The Covent Garden Cubs.
The Viscount of Vice isthe the first novel in Shana Galen's new Covent Garden cubs series. The novella is a fast-paced regency romp filled with adventure and passion!
He was going to hell. Shame, Flynn thought , dangling from a third-floor window of a town house in exclusive Grosvernor Square. Moisture gathered on his fingers, and his hand slipped. He could not hold on much longer. Perhaps his death was for the best. Still, it seemed harsh even for one such as Beelzebub to claim him when he was hanging naked from a window of one of the most prestigious addresses in Mayfair. Flynn!" A woman's voice hissed. His name was Henry Flynn, and he was the new Lord Chesham, but everyone called him Flynn when he wasn't called something far less complimentary.
Who could resist a story which opens with the hero dangling naked off a balcony ?? Can you imagine? I absolutely loved the first chapter of this novella as it was well-written and laugh -out -loud funny. I couldn't help falling for the novella's hero ; the charming scoundrel Flynn.
Ms. Galen's hero, heroine and their adventures are well -written and the storyline conflict is credible. Flynn meets with Sir Brooks Derring. Derring has some important information for Flynn and the two men head towards the town of Bath. Flynn meets and dances with Lady Emma Talbot, at an assembly in Bath. The character of Emma resonated with me. She's not the average society miss looking to marry a wealthy nobleman. She's independent and enjoys volunteering at the hospital. Emma has been love with Flynn for years. Flynn might be in lust with Emma but he's afraid of Emma's brother, the powerful Duke of Ravenscroft-- the hero from the author's book Sapphires Are An Earl's Best friend.
The Viscount of Vice provides a great transition to Ms. Galen's new Covent Garden Cubs series. The novella explores several social issues and introduces the new series villain. I read the novella in one sitting. It held my interest and I am looking forward to the first book in the series Earl's Just Want to Have Fun.
Received an ARC of Viscount of Vice. This book was a different direction for me. I haven't read a book by this author before. Shana Galen was a pleasant surprise. She combined just the right amount of romance with a little bit of mystery. This book took me on an exciting journey. I could not put it down. Henry and Emma's story knocked me off my feet. Enjoyable read. I have found a new author to enjoy.
I picked this up on a whim, and it was easy enough to read but that's about the only thing it had going for it. There were huge plot holes here and hardly any relationship development. Just not a good combination on any level.
I received an ARC from Net Galley for an honest review. Since I have been a fan of Shana Galen’s for several years, I looked forward to reading Viscount of Vice with great anticipation. Again, as always, Ms. Galen did not disappoint me. I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful tale of attraction, amidst mayhem and chaos. This great story has a bit of everything as this author’s books tend to have, laughter, high adventure and plenty of passion.
As a reader, I greatly appreciate the fact that I can always count on Shana Galen to deliver a book consistent with her usual style. Now I do not mean her stories are predictable in the least, just that I know what type of book it will be, in the sense that it will involve intrigue and danger with a fulfilling ending.
Flynn, as all his friends call him, even though he has recently become Viscount Chesham, is a swashbuckling kind of hero with a bit of the bad boy thrown in. He is fun-loving, yet at times a bit vulnerable. This is the kind of hero, Ms. Galen writes so well. From the first kiss to the culmination of their love, I could feel the passion between the hero and the heroine. Flynn yearns for Lady Emma, but knows he does not deserve her, having lived a life of debauchery and recklessness.
From the first moment he meets her, when she is still a young lady, barely sixteen, he is drawn to her as a moth to a flame, but he stays away. After all, he is nine years older and has no business being attracted to her. When he meets her two years later, he is immediately captivated by her beauty and strong will, which is apparent from their first encounter.
Emma has loved Flynn from the first moment she saw him at her brother’s wedding, judging all men by him and finding them lacking, during her first season. When Flynn flirts with her, but then withdraws, she follows him and accepts his challenge of a kiss. She is lost from that first brush of his lips. Even though she initiated the kiss, he sweeps her up in his arms and takes over, causing her desire to soar. Their embrace is interrupted and thus starts the high adventure of the story. Will the budding flames of attraction grow as they meet the danger that awaits them, or will it flicker out when reality comes crashing down?
As is the norm with Ms. Galen’s books, I was drawn into the story from the first page and remained that way until the last page. I know this is a short story, but I would have liked to see a bit more plot development. Nonetheless, a delightful read with a satisfying HEA at the end. To make it more believable, she includes a glimpse of their life a couple months after their marriage. I do wonder if she will do a spin-off for Flynn’s brother. I think his story would make another excellent book, so much potential is there.
I am so glad I had the opportunity to read this intriguing little gem of a story and look forward to the next adventure Ms. Galen takes me on. If you enjoy stories that are light-hearted with lots of excitement set in the Regency period, then this is one you will not want to miss. Happy reading!
Henry Flynn carries guilt like other men carry confidence. With no wish to believe himself deserving of anyone or anything grand, he does his best to drown his sorrows in drink and live up to the name of Viscount of Vice. The darling Emma Talbot believes him to be one of the best men, if he’d ever take a moment to notice her. When Henry is finally reunited with his long lost brother, Matthew, his guilt over his brother’s state threatens to pull him even deeper into a state of deserving nothing good in his life. Emma is determined to help him see the error of that thinking, and save him from himself.
We first met Flynn in the Jewels of the Ton series and Emma is the sister of the Duke of Ravenscroft from SAPPHIRES ARE AN EARL’S BEST FRIEND. Emma has been in love with Flynn for years but always felt like she went completely unnoticed by the handsome man. When she comes of age, she gains Henry’s notice but now she feels it’s too late because he is steeped in his own wallowing guilt. What she doesn’t realize is that Henry has always noticed her, and lusts for her.
I liked Emma a lot. She’s not the average young lady of the ton looking simply to marry a wealthy man of title. She’s got an independent nature and enjoys her volunteer work at the hospital. We are introduced to an element of mystery, which I suspect will carry through into the series, when Emma and Flynn are pulled away to Bath and become embroiled in a dramatic rescue surrounding his brother. It was rather delightful to have the setting take us out of London to the sleepy town where a dark side is revealed. I don’t wish to tell you more for it would be too easy to reveal the whole story.
I highly recommend reading VISCOUNT OF VICE by Shana Galen as it is driven by action from the first pages to the last - some funny things happen too. If you’ve read the Jewels of the Ton, you most certainly will thrill to Flynn and Emma’s story and be left wanting more in the Covent Garden Cubs series which leads off with the full length, EARLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN, already available and on my reading list.
If you haven’t experienced the exciting stories of lords and ladies, spies, and bow runners conjured by Shana Galen, then get your first taste with VISCOUNT OF VICE…you’ll be hooked forever.
***purchased for my own personal reading but sharing an honest and unscripted review.
Shana Galen is one of my favorite authors who writes the most satisfying and entertaining historical romances. She takes care to give us readers what we ask for. Lots of adventure, mystery and thrilling books from start to finish. I liked this one very much. You have a man they call The Viscount of Vice who likes to surprise the ton by doing scandalous things without consequence to himself. He cares for no one especially because he knows deserves the title. Viscount Chasham only regret that he lost his brother when they were children. Flynn has not given up hope for locating his brother by hiring an investigator who says that he is in Bath. Flynn does not believe but he goes there anyway. Lady Emma is a Duke's daughter has encountered Flynn while in Bath. She has loved him seems like forever. She is very much the kind of person who likes to help and save people. Emma doesn't hold back herself when giving aid to someone or Flynn. She wants to save Flynn but he thinks no one can. But during their heated kisses and touches they soon find themselves caught up in intimate embraces. When the search for the missing brother finds both of them caught in dangerous territory. It will take Emma's courage to go where lies deceit and treachery has a way of making anyone afraid. But with her love for Flynn, she will do anything to help and heal his heart. I recommend this book for all those who love a happy ending. I appreciate Net Galley & Sourcebooks Casablanca for letting me read and review this ARC title.
A quick, charming read, The Viscount of Vice was a lovely historical romance. It was, I believe, a prequel novella to the Convent Garden Cubs series and I really enjoyed it.
Emma was a lively heroine. She was a force to be reckoned with when she was determined and she definitely went after what she wanted. My only issue with her was that, though she said that she had faith in Flynn and showed that she did on several occasions, she showed an annoying lack of faith when it came to accepting his proposal. She assumed he proposed out of duty rather than hearing him out and it was just an odd contrast to the way she acted otherwise. Other than that, though, I thought she was great.
Flynn was wonderful as well. He didn't have much faith in himself after what happened to his brother, but he was really a good man when he let himself be. I thought he was adorable.
The romance was lovely. Emma had always loved Flynn and Flynn came to realize that he loved her. I thought they were great together.
The plot moved quickly, the story was delightful, and I thought the ending was lovely.
The Viscount of Vice was an enjoyable romance novella. It was a sweet read and I really liked it. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.
*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
„Viscount of Vice“ by Shana Galen is novella #0.5 in the series “Covent Garden Cubs” – the beginning of a new series. The storyline is rather easy. Henry Flynn, the new Lord of Chesham, is a rake but he also blames himself for the loss of his brother Robert many years ago. He’s a handsome guy who loves to play with women. Lady Emma on the contrary is his best friend’s little sister –or not so little anymore – who always loved Henry, even when she saw him the first time when she was a little over 16 years old. She simply fell in love and she wants him to ruin her. Emma doesn’t know what happened to Henry many years ago but she wants to be at his side. She wants to help him and she simply wants him. + It’s a very short novel and I don’t want to spoiler too much but there is a twist to the story about Robbie’s addiction. Somehow, nevertheless the beginning feels like it would be a normal length novel but after half of the ebook you feel like somehow left out because the ending comes very quickly. Very quickly. I have read one or the other Shana Galen novel before and she has a nice style. There is nothing against it. I didn’t realize in the beginning that its part #0.5 but it’s a nice start and I think I will give the whole series a try. And you have to like Emma and Henry. She’s quite straight forward and he’s just cute. Rating: 4****
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.
From Viscount of Vice to Viscount of Virtue.
The novella started off mid-scene, with V of V being a naughty boy indeed. Over the course of the story, he slowly evolved into a man of respectability.
While the 'love' may seem instant, there is a good backstory shown in glimpses of inner monologue, making a believable connection. Fast-paced, sweet and endearing, with bursts of mystery and suspense, Viscount of Vice is an entertaining read, guaranteed to put a smile on your face while delving into the deeper issues of the human condition- addiction.
I would describe this novella as a 'clean' story. While there is sexy, witty banter, and a few instances of many liberties being taken, the reader is never privy to the coupling between the H/h.
I was highly entertained by this little gem, and look forward to reading more from this author.
NOTE: Even knowing this is a prequel in the series, it felt as if the heroine's brother somehow has a book out there, with all the details of his life that were shown, as if the reader should just know- like jogging our memories. It was as if I was missing an entire story arc, that I sensed was intriguing with the mention of how he had obtained his wife, and is now a new father.
Shana Galen has been on my list of authors to read for a while, as I greatly enjoy other similar writers like Tessa Dare, Courtney Milan, and Sarah MacLean. So I was pleased when I received an advance copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a review. This novella started on a good note, with our hero, Flynn, caught out on a ledge (literally). Hijinks ensue, and Flynn is soon confronted by a man who holds a secret to his past, as well as the lovely and spirited Emma. I liked Emma as a heroine as even though the story is short the reader gets a good sense of her character. My only caveat about the book was that the action felt a bit rushed to fit everything into the novella format, I would have liked a longer novel further exploring the relationship between the two leads. However, it certainly peaked my interest in the rest of Galen's new series (Covent Garden Cubs) and I will be marking that one to read, as the lengthy teaser chapter included was intriguing. I would say this story would appeal to fans of the reformed rake character who enjoy action and daring in their romance.
The Viscount of Vice seems a fitting nickname for Henry Flynn, Lord Chesham, even though he has been secretly in lust with the lovely Lady Emma Talbot; he just dares not soil her reputation by dallying with her. Lady Emma however is not so secretive; she overtly tells Flynn, as the Viscount is commonly known, that she loves him. But before anything even remotely romantic happens, Flynn gets news that his brother Robert, whom he had thought dead for many years, has resurfaced. Robert vanished when he was four years old and hadn’t been heard of since, and for very unfortunate reasons. And so the adventures begin!
Again, Shana Galen’s does not disappoint! VISCOUNT OF VICE is the introduction to the author’s new series, Covent Garden Cubs, and it’s a smashing start! As expected, there is romance, beautiful writing, great characters, and Ms. Galen introduces some of society’s dark elements as well. Great introduction to a new romantic, swashbuckling series!
A copy of this book was made available to me from the publisher through NetGalley.
This charming historical romance had a bit of everything that I like about the genre - a dashing rakish hero, a bold adventurous virgin heroine, and a mystery plot complete with long lost missing family member. The setting was well detailed and the character backgrounds were well described for a novella length story. I really liked Emma, who has had a crush on Flynn for many years and takes the opportunity now that she's eighteen to show him her interest. Flynn was quite the character, known for his outrageous behavior but willing to tame things down to be the man that Emma deserves. Their love scenes were sweet and steamy. The dialogue was witty and amusing and the overall feeling of the story, despite some more serious scenes was lighthearted and fun. I'm looking forward to the upcoming books in this series. 4 stars.
Note: a copy of this story was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review.
I received an ARC from Net Galley for an honest review. I thought this is a great start to a new series. Following the very enjoyable Jewels of the Ton series, Galen introduces readers to her Covent Garden Cubs world. This book features Emma, the sister of the Duke of Ravenscroft (from the Jewels series) and the infamous Flynn, known as the Viscount of Vice for his wild behavior. Flynn has been attracted to Emma for many years but was warned away by her brother. Flynn's brother Robert disappeared years ago and he has blamed himself. After getting word Robert may be alive and in Bath, Emma and Flynn team up to find out the truth. The leads have great chemistry, and the story is a fast read that you don't want to put down. I've been a fan of Galen's for years and she doesn't disappoint. I look forward to the first full title in the series.
ARC received via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.
This is a sweet and fast-paced story with a rather likable leading pair.
Being a novella, it’s bound to lack the detail and depth that a full novel would have, but even so I felt that it ran a little too fast for my preference. I would have loved to have seen a peek of that first time Flynn and Emma met, even though we did get some history from Flynn’s and Emma’s memories. And even Robert’s return home was so swift that I couldn’t fully appreciate the tension and emotion that the moment was bound to convey.
Overall, it’s a good beginning to what promises to be an entertaining and engaging series, and I definitely look forward to reading the first book.
Was a fairly good book. But the novella format I feel did not do the characters or plot justice. Felt the hero and heroine where one dimensional and the plot seemed like it had missing pieces. I like the hero and heroine and they had great chemistry but could have, again been much better as a novel. Felt rushed at times too.
Really looking forward to Dane and Elizabeth's story.
The teaser was excellent and this looks to be a great story with two wonderful characters!!!
This didn't feel like a novella. I got a complete story and felt fulfilled. I really enjoyed how it unraveled and the character development was on point. Flynn was a great MC flaws and all and Emma was just the right lady for him. I loved how her personality was just the right challenge for our gent. The plot was interesting and the pacing was just right. I can't wait to read more regarding the side characters!
This novel was a quick read and I hadn't realized I had gotten to the end until it ended. I can see the book becoming expanded on and secretly wished there was more to read. The book was a good read and had sweetness and sexiness mixed together in a even display of want. We also got a sneak peak into another story and all I can say is this author is great at capturing ones attention.
This novella introduces Shana Galen's new series, Covent Garden Cubs. It's a novella hence quite short , but the two main characters have been attracted to each other for a long time so the falling in love didn't feel rushed.
Henry Flynn, Lord Chesham, known as the Viscount of Vice, has a wicked reputation of always causing trouble. The one woman he wants is the one he can never have. Emma Talbot has loved Henry from the time she first saw him two years ago at her brother's wedding. After turning down several suitors, she decides being a spinster is not too bad, if she can't have Henry. After a dare and kisses are freely given between them, Emma is kidnapped. Supposedly taken by his brother as a hostage, or is he really his brother? This maybe a novella, but it moves at a nice pace with romance and resolutions. Heat level 2
Originally reviewed for Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy.
Shana Galen is a name that seems to show up more often than not. She offers a unique twist on the Regency Romance.. and sometimes Victorian. It's not done by using outside forces or supernatural but instead, in depth character development. Characters with flaws, characters that often stand on the outside looking in and characters that have to overcome their own flaws more often than obstacles set about by others. In short she writes about real people.. ok, real people that she made up..
Viscount of Vice is the prequel to Ms. Galen's Covenant Garden Series, my review for book one will be coming soon. Since this is a new series, Ms. Galen has to build her world and she begins building wonderfully in this beautiful novella.
Lady Emma Talbert has been in love with Flynn Chesam for what seems like forever. Now that she is an "adult" all of 18, she figures it's time to make her move. They meet at a dance, share a dance and a kiss, what could be the start of something wonderful. BUT... that would be a really, really short book.. so Ms. Galen tossed in a missing brother and finally, maybe finding him.
Flynn Chesam lost his brother at a very young age. Literally, he lost his brother. They were out playing and he looked away for a moment.. Because of this loss, he has lived a life of guilt. Refusing to believe that he even deserves a chance at happiness. Turning away whenever it comes close. Although, one night at a ball his life seemed to take a totally unexpected turn. A sweet kiss with a young miss and the news that his brother just might be alive! WOW...
This really is a novella but Shana packs so much into it you forget that. It's not overcrowded with unnecessary info, nope it's filled with important aspects to their lives. It begins the the story of the Covenant Garden Series and most definitely left me wanting more.
A truly wonderful story.. I am really looking forward to what happens next.
This review is based on the ARC of Viscount of Vice, provided by netgalley and is scheduled to be released on January 6, 2015
This was a fun, quick Regency read about an unrepentant rake and the woman who loves him. It starts out pretty fun, with Flynn in a disreputable scrape, and continues through his first interactions with Emma. She may be the daughter of a duke, but she’s not shy when it comes to Flynn. She’s been in love with him since she first laid eyes on him, and though she knows he’ll never marry her – or any woman – that doesn’t mean she doesn’t still want whatever he might give her. I loved how up front she was with Flynn – just as much as I loved how suddenly scrupulous he is with her. They bring out the complete opposite in each other, in both sweet and sensual ways.
Then there’s Flynn’s brother, a plot that is far less straightforward than it might appear. Who knew Bath had such a dirty secret? Unfortunately the fact that this was a novella meant that certain things felt a bit rushed or glossed over. The finding of Robert fell a little flat for me, and the whole ending was less detailed than I might have liked.
In all, though, this is a nice novella. The hero is handsome and daring, yet has a hidden core of honour – even if it is quite tarnished – and the heroine is brave with a passionate heart. The plot is swift and never boring, taking a less expect view of these times. I look forward to more from this series.
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Shana Galen is one of those authors I see around everywhere, but whose books I have never tried. Viscount of Vice might have a pretty embarrassing title and cover, but I think it was a good introduction to Galen’s writing. It’s a novella, yes, but there was a pretty solid story here, and I always enjoy suspense and a look at the lives of the lower classes.
It wasn’t perfect. I couldn’t believe it when both hero and heroine are trapped, thinking they’re going to be killed soon, and they stop for a sex scene. And this only after having their first kiss hours earlier, and neither of them before having acknowledged their attraction until then!
Part of this is probably the fault of editors and publishers. Maybe it’s true for some readers that they’ll die unless there’s a sex scene every second chapter, but I wish they would stop pushing for them when they make no sense.
From blog posts and things, I’d been given the impression Galen wrote very flimsy, wallpapery romances, so I was pleased that there was much more depth to the story than I expected. As with almost every novella I’ve ever read, I think this could have been an even better book if it had been full length.
Viscount of Vice is the introduction to a new series, and I think it did a good job getting people interested in future books.