Return of the Viscount

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Her marriage of convenience seems far too convenient . . .

Desperation drove Cecilia Mallory to seek a union with a stranger—one who would wed her sight unseen and grant her full access to her inheritance with no expectations whatsoever. She anticipated, perhaps, an older, undesirable, equally desperate husband—never the young, vibrant, and devastatingly attractive man who answered her call. What could such a man really be after?

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Overview

Her marriage of convenience seems far too convenient . . .

Desperation drove Cecilia Mallory to seek a union with a stranger—one who would wed her sight unseen and grant her full access to her inheritance with no expectations whatsoever. She anticipated, perhaps, an older, undesirable, equally desperate husband—never the young, vibrant, and devastatingly attractive man who answered her call. What could such a man really be after?

Unknown to Cecilia, Viscount Michael Blackthorne, a soldier and gentleman, owes a debt of honor to Lady Cecilia's father, and granting her unusual request to wed seemed a worthy way to repay it. But an unseen threat perilously close at hand is convincing Michael thathis true responsibility is to protect the beautiful, warm-hearted lady he has married . . . the woman he is unexpectedly coming to love.

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Callen (Every Scandalous Secret) launches a series with a charming Victorian romance that might be called the case of the mail-order groom. Recently orphaned Lady Cecilia Mallory wants to run her late father’s earldom free of a meddling guardian. Sgt. Michael Blackthorne, a viscount and her father’s best friend, is on permanent assignment in India, and Cecilia thinks he’s her father’s age and likely to “die sooner rather than later, to be blunt about it,” so in a diverting about-face from tradition, Cecilia proposes a marriage by proxy. He consents, as a favor in memory of Lord Apperton. All is well for the fiercely independent Cecilia until Blackthorne is injured and returns to England—specifically, Apperton Hall—to recuperate. Hilarity ensues when Blackthorne encounters the beautiful woman he’d assumed was a plain frump and she meets the ruggedly handsome young man she’d believed was elderly. The lively banter and mild suspense are certain to entertain aficionados of historical romance. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062076069
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 550,592
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

After a detour through fitness instructing and computer programming, Gayle Callen found the life she’d always dreamed of as a romance writer. This USA Today bestselling author has written more than twenty historical romances for Avon Books, and her novels have won the Holt Medallion and the Laurel Wreath Award.

Gayle lives in Central New York with her three children, her dog, Apollo, and her husband, Jim the Romance Hero.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    This book is soooo boring

    This book is soooo boring

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    Cost to much

    I will never pay eight dollars again for a book that is 220 pages long barnes and noble are ripping us off

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    It was ok

    Not her best book. At one point I wanted to stop reading it. But, I keep reading it because I have never stop reading a book in the middle of it. But that is okay definitely not her best book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    I would have given this book five stars but heroine became obnoxious

    I really wanted to love this book and I partly did. Gayle Callen is one of my favorite authors but the heroine in this story was not worthy of this dreamy war hero. After communicating back and forth with the hero after the death of her father, the Hero's superior officer, the heroine asks the hero to marry her sight unseen so that she can administer her inheritance rather than her guardian. She gets her wish they marry by proxy. Her freedom allows her to assist her brother run the estate since he has now become an earl at a young age. When the H and H meet, they are both surprised to see that they are young and vibrant people. The Hero turns out to be a Viscount in addition to being a well respected soldier. He is likeable and a total gentleman proposing to the heroine that he would allow her time to adjust to the marriage. The Heroine was a total harpy almost from the onset. Her rudeness towards the Viscount become irritating and I kept wishing at certain points that she would be killed off and replaced with a much nicer Heroine. There is murder plot twist in the story and it is resolved at the end. The resolution was a bit muddy. I also had a problem with the Heroine's brother; he was such a jerk throughout most of the book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 7, 2014

    This story started out really interesting with the marriage by p

    This story started out really interesting with the marriage by proxy. But when the husband showed up, I thought Cecilia was a little to mean for a little too long. Michael didn't deserve how she treated him. The brother was awful along with his friends. Overall the story was good but there were some things I didn't care about the story. The first in the series about three friends who made a difficult decision in war that cost some innocent lives and they are trying to redeem themselves. Michael was a great hero.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    Return of the viscount

    Dont know the author.simple story.strange motivations for murders.wont read this author again if this is her style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Just ok

    Stiry but ok The ending between for Cecilia and Michsel was to quick and not really resolved A short epilogue would have made this a much better story

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    Not her best. I have had a hard time getting into this books. I

    Not her best.
    I have had a hard time getting into this books. I am not even half way through and am not wanting to finish it.  I do not care for the brother and his sister keeps making excuses for him.

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  • Posted September 5, 2012

    Just ok

    The heroine just can't decide if she wants to be in charge or not. A decent side plot with a couple of the characters but not too much to recommend otherwise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Very Boring!

    Waste of money. Characters have no chemustry!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    Callen

    Read this series!

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