The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane (Rhymes with Love Series #4)

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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“The fresh take on Beauty and the Beast and Boyle’s fine storytelling and fabulous characters make this a not-to-be-missed romance. Readers will delight in the sharp dialogue, fast pace, humor and poignancy even as they laugh through their tears.”
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“Boyle crafts a sweet, beautiful love story that no romance junkie will be able to put down.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062283818
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2014
  • Series: Rhymes with Love Series, #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 114,688
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Boyle has always loved romance and now lives it each and every day by writing adventurous and passionate stories that readers from all around the world have described as "page-turners." Since her first book was published, she's seen her romances become New York Times and USA Today bestsellers and won the RWA RITA® and the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Awards. She resides in Seattle with her family, her garden, and always-growing collection of yarn.

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  • Posted November 6, 2014

    Excellent Read. I highly recommend any of Elizabeth's Books.

    Excellent Read. I highly recommend any of Elizabeth's Books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2015

    It¿s been a bit since I¿ve read a historical, and I¿m not sure w

    It’s been a bit since I’ve read a historical, and I’m not sure why because every time I read one I enjoy it. Elizabeth Boyle is a mainstay among romance authors, and with good reason. Her novels are a breeze to read, and at times, charming and sweet.

    I think since the show House became popular, heroes with limps and canes have been popping up in historicals with increasing frequency, which I’m totally fine with, of course. Eloisa James does it in When Beauty Tamed the Beast (incidentally, the hero in that book is named Piers, pretty close to Pierson) and Julia Quinn did it in her last novel, The Sum of all Kisses. So anyway, this is Boyle’s take on it.

    Pierson went to war, and his best friend died saving him. He returns to London and basically barricades himself in his house with only an aging butler and a thief for a cook for what seemed like it could have been a couple of years. He’s crippled and feels sorry for himself because he can no longer ride or get into a carriage, etc., so he’s closed himself off from everyone, including his family of mother and sisters. Enter Louisa Tempest who, conveniently, has a temperamental mangy sounding cat who, within minutes of their arrival to London from the no-marriage-cursed village of Kempton, escapes into the Viscount’s house and Louisa ends up seeing the Viscount in his wrapper. As an aside, I Googled Regency wrappers for men, and came up with nothing. I guess that it’s probably a robe, but some more detail would be nice. Anyway, so that meeting is pretty inauspicious, I guess, but seeing a man’s bare legs apparently cuts out the need for small talk, which I appreciate.

    Their romance is cute and sweet, and through it I came to really like Louisa. She was industrious without being annoying, and funny at times without being in your face about it. She could have been more exciting and a bit more multi-dimensional, but she was likable nonetheless. Pierson was at turns sigh-worthy and tiresome. His struggle to get his life back was poignant and heart-tugging. He kind of refuses to be happy because he doesn’t deserve it, as I think most people would feel, and I think Boyle does a good job here with making us see how isolated he’s become and really just how out of touch he is.The typical dance of not wanting to fall in love with a girl, and eventually doing it played itself out as it does without a whole lot of anything new or interesting. It’s just falling in love people, it’s like supposedly the best thing ever, can just someone ever be excited to be doing it?? Sheesh!

    However, the story lacked a real sense of urgency and the situations were just so contrived and silly. Like sort of out of nowhere Louisa insists that Pierson’s first venture out of the house should be to go with her to Almack’s, and if he doesn’t it’s this big, significant thing and his feelings for her aren’t worth a dime. Well, I mean, come on, the man hasn’t been out of the house in like over a year or something ridiculous, could you maybe cut him a break and go to the bookstore together or something? Go to the park and get some ices? I mean, jeez. And then the climax of the book, when they finally admit they love each other is this weird set-up by her uncle, and then they end up having sex in the library. The library? The library, really? The girl’s a virgin, dude, you have an entire house, don’t have sex in the library. I’m thinking now it might have been a study, but same difference. Anyway, the big moments didn’t feel big.

    However, this is not to say that I didn’t like the book, because I totally did! I liked it bunches! Several times while reading I kept thinking to myself, why haven’t I read more Elizabeth Boyle, because she’s just a lovely writer, and this was a lovely book. There are only a couple of Regency authors worth reading right now, and she’s definitely one of them, so pick this one up today!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2014

    When Louisa Tempest arrives in London with her marriage-minded t

    When Louisa Tempest arrives in London with her marriage-minded twin sister, Lavinia, and her trouble-making cat, Hannibal, all she wants is to make it through the Season unscathed and return to her small town existence in Kempton. She has absolutely no aspirations of shopping for ball gowns and paying social calls or dreams of falling in love and marrying. She's set on remaining on the sidelines and letting her sister enjoy London-life for the both of them. But when Hannibal bolts from the carriage and straight into the home of a reclusive Viscount, Louisa can't help but get involved. 




    After losing his best friend and wounding his leg fighting Napoleon, Pierson, Viscount Wakefield, returns home only to have his fiancee dump him. The weight of his guilt and grief cause him to drink his days away, wallowing in his misery and letting his house and relationships go to ruin. But when a cat-like beast comes tearing into his house, followed by its beautiful, managing mistress, Wakefield is finally roused from his despondent daze. 




    Ms. Tempest, much as her name implies, seems to leave a path of destruction in her wake. She disrupts Pierson's routine of drinking all night and sleeping all day, and once his eyes are open he finally begins to notice the shambles he's living in. Shambles which that meddling woman seems intent on repairing. 




    Louisa is a distraction that's much too tempting to refuse and the passion that flares between them when they get into a room (or linen closet) together is much too strong to resist. Between the matchmaking cat and the meddling servants Wakefield and Louisa just can't escape each other and the draw they feel for one another. 




    I love that the heroes are both homebodies who had no aspirations of marrying and that they're able to pull each other out of their shells. Louisa is a heroine who takes charge of situations and doesn't get intimidated by blustering Viscounts who don't know what's good for them. Wakefield is a hermetic reformed rake with a good heart and an even better kiss. They both just needed that special someone to come into their lives, shake them up a bit and ignite their passion.




    The Viscount Who Live Down the Lane is everything I look for in a regency romance and a wonderful new take on Beauty and the Beast. I loved this book and Elizabeth Boyle's writing style and I can't wait to read Lavinia's story and get her perspective.








    Disclaimer: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2014

    Luke Warm

    This book was ok not good and not worth the money. The two main players are not memorable like i say dont believe the h

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2015

    Very good books

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2015

    This book made me smile and laugh. It was a very sweet story, w

    This book made me smile and laugh.
    It was a very sweet story, with a funny main character.
    It is a bit cliche,  all romances are, because they need a happy ending.
    I really enjoyed it, and am planing on rereading it again. 

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  • Posted March 2, 2015

    Twin sisters Louisa and Lavinia Tempest are about to take London

    Twin sisters Louisa and Lavinia Tempest are about to take London by storm. No, not in a storm of charming wit and graceful beauty, but rather a storm of tripped-over feet and broken vases. And while her sister Lavinia may be excited for her first London season, Louisa just wants to take her cat Hannibal and go back home to Kempton. But Hannibal has other ideas; the instant the carriage door opens in Mayfair, he bolts outside, down the street, and into the home of gruff recluse Viscount Pierson Wakefield.

    Louisa is headstrong and kind-hearted and refuses to cower from Viscount Wakefield’s outbursts of misplaced anger. She is a nurturer at heart and takes it upon herself to organize the Viscount’s meager household so that it may run efficiently once again.

    Pierson is full of guilt-ridden bluster, quite happy to remain in his lair of solitude with his bottle of Madeira and bad memories. But even he grudgingly acknowledges the helpful changes Louisa’s meddling brings to his household and slowly but surely he begins to take a more active role in his household and in society.

    This was such a fun read! The dialogue is crisp and witty, the scenes vivid, plot entertaining, and the characters – even the secondary ones – are well-rounded and realistic. There are hints of realism that weave seamlessly into the narrative: droves of orphaned children and homeless war veterans on the streets, the introduction of working peerage, and the inner workings of Parliament and a Peer’s place within those political mechanisms. Rather than coming across as preachy or awkward, the inclusion of these details help bring the story to life in a way greatly enhances the narrative rather than detract from it.

    This novel is part of a series, but reads completely independently – I didn’t even realize it was fourth in the series until I was about to write this review. That said, I loved this novel so much that I’ve already gone and purchased all the others in the series to read too! I can’t wait to see how the novels connect.

    Originally posted at Plot Twist Reviews [dot] Com

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  • Posted December 21, 2014

    Loved It! The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane is a beast and b

    Loved It!

    The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane is a beast and beauty (meddlesome beauty)romance. Elizabeth Boyle writes fantastic, witty a
    delightful story.

    This book is the fourth in this fantastic series and every book I read by Elizabeth Boyle , I say this is my favorite, I guess all of her books are my favorite.
    Louisa Tempest is an adorable, meddlesome and sweet heroine who is trying first to clean Pierson house then bring light and happiness to his soul. I smiled and even cried a little reading Louisa and Pierson's story.I can't wait to read Lavinia and Tuck's story. Thank you Elizabeth Boyle.

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  • Posted December 15, 2014

    This is a very good read.  Neither Louisa nor Pierson are cream

    This is a very good read.  Neither Louisa nor Pierson are cream of the ton but thoroughly enjoyable characters.  I enjoyed their interactions and Louisa's attempts to "help" Viscount Wakefield.

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  • Posted November 1, 2014

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    A light and charming read, The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane

    A light and charming read, The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane was a lovely historical romance. It was a sweet read that I really enjoyed.

    Louisa was a lovely heroine. She was clumsy and meddlesome, but she always had the best of intentions. She always saw the best in people, but she also didn't allow herself to be a doormat. She was a great character and I ended up liking her.

    Wakefield was also great. He liked to bluster and had spent several months wallowing in self pity, but it didn't take long to see the man he really was beneath all that. He was sweet, kinder than he let on, and, when he fell in love, he fell hard. He certainly didn't do anything by half measures. I thought he was wonderful.

    The romance was sweet. Despite neither of them wanting to admit their feelings, it was clear that they were smitten right away. And, there was some chemistry between, but it was a mostly sweet romance.

    The plot was well paced and I was kept interested the entire way through. This is isn't a particularly substantial story, or one that was especially engaging. It was more of a light read that just makes you smile. I enjoyed the story and the ending tied up the romance, while leaving things open for Lavinia's story in the next book.

    The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane was a delightful historical romance that I really liked. It was a light, sweet read that was enjoyable all the way through. Romance lovers, this is a book worth checking out.

    *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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  • Posted October 28, 2014

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    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** The Viscount

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***




    The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane by Elizabeth Boyle
    Book Four of the Rhymes With Love series
    Publisher: Avon 
    Publication Date: October 28, 2014
    Rating: 4 stars
    Source: eARC from Edelweiss




    ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***




    Summary (from Goodreads):




    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.




    What I Liked:




    Okay, it's official - Elizabeth Boyle is a go-to historical romance writer for me. She joins Elizabeth Hoyt, Tessa Dare, and Maya Rodale... there are quite a few other authors whose books I have enjoyed, but these four ladies stick out in my mind. Their books are awesome!




    By the way, ugh, that cover. I'm not the biggest fan. It's not doing much for me, aesthetically or otherwise. Anyway.




    Louisa Tempest and her twin sister Lavinia are moving to London for Lavinia's first Season. The late Lady Charleton wanted them to have a Season, but Louisa isn't interested. Instead, she finds mischief in trying to tidy up her next-door neighbor Wakefield's decrepit home. Wakefield, with a injured leg, broken heart, and possibly PTSD from war, doesn't need a woman messing is home, firing his cook, hiring another, finding servants for him... but sooner or later, he finds himself rejoining society, thanks to one meddling woman.




    At first, I really did NOT like Louisa, or her ridiculous cat, Hannibal. Louisa did not seem to have any respect for anyone, and she made no attempt to control her cat. But as the story went on, I decided that I really liked the cat, because he kept escaping to Pierson's home, and it always made things interesting between him and Louisa. Eventually, I grew to like Louisa and her brash nature. She isn't your typical society lady - while she is of gentle birth, her family isn't the most high-regarded.




    So eventually, I liked Louisa. I always really, really liked Pierson. He's grumpy most of the time, or that's the way things come across. He was sent home from war, injured, and without his friend (who died to save him), and then his fiancee left him, and things were just really sad for him. Not to mention that war probably traumatized him. He has a lot going on, but he also does a lot of avoiding and hiding and almost wallowing. Someone as strong-willed as Louisa would TOTALLY bring him out of his shenanigans.




    The romance is so wonderful and light in this book. This book in general is very witty and funny and lighthearted. The chemistry between the two characters is always sizzling, and it's honestly adorable to see them fall for each other. It happens so gradually and progressively, I love it. 




    I thought the plot - other than the romance - was a bit lacking, but there was one, I suppose. We never figure out what was so scandalous about Louisa and Lavinia's mother, and why they didn't want whatever secret to get out in public, until the end. Which is an interesting plot twist, and I suppose that IS the leading story - how Louisa and Lavinia will fare in London, with such a secret. Turns out, more people than they thought, know about their mother.




    Overall, I really enjoyed this book! Lighthearted, cute, fun, and full of heartwarming romance. I really like how Boyle crafts her historical romance novels! 




    What I Did Not Like:




    Like I mentioned above, I thought the plot outside the romance was a bit underdeveloped. Like, I knew there was supposed to be something going on outside of the romance, because that's what the author led us to believe, but it wasn't all there. Louisa and Lavinia's mother's scandal - I think that was the big plot thing, but it felt lacking. And then the ending was anticlimactic, honestly. But it was a nice ending.




    Would I Recommend It:




    If you love historical romance novels, then I have to recommend this one. Or any of the Rhymes With Love books. I love this series, and I'm definitely going to mark Elizabeth Boyle's name down for future books!




    Rating:




    4 stars. I can't wait to read Lavinia/Tuck's story! The Knave of Hearts, I believe was mentioned at the end of this book. Spoiler alert!

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  • Posted October 28, 2014

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    The fourth in her Rhymes with Love series, Elizabeth Boyle¿s The

    The fourth in her Rhymes with Love series, Elizabeth Boyle’s The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane is the first I have read by this author, but this story worked perfectly with no major misses in story thread, action or character. 




    Twin sisters, Louisa and Lavinia Tempest arrive in London, not in a teacup but in a carriage with one unruly passenger, Hannibal the cat who will play a large part as matchmaker and general nuisance throughout the story.  The girls are in London for the season, although Louisa isn’t interested, and their house in Mayfair is perfectly situated for society.  With one exception: their neighbor Viscount Pierson Wakefield, notoriously reclusive since his return from the war. 




    Hannibal, however, has little sense of convention or decorum, and like most cats wants to be exactly in the place that appears to NOT want him – so he dashes from the carriage straight into Pierson’s home, disturbing the man and providing Louisa with a less than optimal introduction. 




    And with that introduction, full of Hannibal’s curiosity, Louisa’s discomfiture and Pierson’s gruff and grumpy exclamations – we are off and running.   Louisa is wonderfully complete with a sweet nature and giving heart, she is determined to improve Pierson’s life by organizing the mess of a household he exists in. While her exuberance and determination are forces to be reckoned with, she finds Pierson attractive and interesting, and is not often cowed by his gruff treatment. 




    For his part, Pierson is mired in guilt, surviving the war when his best friend didn’t, and then being sidelined by his injury, his desire is to retreat from everything and hide away: not the best plan.  He is merely existing in his Mayfair home, until the whirlwind that is Louisa appears, usually closely following or followed by that damnable cat. Hannibal is a character in and of himself – cats are curious and he seems to be more inventive than most in his ability to cajole Pierson out of his continual round of self-pity.  




    These two are cleverly drawn and their interactions show the tender regard as it develops in a sweet way, as Pierson lets down his guard at seeing the good qualities in Louisa. Their conversations are laced with humor and the story carries quite a lighthearted feel. Underlying the girls’ season is a concern about their mother’s ‘great shame’ and the very valid concern of this secret being known, which would affect their prospects, but this is secondary to the characters and the sweet romance that is developing between Louisa and Pierson. 




    For the most part, this story moves forward quickly with a lighthearted feel that really allows readers to focus on the characters: secondary characters are as cleverly built as Louisa and Pierson, and Hannibal is truly such a character that his recalcitrant behavior never fails to bring a giggle. The big secret isn’t revealed until near the end, and the few threads that are left hanging should wrap nicely in Lavinia’s story. 




    I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

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