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Viscount Blackthorne is better known as Blackheart, a notorious rogue with a reputation for seduction. Forced to flee London and a young woman?s irate father, he escapes to the wilds of Yorkshire hoping to rest, relax, and wait out the scandal. The last thing he expects to find in the country is the stunning beauty he first eyed twelve years ago, the one woman who captivated his heart and made him question his ways.
The widow Honey Hockley has given up on romance and settled ...
Viscount Blackthorne is better known as Blackheart, a notorious rogue with a reputation for seduction. Forced to flee London and a young woman’s irate father, he escapes to the wilds of Yorkshire hoping to rest, relax, and wait out the scandal. The last thing he expects to find in the country is the stunning beauty he first eyed twelve years ago, the one woman who captivated his heart and made him question his ways.
The widow Honey Hockley has given up on romance and settled into the quiet simplicity of her small Yorkshire village. Before marrying her infirmed husband, she had one sparkling night of a London Season, a night she’ll hold on to forever. But Honey’s peaceful days are shattered when a handsome and mysterious stranger comes to town, forcing her to question her decision to accept a life alone.
Upon meeting, attraction flares, and it’s only Honey’s fears and the Viscount’s reputation that keep them apart. So while Honey works to accept the possibility that life and love may yet hold some surprises for her, the Viscount works to clear his name and win over the one woman he believes can make him virtuous again.
"The Viscount’s Valentine" was originally published as "Wild Honey."
About the Author:
Donna Lea Simpson is a nationally bestselling romance and mystery novelist with over twenty titles published in the last eleven years. Besides writing romance and mystery novels and reading the same, Donna has a long list of passions: cats and tea, cooking and vintage cookware, cross-stitching and watercolor painting among them. She lives in Canada.
Posted February 17, 2013
I enjoyed this book. Even though it was only 84 pages, the author was still able to tell an enjoyable story. I did not feel there were any offending sexual situations, just a nice read. I am not sorry I spent $2.99 for this book. It is one I will read again.
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Posted February 13, 2013
Posted February 20, 2013
As a long-time fan of Heyer's Regencies, I have looked about for over two decades for a more recent author who captures her Austenesque combination of Flirtatious Dialogue, Comedy of Manners and Romantic Adventure. Unfortunately, few other so-called "Regency Writers" manage this blend successfully, and many don't even try, preferring to throw in various levels of sexual longing and/or explicitness, and over-complicated plots, and mostly losing the wit and flirtation. Donna Lee Simpson's THE VISCOUNT'S VALENTINE is one such novel - but it's a bit better than most.
The story of a rake redeemed by the love of his soulmate is as old as fiction, and still plays to this day if done even partially right (how else would you describe the ABC-TV show CASTLE if not this plot, dressed up as a cop show?). Our rake this time is the devilish "Lord Blackheart", seducer of women but with an improbably high-minded tendency to save women forced into loveless marriages by their families, on the run from his latest attempt to help a Damsel in Marital Distress. Showing up in Yorkshire, he runs across the beautiful woman whose plight (having been married off by her father to an elderly wine merchant after one ball in her coming-out season to cover his debts) spurred his quixotic tendencies, now widowed and seemingly unwilling to accept his advances. Why she seems unwilling and yet burns with a barely-managed passion for him, why her married sister keeps throwing herself at him, and why he continually stops short of pressing his intended seduction makes up the plot of this novella, packaged as an eBook original.
The attitudes seem too modern for the Regency period (i.e., a couple with what's sounds like an "open marriage"!); the relationship between leads Viscount Blackthorne and Mrs. Honey Hockley jerks back and forth between friendship, attraction and revulsion so many times it feels clumsy; and period details are shoehorned in gracelessly. And yet - for all its flaws, the central couple is appealing, and some of the supporting cast (particularly the widowed sister of Blackthorne's bachelor friend who keeps his house for him, and becomes a confidant to Honey) feels true to the time and genre.
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Posted August 30, 2014
Posted June 30, 2014
Posted February 20, 2013
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