The Villainous Viscount: Or The Curse of the Venns

The Villainous Viscount: Or The Curse of the Venns

by Lucinda Elliot


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Lord Venn is making an ardent proposal to the sixth heiress on his list when a hooded spectre appears in a crack of thunder. This hereditary curse is becoming inconvenient - particularly as Venn is next in line on the curse's own schedule of victims.Clarinda Greendale has other reasons for rejecting Venn besides his being cursed - such as his being a wild, brawling social outcast and a fortune hunter.Lord Venn dismisses the history of the curse as a series of conjuring tricks.Still, Venn needs to get his hands on an heiress, and tender hearted Clarinda would like to help Venn if she could: she just doesn't want to marry him and end up as part of his outrageous household...Meanwhile, the hooded spectre closes in. Can the drunken charlatan who Venn has hired to prove that it is all a hoax help him?

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ISBN-13: 9780992736156
Publisher: Ellliot
Publication date: 02/24/2017
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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The Villainous Viscount: Or The Curse of the Venns 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Villainous Viscount or The Curse of the Venn by Lucinda Elliot The setting is 1821, England, and a wastrel, Harley, wants to find a wealthy woman to keep funding his lifestyle. The biggest problem for him is, the most likely woman, Clarinda, has her a mind of her own and integrity. When these two interact, unpredictable things happen. To add to this sense of surprise and mystery, readers are treated to a sense of the paranormal with a gothic background. The story may be labelled as a satire, but it is well-written. The flow of the story, the details of the era—both time and place—and even the language and actions of the characters are realistic and appropriate for the setting. It puts a reader right into that world. Clarinda is a commoner who just inherited money, a good girl who doesn’t want a husband to marry her for her money. However, she gets caught up in a wild situation, and to save her reputation, becomes engaged to a nobleman with a reckless reputation, one she is greatly attracted to, but one she doesn’t respect. As these two get together and battle a supernatural evil together, they draw closer. Both of them change due to the harrowing adventures they go through. Clarinda is sensible and likeable. She just may be a good influence on Harley. Readers can hope. There are sex scenes in this novel, but they are not overly graphic. There are plenty of sexual suggestions to heat up the mood. Something unusual for this fiction piece is the presence of footnotes; however, these are useful and not distracting, and adventure keeps the pace moving along. As for the paranormal, it is central to the plot but not overdone. A phantom is haunting them, and people die around it. The sense of danger is always lurking between the lines of smooth and natural dialogue. The theme of Harley needing to change his wicked ways, inspired by a good woman, makes readers wonder again if he will find it in himself to do the right thing or perish by the menace that wants him dead. Ghosts in a gloomy castle contribute to a sometimes-spooky mood. The apparitions become more intense, drawing out strong emotions from Clarinda. We see a very good and spiritual side to her, making her even more admirable. And as for Harley, despite his faults, readers can like much about him and hope he makes the changes he needs in order to survive. This story has a bit of a thriller feel to it, as the threat increases. Clarinda’s insecurity comes out, but her confidence makes for an interesting mix. The inner ponderings of the characters show depth in the writing. The pacing is just right in this story. This story has a solid plot and is largely character-driven. It was a good read, and I would recommend it.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Villainous Viscount: Or the Curse of the Venns is a fun and unique read. I enjoyed the humor of it that made me laugh out loud a few times. Viscount Harley Venn and Carlinda Greendale are quite entertaining together. The mystery and curse that needed to be solved made an additional plus to the story. I give The Villainous Viscount: Or the Curse of the Venns four stars. I would love to read more by Lucinda Elliott in the future.
sciencexcharm More than 1 year ago
What would you do if you found out that your family was cursed? Would you watch your every step in fear of the curse catching up to you? Would you live carelessly, confident that the curse has no bearing on you? This novel has an interesting plot, one with romance, dark satire, and supernatural elements intertwined. The Villainous Viscount or The Curse of the Venns by Lucinda Elliot is humorous, dark, and will entertain readers who enjoy reading this genre. Clarinda Greendale is as innocent as they come, but Harley Venn is a much different story. She finds out that an uncle has left her a fortune, after an untimely fall to his death. That is when she meets the Villainous Viscount in the flesh. Little does she know that her reputation is on the verge of ruining her entire family with the likes of Harley Venn. Clarinda finds Harley to be handsome enough, but knows that he is a social outcast. He is a pariah among the entire town, but Venn made a promise to a fallen comrade that he would turn his life around and find a good girl. After a few attempts at a marriage proposal...and a few declines, Harley must persuade Clarinda that he can reform, especially since he is being followed by a mysterious hooded trickster who seems to be after the Venn family. Elliot has an entertaining story-line; however, there are several grammatical errors. This can be confusing, especially if the reader is not very knowledgeable about the era. The character development is terrific, allowing the reader to come to their own conclusions about each character's personality. If you are a reader of Gothic romance and dark humor, you may be interested in picking this one up. A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by Book Unleashed, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a four-star rating for The Villainous Viscount or The Curse of the Venns by Lucinda Elliot.