Review: If the Viscount Falls

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If the Viscount Falls (The Duke's Men #4) by Sabrina Jeffries

Published January 27, 2015 by Pocket Books
Genre: Historical Romance
Rating: 2 Stars
Reviewed on February 20, 2015

Book Blurb

The heir presumptive to the Viscount Rathmoor, Dominick Manton once had his heart’s desire within reach—a bright future as a barrister and engagement to Jane Vernon, a wealthy baron’s daughter. Then a shattering betrayal by his vindictive brother George snatched away Dom’s inheritance and his hopes of offering Jane a secure future. Brokenhearted, and attempting to end their engagement without destroying Jane’s reputation, Dom staged a betrayal of his own to convince her that he’s not the husband-to-be that she thought.

Now George is gone and the viscountcy restored to Dom, since his brother’s widow, Nancy—Jane’s cousin and closest confidant—never bore an heir. But when Nancy goes missing, a panicked Jane calls on her former fiancé to track down her cousin. Dom knows the mistakes of the past may be unforgiveable—but now, entangled together in mystery and danger, will they rekindle a passionate longing that was never lost to begin with?


**ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Heroine: 2 stars
Hero: 2 stars
Romance: 2 stars
Plot: 3 stars
Enjoyment: 1 star
Overall Rating: 2 stars

I have not read the first three books of The Duke’s Men , so forgive me if my view is limited.

Past: Dominick Manton and Jane Vernon, soon-to-be Jane Barlow and Countess of Blakeborough, are old lovers. In fact, 12 years ago, they were engaged until Dom tricked Jane into jilting him. Dom couldn’t overcome the obstacles in their future and chose her safety and reputation over their love. More than that, he chose to save his family— his younger half-brother and half-sister— from his blood brother, George. Furious, George disinherited Dom.

Fast forward to the present: Nancy Sadler, Jane’s cousin, is missing. Not only is she missing, she may be pregnant with the heir to the Rathmoor title. The father may or may not be her late husband, the deceased Viscount Rathmoor, none other than Dom’s older brother. Jane requests for Dom’s help in finding Nancy, and thus, a journey of emotional baggage begins.

I daresay I didn’t enjoy If the Viscount Falls as much as I thought I would. The problem is I didn’t care for both Jane and Dominick. For that reason, one day, I shall read the previous books before rereading this fourth installment. Maybe that will help me sympathize with this bland couple.

Anyhow . . .

First and foremost, I should inform you I think ill of the heroine. Not only she is boring and not a very great heroine, Jane is a cheater. That’s right. She was engaged to another man while she “having her fun” with Dom. Even when she knew it was wrong, she couldn’t control her “lust” and “passion.” So much for resistance. . . . It didn’t even matter that she and her fiancé Edwin didn’t love each other because it was still cheating, and I don’t hold cheaters in high-esteem no matter what their excuses are. Besides, Jane was too comfortable with her role as a "victim." Don't get me wrong, she's no damsel in distress though.

Jane’s biggest sin and flaw was her pride. She was FULL of it. Sure, she made her excuses— good ones too, I should rectify— about not wanting to be controlled by a possessive husband, like her mother and Nancy had been. She knew Don would make restrictions on her life and she also couldn’t let go of the fact that he didn’t come back to her. She could whine all she wants about him not fighting for her, but it wasn’t like she fought either, especially even after she found out about the deception. She stopped fighting and just decided to wait until she met him again, hoping he would take her back.

After his utter betrayal, Dom couldn’t bring himself to believe Jane would wait for him. He felt he had no right to force his way back into her life and heart. He thought she moved on. Little did he know she already knew the truth and it would have been easier for both of them if she only confessed what she knew when they did met again. And vice versa.

But, noooooo, she didn’t want to make it easy for him. And he was too stupid to talk to her and work it out. They didn't want to communicate at all.

Instead, he stayed silent while she wanted him to take a hint: she couldn’t “wait for her life to begin.” Or something like that. Typical women intuition, right? They don’t tell you what they want and expect you to read their mind and every desire. He didn’t take the hint nor did he confess the truth about that night at the ball, so she held onto an even bigger grudge against him. She felt unwanted, even after he had gained the viscount title, and finally decided she was going to wash her hands of him once and for all.

Her pride was too much for me and she treated their encounters as some sort of game. She toyed with him and didn’t want him to “win.” Yes, win” Her words; not mine. It all came down to protecting her pride, denying her attraction, and proving she didn’t need/want him.

While I understood Dom’s motivations, Jane was right about him being controlling and almighty. He made demands of her and she didn’t want to be push around as someone unworthy of his trust and respect.

Needless to say, Jane and Dom were unexciting as a couple. There was A LOT of arguing and their fights went around in circles. On one page, Jane and Dom would be all over each other. Then the next, they would quarrel (mostly about the same things), etcetera, and etcetera. I assure you it continued on, again and again and again. Truly, their chemistry was weak and I still can’t see why they were in love. I would have not continued on if I hadn’t wanted to know about what happened to Nancy.

I'm a fan of romance books about reunited lovers, whose love stories cry with angst as they are given a second chance at love. However, If the Viscount Falls didn't do it for me. Therefore, I repeat: I'll give If the Viscount Falls another chance once I read the first book three books in the series.

Excuse my rambling. This is as much sense as I will ever make.




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Cee named The Mistress Case after Sherlock (BBC with Benedict) and Supernatural (Dean, baby). She writes mainly book reviews. On occasions, movies and TV shows. She reads and reviews in many genres, including fantasy, historical, contemporary, romance, erotica, mystery, etc. She personally rains more love on fantasy and historical romance and hopes you won't hold it against her. Caoi.


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