About the Book:
Viscount Kellaway may sound like a gentleman, but he doesn’t act like one. As far as Kell is concerned, drink, women and the wrong side of the law are much more attractive indulgences than could be found in polite society – much to the scandal of the ton.
With all of Brighton’s women to choose from, Kell has never settled for one – and his devilish good looks have meant he’s never had to. But when he spies Angelica Curtis walking on the beach by moonlight, the living vision of a familiar dream, all that changes.
Suddenly, Kell finds himself craving the touch of a single woman…and it just so happens that the woman in question won’t have him! But if Kell’s bad ways have taught him anything, it’s that nothing is truly out of bounds…
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Eve Hart's Romance Review:
This is the third book in the Regency Charms Series, and much like other books I've read by Ms. Bryant, the series start to lose something as the books go on.
I like book #2, Undone by His Kiss, and I had 'meh' hopes for book three, so I guess it didn't disappoint.
First off, the title is somewhat misleading; Kell may have been somewhat carefree with his vices, but he was in NO WAY society's most ANYTHING. The story begins with the man frettering away his days ALONE in a McMansion in Brighton. So, okay, maybe he's Brighton Society's Most Reclusive Viscount -- which, I guess, wouldn't have been a very catchy title.
Angelica...sheesh, where do I start with Angelica? She's supposedly this biddable little daughter of an earl who is living her last days of freedom dancing along the seashore in the dark of night. Her parsimonious, overly religious father is demanding she make up for her sister's sins by cloistering her away in a nunnery! With the CHANCE of marrying the lecherous-eyed vicar? Oh, come on! Her blind obedience bordered on sickness, which is a VERY unattractive trait in a heroine.
And somewhere along the way in the story, she suddenly grows some tits and decides (after she's ALREADY locked away in the nunnery) to stand up to her father. The escape was just too easy. It felt staged, like to the point I thought she was going to wake up tied to the vicar's bed--her whole escape and marrying of the hero a big fat dream.
While I liked the hero's intensity with his feelings for Angelica, I have no idea where they came from. The writing was verbose and overwritten, which made me do a LOT of skipping around for shorter, more concise paragraphs. I didn't find many, so I guess I missed out on much of the story. Or did I? I don't think anything I could have read would have saved the UGH and MEH-ness of this story.
I wanted to like it, but I didn't. I gave it three Pulse Points because Ms. Bryant IS a good writer, I just think she needs to work on writing stories that don't leave the reader reaching for the dictionary.