Friday, July 8, 2016

Review: The Virgin and the Viscount by Charis Michaels

In the next sparkling romance in debut author Charis Michael’s Bachelor Lords of London series, a proper viscount meets his match in a beguiling virgin who can't help but break all the rules.

The Virgin 
Lady Elisabeth Hamilton-Baythes has a painful secret. At the innocent age of fifteen, she was abducted by highwaymen and sold to a brothel. After two days, a young lord discovers her and enacts a brave rescue to get her out. Now she's a grown woman, working to save other girls from the horror she saw that night and never forgetting the young man who rescued her.

The Viscount 
Bryson Courtland, Viscount Rainsleigh has overcome an abusive boyhood, neglectful parents, and a bankrupt title to be one of the wealthiest noblemen in Britain. He works tirelessly to be upright and forthright and proper to a fault. Now he requires only one thing: A proper, forthright, proper wife.

The Unraveling 
When a charity event puts Lord Bryson and Lady Elisabeth face-to-face, Bryson has no memory of the wounded girl of long ago. All he can see is a perfect candidate to be his future wife. Elisabeth has never forgotten him, but she worries that the brave boy who saved her so long ago has become a rich man with an unfulfilled life. 

As a whirlwind courtship reveals the truth, Bryson must accept that Elisabeth is actually a shadow from his dark past, while Elisabeth must show that love is the noblest virtue of all.

For some reason lately I have been enjoying more historical romance novels then I usually do but I'm so glad I came across The Virgin and the Viscount. Since Charis Michaels is a new author to me I wasn't sure what to expect but after I was finished I loved this story! 

Lady Elizabeth was sold to a brothel after her parents were murdered at just 15 years old. After being branded and shamed she is looking for a way out to go and live with her aunt. One night Bryson is dragged out by his father and cousin to make him a man and meets Lady Elizabeth, he helps set her free so after 15 years after being saved Lady Elizabeth is shocked to come face to face with her savior even though she has been keeping up with his businesses. Now Lady Elizabeth needs funding for her business and Bryson needs a wife but will they last after secrets are unraveled? 

The plot is really what made this book for me. It was different and fresh and I really enjoyed how Michaels went from past to present so I could see the whole picture. I also enjoyed the descriptions that made the story just have that real feeling all the way through. 

The hero was broody and difficult yet I couldn't help but love him. The heroine went through some horrible situations from seeing her parents murdered to being sold to a brother yet she came across as classy, determined and eager to help others. I really enjoyed this these two and was so quickly caught up in their romance that I couldn't put this story down. 

After reading The Virgin and the Viscount I'll definitely be looking forward to reading more romances by Michaels. I enjoyed her voice and thought the story flowed nicely. If you're looking for a great historical with some secrets that are revealed and great characters this is one that you should definitely pick up! 

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