The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane by Elizabeth Boyle

February 10, 2015 Historical Romance, Reviews 0 ★★★★★

The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane by Elizabeth BoyleThe Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane by Elizabeth Boyle
Series: Rhymes With Love #4
Published by Avon on October 28, 2014
Genres: Historical Romance
Format: Audiobook
She has no desire for love . . .

As she arrives in Mayfair, Louisa Tempest is horrified when her incorrigible cat bolts from the carriage and dashes into a neighbor's house, where she comes face-to-face with the reclusive Viscount Wakefield. But even more dismaying than his foul temper is the disarray in which she finds his home. Convinced his demeanor would improve if his household were in order, Louisa resolves to put everything to rights.

. . . until she meets the viscount who lives down the lane

Much to his chagrin, Wakefield finds it impossible to keep the meddling Louisa out of his home, invading his daily life with her "improvements," and his nights with the tempting desires she sparks inside him. Wounded in the war, he's scorned society ever since his return . . . until Louisa opens the door to his heart and convinces him to give love a second chance.

Twin sisters Louisa and Lavinia Tempest are about to take London by storm.  No, not in a storm of charming wit and graceful beauty, but rather a storm of tripped-over feet and broken vases.  And while her sister Lavinia may be excited for her first London season, Louisa just wants to take her cat Hannibal and go back home to Kempton.  But Hannibal has other ideas; the instant the carriage door opens in Mayfair, he bolts outside, down the street, and into the home of gruff recluse Viscount Pierson Wakefield.

Louisa is headstrong and kind-hearted and refuses to cower from Viscount Wakefield’s outbursts of misplaced anger.  She is a nurturer at heart and takes it upon herself to organize the Viscount’s meager household so that it may run efficiently once again.

Pierson is full of guilt-ridden bluster, quite happy to remain in his lair of solitude with his bottle of Madeira and bad memories.  But even he grudgingly acknowledges the helpful changes Louisa’s meddling brings to his household and slowly but surely he begins to take a more active role in his household and in society.

This was such a fun read!  The dialogue is crisp and witty, the scenes vivid, plot entertaining, and the characters – even the secondary ones – are well-rounded and realistic.  There are hints of realism that weave seamlessly into the narrative: droves of orphaned children and homeless war veterans on the streets, the introduction of working peerage, and the inner workings of Parliament and a Peer’s place within those political mechanisms. Rather than coming across as preachy or awkward, the inclusion of these details help bring the story to life in a way greatly enhances the narrative rather than detract from it.

This novel is part of a series, but reads completely independently – I didn’t even realize it was fourth in the series until I was about to write this review.  That said, I loved this novel so much that I’ve already gone and purchased all the others in the series to read too!  I can’t wait to see how the novels connect.

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