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The Vanishing Viscountess [Kindle Edition]

Diane Gaston
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Book Description

A woman of innocence and notoriety...

The prisoner stood with an expression of defiance, leather shackles on her wrists. Adam Vickery, Marquess of Tannerton, was drawn to this woman, so dignified in her plight. He didn't recognize her as the once innocent, hopeful debutante he had danced with long years ago.

Marlena Parronley, the notorious Vanishing Viscountess, was a fugitive. Seeing the dashing, carefree marquess of her dreams just reminded her that she couldn't risk letting anyone, especially Tanner, get caught up in helping her escape. He would face the same punishment she did. The hangman's noose.



Product Details

  • File Size: 333 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Historical (January 12, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0012094EA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,574 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put this book down -- kudos to Diane Gaston December 24, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
"The Vanishing Viscountess" grabbed me from the first paragraph -- actually, from the first sentence! I was swept up into the drama and urgency of this love story as surely as if I was there. Tanner (Adam Vickery, Marquess of Tannerton), is every woman's dream of the ideal man -- kind, handsome, strong, brave, at times quite funny, and oh so romantic! -- but not once does he become a cliched Regency hero. I admire Marlena from the first scene (unknown to Tanner, she is actually a viscountess, wrongly accused of murder, and a fugitive), and I long for them to fall in love. Their path to love is fraught with peril, and I couldn't put the book down until I reached the end... it was more than worth losing sleep for!

Diane Gaston employs her wonderful narrative skills once again, weaving a story both compelling and believable, in a book that's one of her very best (IMHO) since 'The Improper Wife' and 'The Mysterious Miss M.' She is a master at conveying the spirit of Regency England -- its mores and manners and turns of phrase -- and her research into the details of the actual route that Tanner and Marlena use to escape the law (and the man who wants her very much dead) add even more to the story's realism. This realism is one of Gaston's hallmarks.

Best of all is the relationship between Tanner and Marlena, both of whom have known great loneliness in their lives and who have despaired of finding anything like real love. In scene after scene, as they are forced into flight, they are also becoming closer and closer, and when the love scenes come, are they EVER *great*. There are quite a few gorgeous, steamy love scenes - the kind you re-read immediately, they're so good...

This is a book to be treasured again and again, and I cannot wait for Gaston's next one. I always know her stories will be satisfying, real, and beautiful.

Happy reading, romance lovers!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Topnotch Road Romance! January 12, 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Until now, Adam Vickery, the Marquess of Tannerton (Tanner) led a life filled with gaming, sport, and loose women, but now another woman intrigued him. A proud, defiant woman and he cared not what crime warranted her to wear leather shackles! In part, saving her life had vindicated his tormented past and he vowed he would see her safe.

Marlena Parronley had once idolized the Marquess of Tannerton. During her London season, the foolish, young baron's daughter from Scotland had experienced an innocent obsession for the dashing marquess. Now, she lay naked beside him. The Marquess of Tannerton, the man with the tousled brown hair and soft green eyes had become her rescuer! She owed him her life! The warm, friendly, flirtatious marquess had plucked her from the hands of death and now she would grant him this brief time!

She was a fugitive! An accused murderess! Marlena Parronley, the baron's daughter from Scotland, had become Viscountess Corland and Viscountess Corland had been found standing over the body of her dead husband! And neither Tanner's money nor his influence could aid her. Soon they would part . . . forever! So for now . . . this time was his!

Reviewer's Comments:
In THE MYSTERIOUS MISS M, Diane Gaston showed great poignancy. In THE IMPROPER WIFE, written under the pseudonym Diane Perkins, the author displayed humor and sensitivity. In her latest release, Ms. Gaston decides to try her hand at a road romance and success is THE VANISHING VISCOUNTESS!

This reader has long enjoyed road romance, simply because the hero and heroine spend a significant amount of time together. En route from one locale to another, the couple is forced to work on a relationship through danger and isolation.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All I hoped it would be! December 24, 2007
By Judy T
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've been impatiently awaiting this book, and at last it is here and definitely did not disappoint.

Diane Gaston possesses a rare gift for creating believable characters. The "good guys" (not only the hero and heroine but secondaries as well) have wonderful qualities but are blessedly flawed. I was impressed by how she was able to reveal the similarities and differences between the peerage and working class. The villains also demonstrated the same depth of personality. And I was delighted by several of the unexpected turns and chilled by others.

I know when I curl up with one of Diane's books it will be a thoroughly satisfying read from first page to the last. This one lived up to my expectations and then some. There where moments when I felt the discomfort of the journey through her incredible details. The romance throughout warmed my heart. I think I'll go read it again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Regency Road Trip January 29, 2008
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Bored and angry with himself, Adam Vickery (Tanner to his friends) watches a beautiful captive being brought from Ireland to England. When a storm breaks up the ship they're traveling on, Adam saves the woman, little suspecting that she is the notorious Marlena, the Vanishing Viscountess, accused of having murdered her late husband. The two manage to survive the storm and the ship-wreckers who watch from the shores in hopes of gathering plunder, but Marlena knows she cannot stay in England. Perhaps Scotland will be safe.

Tanner feels an immediate attraction to the beautiful woman, and decides to help her with her escape. But Marlena refuses to tell him of her true identity--or that she harbored a crush for Tanner from the days of her youth. The two make their way through northern England, pursued by a Bow Street Runner and by Marlena's cousin--the real murderer and the man who stands as heir to her vast estates.

Forced to stay off well-traveled roads, Tanner and Marlena have ample to time to explore the attraction that flows between them--and Marlena learns that not all men are as condemning of women with sexual appetites as was her husband.

Set in Regency England, THE VANISHING VISCOUNTESS hints at the transitions England is going through after the Napoleonic war and with the beginning of the industrial revolution. Intriguingly, author Diane Gaston is careful to make all of her characters, even the antagonists, sympathetic. All of them love their wives and seek what they believe to be right.

Tanner makes an appropriately tortured hero, filled with guilt over the deaths he believes his actions caused.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good, some predictable
Adam (Tanner) watches a female prisoner being brought from Ireland to England on board the ship they are traveling on. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Faira Gann
4.0 out of 5 stars a winner
I usually turn to the Harlequin Historical line for Medievals and Westerns which are hard to come by nowadays, rather than Regencies, which are churned out by seemingly every... Read more
Published on April 26, 2010 by Agent Scully
2.0 out of 5 stars boring and predictable
I've read a fair share of regency romances and I'll have to say that this one was one of the more predictable ones. Read more
Published on March 14, 2010 by Ellen C
3.0 out of 5 stars High Romance on the Run
This fast-paced romantic melodrama began with a ship wreck during a gale off the west coast of Britain. Read more
Published on October 24, 2009 by R. Stickley
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice afternoon read!
Adam Vickery, Marquess of Tannerton and Marlena Parronley, the notorious Vanishing Viscountess find themselves on the same boat that is about to crash. Read more
Published on June 2, 2008 by cb
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Story, but needed more
This was a nice story but the writing left a lot to be desired in the first half. It seemed almost elementary - generic conversations, not a lot of depth, not much development of... Read more
Published on March 2, 2008 by RETSmile
5.0 out of 5 stars Gaston Never Fails to Deliver!
Adam Vickery, the Marquess of Tannerton (Tanner) led a life of pleasure as befitted a man with his wealth. Read more
Published on February 23, 2008 by M. Rondeau
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars. Hard to put down!
A great, fast paced adventure love story that takes you on a life-or-death chase through England and into Scotland. It was hard to put this book down! Read more
Published on January 21, 2008 by Karlyn
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More About the Author

Diane Gaston is the Rita® Award winning author of over 15 books and novellas for Harlequin Historical. Once a mental health social worker who helped clients craft their own happy endings, Diane is now living her dream of writing romance. Diane's books are set in Regency England, the time of Jane Austen and the setting of Georgette Heyer, the same setting as Julia Quinn, Mary Balogh, Ann Gracie, Grace Burrows, Mary Jo Putney, and others. Diane's Regency Romances often feature the seamier side of the Regency. Her special love is for the Napoleonic War and its heroic soldiers. The daughter of an army colonel herself, Diane now lives near Washington, D.C. with her husband and three very ordinary cats.

Visit Diane at her her website http://dianegaston.com with links to her blogs, Twitter (DianeGaston), and Facebook (facebook.com/pages/Diane-Gaston).


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