Never Marry a Viscount (Scandal at the House of Russell) Paperback – September 23, 2014
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“Filled with wit, humor, and scintillating sex scenes. Readers will be drawn in to the story by the hint of love that is hidden in the depths of Alexander’s jaded heart.” —Publishers Weekly
“Stuart’s first-rate conclusion to the Scandal at the House of Russell trilogy pairs a darkly passionate hero with a beautiful heroine, and they plumb emotional depths beyond their physical exteriors.” —RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars
About the Author
Anne Stuart has proven herself a master of the romance genre. With forty years of experience sweeping readers off their feet, she’s topped multiple bestseller lists, including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly. She’s touched on almost every subgenre, from gothic to historical to romantic suspense to contemporary and beyond. Her recent award-winning series include the historical romances of the House of Rohan and her ever-suspenseful Ice titles. With multiple RITA awards and a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Romance Writers of America, she’s continuing to give her readers more of the stories that they love to fall in love with.
When not spinning yarns of romance, Anne enjoys quilting, listening to rock ’n’ roll, and spending time with her devoted and darling husband in their Northern Vermont home.
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I never really liked the heroine, and I was almost fifty percent through the book before it started to really interest me. The beginning seemed more dithering and pining and thinking about each other than anything else. I was about half way through the book when I thought it was really about to begin, but a few more pages of dallying were ahead. There was a good story! However for me it didn't start until about 75 percent and then to a rushed and overly dramatic ending.
My best advice is, if you are reading the series, definitely read this one. If you have not read the others MOST definitely do not begin with this one. I love Anne Stuart, this was just not one of her best to me.
I will be waiting impatiently for her next book.
Agree or disagree I enjoying reading any comments.
THE STORY: Sophia Russell is the youngest Russell sister and the one her older sisters believe is the most helpless. Having been left by her two older sisters with their old nanny, Sophia has been spending her time watching the local Viscount, Alexander Griffiths swimming in the pool at his house. Viscount Griffiths is the final suspect that the sisters have as to who stole from the family company and murdered their father. The sisters having been left penniless, they devised a scheme to enter the households of their suspects as servants and discover their secrets. Sophia already knows something about Viscount Griffiths. He is believed to have killed his wife. Sophia decides to become a cook in his household. Unfortunately for Sophia, Alexander believes that Sophia has been sent to occupy a different position – that of his new mistress.
OPINION: I enjoyed this book. It nicely wrapped up the story that spanned the three books in the series. This book also had the best relationship in the series. Sophia is intrigued by Alexander from the first time that she sees him. Her voyeuristic sessions watching Alexander create an intimacy between the characters even before they have met. Unlike the other books in the series, I really felt that Sophia came to Alexander’s house not primarily because she wanted to find out if he was involved in her family’s ruin but because she was deeply attracted to him. Because the villain is not a mystery here, the emphasis is more on the relationship between Sophia and Alexander which is more playful than I would have expected. I especially like Alexander here because in many ways he is the one who needs to be rescued by Sophia.
WORTH MENTIONING: Alexander is an interesting hero. While he had a dark past, he genuinely cares for others and I felt genuinely sad for him with how the story is resolved. He has a more sensitive side than one might expect at first.
FINAL DECISION: For those who have committed to the series, this book wraps everything up nicely. It was lighter than the prior books even though there are plenty of murderous activities going on. This is my favorite book of the series because I really liked the book where all three couples finally meet up again. This book is witty and made me smile.
CONNECTED BOOKS: This is the third book in the Scandal of the House of Russell series. This book is best read after the first two books because there is a continuing story of what happened to the three sisters’ father and who is trying to murder each sister. This book wraps up the entire series.
STAR RATING: I give this one a 4.25 stars.
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in order to provide an honest review of the book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
This book ties together the three book series, and I highly recommend starting with the first otherwise there is no point in reading the other two, which were four stars for me. I skimmed through a lot of this book because I wanted to see how the guy from the first two books figured into this one, and I did like that part, which I won't spoil for you here. If you want to save yourself some time though, you can read this book, and figure out the other two.
The sisters had three suspects and Sophie's was Viscount Griffins. She gets a job as a chef at his manor calling herself Madam Camille. He thinks she is his mistress he has ordered sent to him. They begin a comedy of misunderstandings as he can't see why she does not act as the normal mistress. The book has comedy, mystery and romance. You can read all of them as stand alone but I would like to find out the villain. I have read the entire series.
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On the whole I think it would have worked a lot better as a plot device if Alexander had less to do with the running of the kitchen, so he only ran into Sophie about the house and assumed he was her mistress, but didn't know she was actually working in the kitchen. Passing it off as Alexander thinking it was some kind of roleplay was a bit silly - if it was, then why would you still let someone actually have charge of your kitchen and do the cooking?
Sophie is delightful as the youngest Russell sister though, and I particularly liked how free spirited she was - spying on her neighbour as he swims, running wild in the countryside and dancing in the moonlight! Alexander did have a good sense of humour, and his own wild side, which made them a good match. My favourite bit for their relationship has to be when her identity is discovered, and he insists on marriage, and she just refuses - got to love a bit of bodily kidnapping and attempts to outsmart each other!
I've read and enjoyed the rest of the Russell series, and this is another solid read by Anne Stuart. It's also a bit more light-hearted and funny, and despite my criticism of the plot device I will read it again!
As usual, well written with good plot. Liked the two main characters, as well as supporting characters.