Title: The Viscount's Vow
Author: Collette Cameron
Published: September 4th 2013 by Soul Mate Publishing
Page Count: 430
Genre: Historical Romance
Shelf: Review Copy
Half Romani, half English noblewoman, Evangeline Caruthers is the last woman in England Ian Hamilton, the Viscount Warrick, could ever love—an immoral wanton responsible for his brother’s and father’s deaths. She thinks he’s a foul-tempered blackguard, who after setting out to cause her downfall, finds himself forced to marry her—snared in the trap of his own making.
When Vangie learns the marriage ceremony itself may have been a ruse, she flees to her gypsy relatives, declaring herself divorced from Ian under Romani law. He pursues her to the gypsy encampment, and when the handsome gypsy king offers to take Ian’s place in Vangie’s bed, jealousy stirs hot and dangerous.
At last, under a balmy starlit sky, Ian and Vangie breech the chasm separating them. Peril lurks though. Ian’s the last in his line, and his stepmother intends to dispose of the newlyweds so her daughter can inherit his estate. Only by trusting each other can they overcome scandal and murderous betrayal.
Adult-content rating: This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.
Excerpt ~ Armstrong’s Ball Scene"
Noticing the numerous pairs of eyes watching him escort Miss Caruthers onto the polished floor, a wry smile touched Ian’s lips.
“I haven’t danced with any other ladies this evening. No doubt the rumormongers are hissing envious conjectures as to why I’ve asked you.”
She shot him a startled look before glancing around the ballroom.
“Why did you?”
“To see if what I’d heard was true.”
Ian watched for a reaction.
She opened her mouth then closed it. They waltzed around the dance floor for a few moments in silence. The string quartet was quite satisfactory. Ian allowed the lilting strains to soothe his troubled spirit.
“What did you hear?”
Miss Caruthers’s soft question reminded him of his purpose.
“That you are an excellent dancer.”
It was true. She moved with natural grace, following his lead, all the while holding herself in a most proper stance. He had to acknowledge she was a superb actress. Her gaze remained fixated on a spot above his left shoulder, except for one brief instance when she’d flicked her cobalt-blue gaze upward and unintentionally met his eyes.
“Is that all?” she asked softly.
He’d never seen eyes such a dark blue before. “All?”
“You’ve heard nothing else about me?
Her eyes held the perfect combination of trust and innocent curiosity. So convincing was she, that when their gazes fused, a peculiar jolt stabbed the center of his being.
What was it?
Cameron jumps seamlessly into the time period and the action with this thrilling tale of love, loss, and trust. As a reader, you get drawn fully into this scintillating tale via Cameron’s amazingly natural storytelling skills. She creates a uniquely wonderful storyline that keeps you reading and leaves you unable to put the book down. Cameron is a show-not-tell type of author, leaving her readers able to visualise each and every scene and setting.
The phenomenal characters that we meet in this novel are the type that you cannot forget. They aren’t larger than life, but they definitely stay with you once the novel ends. Even those characters that are less than nice are phenomenal in their own right. Each and every one of them draws you in in some way or another. They are all completely unique to themselves and will keep you coming back for more.
All in all this was a brilliant historical romance that you won’t be able to put down. It is one of those novels that you wish were part of a series, not because you feel that there are things left undone at the end, but because you don’t want to let got yet.
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