Tempted by the Viscount - Blog Tour

FTC Disclosure: A promotional eBook copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher/publicist in exchange for an honest review. 




Tempted by the Viscount Blog Tour
June 27 - July 1, 2018
Historical Romance by Sofie Darling






Publication date: 27 Jun 2018 by Soul Mate Publishing
ASIN: B07CHP5ZSD
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Category: Adult Historical Romance
Keywords: Historical, romance, independence, art
Format: eBook
Source: e-ARC



Synopsis:

London, April 1825 

Lord Jakob Radclyffe left his past behind in the Far East. Or so he thinks until a ruthless thief surfaces in London, threatening to ruin his daughter’s reputation. With the clock ticking, Jake needs the scandalous Lady Olivia Montfort’s connections in the art world to protect his daughter’s future. 

Olivia, too, has a past she’d like to escape. By purchasing her very own Mayfair townhouse, she’ll be able to start a new life independent from all men. There’s one problem: she needs a powerful man’s name to do so. The Viscount St. Alban is the perfect name. 

A bargain is struck. 

What Olivia doesn’t anticipate is the temptation of the viscount. The undeniable spark of awareness that races between them undermines her vow to leave love behind. Soon, she has no choice but to rid her system of Jake by surrendering to her craving for a single scorching encounter. 

But is once enough? Sometimes once only stokes the flame of desire higher and hotter. And sometimes once is all the heart needs to risk all and follow a mad passion wherever it may lead.

Review:

Olivia and Jake don't just want each other in Tempted by the Viscount, the second Shadows & Silk novel by Sofie Darling. They are two people who happen to have connections the other needs for their own ends. She needs him to purchase property on her behalf when her father-in-law and errant ex-husband won't; he needs her to secure his daughter's place in a progressive school for young ladies (where she can study science rather than how to be a wife). As powerful as their attraction to each other is, these needs constantly tear them apart.

The ton's tongues won't stop wagging about either of them. Jake's daughter, aside from being intelligent and curious, is clearly of mixed heritage, while the discovery that the husband Olivia thought was dead isn't after all. Slowly, Olivia and Jake reveal their secrets to each other, giving in to their passion, each promising the next encounter will be their last.

I really enjoyed the intrigue in this one, especially because there is no clear villain or archenemy lurking in the shadows. Each character shows good sides and bad, each struggles and changes. Even the secondary characters are well-rounded and, at times, unpredictable. Choosing an East/West storyline can be tricky, but without giving anything away, I was very pleased with how Ms. Darling handled her Asian and mixed-race characters. Having been a romance reader for most of my 39 years on the planet, it has taken this long to start seeing characters of color in mainstream romance, being written with sensitivity and thoughtfulness. I am very much here for it.

I always look for a lot of chemistry between the two main characters, and Ms. Darling does not disappoint. While the encounters between Jake and Olivia are few and far between, the author makes up for it by turning up the heat. Overall, this was a steamy read with a seldom-explored diversity angle and a side of feminism.

*I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This consideration in no way affected my opinion or review of this book.

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About the author:


Sofie Darling is an award-winning author of historical romance. Her debut novel, THREE LESSONS IN SEDUCTION, won the Writers’ League of Texas’ Manuscript Contest in the Romance Category in 2016.

She spent much of her twenties raising two boys and reading every book she could get her hands on. Once she realized she simply had to write the books she loved, she finished her English degree and embarked on her writing career. Mr. Darling and the boys gave her their wholehearted blessing.

When she’s not writing heroes who make her swoon, she runs a marathon in a different state every year, visits crumbling medieval castles whenever she gets a chance, and enjoys a slightly codependent relationship with her beagle, Bosco.

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    1. Alethea, thank you so much for all your lovely and thoughtful words about Tempted by the Viscount. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Wishing you all the best, and xo, Sofie

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