Published by Samhain on Originally - 04/12/2009
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
She’s on the hunt for a hero…
Luke Trenton, Viscount Merritt, returned from war a changed man. Battle stripped away his civility and brought out his inner beast. There is no charm or tenderness in him now; only dark passions and a hardened soul. He has nothing to offer the starry-eyed, innocent girl who pledged her heart to him four years ago.
But Cecily Hale isn’t a girl any longer. She’s grown into a woman—one who won’t be pushed away. She and Luke are guests at a house party when a local legend captures their friends’ imaginations. While the others plunge into the forest on a wild goose...er, stag chase, Cecily’s on the hunt for a man. She has only a few moonlit nights to reach the real Luke…the wounded heart she knows still beats inside the war-ravaged body…or she could lose him to the darkness forever.
This novella was previously published as The Legend of the Werestag
This year I fell hard for Tessa Dare’s books. She has become one of my favorite historical romance writers. So when Jennifer sent me a link for How to Catch a Wild Viscount, a novella that was written years ago under a different title, for free on Amazon, I downloaded that sucker immediately!
How to Catch a Wild Viscount is the first story Tessa Dare had published, and I do enjoy reading an author’s debut after having read more recent publications. So How to Catch a Wild Viscount isn’t a perfect book, but it was enjoyable.
Novellas are tricky to be really memorable. There are only a few novellas that I have read that I have been madly in love with. So the fact that I gave How to Catch a Wild Viscount three stars doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy this one. There is a lot of appreciate in How to Catch a Wild Viscount, but is isn’t up there with some of my favorite Tessa Dare stories.
Cecily and Luke were interesting main characters. Cecily has been in love with Luke for awhile, but since his return from war, he is incredibly distant, and doesn’t really acknowledge their past relationship. Luke, in sort of typical romance novel fashion – feels he won’t be a good husband for Cecily because of the things he saw and did at war. It really did take me some time to like Luke. He was too much of a jerk at the beginning, though for me to ever love him. I wish there was more time for Luke to be redeemed in my eyes, but there wasn’t, probably due to this being a novella.
And although I did really like Cecily, I never completely connected to her. And, again, I think this is because How to Catch a Wild Viscount is novella. It’s not easy to fall in love with characters in such a small page count.
The plot was a little out there, although not really bad. The whole were-stag thing was a little silly to me, but I did like the whole trek through the forest aspect. And I couldn’t quite understand why certain characters kept certain secrets, but I didn’t hate anything. So, if you are a Tessa Dare , you can’t really go wrong with a free novella. Is it the most amazing book out there? No, but it’s super fast to read, and enjoyable. Sometimes you just need a quick, enjoyable, happy ending kind of story, and How to Catch a Wild Viscount is exactly that.