Review: The Virgin and the Viscount by Charis Michaels (and a Giveway!)

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Review: The Virgin and the Viscount by Charis Michaels (and a Giveway!)The Virgin and the Viscount by Charis Michaels
Series: The Bachelor Lords of London #2
Published by Avon Impulse on July 5th 2016
Genres: Adult, Historical Romance, Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss/Publisher
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three-half-stars

In the next sparkling romance in debut author Charis Michael’s Bachelor Lords of London series, a proper viscount meets his match in a beguiling virgin who can't help but break all the rules.

The Virgin 


Lady Elisabeth Hamilton-Baythes has a painful secret. At the innocent age of fifteen, she was abducted by highwaymen and sold to a brothel. After two days, a young lord discovers her and enacts a brave rescue to get her out. Now she's a grown woman, working to save other girls from the horror she saw that night and never forgetting the young man who rescued her.



The Viscount 


Bryson Courtland, Viscount Rainsleigh has overcome an abusive boyhood, neglectful parents, and a bankrupt title to be one of the wealthiest noblemen in Britain. He works tirelessly to be upright and forthright and proper to a fault. Now he requires only one thing: A proper, forthright, proper wife.



The Unraveling 


When a charity event puts Lord Bryson and Lady Elisabeth face-to-face, Bryson has no memory of the wounded girl of long ago. All he can see is a perfect candidate to be his future wife. Elisabeth has never forgotten him, but she worries that the brave boy who saved her so long ago has become a rich man with an unfulfilled life.



As a whirlwind courtship reveals the truth, Bryson must accept that Elisabeth is actually a shadow from his dark past, while Elisabeth must show that love is the noblest virtue of all.

Although historical romance is one of my favorite genres, I often need a nudge to try out new-to-me authors. When I had to opportunity to participate in The Virgin and the Viscount blog tour, it was the perfect nudge for me to try a new historical romance author. And I’m so glad I decided to try out Charis Michaels, because although this book didn’t work for me 100%, I did enjoy it and want to read more of her books.

The Virgin and the Viscount has such a strong start. I fell so quickly for both Elisabeth and Bryson. Elisabeth is such a strong, determined young woman, and I couldn’t help but admire her and wish her the best. After an incredibly traumatizing event when she was 15 (being kidnapped and sold to a brothel), she’s now 30 and has done so much to rebuild her life. And she’s determined to help other women who are stuck in prostitution. Elisabeth lives with her widowed aunt, and is quite satisfied with her life. But her aunt wants more for Elisabeth.

Bryson had a horrendous childhood. His mother had many issues, but the real culprit was his callous, abusive, lazy father. This has left Bryson desperate to have society’s approval and to never, ever cause a scandal. Although Bryson, as a young man (19 years old), rescued Elisabeth from the Brothel, when he sees her again 15 years later, he doesn’t recognize her. But he is immediately drawn to her.

And the initial romance between Elisabeth and Bryson was just so sweet. The conflict revolved around the fact that Elisabeth knew exactly who Bryson was, but Bryson didn’t know their connection. And Elisabeth struggles so much with how to tell him. While the “Big Secret” plot is so not my favorite trope, in this case, I so understood where Elisabeth was coming from. And oh my gosh, I just wanted Elisabeth and Bryson to be together. But then . . .

About 60% through the book, Bryson learns of their first meeting, and from there, things fizzled out for me with The Virgin and the Viscount. I didn’t hate it, but for some reason, I disconnected from the story and the characters and that made me sad, because up to that point I was SO ON BOARD! That’s the way it goes, sometimes, though.

If you’re a fan of historical romance, then you should totally look into The Virgin and the Viscount by Charis Michaels. It’s well written with fantastic and interesting characters. And while it isn’t my favorite of all time, this book left me wanting to read more of Michaels’ work.

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8 Responses to “Review: The Virgin and the Viscount by Charis Michaels (and a Giveway!)”

  1. Nick

    I’m always wary to try out new HR authors too because I’ve been burned way too many times. I liked the cover for this one, but I think I’ll skip. I want to be invested in the story and the book sort of fizzling out at 60% doesn’t bode well for me. I might look into her other books though.
    Great review!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I do think Charis Michaels is a really strong writer. There was a lot here to love. I just lost the connection at about 60% in. It was so sudden. I definitely want to try out her other books, though, because I think she’s a great writer.

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I definitely want to look into the first book in this series. I did really like her writing and her characters were really well developed. I also liked that this book had a different feel than other historicals. the heroine is 30, she’s not really looking for a husband or interested in the parties.

  2. anna@herding cats & burning soup

    Oh that stinks when it happens like that. It does sound really good and while I don’t like the big secret thing I think I’d be with you and could understand that. Was it anything specific at the 60% mark or just fizzled in general?

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I don’t want to spoil anything, but all of a sudden I felt like it fell into some really common cliches. Which I don’t mind in general. But it was the whole “he discovers before she can tell him, but right before she tells him.” and another one that might be too spoilery to mention. And I felt like Bryson all of a sudden felt like a different person once her learned the truth. And that annoyed me a bit too. And then some weird stuff at the end. I can’t say without spoilers!!!

  3. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairytale Reviews

    I’m sorry that the ending of this book didn’t work for you. I will probably try to get it from the library just in case I have a similar reaction. I have heard good things about Charis Michaels so I do want to give her a chance. Thanks for the review and the giveaway opportunity!

    • Quinn's Book Nook

      I definitely recommend giving it a try. She’s a good writer, and her characters were well developed. This didn’t win me over 100% but I did still enjoy it for the most part.

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