The Viscount Can Wait by Marie Tremayne

Thursday, October 25, 2018


by Marie Tremayne
Series: Reluctant Brides #2
Genres: Historical, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: October 23rd 2018
Source: ARC received for review
Star Quotient: ★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷
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I recently read and enjoyed Marie Tremayne's debut novel, Lady in Waiting, and was eager to have found a new historical romance author whose writing I liked. The Viscount Can Wait is the second book in the Reluctant Brides series and while I can't say that I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed the first book, it was still a good historical romance read and has solidified Marie Tremayne as an author I'm excited to see develop more.

I have not seen this a lot in the historical romance novels that I have read, but it was nice to see a single mother as the heroine of The Viscount Can Wait. Eliza and her 4-year old daughter are back in the midst of the London season, in search of a husband for herself so that she can better provide for her child. I liked Eliza's voice. I thought she was an interesting character who seemed to know what she wanted and hardly ever strayed from her goals. In that age and time, it wasn't easy for widowed women to go out in society again, but she did it all with her head held high. While I enjoyed Eliza, I can't say that Thomas made much of an impression on me. Don't get me wrong, I didn't dislike him, but I didn't find him to be particularly memorable. He seemed really flakey to me a lot of times and didn't quite know how to handle the situation with Eliza.

Eliza and Thomas had a bit of history between them as shortly before her engagement ball the first time, he kissed her and left her in a confused state. Years later, he is back and wants Eliza again, only she does not know if he wants her more than just as a lover. The romance had its sweet moments, but it also had a few dramatic moments to it that could have easily been solved with an open conversation. These two really had a hard time communicating their feelings for each other. In the end, though, it all worked out and they got to learn more about each other and fall in love in the process. Also, I was really glad to see Clara and William from the first book play important roles in this book.

While not entirely the most memorable book for me, I still recommend The Viscount Can Wait as I think many historical romance readers will enjoy Marie Tremayne's writing. She has certainly got a voice to look forward to.

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