Title: The Seduction of Viscount Vice
Author: Nicola Davidson
Series: Fallen #3
Genre: Historical Erotica
Available: 1st May
Proud Scot and Fallen co-owner, Lord Iain ‘Vice’ Vissen is dedicated to performing in and producing the pleasure club’s hedonistic shows. Until the night he apprehends a rogue footman in their midst and discovers the spy is Lady Mairi MacNair—the woman who long ago broke his heart.
Born an earl’s daughter but now a seamstress, Mairi has returned to London to help open a superior pleasure club to Fallen, and finally realize her dream of being the seductive leading lady. But when she discovers her main rival is Iain, the man she loved beyond reason and was forced to abandon, she is soon caught in a web of lies, secrets, and raw, scorching passion that time hasn’t dimmed…
Source: ARC from Entangled: Scorched via NetGalley
So far I’ve been really enjoying this sexy historical series. They’re short and spicy and just enjoyable enough to stop me from getting too picky on details. However, despite all that, I didn’t like this one quite as much as the others.
Because of Mairi. When she was a young woman desperately wanting out of a horrible betrothal, she used Vice to ruin herself – then ran off when it didn’t work quite as she hoped. Now she’s back in London and once again using Vice to spy on his club and try to steal his business. I don’t care that she had reasons both times, because the way she treats Vice is selfish and uncaring, and her insistence on calling him Iain when he repeatedly told her to stop just irritated the life out of me. It was also symptomatic of how little his wants and wishes mattered to her.
So it’s fair to say I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the previous books in this series. Which is a shame, because I’ve been looking forward to Vice’s tale. He’s a loud and proud Scot who loves nothing more than performing before an audience. He’s great.
As such, I wasn’t as invested in their seduction and romance as I might have liked. Mairi just doesn’t learn from her mistakes. She might claim to go through with everything out of loyalty, but it’s really just because she wants to get on stage, she never spares a thought for Vice at all. Which is a shame, because Vice is sexy and sweet and I loved seeing the last of the Fallen owners fall.
Overall, this is still a quick, spicy read with a hint of history. I found it readable, even if Mairi’s lies stopped me from loving it. I really hope this isn’t the last we’ll hear of Fallen – I need Charlie’s tale, especially if Diaz plays a starring role.
The Seduction of Viscount Vice is out May 1st.
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