Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Virgin and the Viscount by Charis Michaels Blog Tour

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 fifteen, she was abducted by highwaymen and sold to a brothel. But two days later, she was rescued by a young lord, a man she’s never forgotten. Now, she’s devoted herself to save other innocents from a similar fate.

The Viscount

Bryson Courtland, Viscount Rainsleigh never breaks the rules. Well, once, but that was a long time ago. He’s finally escaped his unhappy past to become one of the wealthiest nobleman in Britain. The last thing he needs to complete his ideal life? A perfectly proper wife.

The Unraveling

When Bryson and Elisabeth meet, he sees only a flawless candidate for his future wife. But a distant memory calls to him every time he’s with her. Elisabeth knows she’s not the wife Bryson needs, and he is the only person who has the power to reveal her secret. But neither can resist the devastating pull of attraction and as the truth comes to light, they must discover that an improper love is the truest of all.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

5 Slow-burn Stars.

The Virgin and the Viscount was well written with great pacing, and I was thoroughly hooked from page one until the end, voraciously turning the pages.

After a passage written 15 years earlier, the story fast-forwards to the present, where Elisabeth & Bryson are mature adults in their thirties. A terrifying event connects them, and the past crashes with the present.

I respected the way Charis Michaels unveiled the events throughout the novel, giving more details to develop the entire picture instead of inundating us with it all at once. The reader was given enough as to not frustrate or be kept in the dark.

Elisabeth was a strong female lead, independent without stubborn irrational. She forged her own way through life, trying to make a real difference in the world.

Bryson was the son of two irresponsible, abusive parents. When he inherited and became the new viscount, he set out to erase all the damage his father had done to the family name. Uptight, rigid with rules, Bryson's single-minded focus was hard to swallow. In the beginning, I understood and enjoyed Bryson's conservative nature, especially in relation to his upbringing. But eventually he turned neurotic and abusive.

Elisabeth and Bryson were a slow-burn romance with insta-attraction. The love comes after the getting-to-know you stage of their relationship. While I bought what the author was selling, I could only take so many apologies on Bryson's part before I started to think Elisabeth was losing her self-respect. I understood Bryson and why Elisabeth allowed it, but I never felt Bryson knew the gravity of the words he spoke and the actions he made. If he had, I would have ended the book happy for them, not sad that Elisabeth was with someone so emotionally undeserving to meet her needs. She was harmed as a child, by Bryson's own family, and he treated her as if this was a poor decision she made, not against her will after a terrifying, tragic event. Showing him as the hero, when he was just ‘there,’ the author never had Bryson acknowledge it, focusing more on Bryson's issues, causing the reader to see the man as one of the most selfish characters I've ever read.

This is a novel, and I respect the author for writing characters who acted the way human nature dictates, not one-dimensional words on the page with only romance as their destination. Bryson was on a journey of emotional evolution, and Elisabeth was not only his passenger, but the driver.

Charis Michaels’ writing style flows swiftly, in a voice that makes it easy to fall into the story, without burying the plot beneath purple, flowery prose. I enjoyed both the first in this series and the second, and look forward to anything else the author releases.

Recommended to fans of historical romance, who enjoy a more modern voice but still holds the rules of the era. There were a few moments of unexpected, witty humor that were icing on the cake.

Also Available in the The Bachelor Lords of London Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on The Earl Next Door Blog Tour.

CHARIS MICHAELS is thrilled to be making her debut with Avon Impulse. Prior to writing romance, she studied Journalism at Texas A&M and managed PR for a trade association. She has also worked as a tour guide at Disney World, harvested peaches on her family’s farm, and entertained children as the “Story Godmother” at birthday parties. She has lived in Texas, Florida, and London, England. She now makes her home in the Washington, D.C.-metro area.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Virgin and the Viscount (The Bachelor Lords of London #2) by Charis Michaels to read and review for this tour.

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