“Love isn’t a matter of can or can’t. It’s a matter of do or don’t. Either you do love me and damn the consequences or you don’t and we go our separate ways.” ~~ Tessa Dare (Book: How to Catch a Wild Viscount)
This one is my third novella. The first one: The Viscount’s Chirstmas Temptation ~~ Erica Ridley, which I didn’t like much.
Then there’s Bella Andre’s One Perfect Night I did like it to some extent, but not much.
I have been eyeing this one Tessa Dare book in the library for a while and for some reason always forget to get it.
So when I saw the novella I thought I should at least read it. It might motivate me to finally get the book.
Let’s get to the review…
Genre: Historical Romance.
Main Characters: Cecily Hale, Luke Trenton – the Viscount Merritt.
‘How to Catch a Wild Viscount by Tessa Dare’ ~~ Synopsis:
For four years, Cecily waited for Luke to come back from the war. Four years ago, it seemed as if he’d have said something to change her life, before they were interrupted. And then he’d left for the war and didn’t even bother contacting her once.
He doesn’t know how she spent those four years wondering if he’s alive. And now that he has come back, it seems he is doing all in his power to avoid her.
She does not want to admit it, but his behavior is hurting her.
Try as he may, it’s not possible to avoid her, nor she can avoid him as they are guests at a friend’s house. But for the past eight days Luke has done an amazing job of staying silent and avoiding her.
Maybe she should take the hint and leave the man and dream of spending her life with him, alone. For a while Cecily decides to concentrate on her friend Portia’s attempt to write a gothic novel.
Portia isn’t succeeding in her attempt to come up with a good story, so Cecily asks Denny to tell the story of a man beast in the nearby woods.
After listening to the story, they decide to go in search of the beast. Luke isn’t interested in either going on a wild goose chase or staying in the company of one person he cannot have.
Four years ago, when he’d met Cecily, he was a different man – a man not scarred by the horrors of war. Their brief meeting then meant a lot to Cecily, he can tell from the way she’s so angry with him.
Back then it didn’t mean much to him, but remembering Cecily and her affection for him kept him sane during the war. She’s come to mean a lot to him too.
But a lot has changed in four years, he has and he’s sure the new Luke isn’t suitable for Cecily.
She needs to be with someone like Denny and not him. At least he tries to reason with him, but that does not change the fact that he wants her.
While searching for the beast, Cecily sees something. She decides to go after it without telling others in the search party and comes face to face with a wild boar, getting ready to attack her.
She’s sure it’s her end until someone jumps between her and the boar and saves her.
She tells everyone that she’s probably saved by the Werestag, but she believes otherwise and does not want to share the information.
For a novella, the characters and the story are interesting and leave you wanting to read more. Not just Cecily & Luke’s love story, but Portia & Brooke’s too.
I’m impressed how Ms. Dare included a second love story in such a short-story.
All the other characters could have made the story crowded and took away the attention from Cecily & Luke. They sort of do, but also don’t. All the characters are interesting and I liked the Werestag angle.
I’m surprised, as I don’t like reading novellas. Because either they’re lacking almost everything that makes a good short-story or they’re good & then you want to read more but there’s no more to the story.
Both ways I say novellas disappoint. ‘How to Tame a Wild Viscount’ could have been a good full-length novel I guess.
You’d read it on a weekend if looking for a short, intriguing read that has a hint of mystery, romance and the supernatural.
But remember it’s not a paranormal romance. 😉
“Ignorance and superstition are the true curses. Their remedy is education.” ~~ Tessa Dare (Book: How to Catch a Wild Viscount)
Hit or Miss: Good.
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