In Want of a Viscount

Avon. (The Chessmen: Masters of Seduction, Bk. 3). Feb. 2024. 384p. ISBN 9780063114715. pap. $9.99. HISTORICAL ROMANCE
American Leonora Garrison has come to England in search of support for her family’s business. Securing the interest of the Chessmen investors would guarantee their success. Her marriage-minded mama, however, is not subtle in her attempts to also throw Nora in front of every eligible titled lord. In an unusually adventurous spirit, Nora visits the Elysium and requests a kiss; little does she suspect that the gentleman who comes to satisfy her request is Viscount Wyeth, one of the Chessmen. The viscount, Rook to his friends, has strictly controlled every part of his life to create an unblemished reputation after the scandalous life of his dying patriarch. When he kisses Nora, he has no idea that it will spark the flames of ravenous passion that he always feared would be his inherited downfall. Yet he cannot resist this curiously extraordinary woman. When they are caught in a scandal, the reputational damage might be worth it.
VERDICT Featuring a strong, independent heroine to break down Rook’s walls, this slow-burn romance from Heath (The Notorious Lord Knightley) pays off, and the appearance of endearing series characters will please fans. Hand to readers who like Sarah MacLean and Christy Carlyle.
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