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eBook Viscount Vagabond ePub

by Loretta Lynda Chase

  • ISBN: 0896218813
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Loretta Lynda Chase
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Thorndike Pr; Large Print edition (January 1, 1990)
  • ePub book: 1205 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1268 kb
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  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 189

Description

Max Demowery, Lord Rand discovers Catherine Pelliston held against her will in a brothel, rescues her, and tries to make her see beyond his rakish reputation

Comments

Wenyost Wenyost
My Musings
What a sweet romance! It has been a while since I have read a book by Loretta Chase. I am so glad I stumbled across this downloaded it on my Kindle a few months ago. Since the book was free, I had downloaded the audio book as well. While it took a bit of time before I could read this wonderful story, it is a true treasure! It reminds me of one of the many Georgette Heyer regencies I read years ago as a young girl.

Catherine Pelliston awakens to the sight of a man entering the room—a room she is being held in against her will by the way—who is stripping off his neckcloth and then his shirt. She stares in amazement, but then her analytical mind begins to consider:

(Was it usual for the masculine chest to be covered with fine, light hair? If usual, what possible purpose could such growth serve?) (This had me chuckling and settling in for what I hoped would be a light-hearted read. I was not disappointed.) Catherine quickly tells the intoxicated Adonis that she is there against her will and asks him to help her.

Max Demowery, Viscount Rand, does not believe her tale, but nonetheless purchases her release from the madam and carries her protesting, to his lodging and deposits her in his bed. Before he has a chance to sample her charms, she says:

(“I will not cooperate,” she gasped.

“No, of course you won’t. It’s just my luck, ain’t it, this night of all the rest?” He turned and left the room.)

This begins the delightfully amusing tale of an innocent young miss and a devilish rake, a troupe I adore and Viscount Vagabond fits this perfectly. Catherine leads Max on a wild chase throughout this excellent romantic story, giving him the chance to play the hero on several occasions.

Catherine is a wonderful character, a bit of a waif with a dash of spunky kid thrown in. I fell in love with her from the first page and as the story unfolds, my feelings continued to grow. Her character is naïve and sweet, yet not syrupy at all. Her determination to make it on her own had me rooting for her success.

Max Demowery is the quintessential bad boy, yet with a tender heart, even though he tries very hard to hide it. His gentleness when dealing with the young waif Catherine finds, put a smile on my face and had my heart melting. I have always loved a bad boy redeemed by the right woman. I better since I married one myself. Is it any wonder I love that type of hero?

The pacing of the story is excellent and I could not put it down, or stop listening. The secondary characters added greatly to Viscount Vagabond, and I have already downloaded The Devil’s Delilah, book 2 in the series, which is Jack Langdon’s story, one of Catherine’s suitors.

I want to mention the narration. Stevie Zimmerman is fantastic. I could easily distinguish all the characters. Her voice brought all the characters to life for me. She does an excellent job with the male voices, giving them a raspy tone, whether it is Rand or the little boy Jemmy. My only concern with the narration was that at times it sounded as if Rand was speaking at a distance or something, not enough to distract me, but enough that I noticed it. I think that had to do with the production of the audio book, not the narrator.

I thoroughly enjoyed this enchanting tale of love and mishap, and I highly recommend Viscount Vagabond. If you enjoy traditional regencies, then this is one you will not want to miss. I am sure you will love it as much as I did. Happy reading!
SlingFire SlingFire
I either love this author's work or hate it. This one is a hate. By nature I don't skim books but this one I made an exception for. The story drags and drags and there is no romance at all. The premise is good in that the H rescues the h from being sold into a brothel. The h is avoiding an unwanted marriage. The H delivers her to his family who then intend launching her into society. The reader can be forgiven for thinking that the H truly dislikes the h as she is always 'preaching' to him about his lifestyle. He doesn't seem to find her attractive, apart from her hair as he thinks she is too thin and small. The H is a rake and bit dissolute but he promises his father that he'll reform and marry.

Not a bad premise but the execution is awful and I hesitate to use this word, boring. I hate it when reviewers use it but this book is that. I think the romance only happens in the last chapter or so. Skip this one
Quemal Quemal
I bought this on Kindle and when I started reading I assumed I had only half the book. In the first three chapters, I found that the story skipped from one point of view and scene to the next without a hint that it might be another scene. This was very disconcerting. Also, each scene seemed abbreviated. I'm pretty sure something is wrongly edited or Loretta Chase isn't the writer I thought she was.

If this is an editing fault I won't be buying a Kindle version of an old book again.

Here's an example . . . blah blah and . . .
"Oh, damnation," he muttered, then moved down to the corner of the street and leaned against the lamppost to wait.
"Oh, dear," said Miss Collingwood. "this is most awkward. Blah blah to . . . "Did she not write to you?"
At this stage I have no idea who Miss Collingwood is or who she might be talking to and I don't know what she has to do with the lamppost.

I thought I wouldn't read any more because this scene-break thing is off-putting, but maybe one day I will finish this somewhat familiar story.
bass bass
Loretta Chase is one of my favorite historical romance authors. She writes complex characters who become ‘real people’ and whose stories I adore reading. Viscount Vagabond is a fun, unique story, and I enjoyed it very much!

Blurb…

FROM DISTRESS TO DISASTER

Catherine Pelliston simply would not abide by her father's wishes and marry the slovenly Lord Browdie. But her escape through the streets of London only seemed to lead her from bad to worse. First, she was robbed. And then, her supposed "rescue" by a kindly old woman stranded Catherine in a bordello -- where the handsome Viscount Rand was intent on sampling her wares! A dire predicament indeed-especially when the dashing aristocrat decided to assume full responsibility for the ravishing runaway by taking her, quite against her will, into his home. But little did Catherine know that her struggle to preserve her virtue had inflamed the debauched gadabout's heart ... and might well net her a husband worth desiring!

My thoughts…

This is definitely an entertaining story, but I’ll be honest – I knew without looking that this must have been one of her earlier works. It was good, not great; entertaining, but not unputdownable. That said, I’m hoping to read more of the series, soon!