Book Review ✭ If the Viscount Falls by Sabrina Jeffries

Title: If the Viscount Falls
Author: Sabrina Jeffries
Series: The Duke's Men #4
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
Publisher: Pocket Books
Published: January 27, 2015
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 400

From New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries, the deliciously sexy fourth book in the “Duke’s Men” Regency romance series—the first of which was called “a totally engaging, adventurous love story” (RT Book Reviews, Top Pick).

The heir presumptive to the Viscount Rathmoor, Dominick Manton once had his heart’s desire within reach—a bright future as a barrister and engagement to Jane Vernon, a wealthy baron’s daughter. Then a shattering betrayal by his vindictive brother George snatched away Dom’s inheritance and his hopes of offering Jane a secure future. Brokenhearted, and attempting to end their engagement without destroying Jane’s reputation, Dom staged a betrayal of his own to convince her that he’s not the husband-to-be that she thought.

Now George is gone and the viscountcy restored to Dom, since his brother’s widow, Nancy—Jane’s cousin and closest confidant—never bore an heir. But when Nancy goes missing, a panicked Jane calls on her former fiancé to track down her cousin. Dom knows the mistakes of the past may be unforgiveable—but now, entangled together in mystery and danger, will they rekindle a passionate longing that was never lost to begin with?

That's what happens, Dom, when you play the puppet master. People aren't puppets. People make decisions on their own and behave as they will. You can set a plan in motion, but as soon as it involves people, it will rarely commence exactly as you wish.” 
I loved the way this story started. It was very drama-filled and intriguing for someone who’s never read a previous book in the series. I had no idea who any of the characters were going in, but it did well in providing me enough information to ease me in.

As I read, I felt like I was maybe missing out on some background that would’ve enhanced my read of ItVF, but it certainly didn’t weaken it. It was easy to follow along with this story and its characters. I felt like I even had a good sense of the background characters.

Dom definitely stole the show in the novel. Yes he’s gorgeous and has all that alpha-male goodness, but his character was so much more. His complexity mainly stemmed from his past and the tragedy he dealt with. That was one of the big reasons he was so independent and usually kept to himself. He liked things done in certain ways and was assertive in everything he did.
What I really liked was the way he ever so slowly began to adapt to having another person be a part of him. Though it took time, he began to let Jane in and relieve himself of some of the weight of his history.

There were some interesting twists and turns within the story that made for a fun and dramatic read. With a mysterious and suspenseful goal, If the Viscount Falls kept me intrigued from start to finish.

This book has made me more open to reading historical romance novels. Sabrina Jeffries is one author I won’t be hesitant to pick up in stores.

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~Sabrina Jeffries discusses the book~
Sabrina Jeffries is the NYT bestselling author of 39 novels and 10 works of short fiction (some written under the pseudonyms Deborah Martin and Deborah Nicholas). Whatever time not spent writing in a coffee-fueled haze of dreams and madness is spent traveling with her husband and adult autistic son or indulging in one of her passions—jigsaw puzzles, chocolate, and music. With over 7 million books in print in 20 different languages, the North Carolina author never regrets tossing aside a budding career in academics for the sheer joy of writing fun fiction, and hopes that one day a book of hers will end up saving the world. 

She always dreams big.

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