Viscount of Vice by Shana Galen (Covenant Gardens Book O)
Overview by Amazon:
This sparkling novella introduces award-winning author Shana Galen’s brand new series, Covent Garden Cubs. Galen mixes London’s glittering ballrooms with the gritty underworld in her exciting new Regency romance series.
Whispers and secrets are no match for love…
Henry Flynn, the new Lord Chesham, still blames himself for the disappearance of his younger brother when they were children. That incident destroyed his family, and now he’s on a path of self-destruction that no one can interrupt…
Lady Emma Talbot can’t stand watching the man she secretly loves destroy himself little by little. She’s determined to show him that no one holds him culpable, before it’s too late. But Emma doesn’t know what really happened to Flynn on that fateful day long ago, so what chance does she have of saving him from himself?
I recently read the first book in this new Covenant Gardens series by Shana Galen, so reading this novella was really amazing because it provides some background on Sir Brook’s adventures. I love every word Shana Galen puts on a page and this book was no exception. Sometimes novella’s are like an appetizer. They are exciting and delicious, but you still want your main course. This novella was like a full course meal. When I finished the book I didn’t feel like anything was missing. The plot was well developed, there was adventure and mystery and a very well explored romance.
Emma has longed for the Viscount of Vice, Flynn since she first met him as a sixteen year old girl. He was out of her league then, but since turning eighteen and having her first season, she has high hopes that their paths will cross. I really liked the character Emma. She isn’t flighty or flirty, she has substance to her character and is a woman who knows what her heart wants.
Flynn was a great character as well. He has reveled in being the Viscount of Vice for years, yet the act is wearing on him. He definitely noticed Emma when they first met, but even with the warning of her brother the Duke, he still wanted her. Fast forward two years and he is trying his hardest not to be the unscrupulous man society has him pegged for. He sees that Emma is a lovely young woman and he doesn’t want to trifle with her in a way that would leave her ruined. Not only is she a siren to him, she possesses great compassion and concern for others.
The mystery element of the book sweeps both Emma and Flynn into a dramatic rescue gone wrong in the town of Bath. It was exciting to have the setting away from London and to have something nefarious happen in the sleepy town known for restorative practises. Flynn has been brought to Bath to find and reunite with his long lost younger brother, found by Sir Brooks. His brother Matthew has been part of a gang of thieves and Matthew is an opium addict. Reuniting with Matthew is much harder than Flynn anticipated and that is where the adventure and mystery take over. It’s an exciting ride that has Emma and Flynn alternating between running for their lives to exploring what is between them.
This novella is a fabulous read. It can be read before starting the new Covenant Gardens series or as a stand alone. Once again, Shana Galen proves that she is an outstanding author. Even with a novella, she has the reader entranced in the story and feeling very satisfied with the ending.