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The Dangerous Viscount (The Burgundy Club series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Miranda Neville
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“Sizzling, addictive, and deeply romantic, Miranda Neville’s novels are a joy to read.
—Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author

 

One of the most exciting new and rapidly rising stars in the firmament of historical romance, Miranda Neville delivers once more with The Dangerous Viscount—the second book in her electrifying Burgundy Club series about a small society of rogues in Regency England and the women who capture their hearts. This time, it’s the very dangerous Sebastian Iverley who is smitten by the enchanting Diana Fanshawe—while she, in turn, must deny her love and concentrate on marrying another in order to gain what she most desperately desires. Miranda Neville’s The Dangerous Viscount is the perfect blend of passion and humor that Regency romance readers crave.


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    Sizzling, addictive, and deeply romantic: Miranda Neville’s novels are a joy to read. (Eloisa James, New York Times bestselling author)

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    She is determined to find a husband. . . now!

    Lady Diana Fanshawe’s impeccable bloodline doesn’t stop society from laughing at the antics of her eccentric family. She knows a proper marriage is her one chance to make her way in the world—which is precisely why she will marry Lord Blakeney, though she’s certain she’ll never love him. But then she’s kissed by the brilliant and unconventional Sebastian, Viscount Iverley . . . and her well-laid plans tumble into disarray.

    Sebastian wants absolutely nothing to do with love or marriage. But when he arrives at his hated cousin Blakeney’s house party, Sebastian is smitten by the tantalizing Diana. But Diana is “the marrying kind,” and Sebastian has no wish to risk his freedom—though the passion betweenthem is hard to resist. Should the lady follow her heart in an attempt to win Iverley’s, though it seems hardened against her—or should she sacrifice her love for respectability?


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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 498 KB
    • Print Length: 384 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061808725
    • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (28 Sept. 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B003V1WUN0
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    • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #120,690 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    I grew up in southwest England. During my misspent youth I devoured the works of Georgette Heyer, Jean Plaidy and any other historical novels I could lay hands on. As a result I attended the University of Oxford to study history, ignoring all hints that economics might be a more practical subject. I spent several years writing catalogues of rare books and original letters and manuscripts for Sotheby's auction house in London and New York. Much of my time in this job was spent reading the personal correspondence of the famous. This confirmed my suspicion that the most interesting thing about history is people. I now live in Vermont where I enjoy skiing and writing romances set in Regency England where it hardly ever snows.

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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Irony, romance, humor...it's in here. 7 Nov. 2010
    By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    For many years Lady Diana Fanshawe has been infatuated with the Marquis of Blakeney. No one has ever been as handsome as Blake and she fully intends to marry the man. But while Diana is one of the guests at Mandeville, she meets Sebastian Iverley. The bespectacled scarecrow's interests tend toward the intellectual, so it is no wonder they meet in the library. Diana soon finds herself making a wager with Blake that she could get Sebastian to kiss her. As Diana spends more and more time with the awkward Sebastian, she finds herself enchanted. When the kiss occurs, the young widow realizes how much she actually enjoys his presence.

    All his life, Sebastian had been told by his uncle that women were poison and that treachery was part of their nature. But Diana turns his head as no other ever has. Shortly after he kisses Diana he learns of the wager. Before he can do anything rash, Sebastian is called away to his uncle's deathbed in Northumberland. He returns as a viscount. His rage toward Diana never dims. With the help of his peer friends, Tarquin and Cain, Sebastian has a complete makeover. He would make Diana care for him and once she wants him as he had once desired her, he would reject her and teach her the meaning of humiliation.

    **** FOUR STARS! Though this plot has been done before, I seldom recall reading the lady as the character placing the wager and the gentleman as the innocent. I must say that it gives the story a bit of zest this way. The main characters are well developed with interesting backgrounds. Their friends, as secondary characters, are equally engaging and manage to add their own bit of flavoring to the ongoing plot line. Filled with irony, romance, and humor, readers will find time zip by as they enjoy this gem. Perfect for some cozy reading near the fireplace on a cold evening. ****

    Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book, Definitely a Keeper!! 27 July 2011
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This is the second book in the Burgundy Club series.

    Lady Diana Fanshawe, a widow, has longed for the handsome, golden haired Lord Blakeney for many years, and hopes he will one day ask her to marry him. But then she meets his cousin, Mr Sebastian Iverley, who is in direct constrast of Blakeney. With ill fitting country style clothes, glasses, a booklover and no interest in women, Diana is puzzled by him. What Diana doesn't know, is Sebastian and Blakeney don't get along, as Blakeney was often cruel to Sebastian as a child for his 'odd' ways. Blakeney makes a bet with Diana to make Sebastian kiss her. She agrees, even though she has no need of the money, so she agrees to give it to charity if she wins. Throughout their interactions, Sebastian finds himself falling in love with Diana, and after sharing a kiss, wants to marry her. But before he asks, he overhears Blakeney discussing his bet with Diana, and immediately feels a fool. He leaves and returns to his own home after hearing of his uncle's ill health. When his uncle dies, he inherits the title and becomes Viscount Iverley. He starts wearing better fitted clothes and vows to return to Diana, make her fall in love with him and cast her aside. In the time he's absent, Diana worries he left because he found out about the bet. She is amazed when she Sebastian returns to find him with title and with a changed appearance. Ladies begin to show an interest, and Diana is upset when Sebastian seems to ignore her. But it is all part of Sebastian's tactics to get her attention. He even stages a robbery, acting the hero when the highwayman threatens to shoot. This makes Diana realise his importance to her and makes herself available to him.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Sebastian is a Worthy Hero - Smart/Virginal/Sexy 23 July 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    **Background and Some Slight Spoilers****

    Diana Fanshawe is a beautiful young, wealthy, widow who has a hankering for the Marquis of Blakeney, long time neighbor and rake of the first order. She is at a house party at Blakeney's when she first meets Sebastian Iverley, cousin to Blakeney and as different from Blakeney as day is to night. Sebastian and Blakeney have a past that goes back to their young years when Sebastian would visit Blakeney and his sisters and they would make fun of the skinny, bespectacled Sebastian - in fact their nickname for Sebastian was Owlverley and Blakeney still calls him by that name behind his back.

    Blakeney is a very handsome titled young man and women want him - a lot of women. Sebastian is dowdy, wears very ill fitted clothing and cares nothing for society - not even the company of women. His primary interest is in obtaining very rare books whereas Blakeney's main interests appear to be all that is frivolous and irresponsible.

    Blakeney does want the lovely and wealthy Diana, however, so that he won't have to rely on his father for money. Sebastian has never been around females very much and hasn't had any real interest in women to this point. He is that most rare of men in his class - yes, he is a virgin. But, he finds himself very unexpectedly susceptible to the lovely Diana and her charms. In fact he is so taken with her, he hardly knows what to do with himself.

    Diana, in good fun, makes the mistake of participating in a wager that she will be able to get Sebastian to kiss her - this wager being between herself, Blakeney and a couple of other guests. Uh oh! Diana wins the wager but Sebastian and the kiss soon have Diana thinking long and hard about Sebastian in ways she would not have considered.
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    Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars  26 reviews
    18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of smart characters! 30 Sept. 2010
    By Sonoma Lass - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    Miranda Neville writes fun, sexy historical romance. In her latest book, the heroine is a widow. Diana Fanshawe married for money and position once, and now she has the match of her dreams in sight: Lord Blakeney, whom she has admired and hoped to marry since girlhood. While angling for Blakeney, however, she meets Sebastian Iverley, his bookish, socially awkward cousin. Her attraction to Sebastian doesn't fit with her marriage plans; when she bets Blakeney that she can entrap Sebastian into a kiss, she gets much more than she intended.

    Sebastian is a wonderful hero; he is unaware and inexperienced in a number of ways, not just sexually. He had a strange upbringing, without much affection, which means that he isn't well equipped to handle the emotions that he feels because of Diana. Following the story of these two characters as they learn what real love is a wonderful ride -- their relationship IS the story, no spies or plotting villains necessary.

    Secondary characters are always treats in Neville's books. She creates really interesting and unique people for her canvas -- Diana's family, in particular is a wonderful collection of lovable eccentrics. And they are smart people, as are Diana and Sebastian. I can never get enough of intelligent characters in my fiction, and this book is full of them. Very highly recommended.
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific hero with a good story, the ugly duckling becomes a swan 3 Oct. 2010
    By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    The heroine in Miranda Neville's latest novel, The Dangerous Viscount, is not that likeable at first but fortunately she grows on you because she grows up and puts away some childish behavior and childish fantasies. The hero in this novel is divine, exceptional and really memorable and he is the reason this story works.

    Diana Fanshawe is ecstatic to be invited to Lord Blakeney's home, she's been infatuated with him for years and since she is now a widow she has set her sights upon him. Also in attendance is Blakeney's cousin, Sebastian Iverly. Oh, Sebastian, he is painfully awkward around women, controlled, uncertain and scholarly. He finds women a nuisance, he's barely been around them throughout his entire twenty-six years, but he is enchanted by Diana.

    Diana is not exactly welcoming to Sebastian, she's cordial but she does something so mean spirited that I almost hated her; she uses this poor man's infatuation against him in a teasing bet with Lord Blakely. She is not very kind in this portion of the book.

    After the house party, Sebastian turns over a new leaf, hoping to gain Diana's notice. Sebastian really does metamorphis into a somewhat debonair chap, he gets a new wardrobe, learns the art of social niceties and small talk and Diana cannot help but mark the changes. Sebastian is a planner and he plans his conquest with skill, and a little help from friends, he plans his campaign like it is the Norman invasion. Sebstian though still keeps part of his scholarly personality, it doesn't all disappear, he still loves old books and he still is at odds with his cousin Lord Blakeney.

    For the first half of this novel Diana is shallow and a tad vain and still stuck in the past. It's almost as if she has reset the clock to five years earlier when she was a debutante at eighteen, she acts and thinks like she is still in her first season enraptured by Lord Blakeney. She is blind to his faults and worse she becomes simpering with him. It isn't until her sister Min, a very well written character who has more spark than Diana (I hope she gets her own book), gets involved before Diana realizes that people change and they should mature.

    Sebastian and Diana have a somewhat dishonest relationship at least with facts, they keep secrets, but I never doubted the sincerity of their feelings, especially on Sebastian's part. They are a couple who recognize their relationship needs communication and forgiveness to work and fortunately they are not so very stubborn that they cannot adapt and mature into better people. Sebastian especially needs Diana to help him overcome his past and she needs him to show her a better future.
    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Did not like the heroine 16 Oct. 2010
    By Christine H. - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I'm not going to rehash the synopsis since that has already been done by other reviewers. Instead I'll get straight to what I liked and disliked about this story. I have to admit that in the beginning I did not think I would like Sebastian. In the firt book of this trilogy (The Wild Marquis)he came across as being a total jerk. However, I really came to love his character. In "The Wild Marquis" he has, shall we say, contempt for women. But in "The Dangerous Viscount" you learn why he acts the way he does. He was treated very cruelly by other children as a child because he was shy and different.

    When he reaches adulthood he is still shy and awkward but then he sees Diana and becomes enamored. However, she is wanting to marry his cousin, a future Duke. She is very childish about her reasons why she wishes to do this. Then she does something that I could not get over. She makes a bet with Sebastians cousin and his friends that she will get him to kiss her for 500 pounds. She is able to do this but Sebasian finds out and flashes back to all the tricks and jokes played on him by the other childern. He flees for London the next day and hatches a revenge plot against her.

    I was hoping that Diana's character would become better but it didn't. Even toward the end when she finds out what happened to him as a child she gives a lukewarm scolding to Sebastians cousin. By then I was so in love with his character I think I would have bloodied the cousins nose at that point. Neville should have written a stronger, less selfish, Diana. Sebastians character needed someone who would stand up for him. To be his champion when no one else did in the past. Unfortunately, that never happened. I would still recommend reading this book. Whats good about reading is that you can change the character in your imagination. I suggest that the reader makes Diana into Sebastians hero.

    Sebastian was a 5-star hero. Diana was much less.
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars I stayed up until 3am to finish this book after I fell in love with Sebastian. 12 Nov. 2010
    By Nancy Mirtle - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I skittishly started this book. Sebastian had been such a jerk in previous books, I couldn't imagine liking him. But as the truth unfolded and I understood his motivation, I cheered for him. An original story with humor and unique history. The negative reviewers fail to realistically consider social mores and manners of the time, and how sheltered/immature girls would've been in that time period. I found the characters believable.

    Delightful author. Read all her books.
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Good plot idea, but missed opportunity - 3.5 stars 22 April 2013
    By nowhere girl - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Writing: 4.0
    Plot: Starts off at 4.5 and deteriorates to 3.0 by the end of the book
    Characters: 3.5
    Sex Scenes: 2.5

    Overall, the writing is decent. I can't speak for the printed version, but the kindle version I purchased was littered with editorial and grammatical errors. I can overlook a lot of that, but it does grate and ultimately did effect my enjoyment.

    In the kindle version, there are times when scenes seem to skip and jump. As a reader, it's very jarring and I can't help but wonder, "Is this the writing? Or did it not get transcribed properly for the Kindle version?"

    The premise is a good one - The cerebral, socially awkward yet hunky Sebastian falls for the lovely Diana and after an instance of betrayal, he undergoes an ugly duckling to swan transformation in order to exact revenge against her. I enjoyed the first part of the book tremendously, the flirtation and build up of sexual tension between the protagonists. But I'm a bit biased in that I love me a good ol' revenge theme.

    The story began to disintegrate pretty quickly after the Hero exacts his revenge. The protagonists start a war of revenge, where each one seems intent on hurting the other, and they just keep upping the ante. At this point, I was hoping to be rewarded with some groveling on the Hero's part or at least hoping that he felt terrible for his heinous actions, but both characters reverted to petty, child-like antics.

    I also didn't like how the Hero is constantly feeling like he is being deprived of sex. And, he never seems entirely ashamed of his behavior or actions, just very concerned about whether or not the consequences of his bad actions will effect how much booty he's going to get. Although, I had a lot of sympathy in the beginning, in the end, he seemed really shallow.

    Unfortunately, the sex scenes do not make up for all the other weaknesses. The few sex scenes aren't bad, but a bit tame and lukewarm in my opinion. Which is such a waste when you consider that the Hero is a virgin and there is so much potential for sizzle.

    I would recommend to anyone interested in reading this book to see if they can borrow it from the library before purchasing.
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