Review: The Elusive Lord Everhart (The Rakes of Fallow Hall #1) by Vivienne Lorret

March 20, 2015 Review 0

Review: The Elusive Lord Everhart (The Rakes of Fallow Hall #1) by Vivienne Lorret

Vivienne Lorret, the USA Today bestselling author of Winning Miss Wakefield, returns with a new series featuring the three roguish bachelors of Fallow Hall.

Gabriel Ludlow, Viscount Everhart, will never marry, and thus is sure to win the bachelors' wager amongst his friends. Assuming, of course, that his deepest secret—a certain letter containing a marriage proposal made in a moment of passion—doesn't surface. After all, without Calliope Croft to tempt him, there's no danger of losing. Or of falling in love.

Calliope wants revenge. Five years ago, an anonymous love letter stole her heart and ultimately broke it. Now Casanova has struck again, and Calliope vows to unmask the scoundrel, stopping him from breaking any more hearts. Yet, time and again, Gabriel distracts her from her task, until she can no longer deny that something about him calls to her…

Gabriel was a fool to ignore the depth of his feelings for Calliope, but the threat that kept him from her five years ago remains. Now he must choose between two paths: break her heart all over again or finally succumb to loving her… at the risk of losing everything.

Title: The Elusive Lord Everhart
Author: Vivienne Lorret
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Debutante Is Mine, The Debutante Is Mine: The Season's Original Series #1
Series: The Rakes of Fallow Hall #1
Published by Avon
Source: Publisher
Published: March 24, 2015
Genres: Historical Romace
Pages: 230
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Purchase your copy: Amazon
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames

As I began reading this, I noticed that the heroine’s brother, Griffin, was recently married.  Considering that I read enough of these to smell another book and this is a new to me author, I had to check it out.  I found another entire series, Wallflower Weddings, by this author, one of which was Finding Miss McFarland which tells Griffin’s story.  The Rakes of Fallow Hall appears to be a spin off about the best friends and/or brothers of the Wallflower Weddings.  How fun.  I will be looking into that further.  But only because I did enjoy this author, not because I think I missed something by not reading it yet.  The Elusive Lord Everhart stands alone very well.

Segue to the “map room” at Fallow Hall.  There we find Everhart, Danvers, and Montwood discussing wagers.  The surprising thing is, Everhart and Danvers both agree that betting with Montwood pretty much guarantees the lightening of their pockets.  But, they do it anyway.  None of them have any plans to marry at all, let alone within the next year.  Seems like easy money all the way around.

Then Calliope Croft (I just love that name – Calliope!  It just screams fun.) shows up with her brother and his bride.  Let the games begin.  This was such a delightful romp.  In spite of fighting it tooth and nail for five long years, Everhart was doomed to marry from the very beginning.  Everyone and everything is conspiring against him, including man’s best friend, Duke Boris Reginald James Brutus.  The hound ended up being one of my favorite characters in this story.

All of the characters were fun and entertaining.  Even cousin Pamela who found everything just too tiring to bother with right now (said in a rather weak voice.)  They were all well developed for the parts they contributed and added to the story.

The story was also fun and entertaining.  It stayed very true to the era.  A lady does not refer to a man’s leg, it is a limb.  I had to grin every time Calliope referred to Everharts injured “limb.”

There was no big mystery to solve – well except for finding the identity of the author of the Casanova letters, but we were told that in the blurb.  No heart stopping suspense other than the miscommunications and misunderstandings between Calliope and Everhart.  I did wonder a couple of times if these two would ever get to the happy ever after.  But, that too was rather expected.  All of this combined with the interfering friends, family, and pets is what made this such an entertaining story.  So yes, I will be looking for the next one in this series.  Can’t wait to see how Danvers gets his.  *grin*

You lovers of historical romance, of maybe the regency era, (doesn’t really say, but the story sounds about right) may want to go get this.  Has a bit of the flavor of a Georgette Heyer novel.  I think you will enjoy it as much as I did.

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