Format: .epub (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Publisher: Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books
Release Date: January 27, 2014
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?
Can you be happy and sad at the same time with a book? I know I was with this one!
Out of all the heroes in The Duke’s Men series I think it was Dom who deserved a happy ending the most. Think about it, he always stood for what was right, and it cost him his life as the second son of a Viscount, his reputation, his schooling and the love of his life. Instead of being bitter and making his half siblings feel guilty, Dom built a business from the ground up and continued to protect Tristan and Lisette. It was more than duty to him, he did it out of love. The only fault I can find in being so selfless is that Dom didn’t always take others’ opinions into consideration when he was “rescuing” them. Clearly he needed a woman who would make him listen.
Enter Jane Vernon, Dom’s ex-fiance and a generally smart cookie to boot. As in love as she was with Dom in her youth, she recognized that he wasn’t likely to pick up where they left off so she got engaged to another man. Her life was all planned out until her cousin Nancy, who is also Dom’s widowed sister-in-law went missing. So who does she ask for help? Dom of course and that lead to all sorts of steamy trouble.
I am glad that Sabrina Jeffries saved Dom for last, he’s been so secretive and sort of stoic throughout the whole series, only chiming in occasionally to settle his quarrelsome siblings down or to offer some sort of stern advice. There were only glimpses into Dom’s life, and almost none of his mind until this book. It made me realize just how much of Dom was kept secret. He and Jane made such a good couple. Like I said earlier, Dom can steamroller just about anyone so Jane had to be made of tougher, not to mention more persistent stuff in order for her to stand out and not just be swallowed by the shadow that Dom cast. Jane was damn good at doing her own investigating and she knew enough about her cousin to face off with Dom whenever she felt his own theories were flawed. I loved how she didn’t let her affection for Dom sway her opinions and she didn’t have a problem arguing with Dom either. It was good for Dom’s ego to get knocked down a few pegs!
While the mystery surrounding Jane’s cousin’s disappearance wasn’t entirely a mystery to me (I had it figured out halfway through the story), it didn’t make Dom and Jane’s journey and love story any less exciting. After all, what better setting for a Dom and Jane to spend time together than on a search for a missing relative that might lead to a plan to steal Dom’s title? There were just too many delicious moments for those two to verbally face off and of course, to get their hands on one another.
I never like saying goodbye to a series that I love or characters that have brought me joy but in this case I’ll make an exception because Sabrina Jeffries has refocused my attention on two minor characters that are moving forward to become heroes of their own stories: Jeremy Keane, the American artist and cousin to Lady Zoe (How the Scoundrel Seduces) and Edwin Barlow, the Earl of Blakeborough, Jane’s ex-fiance and my personal favorite. I can’t wait to see what kinds of trouble Jeremy and Edwin land themselves in! If the Viscount Falls closed the series on a high note and created just enough anticipation for the next series to make it slightly unbearable. I love it!
Final Verdict: As hard as it was to say goodbye to these characters, I'm equally excited because I developed such a massive crush on Edwin and I really want to see more of him. Plus, with both him and Jeremy being so connected to The Duke's Men series, I doubt it's the last that we'll see of Dom, Jane, Tristan and Zoe at least.