Review: The Viscount’s Mistress by Claire DuLac - .Red Wine & Books

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Review: The Viscount’s Mistress by Claire DuLac

Print Length: 323 pages
Publisher: Silver Griffin Associates (September 28, 2016)

From Goodreads.com:  Lawrence Sutherland, Royal Navy Captain and the Viscount of Glenrith, has just struck a devil’s bargain. To save his family from financial ruin, he needs the help of his closest childhood friend, Violette. They must work together so he can gain the hand of her wealthy but spoiled heiress cousin and make a mutually beneficial marriage—a sound business arrangement for them both. In return for her help, Lawrence offers Violette the one thing she covets most—freedom. With his help, she can leave England and her cruel family behind.

But there is a vital flaw in this near-perfect plan. Violette Pélet de Castelmarou is secretly in love with Lawrence and has hidden it for years. Yet now she finds herself feeding him lines and coaching him through sticky social situations in order to win over her cousin. But when emotions get involved, hearts become inextricably entangled.

When the time comes, will Lawrence be able to say goodbye to Violette or will he compromise her virtue and make her his forever?

If he cannot have her for his wife, then he’ll make her his mistress…

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My Rating: 1 star out of 5

This book was the exact opposite of what I was expecting. 

It started off well enough with Violette and Lawrence reconnecting after years apart. I liked the fact that they both remembered their "secret spot" and that the author chose said spot for them to meet after a decade. 

I love a good back and forth don't get me wrong. But these characters? Were a hot mess. 

While Lawrence "agrees" to support Violette, he is more often than not heavy-handed and condescending with her. He knows her wishes, but cannot allow himself to allow her to do anything that would leave her without "his protection". Which of course means, he wants to have his cake (her cousin) and eat it too (her). I promised myself if I had to read one more sentence of him being a right git towards her, or her forgiving him because she "loved him" I would throw my kindle.

*loud sighing* Thankfully, I did not follow through with either of those threats because that is what this book was.

V: I LOVE YOU
L: I LOVE YOU TOO... BE MY MISTRESS
V: I CANNOT *SLAPS HIM* BUT I CANNOT BE WITHOUT YOU

OR 

V: I LOVE YOU
L: *treats her like absolute shit*
V: I STILL LOVE YOU

I've read enough books from this genre to know they can be better written than this. Especially when the ending is such a cop out even a blind man saw it coming. 

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                                                    The Viscount’s Mistress is available from Amazon.com
                                   (for free if your subscribe to Kindle Unlimited)

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