(Hearts and Ever Afters)
STORY-LINE A VISCOUNT’S SECOND CHANCE BY JOYCE ALEC:
Lady Eleanor Dawson, now Lady Brooke, is a widow ready to go to town. A short arranged marriage to a man she did not love, left her sure she would not marry again. However, the thought of the dancing, parties, and seeing old friends is very desirable. Henry Armitage watched Eleanor from afar for months. Shy and hesitant, he’d lost his chance to meet Eleanor when her father arranged her marriage. Now, she’s back in town, and Henry has another opportunity to win her hand. Or does he? For evil stalks the wealthy Eleanor. Meanwhile, old scandals follow Henry, and new scandals threaten Eleanor. My Regency romance book reviews of A Viscount’s Second Chance follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
Although a short Regency novella, Joyce Alec filled this book with suspense, threats, and romance. Alec could not develop the storyline or characters to the extent of a novel. However, she created a short, intense read which will hold your attention. Henry’s cast as the knight in shining armor and Eleanor as the lady in distress. Watching Henry development as he came out of his shell is terrific. Alec created a dastardly villain for her tale who is mean, cruel, greedy, and determined to get his way. I found him the perfect foil for Henry.
The scenes in A Viscount’s Second Chance transitioned smoothly, and Alec‘s writing flowed well. Her characters were full-bodied and realistic to this period. Joyce Alec provided secondary characters which added depth to the storyline. A Viscount’s Second Chance is a clean Regency romance which included suspense and mystery providing the reader with an entertaining read.