Do you love hot virgin heroes? Yes? Me too! That’s just one of the reasons why I loved The Dangerous Viscount. He’s clueless and inexperienced. He grew up without a lot of affection and the actions of his cousins did little to bridge his social awkwardness.
The heroine is at first completely stuck in a childhood fantasy. Her actions reveal her to be a little vapid, a lot vain, and pretty silly, because it takes her so long to recognize the truth and to find her true love. But she also has a deep well of strength and a whole lot of spunk.
One of my favorite scenes is one between Sebastian and his friends. He’s asking them for help on how to woo Diana… and the first step is gaining her attention. It reads a lot to me like how Mr. Darcy would have asked Bingley for help in wooing Elizabeth Bennet.
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He swallowed hard. “I’m not very good at making myself agreeable in company,” he admitted humbly.
Tarquin doubled over with mirth. “The first step to reform is to acknowledge its necessity,” he said, when he’d finally recovered. “Luckily you couldn’t have a better tutor than me. I shall teach you to cultivate address.”
Lady Diana Fanshawe is husband hunting. She’s determined to win herself prestige and her childhood crush all in one fell swoop. In order to gain the attentions of Lord Blakeney she agrees to a bet that she can seduce Blakeney’s socially backwards cousin. All to the tune of 500 pounds.
She discovers Blakeney’s cousin is nearly as eccentric as her family, a family she’s been trying to distance herself from since her first marriage. Sebastian Iverley is just as weird, always in his books, collecting them even, not to mention a bad dresser… but he’s also a brilliant and quirky man... and as she finds out, a damn good kisser.
For Sebastian it all started with a pair of pink stockings… Diana’s to be exact. The more he learns about her the more he’s drawn to her. She’s not like other girls and when he kisses her he’s transported over the moon. For the first time in his life, marriage and love doesn’t sound so scary. But then his joy is smashed when he overhears about the bet and now all he wants is revenge.