Monday, June 21, 2010

Review: Jenna Peterson - Her Notorious Viscount

Main Entry: vis·count 
Pronunciation: \ˈvī-ˌkant\
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English viscounte sheriff, viscount, from Anglo-French visquens, visconte, from Medieval Latin vicecomit-, vicecomes, from Late Latin vice- vice- + comit-, comes count — more atcount
Date: 15th century
: a member of the peerage in Great Britain ranking below an earl and above a baron.

I had the esteemed honor of reading nearly 13 excerpts from Jenna Peterson's magnum opus this weekend. Her Notorious Viscount is bursting with carnal pleasures, but never sinks to cheap tricks to achieve them. The novel tells the story of boxer Nicholas Stoneworth ("Stone" to his friend "Rage") and the proper Jane Fenton in early 19th century England. The tragic death of Nicholas' brother brings he and Ms. Fenton together into the seedy London underground in search of answers and Jane's long lost brother. 

I don't know what happens in that regard, but I can assure you that Mrs. Peterson puts "romance" in the historical romance genre. As Amazon reviewer jjmachshev says, "Peterson imbues every scene with the smoldering passion between Stone and fairly jumps off the page". Grammatical errors aside, JJ speaks the truth. The author infuses romantic scenes "with things (or body parts) to drool over, as well as like" (Amazon reviewer Cali). Stone is never one for cuddling, but lady Fenton makes quick work of that and has this brute of a man eating from the palm of her hand. I strongly disagree with Amazon reviewer Pen Pen who laments "sex scenes were very brief, not hot enough for me", it was quite warm where I was sitting (it may have been my proximity to the camp fire).   

It's a shame when the spell of an entrancing book is no longer, but like the final notes of a sweet symphony, they linger in the air for a time after it passes (probably all the ash). Her Notorious Viscount is a brooding, sensual and satisfying read from the William Faulkner of Historical romance. $1 well spent.

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