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New Release Review! THE RUNAWAY VISCOUNT by Darcy Burke (The Matchmaking Chronicles #3)

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Two years ago, independent widow Juliana Sheldon spent a blissful night with the Viscount Audlington at an inn during a snowstorm, and the next morning, he left without a word. Juliana doesn’t realize how much his abandonment upset her until she encounters him at a matchmaking house party. He’d like to rekindle their affair, but Juliana prefers to torment him instead. Until she finally surrenders to temptation—only to be dismayed when he begins to talk about the one thing she doesn’t want: marriage.

Lucas Trask, heir to an earldom, has left his rakish reputation behind in favor of finally taking a wife. He never forgot Juliana and reconnecting with her seems like fate is telling him who he should wed. However, Lucas has a secret, one he’s never dared share with anyone. If he can convince Juliana to be his wife, he’ll reveal everything. But when tragedy strikes, he must leave again. This time, the runaway viscount may be all out of luck.

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Another entertaining story set at the infamous “matchmaking” house party! This time it’s a second chance romance–their first chance being a being a two-night stand while snowed in at an inn, where there was only one bed, of course 😉

I really liked Julianna and Lucas’s story–they were both likable characters, with good chemistry together. Other than Lucas’s tendency to “runaway,” I really liked that when they were together miscommunication wasn’t really an issue between them. I also appreciated the fact that both characters thought outside the Regency box, both independently and when they were putting together their HEA. Though the issue of Juliana’s infertility was rather conveniently remedied, it still made for a super sweet HEA and epilogue.

The Runaway Viscount is the third book in the series, and though it could be read as a standalone, you’ll get a better picture of everything going on at the house party if you read them all–which of course is my recommendation. #yourewelcome 😉

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

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