Review: Virtue by Victoria Vane

Posted March 9, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 25 Comments

Review: Virtue by Victoria Vane
Virtue

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Series: Sons of Scotland #1
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Small Publisher
Released on September 15, 2017
Pages: 225
Format: eBook
Source: Author

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The Delight

When a throne is within grasp, men will do brutal and cunning actions to take it and hold it.  Now, the man on the throne is weakening and the wolves are circling.  Highland Scotland of the Middle Ages comes to exciting and colorful life in this first installment to the Sons of Scotland series.  I anticipated a good Highlander story, but the author produced a fantastic work that carried me away into the story so well that I could not stop reading.

Review

The backdrop of the story was probably the strongest character of the book though I did enjoy following along as young Alexander experienced a coming of age and the first leg of his journey to destiny.  Yes, this book was very much the set up for a much larger story.  It introduced the setting, situation, players, and the first moves in this next part of Scotland’s history.  Alexander and Sybilla are at the center of it all, but its obvious that its a much broader story.

My only niggle for the whole story was the wish to have an ancestry chart or list of characters because at first I was rather confused as to the connections of all the people mentions and its a big part of the story to know how the present folks connect to the previous generations.  I eventually got it sorted in my mind and just had to pay close attention to who was related to whom and who was supporting whom.

This felt more like a historical fiction with a strong romantic element than a straight up Highlander Romance.  I think that’s important to know because the romance is sweet and slow burn and it takes the back seat a few times.  The romance shares the focus with all the other things going on from Alexander learning the secrets of his past to the action and intrigue going on with those who are maneuvering to change who controls Scotland.

Alexander was an instant favorite for me.  He is intelligent, resourceful, and has a quiet courage unlike many of the hot-headed, impetuous people around him.  And, that group includes the fiery, beautiful Sybilla.  I took a bit to warm up to her because she had a tendency to push at Alexander and attempt to force him into things when he said no or was reluctant just because she wanted something.  But, she was young and there was clear growth as the story progressed and she saw how actions or words bred consequences.  She wasn’t mean or self-centered and she was courageous enough to sacrifice to help her family and Alexander.  I ended up liking them both and look forward to what is to come for them.  Things were at a dark and dangerous place when this story ended and set up for what is to come.

And, yes, that means that it reads like a first volume of one story rather than as its own self-contained story.  I can’t wait to see what comes next.  I’m not sure if Alexander and Sybilla will continue to be the leads or if the spotlight will shift a little to a couple of the other pivotal characters in the next book.  Either way, I can’t wait to see what comes next.

Those who enjoy deep and well-developed historical background, attention to the details of the time, and a plot that is taking its time to build the excitement and tension for what is to come, and of course a solid romance pair in their historical romances should definitely give Virtue a try.

My thanks to the author for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Romance Roundabout #65 HR
Literary Pickers #57 flat bread
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About Victoria Vane

Victoria Vane is an Amazon #1 bestselling author of smart and sexy romance. Her works range from comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance and have received over twenty awards and nominations including: a 2015 Red Carpet Finalist for Best Contemporary romance (Slow Hand), 2014 RONE Winner for Best Historical Post Medieval Romance (Treacherous Temptations), and Library Journal Best Ebook Romance of 2012 (The Devil DeVere series). Victoria also writes romantic historical fiction as Emery Lee. She currently resides in Palm Coast, Florida with her husband, two sons, a little black dog, and an Arabian horse.
Contact info:
Email: victoria.vane@hotmail.com Website: www.victoriavane.com
Blog: www.embracingromance.com Facebook: http://on.fb.me/YVeXrf
Twitter: @authorvictoriav Pinterest: http://bit.ly/1vONQZh
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Praise for SLOW HAND
“Well-paced, scorching scenes and witty banter…”
—Publishers Weekly

“Slow Hand by Victoria Vane is delightful, funny, page-turning steamy sexy, and the romance between Wade and Nikki make you wish you could pull Victoria’s characters straight off the page and into real life…”
—Unwrapping Romance

“For erotic passion and one-liners, the first book in Vane’s new series will satisfy…Vane’s latest gets a big yee-haw.”
—RT Book Reviews

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • RO

    I really enjoy a story that’s filled with a rich history where I learn new info, and I think I would be okay of the romance was secondary, and took some time to grow. What would be tough if there were a ton of characters running around to confuse me(lol) Usually when that happens, it takes longer to get through because I have to go back to reread certain portions, figuring out who the heck someone is.(lol) Hugs and Happy National Meatball Day! RO

    • LOL, yes, I think with some of the larger casts of characters that a character list or a genealogical chart would be handy. 🙂

      Oh fun! I had a meatball sub for a late dinner last night. 😉

  • Oh it’s been a while since I haven’t read a romance like that and I think I could enjoy this one. I’ll keep it in mind!

    • Super! Glad to put it on your radar, Melliane!

  • Not usually my kind of read but ohhh, I am loving the atmosphere. Plus, those cover reminds me of the movie 300 hehe

    • You know, I think the Highland Scots and Spartans have something in common. Good catch, there, Vanessa.

  • I think I would enjoy this, I like when a historical romance is so much more. Plus it takes place is Scotland so, a winner. Slow burn romance? 😀 yay

    • Yep! Sounds like it ticked off several of your good buttons, Lily. 🙂

  • It sounds like they’ve both lived hard lives. Sounds like an interesting read.

    • Yes! The author doesn’t pull any punches about how tough life was back then. Good stuff!

    • Yes! The author doesn’t pull any punches about how tough life was back then. Good stuff!

  • I do love the Scots. 🙂

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

    • Me, too. I’m starting book two this weekend. Yum!

  • This sounds great! I can totally understand wanting a character chart for a book like this. I have had the same thoughts many times.

    • LOL, yes, I thought about taking my notebook out and creating my own, but I was too lazy. 🙂

  • Wow, you have me curious about the series itself. And yes, I always appreciate character charts so you can sort who falls where!

    • Oh yes, this was a great surprise- love when a book exceeds expectations.

      Ha! Those charts are handy. 🙂

  • Oh, I like a story that has a strong plot even if the romance has to take a backseat. I’m trying to read more Highlander novels so this one is going on my TBR

    • Glad to add a good one to your list, Jess. Yes, this one was a great piece of Highlander history with a a sweet slow burn romance, too.

  • I think I would really love this one even if the romance elements take a back seat at times. I love the strong historical focus though 🙂

    • I think you’d love it, too, Renee. I know how you adore your Highlanders and historical backdrops. 🙂

  • Oh that sounds like an interesting way to do things. I do like when the backdrop is a strong element, though. I hope the next book is just as good whichever way she opts to go with it 🙂

    • Yes, I noticed and liked this method in her Viking trilogy. This one feels even deeper and richer. I’ve read the next one and loved it, too. She moves a new pair into the spotlight while Alexander and Sybilla’s story continues in the background. Loved it.

      • So far I’ve only read in her contemporary series. I need to get on it and try some of her historical ones 🙂

        • She has several older historicals including ones under the Emory Lee alias. I’ve only read her Victoria Vane ones. The earlier ones had a playful, erotic quality to them while these later historicals are steeped in history and take a more serious tone. I love these Scottish ones best though I suppose its mood, a little, too. 🙂