This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Historical Romance
Published by Avon
Released on February 26, 2019
Finn and Vivi’s love story was everything I could have hoped for. Their love persisted despite different social classes and years of separation. And I was cheering them on every step of the way.
It’s been a while since I’ve read a Lorraine Heath book, but when I picked up The Scoundrel in Her Bed, I was more than ready. And this did not disappoint. Though this book is third in a series, I was able to follow the story and secondary characters just fine. I will say, I loved Finn’s family, and I desperately want to read every one of their stories. I also want to know more of Thornley, who was Vivi’s betrothed until she left him at the altar. (No spoiler here – this was in the blurb.)
I have to say that this book got off to a shaky start for me. The first third of the book went back and forth between past and present, and the past was focused on too much. I did get what the author was trying to do later on – it was important to developing both characters, particularly Finn and his being so much more progressive than most people from that time period. But I think this could have been done in a more perfunctory way. But once that was over and we were firmly planted in the present, this book really took off for me. I loved Vivi and Finn’s story. I am such a sucker for a story spanning social classes, and when you pair that with another trope I love, second chance romance, it’s like it was written just for me. Finn and Vivi meet under less than stellar circumstances, but Vivi really makes an impression on Finn, and he finds he just can’t forget her.. But there are certain expectations for Vivi’s life that don’t include a commoner, and circumstances beyond their control make sure they can’t be together. But when fate steps in, Finn and Vivi’s path cross years later, and they’ve both changed. I don’t know what it is, but man, there’s a certain something about a hero that makes something of himself just to spite the heroine who left him. Finn always had ambition, but his past with Vivi added more fuel to that. And Vivi – her story was horrific; it was even worse than I could have imagined when I picked up this book. I loved the way she took the events in her life and channeled it into doing something so worthwhile and important. She definitely left an impression on Finn, but he left an impression on her, as well, and where he felt spite, she was determined. I will say that once the truth came out fairly early on the story, they moved past it quickly and forgiveness was instant. I would have liked to have seen more drama there and a bit of time to come to grips with things, but it really was indicative of who Vivi and Finn were together. This means that the pacing after this was a bit slow involving mostly inner angst, but I live for angst, so I loved it. As much as I adored both of these characters, I do feel as though there one time when Finn’s expectations of Vivi were too much. I won’t spoil it, I’ll just say Vivi had a really hard time dealing with it, and Finn wanted her to be able to do it immediately; Vivi had lived a life where everything she’d ever wanted was at her fingertips, and while she had given that up, it was still a part of her that hadn’t completely subsided, and she needed time to think things through. But even then, I loved how Finn was there for her anyway.
I won’t say I liked all the characters in this book, but I will say that I think I felt exactly the way the author wanted me to. There were an array of players here, some good, some wicked, and it made for such a wonderful read.
Returning to a world that Lorraine Heath created was exactly what I expected. She tore my heart apart only to put it back together again, and it’s something I’m so thankful for. The Scoundrel in Her Bed was a wonderful story, and I can’t wait to read more about Finn’s siblings.
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