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  • Caitlyn Lynch

Book Review: To Tempt A Viscount by Naomi Boom

This is a fairly standard fare for a Regency; rake meets innocent debutante, falls in love with her unique beauty and wit, decides to reform and eventually convinces her to marry him.

It's nicely done and I liked both Laura and Gavin immensely, but there were some moments of awkward phrasing in the book that made me think that it could have benefited greatly from a working over by a good copy editor.

An example:

'Eleanor had a frustrating tendency to forget that the maid they shared was shared between them'.

I'd have re-written this 'Eleanor's tendency to forget that their shared maid was supposed to divide her labour equally between them was intensely frustrating' or something similar. Using the word 'shared' twice in three words is repetitive and reads awkwardly.

In addition, 'snuck' is never a word that should be seen in a Regency-era romance. It's a modern Americanism and one of my pet hates to find in historicals.

This is a pleasant enough story but there is nothing extraordinary here, and the editing issues mean I can rate it no higher than 3 stars.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review through NetGalley.

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