Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sally Mackenzie - The Naked Viscount

After eight Seasons in London, Lady Jane Parker-Roth is ready to quit the dull search for a husband in favor of more exciting pursuits. So when she encounters an intruder in her host's townhouse, she's not about to let the scoundrel escape. Until she discovers she's wrestling a viscount-Edmund Smyth, the one noble she wouldn't mind meeting in the dark. And when their struggle shatters a randy statue of the god Pan, even more mischief ensues...
Edmund was indeed searching for evidence of a scandal, but the shocking clues inside the nude statue are far from what he expected. The same can be said of Jane, who shows a talent for interfering in his affairs. And as his quest becomes more than a little improper, he finds the impetuous Lady has a talent for that as well...
Comment: Another book in this series by the author. Once more I went through a story that I didn't expect much of, but I want to finish this fast.

This is the story of Jane Parker-Roth, a young woman that has had eight seasons and is still unmarried. Jane decides it's time to just get on with her life without marriage thoughts but the day she decides that she is looking for a book at the library in the house her family rented for the season and she stumbles on an intruder. When she attacks him, she recognizes Edmund Smythe, a viscount friend of her brothers.
Edmund is looking to solve a mystery but Jane shows up and she actually helps him with a clue to what he seeks. They form then a team of sorts and together go on looking for more clues, which are connected to statues all over London.

This story was good. I had fun reading it and I liked the main characters' personality. During the investigation they find out many curious things about other people, many of them involved in secret meetings of a sexual nature...well, let's call it orgies like they are. Those people's behavior is their true colors while they pretend to be respectable in society. We see some part of the heroes moral conduct by the comments they make about those people. Almost at the end they go on a strange investigation and are nearly captured but they escape. However, Jane is somehow forced to drink something that alters her behavior and thoughts and to be honest I wasn't very fond of this section of the plot; I thought this wasn't the best path to be taken in the novel. There are ways and ways to deal with things...

Jane and Edmund don't seem to have much in common, although we are told Jane has a crush on him. While sharing their adventure, they also find out they like each other for what they are and in Jane's case, she gets to know a man beyond her illusions and in the end, their love is actually believable.
Jane has a change of behavior when she finally accepts the idea that some things won't just happen if she wishes, she acts and tries to succeed and in this there's a life lesson, although I don't think it would be that easy for someone always described as quiet and responsible. Still, I liked to see it.

As for the plot elements, the mystery, the crazy aunts living with Edmund, the conversation about Jane's brothers...all this added to the story and it was fun but it wasn't such a thing as to unbalance the tone of the story, I mean, this aimed for more funny scenes but it wasn't too much.
In the end, I liked the majority of elements in the story, I had some good times reading and I did want to finish to see them get their HEA. This isn't the best thing out there, no. But this one isn't as poorly one as other books of the series and actually manages to entertain quite a lot.

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