Wow! It’s hard to believe this is already the fourth book in the series – the fifth if you count the prequel included in A Yuletide Regency Collection which released in November of this year.
Never Vie for a Viscount
by Regina Scott
Series: Fortune's Brides #4
Published by Edwards and Williams
Publication Date December 28, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Clean Romance
Setting: England Regency Era – UK – 1795 – 1837
Written for: Adults
Lydia Villers is determined to leave behind her life as a social butterfly and do what she's always dreamed of doing--pursue a career in science. A shame the only scientist willing to assist her is the one man she had once hoped to wed. Frederick, Viscount Worthington, Worth to his friends, has been betrayed once too often. How can he believe Lydia's intentions are true? With the help of Miss Thorn and her beloved cat Fortune, a determined young lady and a jaded lord might just discover that only together do they make the perfect chemistry.
Fortune's Brides: Only a matchmaking cat can hunt true love.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Never Doubt a Duke, Never Borrow a Baronet, Never Envy an Earl, Never Kneel to a Knight , Never Marry a Marquess
I love the way author Regina Scott ties the stories of this series together through Meredith’s cat, Fortune. This clever cat is not only able to discern character (let’s face it, cat’s do that well), she also communicates her likes and dislikes effectively.
Lydia now has her chance to shine. Yay! She has been in a few of the other stories, thanks to her scoundrel of a brother. He tried to care for her in his own way and caused poor Lydia to be worse off than she had been simply through association with him.
Never Vie for a Viscount is such a fun story! As Worth has Lydia working on a secret project, so secret, in fact, that none of those working on it even know anything beyond their small part, he sees her in a completely new light. And he’s puzzled by the brilliant mind and hunger for knowledge she exhibits. She has transformed from a social butterfly (who seemed quite empty-headed) into a brilliant, still beautiful, bluestocking!
As in her other stories, author Regina Scott takes the plot far beyond romance and attraction. She demonstrates the mindset of the ton towards women and allows them to be intelligent and strong in character. There is an added mystery involving threatening notes and sabotage. She also helps her characters to learn their true value (love the pun that Worth had difficulty seeing this!).
I am already excited about the next book, Never Kneel to a Knight! The hints given as to what this will be about were intriguing, though I know it will be far more than I can anticipate.