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From New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries, the deliciously sexy fourth book in the “Duke’s Men” Regency romance series—the first of which was called “a totally engaging, adventurous love story” (RT Book Reviews, Top Pick). The heir presumptive to the Viscount Rathmoor, Dominick Manton once had his heart’s desire within reach—a bright future as a barrister and From New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries, the deliciously sexy fourth book in the “Duke’s Men” Regency romance series—the first of which was called “a totally engaging, adventurous love story” (RT Book Reviews, Top Pick). The heir presumptive to the Viscount Rathmoor, Dominick Manton once had his heart’s desire within reach—a bright future as a barrister and engagement to Jane Vernon, a wealthy baron’s daughter. Then a shattering betrayal by his vindictive brother George snatched away Dom’s inheritance and his hopes of offering Jane a secure future. Brokenhearted, and attempting to end their engagement without destroying Jane’s reputation, Dom staged a betrayal of his own to convince her that he’s not the husband-to-be that she thought. Now George is gone and the viscountcy restored to Dom, since his brother’s widow, Nancy—Jane’s cousin and closest confidant—never bore an heir. But when Nancy goes missing, a panicked Jane calls on her former fiancé to track down her cousin. Dom knows the mistakes of the past may be unforgiveable—but now, entangled together in mystery and danger, will they rekindle a passionate longing that was never lost to begin with?


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From New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries, the deliciously sexy fourth book in the “Duke’s Men” Regency romance series—the first of which was called “a totally engaging, adventurous love story” (RT Book Reviews, Top Pick). The heir presumptive to the Viscount Rathmoor, Dominick Manton once had his heart’s desire within reach—a bright future as a barrister and From New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries, the deliciously sexy fourth book in the “Duke’s Men” Regency romance series—the first of which was called “a totally engaging, adventurous love story” (RT Book Reviews, Top Pick). The heir presumptive to the Viscount Rathmoor, Dominick Manton once had his heart’s desire within reach—a bright future as a barrister and engagement to Jane Vernon, a wealthy baron’s daughter. Then a shattering betrayal by his vindictive brother George snatched away Dom’s inheritance and his hopes of offering Jane a secure future. Brokenhearted, and attempting to end their engagement without destroying Jane’s reputation, Dom staged a betrayal of his own to convince her that he’s not the husband-to-be that she thought. Now George is gone and the viscountcy restored to Dom, since his brother’s widow, Nancy—Jane’s cousin and closest confidant—never bore an heir. But when Nancy goes missing, a panicked Jane calls on her former fiancé to track down her cousin. Dom knows the mistakes of the past may be unforgiveable—but now, entangled together in mystery and danger, will they rekindle a passionate longing that was never lost to begin with?

30 review for If the Viscount Falls

  1. 5 out of 5

    XxTainaxX

    Dom and Jane's story had me entranced from the beginning. I love second chance stories and this brought that love to the forefront. I actually enjoyed Edwin's portrayal, however brief. Makes me think that there's more to that man... perhaps with Nancy? I loved the secondary characters and the plot development was on point. As always, Sabrina weaved a wonderful story full of adventure. It helps that the loving was particularly hot! :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker

    3.5 stars ****Full Review**** I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. After being disinherited by his older brother and facing an unknown fate, Dom decides that his betrothal to Jane must be called off. Jane loves Dom and refuses to adhere to his wishes; she stands ready to face the fire with him. Seeing no alternative Dom constructs a situation that has Jane running away in tears and calling off their 3.5 stars ****Full Review**** I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. After being disinherited by his older brother and facing an unknown fate, Dom decides that his betrothal to Jane must be called off. Jane loves Dom and refuses to adhere to his wishes; she stands ready to face the fire with him. Seeing no alternative Dom constructs a situation that has Jane running away in tears and calling off their betrothal. After twelve years of being apart Dom and Jane suddenly find themselves thrust back into each other's lives. As they search for Jane's missing cousin old hurts and lingering wishes rise to the surface tempting them to wonder if now their time is finally here.   If the Viscount Falls is book four in The Duke's Men series and while it can be read as a standalone, reading at least the first book in the series will give you a deeper insight into Dom and appreciation of him more. Dom is a bossy, sacrificing, and sexy character. His take charge attitude annoys Jane at times but he gets things done. He emerged as a forceful phoenix from the ashes of his privileged life to create Manton's Investigations, which also provides employment for his half siblings. He takes care of his own and there is nothing sexier than that. Jane grew up with an overly dominate father who inflicted emotional trauma on her mother so Dom's authoritativeness is a trigger for her at times. She also holds anger for Dom deciding for her that she wouldn't have been able to survive with him as he worked his way back up. The crosses that these two bear are in constant conflict with each other.   As Dom is trying to be so noble and Jane tries to get answers for why Dom never came back for her, your heart will crack. They are also very stubborn characters who will try your patience at times. There is a lot of meandering back and forth with blame and REASONS that gets a little repetitive and clearly meant to add length and angst. Even though there is Dom becoming the viscount and Jane's engagement to someone else it seemed somewhat sudden when Dom decides to claim Jane, twelve years of sacrifice goes poof in two days. His circumstances are vastly improved but he was still trying to keep Jane an arm’s length away and instead of a gradual breaking down it was an anti-climatic Ok now I'm going to allow myself to have you.   This is moderately a road romance as our couple is traversing the roads to find Jane's cousin but the focus is heavily on Dom and Jane's issues rather than the suspense. Past character's come out to play as they help in the search but never overload the story. This is a lighter regency romance with the dialogue perhaps not quite up to historical standards and heavier on the sexual aspect of our couple. If you have read the previous books in the series then you'll definitely want to read this to see protective Dom get his happily ever after. If new and looking for a causal romp into the regency world with some sexy scenes then If the Viscount Falls would be a fun pick.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms

    This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews The Duke's Men had to get involved once more in If the Viscount Falls, and there was romance and mayhem galore! My If the Viscount Falls review: Jane was absolutely delightful, and If the Viscount Falls fell right into step with the other stories in this series. A little bit of shenanigans, scorching chemistry, and a second chance at love for Dom and Jane made my heart swoon. Dom, however was very high-handed, and even when he real This review was originally posted on (un)Conventional Bookviews The Duke's Men had to get involved once more in If the Viscount Falls, and there was romance and mayhem galore! My If the Viscount Falls review: Jane was absolutely delightful, and If the Viscount Falls fell right into step with the other stories in this series. A little bit of shenanigans, scorching chemistry, and a second chance at love for Dom and Jane made my heart swoon. Dom, however was very high-handed, and even when he realized he might have a real chance of winning Jane back, he made decisions without consulting her, and continued to treat her like a naive young girl, rather than the strong woman she had grown into. Dom was the main man behind The Duke's Men, as he needed to find something productive to do in order to earn money after his older brother, George, left him without funds after their father's death. Now, however, George is dead, and Dom is the new Viscount. When Jane shows up to share her distress about her cousin, George's widow, missing, Dom doesn't really think anything is going on. However, he indulges her and goes with her to Bath to see if they can find Nancy safe and sound. The mystery surrounding Nancy's disappearance, especially because she's not alone, makes the whole reunion between Jane and Dom bittersweet. Danger, secrets, and yet another possibility that Dom will not inherit the title makes him try as best he can to keep his distance from Jane. Not that she makes that easy for him - even if she is finally engaged to someone else but Dom. And of course, the fact that Jane finally showed that she was willing to go after what she wanted made the hotness irresistible. The third person point of view in past tense worked really well, because the narration moved the story along flawlessly. If Dom had been a little more open to Jane's opinion, I would have given If the Viscount Falls five stars. Some of my favorite If the Viscount Falls quotes: Lisette eyed him askance. "He didn't call me that, did he?" "Not yet, no. I was too young." Dom let the footman serve him some beef. "That didn't keep me from being curious, though. Tristan was toddling about, and Father and Mrs. Bonnaud were clearly very friendly, so I asked where Mrs. Bonnaud's husband was. Father, evasive as usual, said he was helping her get on without one." Lisette snorted. "Helping her? That's what he called it?" "Are you rethinking your plan for seduction now?" he asked, with a decided tension in his voice. "No." She cast him a game smile. "Just... reassessing the... er... fit."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Inka

    Добре, обичам Дом, наистина, ама тук, той се държеше като магаре... при това краставо. Не че е проблем, но сметнах, че съм длъжна да го отбележа. С тъпата си логика, след като брат му Джордж го обезнаследява, той се опитва да скъса с годеницата си Джейн, тъй като по кривата му мъжка логика, сега като няма пари, тя ще е по-добре без него, но тъй като Джейн го обича и не иска да разваля годежа (а той не може да го направи, защото ако мъжа развали годежа, жената ще е с опетнена репутация) той измис Добре, обичам Дом, наистина, ама тук, той се държеше като магаре... при това краставо. Не че е проблем, но сметнах, че съм длъжна да го отбележа. С тъпата си логика, след като брат му Джордж го обезнаследява, той се опитва да скъса с годеницата си Джейн, тъй като по кривата му мъжка логика, сега като няма пари, тя ще е по-добре без него, но тъй като Джейн го обича и не иска да разваля годежа (а той не може да го направи, защото ако мъжа развали годежа, жената ще е с опетнена репутация) той измисля супер гениалния план, да се представи за зестрогонец и да налети на братовчедката на Джейн, Нанси, така, че Джейн да се разочарова от него и да го зареже. Както и става. Едва след години, когато Нанси се омъжва за Джордж, брата на Дом, Джейн отсъзнава, че всичко е било постановка, и продължава да живее с надеждата, че един ден Дом ще се върне за нея. Но минават 12 години, и Дом вече си е изградил име, има фирма и все пак не идва за Джейн, затова на нея й писва да го чака и се сгодява за друг мъж, тъй като иска деца и семейство. Дом вече знае, че я е изгубил. В началото е искал да се раздели с нея, защото в живеел изключително бедно, работел е за правителството, взимайки най-опасните мисии и не е можел да подложи Джейн на такъв живот, а по-късно, когато създава фирмата си, Дом се бои, че Джейн вече го мрази, заради фиаското с братовчедка й, и оставя нещата така. Копнеейки по нея от далеч. Сега брат му Джордж е мъртъв и Дом наследява имението и титлата, а Джейн идва да потърси помощта му, тъй като братовчедка й Нанси, вдовицата на Джордж е изчезнала и Джейн подозира, че й се е случило нещо лошо. Двамата започват да работят заедно, за да открият истината, и през цялото време се заяждат един с друг. Страшно забавно се дърлеха на всяка втора страница. Дом обаче като чистокръвно магаре постоянно се запъваше и се дърпаше изключително много. А след като почна да се усеща, Джейн започна да се дърпа. Като цяло, книгата беше цялата в дърпане, дърлене и прехвърчащи искри. С една дума: СТРАХОТНА!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Caz

    This is the fourth and final book in Ms Jeffries’ current series, The Duke’s Men , and tells the story of Dominick Manton, second son of Viscount Rathmoor, former Bow Street Runner and spy, and now the owner of a successful firm of private investigators. Readers were introduced to Dom in the first book (What the Duke Desires) when we learned that his older brother George disinherited him after their father’s death because Dom chose to defend the actions of his half-brother, Tristan Bonnaud. Very This is the fourth and final book in Ms Jeffries’ current series, The Duke’s Men , and tells the story of Dominick Manton, second son of Viscount Rathmoor, former Bow Street Runner and spy, and now the owner of a successful firm of private investigators. Readers were introduced to Dom in the first book (What the Duke Desires) when we learned that his older brother George disinherited him after their father’s death because Dom chose to defend the actions of his half-brother, Tristan Bonnaud. Very unusually, the older viscount’s illegitimate children and Dom were very close, but George wouldn’t have anything to do with them, holding them responsible for his mother’s untimely death giving birth to his brother. If the Viscount Falls opens with a much younger Dom attempting to get his fiancée to jilt him following his sudden change in circumstances. He has nothing to offer her now, and can’t bear the thought of dragging her down with him; living in dingy rooms and not having enough to eat is no way for a lady to live, and Dom is adamant that she’d be better off without him. He engineers a situation which will shock Jane and force her into breaking off their engagement, because while a lady is allowed to cry off, for a gentleman to do so would cause her ruin. Twelve years later, George is dead (this happened at the end of the previous book, How the Scoundrel Seduces), and Dom is heir presumptive to the viscountcy, given that George died without issue. Dom is struggling to adapt to his new role when Jane Vernon, his ex-fiancée suddenly reappears back in his life, wanting to avail herself of his expertise as an investigator. George was married to Jane’s cousin, Nancy – who has disappeared, and Jane is concerned for her safety. The story surrounding Nancy’s disappearance and the reasons behind it is very well put-together, and intriguing. Dom suspects Nancy is complicit in a deception which could ultimately defraud him; Jane is adamant she’s not capable of such a thing, and the two clash repeatedly, Jane accusing Dom of being overly suspicious, he accusing her of not being suspicious enough and of being blinkered when it comes to her cousin. Both of them have a good point – and there’s a great deal of passion underlying their many disagreements. In the twelve years since their parting, Jane and Dom have seen each other only once – which was enough for him to admit that he never really got over her. He suspects that Jane feels the same way; except that she’s given up waiting for him to come for her and has become betrothed to another man. It’s perhaps a little difficult to believe that Jane would have waited for twelve years before accepting another man’s proposal, and that Dom could be so instantly desperate to make her his, when he’s managed perfectly well without her for the past twelve years. But I always enjoy a good “second chance” story, so I’m prepared to give the author a free pass on that. And in all fairness, she actually does a good job of explaining Jane’s situation; after her initial fury at the fact that Dom had manipulated her into jilting him, she was dismayed to think that he didn’t trust enough in her love for him to believe that she’d be prepared to endure hardship for him as long as they were together. Over the years, she’s come to see his reluctance to expose her to what he rightly thought would be a very difficult way of life as a lack of confidence in her rather than concern for her. Most of all, however, Jane – whose father was harsh and dictatorial – bitterly resents that Dom made that decision for the both of them without even consulting her. Setting aside the twelve-years-thing, Ms Jeffries has written a very convincing relationship between two people whose emotional baggage continually trips them up in their dealings with each other. Dom is used to doing things his own way and playing his cards close to his chest – even with his own family, whom he loves and wants to protect at all costs. But he has to learn that trust is an important part of any relationship and that he needs to open up a little and let people in. Jane needs to learn that Dom is not a carbon copy of her father – a man whose emotional cruelty towards her mother and desire to control Jane’s every action, even from beyond the grave, means that she often shoots first and asks questions later because she sees Dom’s attempts to protect her as controlling. It’s not untrue to say that Dom is a control freak, but given his background, it’s not surprising. He’d been brought up to the life of a gentleman and had aspirations to study the law, but after being cast off by George, had to make his own way in the world from scratch. Along the way, he had to do some things he’s not proud of which have affected him profoundly, and which, being the sort of man he is, he believes are faults in him and failures that could cause his loved ones to feel differently about him – which is why he hides so much of himself from them. Jane and Dom’s individual hang-ups mean that conflict is never far away, but the last third of the story, in which they both come to see exactly what makes the other person tick, is well done, and shows character growth. I did sometimes think that there was a little too much navel-gazing, though – I understood the first time that Jane’s father was tyrannical and domineering which accounted for her frequent over-reaction to what she perceived as Dom’s controlling tendencies – and didn’t need it explained repeatedly. Dom, perhaps by virtue of the fact that the reader has known him for four books, is the more well-rounded character of the two, and the one to whom I was more strongly drawn. He’s a noble, honourable and sexy hero, and the sparks between him and Jane literally fly off the page. If the Viscount Falls is one of the stronger books in this series, and I enjoyed this final outing with The Duke’s Men. If you’ve been following the series, you won’t want to miss out on Dom’s story. I bumped this one up to 4 stars after looking back at my reviews of the other books in the series, because I think the story is stronger and doesn't rely so much on coincidence and contrivance.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    My review cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed Once upon a time, Dominick Manton had it all: a promising future and the love of his fiancée, Jane Vernon. Then Dom’s life came crashing down around him, his inheritance stolen and the career he was to have taken from him. He had no other choice than to trick Jane into jilting him before he dragged her down with him. Twelve years later, Dom’s brother – the author of all the ills he and his half-siblings suffered – is gone and Dom has not only a success My review cross-posted from Joyfully Reviewed Once upon a time, Dominick Manton had it all: a promising future and the love of his fiancée, Jane Vernon. Then Dom’s life came crashing down around him, his inheritance stolen and the career he was to have taken from him. He had no other choice than to trick Jane into jilting him before he dragged her down with him. Twelve years later, Dom’s brother – the author of all the ills he and his half-siblings suffered – is gone and Dom has not only a successful investigation business, but the viscountcy as well. There’s just one thing missing from his life: Jane. She’s engaged to another and Dom won’t let himself think on what he lost by pushing her away all those years ago. But fate hands him a chance when Jane comes to him for help. Nancy, her cousin and Dom’s widowed sister-in-law, is missing. For the first time in well over a decade, Dom and Jane must work together to solve a mystery that could change their lives forever. And close quarters might just mean that Dom has a chance to win back the heart of the only woman who has ever held his. I absolutely love a good second chance romance, and If the Viscount Falls is a great one. Sabrina Jeffries’s final Duke’s Men novel brings this fantastic series to a satisfying close with a romance between two headstrong characters that is sure to make you smile. I’ve been intrigued by Dom since meeting him in 'Twas the Night After Christmas (the final Hellions of Halstead Hall book). Dom can be serious and autocratic, but he’s had to be to survive and thrive in the conditions his brother’s betrayal threw him all those years ago. Dom may be bossy, but he’ll sacrifice himself in a heartbeat for others. He’s got a good heart, and when combined with his sharp mind and hidden sensuality, he makes an excellent hero. It takes a strong heroine to match Dom, and Jane is exactly that. She’s an intelligent woman who doesn’t back down from anyone or anything. Long ago, she might have allowed Dom to sweep her up, but now with her feet firmly planted on the ground, he has to work to win her heart. They’ve been apart twelve years, and it’s not a simple matter of true love making everything right. Dom and Jane have to work for their happily ever after, and I loved that about them. Their romance is passionate and engaging, and the back-and-forth between them makes the pages of If the Viscount Falls fly by. A dash of mystery the missing Nancy and her possible condition provide rounds out If the Viscount Falls . The Nancy plot isn’t a contrivance that throws Jane and Dom together only to be forgotten. Instead it’s a storyline (which I won’t spoil) that has real consequences for Dom and Jane, and it only makes you root for these two more. This subplot also gives previous Duke’s Men heroes and heroines a chance to play their roles in reuniting Jane and Dom, which – as a fan of the series – I adored. You don’t have to have read What the Duke Desires, When the Rogue Returns, or How the Scoundrel Seduces in order to enjoy Dom and Jane’s story, but I believe having done so made me love the book even more. But whether you’re a fan of the Duke’s Men series or are just looking for a wonderfully entertaining historical romance, you’re sure to enjoy If the Viscount Falls .

  7. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    If the Viscount Falls by Sabrina Jeffries is a 2015 Gallery Books publication. What a wonderful historical romance! I couldn't put this one down. Jane was engaged to be married to the future Viscount Rathmoor, Dominick Manton. However, when Dominick's fortunes turn he decides that it is best if he calls off the engagement, for Jane's benefit. So, a scheme was devised by Dominick so that Jane would break off the betrothal, thus leaving her reputation in tack. But, what Dominick thought was best f If the Viscount Falls by Sabrina Jeffries is a 2015 Gallery Books publication. What a wonderful historical romance! I couldn't put this one down. Jane was engaged to be married to the future Viscount Rathmoor, Dominick Manton. However, when Dominick's fortunes turn he decides that it is best if he calls off the engagement, for Jane's benefit. So, a scheme was devised by Dominick so that Jane would break off the betrothal, thus leaving her reputation in tack. But, what Dominick thought was best for Jane, actually caused her more pain and years of living as a lonely maiden. Now, twelve long years later, Dominick will finally gain the title of Viscount and a fortune with it, but Jane has finally accepted a marriage proposal from another man, so that was that. But, when Jane's cousin, Nancy disappears she enlist Dominick to track her down, convinced that something is awry. In the process of looking for Nancy, Dominick and Jane have the chance to finally clear the air between them. So, are they still in love after all these years, or is it too late? “That's what happens, Dom, when you play the puppet master. People aren't puppets. People make decisions on their own and behave as they will. You can set a plan in motion, but as soon as it involves people, it will rarely commence exactly as you wish.” Sabrina Jeffries is one of those authors I can count on to deliver the goods. This one was no exception. Dominick's arrogance, and lack of faith in Jane, lead her dub him “Dom the Almighty”. Naturally, Dom presumed way to much about what was best for Jane and horribly misjudged Nancy's character as well. But, he learns some very important life lessons as a result. However, Jane too learned there was more to the story than met the eye and she did understand some of Dominick's reasoning, even if she still didn't agree with him. The mystery of Nancy's disappearance was baffling since we didn't know if she had a lover, if she was pregnant, (which would have canceled out Dominick's Viscount title), or if she was in danger. The banter between Jane and Dominick was smart , sharp, and highly entertaining. The chemistry is scorching hot between these two, despite past hurts. There was no doubt in my mind these two belonged together, it was just so sad that they lost twelve years together. Their story was a little more sexy, perhaps because they had been apart so long and were finally acting on what they had been denied all those years ago. Either way, they seem unable to keep their hands off each other. I loved the secondary characters too, all of whom were charming in their own right. The mystery in this one was also pretty suspenseful with that “race against time” feeling, and I happen to love historical mysteries, which is also why I am partial to this series, so for me this one was a winner all around. 4.5 – rounded to 5.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Esther

    The story of Dom and Jane and young love that unfortunately had the hero make a decision to break with the heroine because of a not having funds or position to provide for her. And he did so in such a way that it was very devastating to heroine. Ten years later he has the funds and position but she is engaged. Plus a missing cousin and mystery draws the two together. To try and solve both. I found this book difficult to finish. I found the characters not very engaging, they where bland somewhat. T The story of Dom and Jane and young love that unfortunately had the hero make a decision to break with the heroine because of a not having funds or position to provide for her. And he did so in such a way that it was very devastating to heroine. Ten years later he has the funds and position but she is engaged. Plus a missing cousin and mystery draws the two together. To try and solve both. I found this book difficult to finish. I found the characters not very engaging, they where bland somewhat. The plot and story line didnt grab me and had to really work on finishing the book. Normally enjoy Sabrina Jefferies books but not so much this one. Netgalley for an honest review

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisarenee

    ****My Synopsis**** Once upon a time Dominick 'Dom' Manton had the world by the tail. He was on the fast track to becoming a barrister and had a fiance he loved and adored. Then his vindictive brother, George, made him choose between the life he was meant to lead and the half brother he loved. George decreed that if Dom didn't help him find the whereabouts of Tristan, their illegitimate half-brother, he wouldn't support him. Dom refused and that effectively ended his endeavors to become a barrist ****My Synopsis**** Once upon a time Dominick 'Dom' Manton had the world by the tail. He was on the fast track to becoming a barrister and had a fiance he loved and adored. Then his vindictive brother, George, made him choose between the life he was meant to lead and the half brother he loved. George decreed that if Dom didn't help him find the whereabouts of Tristan, their illegitimate half-brother, he wouldn't support him. Dom refused and that effectively ended his endeavors to become a barrister. Tristan had stolen a horse bequeathed to him in their father's codicil which George burned so he wouldn't have to honor it. The punishment for horse thievery is death and if Tristan had been found he'd have been sentenced to the hangman's noose. Along with Tristan's inheritance, Dom's own and that of their illegitimate sister also went up in smoke when the codicil was burned. So by not aiding George, Dom's path was irrevocably changed until now. With George's recent demise, Dominick is set to step into the roll of Viscount which will allow him the opportunity to get some of what he lost back. Will that include the fiance he had to let go when his path in life took a drastic curve? As the two pair up to find out what happened to Nancy, Jane's cousin and George's widow, they'll get the opportunity to become reacquainted. Will Jane and Dom finally have a shot at the happy ever after that never was? **********My Review********* This is sadly the last book in The Duke's Men series, but Ms. Jeffries saved the best for last. For years we've known the sacrifice Dom made for his family, but we never knew the full extent until now. Ms. Jeffries does an excellent job of capturing the emotions that would accompany a broken courtship that neither party truly wanted. The heartache, the questions, the feelings of betrayal and regret are all beautifully portrayed within the pages as the tale unfolds. Dom is the exact opposite of his late brother George. He's loyal, caring, noble and the type of man who when he falls, he falls hard. He's never gotten over Jane, but never did anything to renew their courtship even after he made a name for himself as the successful owner of Manton Investigations. He honestly felt she would be better off without him. The problem was he never really gave Jane a chance to decide what she wanted for herself. He made that decision for her. Jane knew some of what happened all those years ago, but never the full extent. She'd figured out what Dom had done to end their engagement and waited patiently for him to come to his senses. Yet in all those years he never had. Finally believing he hadn't felt the same way as she, she agreed to marry another man. When she and Dom start working together to find Nancy, however, it becomes clear that old feelings run deep. I couldn't help but give this one 5 out of 5 roses. I loved seeing these two work through all the feelings they had and sort through everything that did and did not happen between them. The chemistry between this pair was combustible and I loved the merry dance these two did before all was said and done. If you're worried about disliking this one because one of the pair is engaged to another, don't. That was more of a platonic relationship built out of mutual respect for one another than love and there were no hard feelings so it didn't distract from the romance. In addition to the romance, I loved the mystery of what happened to Nancy. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one earned a STEAM rating--too hot for a fan, but you still have a handle on things. You should use extreme caution when reading a book with this rating in public. People may inquire as to why you looked flustered and flushed. Notes: I received an eARC loan from the publisher. I am part of Sabrina Jeffries Street Team which means I love her books enough to volunteer to help get the word out about upcoming releases.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sonya Heaney

    Also posted HERE . I’ve enjoyed this series quite a lot. I really loved the first two books, and the third was fun – if not quite up to the same standard. This fourth instalment, If the Viscount Falls, had me staying up until dawn to finish it. I would recommend you read the series in order, because past characters do feature heavily, but you could probably manage it on its own. I’m a very big fan of reunited lovers stories, and this one involves a huge amount of angst. What was done to break her Also posted HERE . I’ve enjoyed this series quite a lot. I really loved the first two books, and the third was fun – if not quite up to the same standard. This fourth instalment, If the Viscount Falls, had me staying up until dawn to finish it. I would recommend you read the series in order, because past characters do feature heavily, but you could probably manage it on its own. I’m a very big fan of reunited lovers stories, and this one involves a huge amount of angst. What was done to break hero and heroine apart was pretty terrible, but also probably the only option at the time. So now we have a pair who spent twelve years apart, and still the odds are stacked against them. Something I noticed with this book is that the author has a very contemporary feel to her writing. It may well be that it has always been this way and that these days I’m just more pedantic about having a genuine historical feel to my historical romances. However, I did find it a little distracting at times. The characters not only converse in very contemporary English, but they discuss things that people would be shocked about today. Brothers and sisters very openly joking about their sex lives, for example. And the proper forms of address and use of titles were practically non-existent. Hmm. I really don’t remember noticing this before. However, I liked a lot about the book. The mystery pushes the story on from start to finish. I didn’t feel like there was a point in the story where things got boring or stale. With a missing woman, an entire viscountcy at stake, and two very different opinions on what actually happened, I liked the way things were revealed gradually. As for the romance itself? I liked both characters a lot, though I did question the ethics of restarting a relationship while the heroine was still engaged to another man. I did think a few of those typical historical romance moments: I’ll show you! I’ll surprise you with a kiss in the middle of an argument! were unnecessary, but I was willing to overlook them because I liked most of what I read. One other thing that has troubled me a bit about the series is that my favourite couple, who appeared in book two, have practically been eliminated from the other books. Whereas other heroes and heroines have continued to play big parts in each story, my two favourites have practically ceased to exist! However, not only was If the Viscount Falls a solid end to a fun series, but it subtly sets up the author’s spinoff series, which I am really looking forward to. Review copy provided by NetGalley.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lover of Romance

    If The Viscount Falls is the final installment in the Duke's Men series, and what a lovely story this turned out to be. For as long as I have read romances, Jefrries has been my go to author, no matter what. Well after reading this book, I do think it just might be my favorite book of the series. This is Dom's story, and long awaited one for me. From the beginning of the series, I have just loved Dom, he has gone through quite a bit, and deserved his own happy ending. The story sets off with Dom If The Viscount Falls is the final installment in the Duke's Men series, and what a lovely story this turned out to be. For as long as I have read romances, Jefrries has been my go to author, no matter what. Well after reading this book, I do think it just might be my favorite book of the series. This is Dom's story, and long awaited one for me. From the beginning of the series, I have just loved Dom, he has gone through quite a bit, and deserved his own happy ending. The story sets off with Dom and Jane who once was engaged, but when Dom lost everything, and he knew the next years in his life would be hard, he couldn't put Jane through that, so he hatched a plan that would make her believe the worst of him. For years he has regretted that choice, but knowing she would be better off not dealing with being poor as church mice, but now Jane has entered his life again, and the love he once had for her has come brighter than ever only Jane is engaged to another man and wants nothing to do with him. When Jane's cousin ends up missing, she enlists Dom to help her find her, since her cousin is also his sister in law. As they begin their search, clues pop up that cause even more mystery than before, and they along with other members of the Duke's Men group, will search for the truth, and Jane and Dom's love is rekindled, but will past mistakes hurt their future and be the healing balm they need... What a wonderful and truly emotional story this one was. I will say that the emotional tone to the story, really surprised me, I didn't expect this story to be so poignant for me, but it really was. I found that this story was phenomenal in every way. I really have little complaint about it, I just felt so engaged from the first few pages. and Jeffries does a wonderful job in creating a story to charm and delight any reader. I don't know why I was so surprised, since Jeffries is the author, but a couple of the other books in the series, didn't excite me like this one did. There was such a lyrical note to the story, the way it all flowed together, and the plot just fit with the depth of the characterizations and the story tended to have a light dramatic flair that added a bit more substance. This set of characters keep you engaged and fully entertained. A tale of intrigue, passion and love!! Not one to be missed out on. A PASSIONATE ROMANCE!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Romancing the Book

    Reviewed by Molly Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I’ve always been a fan of Sabrina Jeffries’ work. She is super talented in the way she blends history, charm, wit, and well developed characters. When I read her work, I’m instantly pulled into the center of the story and the ride is never dull. I laugh, I get mad, I holler at the characters, and in the end, I’m always instantly read for the next book. This particular book is no exception. I loved Reviewed by Molly Book provided by NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I’ve always been a fan of Sabrina Jeffries’ work. She is super talented in the way she blends history, charm, wit, and well developed characters. When I read her work, I’m instantly pulled into the center of the story and the ride is never dull. I laugh, I get mad, I holler at the characters, and in the end, I’m always instantly read for the next book. This particular book is no exception. I loved it from start to finish, despite the fact that this is the fourth and final book in The Duke’s Men series. All of the characters within this book stole a little piece of my heart as I got to know them, though Dominick was the number one character for me. His willpower, his strong body, his caring heart….all of it stole my breath away. My heart broke for him more than once and I wanted to reach out and hug him so many times. Jane….ah….the lovely Jane. Though I loved Dom so much more, she was a wonderful character to me. I loved her braveness and her passion. I absolutely enjoyed following her story as she sought to help her cousin, yet tried so hard to keep her feelings hidden. This is a wonderfully written book and I am dying to go back and read the first three books in this awesome series. Ms. Jeffries has once again shown her talent and captured my heart. If I could give this book more than 5 in rating, I would. But, I’ll settle for highly, highly recommending this novel to all historical romance lovers out there. The twists and turns will hook you until you reach the very last page.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    Fourth & last in The Duke's Men historical romance series and revolving around the Bonnaud/Manton family and their investigation agency, Manton Investigations, the firm built and run by Dominic Manton and his half-brother, Tristan Bonnaud. The couple focus is on Jane Vernon and Dominick Manton. It's been twelve years since that fateful night in the Earl of Blakeborough's ballroom. This ARC was provided by NetGalley and Pocket Books in exchange for an honest review. My Take Okay, I'm still not i Fourth & last in The Duke's Men historical romance series and revolving around the Bonnaud/Manton family and their investigation agency, Manton Investigations, the firm built and run by Dominic Manton and his half-brother, Tristan Bonnaud. The couple focus is on Jane Vernon and Dominick Manton. It's been twelve years since that fateful night in the Earl of Blakeborough's ballroom. This ARC was provided by NetGalley and Pocket Books in exchange for an honest review. My Take Okay, I'm still not impressed with this series. I've mostly enjoyed Jeffries' other series, but this one leaves me mostly annoyed due to a combination of melodrama and a strong intrusion of modern language. I like an historical story to reek of the time period, and not feel like a blend. I do think If the Viscount Falls is better than What the Duke Desires , 1, and yet Jeffries continues to employ some fairly lame tropes and continues to ignore the social conventions of the time. Jane should never have gone off with Dom on this investigative trip to York. I do understand why she would: the subconscious desire to be around Dom and her worries about Nancy's disappearance. Nor would I trust that Dominick would be as assiduous in hunting for Nancy! It's also doubtful in this time period that illegitimate children of a mere viscount would marry so well. Then again, Zoe has her own secrets to hide and Max's status puts him above most such concerns. Still, the modern tone clashes with the setting as does some of the language. Dom the Almighty? I can appreciate the intention behind it, but it certainly takes away from the period feel of the story. I do like the general twist Jeffries has put on this series with a man rising by his own efforts in his rather modern detective agency. The people involved have good family values and they support each other, no matter what. There are yet more twists — setting aside the melodramatic execution and the expectation of seeing Snidley Whiplash twirling a mustache! — with the kidnappings and betrayals! I did feel a bit off-kilter in reading If the Viscount Falls, and I think I'd have been better off if I'd read When the Rogue Returns , 2, and How the Scoundrel Seduces , 3, before this one. Jeffries does provide enough information to enjoy this story, but you know my OCDness *eye roll* I gotta know it all! Jeffries takes us back to the beginning, for it's What the Duke Desires that introduces this story's hero: the much-put-upon Dominick. Cut from his rightful inheritance (which never did make sense), Dominick cut all ties to the life he knew and created a successful business on his own. A success that should have encouraged our "hero" to make it right with the love of his life. Coward. Still, knowing the desperate importance the ton puts on respectability and lineage, it is understandable that Dom doesn't want to do anything that would ever jeopardize Jane's happiness. Interesting perspective on the duke's part about choice and what Dom did to force Jane all those years ago. The real reason Jane accepted the trickery Dom played on her. It leads to a quite thoughtful discussion in that carriage as Jane learns how Dom's early life influenced his choices. It's rare that victims get to see their persecutor gets his comeuppance, and the Bonnauds and Dominick are favored by the gods when George goes beyond the pale in How the Scoundrel Seduces . It's weird that a merchant's daughter and his ward would be so welcome in the ton. Normally, they'd have to be incredibly wealthy to even have a chance. And for Nancy to marry a viscount?? She must have had a HUMONGOUS dowry to have made a merchant's daughter acceptable. Although, as is pointed out in the story, George would do anything to thwart his younger brother. Jane and Dom do sound like the perfect couple, with those odd preferences they share. Oh, boy, Jane shares the truth about her parents, and I don't blame her one bit for holding out for what she wants. I suspect it's where her fear of what Dom may do to Nancy comes from. She's doing what every woman should do, realizing the truth about herself and her expectations from marriage and insistent on holding to her course. I also am enjoying the sisterhood who, along with Jane, scheme and plot to bring these two back together. I haven't read the two intervening tales — When the Rogue Returns and How the Scoundrel Seduces — so I don't know the history between the various characters, and Jeffries intrigues me with what Dom suspects of Nancy having orchestrated that night twelve years ago. Seems she got her just deserts IF that's true. To be fair, I suspect Nancy is more grateful to Dom and company than angry if George truly was that much of a jerk. I have to agree with Jane about "idiot men"! Dom is absolutely determined to believe the worst. I should think an investigator needs to be more openminded! I suspect, however, that the emotional combination of Jane and his inheriting his brother's title are throwing off his thought processes. It's a space operetta with a strong dash of melodrama with this dancing about the truth of that night twelve years ago when Dom forced Jane to jilt him. And the melodrama continues as Dom and Jane learn more about Nancy's "escape" and the truth they are hiding from Dom. As for Dom's infantile reactions…well, he had better remember who instigated that little scene and the result he orchestrated. He should never be blaming Jane for what he set in motion. The jerk! It's an odd re-courtship as they chase down a runaway widow and rediscover each other. Jeffries does a nice job of keeping the suspense of what Jane's final intentions are. "…you can set a plan in motion, but as soon as it involves people, it will rarely commence exactly as you wish." The Story It begins with an explanation for that night. The night Dom lost Jane forever. And begins again with a Whitsuntide house party at Winborough's and thinking back to that ball. If only he had inherited then… It's too late now. Jane is engaged to Blakeborough and will be a countess. He has no right to her. Dom will build his own life. Without Jane. He's transferring the day-to-day business of Manton Investigations to Victor and intends to concentrate on reviving the Rathmoor estate. He doesn't count on Jane discovering Nancy missing and in dread trouble. The Characters Jane "Freckles" Vernon is a baron's daughter and had been engaged to Dom before she ended their engagement. She's now engaged to the Earl of Blakeborough. Her Uncle Horace, a wealthy merchant, is her guardian and Nancy's father. Hmph, the truth about that night comes out! The shallow Nancy Sadler married George Manton and became the Viscountess Rathmoor; she's now the widowed Lady Rathmoor. Meredith is Nancy's maid who has left for London to tend her sick father. The agoraphobic Mrs. Patch is her great-aunt who lives in York with her lapdogs: Rogue, Nell, and Braganza. Dominick "Dom" Manton had been cut off by his brother, and he refused to marry Jane without being able to support her as he thought she should be. He now heads up his own private investigation agency in London. Skrimshaw, a.k.a., Shaw, is no longer Dom's butler but is still performing on the stage. George Manton, Viscount Rathmoor, is his older brother who treated him so poorly and committed illegal acts in What the Duke Desires ; he died in How the Scoundrel Seduces and Dom has succeeded to the title. Two years in and Jane and Dom have baby Ambrose. And Little Archer, their spaniel pup from Mrs. Patch's brood. Eugene is joined by his one-year-old sister, Claudine. Victor and Isa's 12-year-old Amalie is dancing with a young Max. Tristan Bonnaud is their illegitimate half-brother now married to Lady Zoe Keane (see How the Scoundrel Seduces ) and seems to have taken the name Winborough on marrying Zoe?? Or maybe it's simply the name of the estate? Jeremy Keane is Lady Zoe's American artist cousin. Lord Olivier is Zoe's "father". Lisette, Dom's half-sister and Tristan's full sister, is married to Max Cale, the Duke of Lyons (see What the Duke Desires ). Dr. Worth is Max's personal physician. Victor Cale, Max's cousin, married Isabella (see When the Rogue Returns ) and they have a son, Eugene. Jackson Pinter is Dom's benefactor and got Dom started as a Bow Street Runner. Lord Ravenswood, the undersecretary to the Home Office, is a spymaster giving it up for politics. Lady Ravenswood is one of the female plotters, lol. Edwin Barlow is the new earl of Blakeborough, a good friend of the Vernons, and newly engaged to Jane Vernon. The now-disgraced Samuel Barlow, Edwin's younger brother, arranges prize fights. Yvette is the still-unmarried younger sister. Hulton was the head of the magistrates at Peterloo. The Cover and Title The cover is cute with a swath of the viscount's velvet and ermine coronation robe that helps give rise to the title. It's a randy Jane losing the top half of her white gown and ready to resume marital relations with her ready Dom, naked but for his dark breeches. The title is a cute sexual play on words with Jane quite pleased If the Viscount Falls before her, for Dom shows her that his pomp will always rise.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Inshirah Kamal

    “Because love is a lie designed to make a woman desire what is only a figure of smoke in the wind. Love is too dangerous.”

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cee (The Mistress Case)

    **ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review** Heroine: 2 stars Hero: 2 stars Romance: 2 stars Plot: 3 stars Enjoyment: 1 star Overall Rating: 2 stars I have not read the first three books of The Duke’s Men , so forgive me if my view is limited. Past: Dominick Manton and Jane Vernon, soon-to-be Jane Barlow and Countess of Blakeborough, are old lovers. In fact, 12 years ago, they were engaged until Dom tricked Jane into jilting him. Dom couldn’t overcome the obstacles in their future and **ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review** Heroine: 2 stars Hero: 2 stars Romance: 2 stars Plot: 3 stars Enjoyment: 1 star Overall Rating: 2 stars I have not read the first three books of The Duke’s Men , so forgive me if my view is limited. Past: Dominick Manton and Jane Vernon, soon-to-be Jane Barlow and Countess of Blakeborough, are old lovers. In fact, 12 years ago, they were engaged until Dom tricked Jane into jilting him. Dom couldn’t overcome the obstacles in their future and chose her safety and reputation over their love. More than that, he chose to save his family— his younger half-brother and half-sister— from his blood brother, George. Furious, George disinherited Dom. Fast forward to the present: Nancy Sadler, Jane’s cousin, is missing. Not only is she missing, she may be pregnant with the heir to the Rathmoor title. The father may or may not be her late husband, the deceased Viscount Rathmoor, none other than Dom’s older brother. Jane requests for Dom’s help in finding Nancy, and thus, a journey of emotional baggage begins. I daresay I didn’t enjoy If the Viscount Falls as much as I thought I would. The problem is I didn’t care for both Jane and Dominick. For that reason, one day, I shall read the previous books before rereading this fourth installment. Maybe that will help me sympathize with this bland couple. Anyhow . . . First and foremost, I should inform you I think ill of the heroine. Not only she is boring and not a very great heroine, Jane is a cheater. That’s right. She was engaged to another man while she “having her fun” with Dom. Even when she knew it was wrong, she couldn’t control her “lust” and “passion.” So much for resistance. . . . It didn’t even matter that she and her fiancé Edwin didn’t love each other because it was still cheating, and I don’t hold cheaters in high-esteem no matter what their excuses are. Besides, Jane was too comfortable with her role as a "victim." Don't get me wrong, she's no damsel in distress though. Jane’s biggest sin and flaw was her pride. She was FULL of it. Sure, she made her excuses— good ones too, I should rectify— about not wanting to be controlled by a possessive husband, like her mother and Nancy had been. She knew Don would make restrictions on her life and she also couldn’t let go of the fact that he didn’t come back to her. She could whine all she wants about him not fighting for her, but it wasn’t like she fought either, especially even after she found out about the deception. She stopped fighting and just decided to wait until she met him again, hoping he would take her back. After his utter betrayal, Dom couldn’t bring himself to believe Jane would wait for him. He felt he had no right to force his way back into her life and heart. He thought she moved on. Little did he know she already knew the truth and it would have been easier for both of them if she only confessed what she knew when they did met again. And vice versa. But, noooooo, she didn’t want to make it easy for him. And he was too stupid to talk to her and work it out. They didn't want to communicate at all. Instead, he stayed silent while she wanted him to take a hint: she couldn’t “wait for her life to begin.” Or something like that. Typical women intuition, right? They don’t tell you what they want and expect you to read their mind and every desire. He didn’t take the hint nor did he confess the truth about that night at the ball, so she held onto an even bigger grudge against him. She felt unwanted, even after he had gained the viscount title, and finally decided she was going to wash her hands of him once and for all. Her pride was too much for me and she treated their encounters as some sort of game. She toyed with him and didn’t want him to “win.” Yes, win” Her words; not mine. It all came down to protecting her pride, denying her attraction, and proving she didn’t need/want him. While I understood Dom’s motivations, Jane was right about him being controlling and almighty. He made demands of her and she didn’t want to be push around as someone unworthy of his trust and respect. Needless to say, Jane and Dom were unexciting as a couple. There was A LOT of arguing and their fights went around in circles. On one page, Jane and Dom would be all over each other. Then the next, they would quarrel (mostly about the same things), etcetera, and etcetera. I assure you it continued on, again and again and again. Truly, their chemistry was weak and I still can’t see why they were in love. I would have not continued on if I hadn’t wanted to know about what happened to Nancy. I'm a fan of romance books about reunited lovers, whose love stories cry with angst as they are given a second chance at love. However, If the Viscount Falls didn't do it for me. Therefore, I repeat: I'll give If the Viscount Falls another chance once I read the first book three books in the series. Excuse my rambling. This is as much sense as I will ever make.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    If the Viscount Falls is the final installment of Jeffries’ The Duke’s Men quartet, and it happens to be the story that I was most looking forward to. Readers have been getting hints in each book about the history between Dom Manton and Jane Vernon, and we finally get to learn what that history is here. Dom and Jane were once engaged to be married; however, when Dom’s brother cut him off, Dom conspired to force Jane to jilt him so that he wouldn’t drag her down into poverty. Kissing another wom If the Viscount Falls is the final installment of Jeffries’ The Duke’s Men quartet, and it happens to be the story that I was most looking forward to. Readers have been getting hints in each book about the history between Dom Manton and Jane Vernon, and we finally get to learn what that history is here. Dom and Jane were once engaged to be married; however, when Dom’s brother cut him off, Dom conspired to force Jane to jilt him so that he wouldn’t drag her down into poverty. Kissing another woman will do that. This betrayal cut Jane deeply and neither party has forgotten the past. When Jane’s cousin, Dom’s brother’s widow, goes missing Jane turns to the one man that can help her find Nancy, even if it means risking her heart all over again. Dom’s not sure if he’s happy that Jane’s approached him after all these years, but he’s never gotten over her. Now that he's the viscount, Dom actually has something to offer Jane (other than poverty). The question is whether Jane will accept his renewed affections. If only she didn’t have a fiancé already waiting in the wings… As I said, I have been waiting for this book. This anticipation can be a dangerous thing as there’s the risk that the book will not live up to your expectations. Happily, this was not the case in If the Viscount Falls. This was a great end to the quartet. It was sweet and sappy and I read it in one sitting, if that doesn’t say satisfaction, I don’t know what does. I have to admit that I found the familial bickering and nosiness surrounding Dom and his siblings completely endearing. In real life, I don’t think I’d want to have these meddling siblings, but in fiction it doesn’t seem intrusive, it really just seems rather sweet. Both of Dom’s half siblings, Lisette and Tristan (both of whom have had their own book) are conspiring to get Dom and Jane back together, and when Jane doesn’t act as she ought, they are quick to come to Dom’s defense. The family dynamics in If the Viscount Falls reminds me a lot of Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series, so fans of Quinn will be sure to enjoy this one. The romance between Dom and Jane was also very well executed. Often when the “reunited” theme comes up in romance there is too much reliance on past feelings between the hero and heroine that readers don’t generally get a full picture of the current relationship. In the case of If the Viscount Falls the Dom and Jane have been separated for twelve years; arguably they are different people from when they were engaged. I liked the fact that this change was acknowledged and meant that these two had to get to know each other in a new way; learn what was still the same and what had changed over the years. They were kids anymore, and they also had to deal with the mistakes (i.e. impulsive and dictatorial decisions) that they made when they were young. Again, I thought that the past was dealt with effectively and believably. Gotta love it when both parties realize that they’ve made mistakes. I also loved that the author introduced a whole new storyline in the book with Jane’s rather stuffy fiancé and his apparently unmarriageable sister. Blakeborough doesn’t get a lot of screen time here, but from what I saw, his story is just begging to be told, too bad it looks like we’ll be getting his sister’s story first in The Art of Sinning. Or not, I’ll take what I can get when it comes to Sabrina Jefries! What can I say? I loved When a Viscount Falls. It was exactly the kind of sweet and adorable story that I was in the mood for. I am convinced that Jeffries’ fans will love this one! The only thing that I can think that would be negative about this one is that it might be too sweet for some readers. Everything is resolved quite nicely for the hero and heroine, and I think perhaps, this could be somewhat unbelievable for some romance readers. Generally, I’m not drawn to books that put their hero and heroine through the wringer before they get their happily ever after; I like happier and lighter books, which this one is. So, I think readers should be aware of that going in. But, if you’re a reader that likes the lighter side of romance, If the Viscount Falls fits the bill and gives a nice little intrigue plot to boot! Jeffries remains one of my very favourite historical romance authors. Originally reviewed at The Book Adventures. *Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kiltsandswords

    It wasn’t that long ago I read the third book in this series, so I was VERY excited to read the final chapter of the Duke’s Men. Finally we get to find out what is going to happen to Dominick. He’s been a solid character in the previous novels, so his story had to be something special. After defending his brother Tristan years ago from their brother George, Dom has lived a totally different life than was intended for the second son of a Lord. He has had to work as a Bow Street Runner, the Home Of It wasn’t that long ago I read the third book in this series, so I was VERY excited to read the final chapter of the Duke’s Men. Finally we get to find out what is going to happen to Dominick. He’s been a solid character in the previous novels, so his story had to be something special. After defending his brother Tristan years ago from their brother George, Dom has lived a totally different life than was intended for the second son of a Lord. He has had to work as a Bow Street Runner, the Home Office and then Manton’s Investigations. It has been a very hard road that he has taken in life, punished by his horrible brother for doing the right thing. But the worst part about his penance is having to give up the dream of marrying his beloved Jane. Dom is a very honest and straight forward man. He loves Jane and knows that she would come to resent him if she married him, so he deceives her in order to get her to call off the wedding – something she has refused up until that point. They both live with their heartbreak for the next twelve years. Twelve years is a lifetime. I don’t know if I could wait for someone for twelve years. Could you? Watching life pass you by…watching your youth slip through your fingers…seeing everyone around you experience marriage and babies…and yet still holding on to love for someone who is not coming. I really, really don’t know if many people have that kind of fortitude. But Dom and Jane have it in spades. It is only a recent development that Jane has finally accepted the proposal of her friend Edwin, the Earl of Blakeborough. It is more of a business arrangement – she will provide heirs, help his sister marry well and he will give her households to run. Wow, that sounds like fun. Jane’s cousin Nancy is a complication in their lives. She was part of the scheme to get Jane to cry off marrying Dom. She married Dom’s brother George and is related to both Jane and now Dom. She disappears from the Dowager estate on Dom’s new property and he is besieged by Jane to find her. She won’t tell him the truth, but Nancy may be pregnant with the possible heir to the title that Dom has just inherited after George’s death. And so begins the chase across the countryside. Dom and Jane are in each other’s company for the first time in twelve years. I was excited to see how they would interact with each other. Would they fall at each other’s feet now that Dom was a Viscount and able to marry Jane? Would he spurn her for being engaged? Would they still have chemistry? What WOULD happen??? Well, it was pretty clear that twelve years didn’t stop Dom from wanting Jane. He still finds her so beautiful. Her stubborn streak is still there and while he admires her tenacity, he doesn’t want her involved in investigating Nancy. He can be domineering and downright bossy at times to her and she pushes right back. Those interplays between the two were so fun to read. You don’t get emotional over someone you have moved on from. It’s clear pretty quick that these two still have very deep feelings for each other. The investigation of Nancy brings together all the characters from the previous stories. It was great to have them included as I always want to know what happens to characters that I really like. They are also helpful as they provide opportunities for us to learn more about Dom and Jane in the years they have been apart as well as what they are thinking now. The heat between Dom and Jane is hot. Not at all lukewarm. And I guess if you have been apart for that length of time, there should be incendiary sparks flying when you finally reunite. Dom is a powerful man, he knows what he wants. Jane has waited so long for him that it was so exciting to read about the passion they share. The scenes were really well written…it made you want to be Jane. The mysterious disappearance of Nancy leads to a wild goose chase over England that is instrumental in bringing Jane and Dom together. The resolution is satisfying as it ends the way you would want. Nancy is not a bad person, but she causes a lot of grief and frustration for everyone. This was a great book to close out the series. There was a fun surprise at the end of the book. It looks like we will meet some previous characters in Sabrina Jeffries’ next book. Edwin, Yvette and Mr. Keane are back in an adventure of their own. I’m hoping we will get glimpses of the Duke’s Men so we can keep in touch with their happily ever after.

  18. 4 out of 5

    ☕ Kimberly

      Caffeinated dates with If the Viscount Falls First date: We have known Dom since the beginning when his brother George betrayed him. Now George is dead and Dom is the heir presumptive to the Viscount of Rathmoor. Dom has come a long way since his brother betrayed him and owns the Manton’s Investigation dubbed the Duke’s Men. Back at the estate he cannot overlook his former fiancé Jane is visiting her friend at the Dowager house. Jane is newly engaged after twelve years and Dom is depressed at th   Caffeinated dates with If the Viscount Falls First date: We have known Dom since the beginning when his brother George betrayed him. Now George is dead and Dom is the heir presumptive to the Viscount of Rathmoor. Dom has come a long way since his brother betrayed him and owns the Manton’s Investigation dubbed the Duke’s Men. Back at the estate he cannot overlook his former fiancé Jane is visiting her friend at the Dowager house. Jane is newly engaged after twelve years and Dom is depressed at the prospect. Ooo you just know things are going to get interesting when you hear Jane is demanding an audience with him in the foyer. Aannd I slip into the tale. Second date: The chemistry between Jane and Dom is apparent, with flickers of anger from the past, and despair from Dom thinking all is lost. Jane is concerned because her cousin Nancy has gone missing. Dom feels a little resentment towards Nancy. Years ago, Nancy helped Dom into deceiving Jane forcing her to call of their engagement. Jane believes there is fowl play with Nancy’s disappearance and wants Dom to assist her in locating her cousin. We have a little mystery forcing the two together and it is delicious as they work to solve the case and sort out the baggage between them. Dom can be bossy, and his methodical nature does not work well with the opposite sex. Jane is feisty, angry at the prior trickery and yet she still has feelings for the fool. We meet up with former characters as we investigate Nancy’s disappearance. Third date: Dom and Jane are playing a dangerous game, and we see occasional flairs of passion and heat. Tempers, miscommunication and Dom’s personality get in the way as they move closer to finding Nancy and perhaps rekindling the past. Nancy may throw a wrench into Dom’s plans, especially if rumors are to be believed, but does any of that matter. Eep! This last date had me flipping the pages, crossing my fingers, and giggling with delight. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Book Reviewer

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    Dom has been one of my favorite characters throughout The Dukes men, but his story was a bit disappointing. I don’t know how many times I really got ticked off at Dom for being a jerk. So I do understand Dom’s reasoning behind letting Jane go when his brother disowned him. I know he thought he was doing the right thing, but it angered me that he didn’t let her choose. Instead he hurts her by pretending to like her friend, Nancy. He didn’t want to ruin her reputation, so he thought this was the be Dom has been one of my favorite characters throughout The Dukes men, but his story was a bit disappointing. I don’t know how many times I really got ticked off at Dom for being a jerk. So I do understand Dom’s reasoning behind letting Jane go when his brother disowned him. I know he thought he was doing the right thing, but it angered me that he didn’t let her choose. Instead he hurts her by pretending to like her friend, Nancy. He didn’t want to ruin her reputation, so he thought this was the best way. Now George is out of the picture and Dom could be the next Viscount, but Nancy who married George is missing. Jane wants Dom to find Nancy because she doesn’t think she ran off on her own. Even though there are a lot of skepticism on what Nancy has been doing. Dom is not a huge fan of Nancy, especially after she married his brother George who he loathes. So he always thinks the worst when it comes to her and thinks she just ran off with a man. Jane doesn’t think her friend would do that and is persistent at defending her friend. Jane also knows the truth about what happened between him and Nancy, and it made her even more mad at his stubborn male ways. Dom doesn’t know that she knows, but what he does know is he is still in love with her. He is to stubborn to just confess everything to her and then something complicates things. Dom has always been my favorite of the Dukes Men, but let me tell you I wanted to smack him a few times. He is so brooding and stubborn and MALE..lol. I still love him, but he really just irritated me a bit in this book. Jane was a lot of fun and I liked her as a character. She had her flaws and she could have told him that she knew about what he did and you could tell they were both still in love with each other after all the time that had gone by. Jane was about to marry a guy but not for love but because she wasn’t getting any younger and needed stability. Over all it wasn’t a bad read it just wasn’t my favorite in the series. If you love historicals I would give The Dukes Men series a try.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Elis Madison

    I'll confess, after reading other books in the series, I looked forward to this one. The hints of a troubled past between this couple suggested there'd be some super fireworks. The hyper-evil villain of the series, George Manton, was killed in the previous book of the series. So now his younger brother, mysterious Dominick, is preparing to step up to the earldom, and give up his position as a private investigator. That's when Jane Vernon, his former fiance until she caught him snogging her cousi I'll confess, after reading other books in the series, I looked forward to this one. The hints of a troubled past between this couple suggested there'd be some super fireworks. The hyper-evil villain of the series, George Manton, was killed in the previous book of the series. So now his younger brother, mysterious Dominick, is preparing to step up to the earldom, and give up his position as a private investigator. That's when Jane Vernon, his former fiance until she caught him snogging her cousin (there's a story behind this) arrives to ask him for help. It seems that the cousin, Nancy, who, by the way, is George's widow, has gone missing. She wants him to investigate. That's when the bickering begins. And that, unfortunately, is all the fireworks we get as the couple (and all their friends and family) go about figuring out what happened with Nancy. I did have one other tiny nitpick... Let's just say that a woman wearing a coronation robe wouldn't have to inform anyone she was wearing nothing else. (This image is actually a duchess--her train is longer than that of a viscountess, but the configuration of the robe--here worn over a patterned gown--is pretty standard for a peeress.) It's a good story, and there are a number of discoveries that keep it interesting. It's just not as exciting as I expected. Still, it gets 4 stars, because there's enough going on to make it a solid finale to the series. I'm not much into novellas, but I might even have to go back and pick up book 2.5.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marita

    Is this about George? Because I always admire the balls off of any author who attempts to reform a gamma hero but my God George has been an outright villainous bastard (ironic considering his hatred of them) so far-and also married IIRC. I'm hoping George has somehow died in Book 3 and Dom's the new viscount and we can finally find out what Dom and Lady Jane's history is!!!! Or is there another viscount hanging about in the series?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Dom finally gets Jane back! That doesn't spoil the plot of this wonderful finale to this series. The rest of the Duke's Men are along for the ride and it's a great ride! I highly recommend this book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    ℘ųŋყą [Punya Reviews...]

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book... for more, visit Punya Reviews... Sabrina Jeffries’ The Duke’s Men series is coming to an end with its 4th installment, If the Viscount Falls. I’ve admired this series right from the start, enjoyed the lives of these Duke’s Men, as they were called. Dom, or Dominic Manton, has been the heart and soul of Manton’s Investigations, and finally we get to read his story. I generally love Ms. Jeffries’ writing and the p My review contains spoilers and they're mostly my thoughts as I went with the book... for more, visit Punya Reviews... Sabrina Jeffries’ The Duke’s Men series is coming to an end with its 4th installment, If the Viscount Falls. I’ve admired this series right from the start, enjoyed the lives of these Duke’s Men, as they were called. Dom, or Dominic Manton, has been the heart and soul of Manton’s Investigations, and finally we get to read his story. I generally love Ms. Jeffries’ writing and the premise of a second chance romance seemed perfect as it was building since the beginning of this series. Unfortunately, all I got is this impression; when two superbly stubborn people fall in love, that relationship is doomed right from the start. Can’t say I enjoyed the sensation throughout the story. If you want to be introduced to the protagonists of this series, you should probably start with the Hellions of Hallstead Hall, where some of these Duke’s Men were secondary characters. The rest were introduced along the way. It’s not strictly necessary but fun nonetheless. ‘The Duke’s Men’ is a fancy name for Manton’s Investigation. Dom’s younger half-siblings (his deceased father, the viscount’s mistress’s children) used to help him running this company. Though Dom’s elder brother, George, who couldn’t stand the sight of either Tristan or Lisette, Dom was fond of both and appreciated having them close. Thus he was been banished and disinherited. But Dom never cared a whit. He made a living out of this business, with aplomb no doubt. The Duke of Lyons, Max, was one of the characters from the Hellions series. He’s also the H of book 1 of this series, What the Duke Desires. Thankfully, he’s now happily married to Lisette. Max’s long lost cousin, Victor, was rescued in book 1. At that time, Max thought himself alone in this world. With the rumors of a so-called curse hanging above his head, he was only too happy to have someone to call ‘brother’ again, even if he was unable to find his own brother, the original heir, who passed away long ago. Victor’s story can be found in When the Rogue Returns. Max hired Manton’s Investigation to find his brother. Even though the result wasn’t satisfactory, this case received much popularity in the media nonetheless. This is how the name came to be. Dom is not amused by all the unwanted attentions but Tristan, the mischief-maker, obviously loves it. Dom, though, appreciates that this helped boosting his business. Victor was treated by Dr. Worth, and you can read his story in a novella called Dorinda and the Doctor. Tristan finds love in Lady Zoe in book 3, How the Scoundrel Seduces, while working on a case. He met Zoe first, ironically, also working on another case. Zoe was in a big dilemma regarding the circumstances of her birth. Her true identity could effectively ruin her reputation; also divest her off her inheritance. And for this investigation, no other than the famous Duke’s Men will do. She originally wanted Dom but ended up hiring Tristan instead. Sparks flew right from the start as they had this instant love-hate relationship that soon blossomed into something more. Tristan being the rake of the bunch hadn’t seen it coming, is all I can say. Zoe proved to the perfect match for him. It is always fun to watch the rake fall so hard that he can’t see straight because of it. :p At the end of this installment though, George gets his comeuppance when he tries his best to make trouble for Tristan and Dom using the facts of Zoe’s birth, wanting to ruin her because she was in love with Tristan. After George’s death, Dom becomes Viscount Rathmoor as his brother didn’t leave an heir. Dom’s story with his ex-fiancée Jane was introduced quite early in the series when she and he suddenly see each-other again at a ball after a long time. We’ve been given hints where it was said that something happened between them that led Jane to jilt Dom some 12 yrs. ago. They were both young and so much in love, yet no one really knows what exactly happened. Neither Dom, nor Jane will open their mouths about it. Incidentally, the end of their engagement also corresponds with the whole mess of Tristan and Dom’s father’s death, then Tristan stealing the horse that was meant for him. George destroyed the codicil written while his father was in deathbed, which mentioned that his ‘other family’ aka mistress and her children will be getting financial benefits. But George made sure they get nothing. After that, Tristan, Lisette and their mother had no other option but to leave when George was adamant of hanging Tristan as a horse thief. Besides they couldn’t prove anything to anyone. Dom has always been more attached to this family. As I mentioned earlier that he also supported them which saw him without an inheritance, all thanks to George. At that time, as we find out in this installment, he was engaged to Jane. After being disinherited, without any future to speak of, Dom decided it was the best that they broke up. He was just starting out as a Bow Street Runner with meager pay that couldn’t even afford him a decent meal and a place to stay. There was no way he was dragging Jane down that path. But Jane wouldn’t listen to him no matter what. So he makes this plan with Nancy, Jane’s cousin who marries George later, for a tryst of sort. It works. Jane finds them together. Moreover, she eavesdrops on how Dom wanted Nancy more than her, something that left her completely heartbroken. The rest of this mess was, of course, known to all. Here is one example on what I said about two superbly stubborn people in a relationship, there are more later in the story. Both Dom and Jane thought they did what is for the best. Dom thought it was best for Jane so he went with the plan, knowing he’s destroying something he’d later regret. He wouldn’t even give Jane a chance, whereas Jane wouldn’t listen to him either. Years later, through his transition from a struggling Bow Street runner to a respectable and rather famous detective, Dom has regretted his decision over and over again. He has always been in love with Jane and no woman had ever replaced her in the intervening years. He has never been a womanizer like Tristan, so we can’t say that he’d wasted whatever time he had out of work away on women. Yet, he never went back to Jane even when he could afford a wife and a family, even knowing she was still unmarried. I figured he was unsure, thinking he has burned anything resembling a bridge between them. But I think he should’ve at least tried, more so when I found out later that Jane had known for a while that the whole scene she witnessed that night was false. As it turned out, Nancy isn’t much of a secret keeper. Jane’s father’s will had some crazy clauses, one would be that she must marry a peer of the realm, or at the least someone from a noble family. Otherwise, she wouldn’t get her dowry. If she remains unmarried, even then she’d come to her inheritance at the age of 35! Though Jane’s parents passed away when she was quite young, she knew her father for an a$$hole. He never treated her mother right. He was very controlling and thru this will, he made sure he can still control Jane’s life from beyond the grave. When she ‘jilted’ Dom, Jane didn’t think she’d ever marry. But in the most secret recesses of her broken heart, she hoped that Dom would someday come to her when he could afford a family. But he never did. 12 yrs. passed with her gradually giving up on him, though why it took 12 yrs., that’s a good question. She was probably waiting for her inheritance until one day she decided that she didn’t want to live alone. So she hastily gets engaged with a childhood friend, the Earl of Blakeborough; a complete MOC from both sides. Though she harbors affection for Edwin, she knows she can never love him. No matter what, she couldn’t chase Dom away from her heart. When she saw him again in that ball, the carefully built wall around her heart threatened to crumble down on her. In between, in the installments, we got to see Dom and glimpses of Jane. Also, Lisette’s not so very subtle matchmaking. Not surprising since that’s what she expects of all her siblings seeing how she so happily married. It was very much apparent that Dom and Jane haven’t gotten over each-other. Though Lisette is hopeful of a second romance, Tristan isn’t all that much. He actually dislikes Jane, not knowing the reasons behind that long ago jilt. Dom tried his best to extricate himself from this new tangle, and Lisette’s matchmaking. However, one day Jane stops at the Manton’s, asking for his help to find Nancy. Apparently, she went missing a while ago and from everything that Jane saw and heard, she didn’t go on her own. In short, Jane fears that Nancy has been kidnapped. Dom is surprised as well as exhilarated to find Jane asking for his help. However, he has no soft feelings for Nancy like Jane. From the things Jane informs him, Dom becomes very sure that she ran off with some lover. But Jane is very sure about Nancy’s perfect reputation, that she’d never do any such thing. Despite all his misgivings, Dom agrees respond to Jane’s plea of help. When their first clue, where Nancy supposedly has gone to, comes up blank, Jane is evermore sure that Nancy has been kidnapped. Dom still continues to believe his own theory of a lover. Jane mentions some things like Nancy never leaves anywhere without her dogs, as she did on this one. Then she never really packed up before leaving whereas Dom still continues to believe she was in a hurry to elope. Who cares about dogs and clothes at a moment like this? I’d agree with him personally but Jane is not convinced. Thus, both Dom and Jane continue to quibble over the clues all through their journey to their next stop. And the next... *sigh* Their continual disagreement over what might’ve happened to Nancy goes on throughout the book. Way too long for my liking. Jane never quite agreed on Dom’s theories, even seeing him as a potential threat to Nancy since she was pregnant at that time. Dom being the new viscount she decides not to divulge that bit of information until she absolutely had to, leaving Dom speechless. Nancy hasn’t been successful in keeping her babies so there’s no telling what will happen this time. What I found absolutely unbelievable that somewhere in her mind, she believed Dom would do something to make Nancy lose the baby so that his new found money and status will remain solid! Even Dom couldn’t believe she could think such a thing! I didn’t like this at all. I would’ve thought Jane knew Dom better than that. And in lights of the fact that she was forever confused about her own feelings where he was concerned, mixing with her suspicions and disagreements, it began to grate at one point. Dom wasn’t any better either. He was quite biased against Nancy from the beginning, always seeing something negative, rather than considering she might be in real danger. It definitely doesn’t speak well for a supposedly splendid detective as him. Still, I felt his feelings for Jane was more solid than Jane’s for him. Then there was the matter of their past misunderstanding that kept rearing head in between the investigation. If they weren’t fighting about their theories, yays and nays on Nancy’s fate, they were either fighting about their own past and that one ‘incident’ or kissing each-other’s faces off. Oh boy, talk about dilemma! *eyeroll* As I said, all these began to grate on me after a while. I was like ‘puhleez, make up your freakin’ minds people!’ As the investigation (and the story) progressed, Dom also engages Tristan in it. Max was already a part of it as Jane and Dom had to stop at their home. By then they agreed that Nancy has been seen with Samuel Barlow, a young rake with a bad reputation and equally bad financial status. Since his disgrace that involved an elopement and something more horrid, Samuel had been disinherited by his family. He’s also, unfortunately, Edwin’s younger brother and has been known to both Jane and Dom. Jane knew Samuel was the family blacksheep. She also knew he was rather enamored of Nancy once upon a time, before her marriage to George. But no matter how many times Jane tries to think of them in love, enough for an elopement, she couldn’t envision it. Samuel is way too selfish and self-centered for it. We are then given a pleasant visit to the home of Viscount Ravenswood, who was a past character in Sabrina Jeffries’ Swanlea Spinsters series. Actually, he and his wife were the H/h of book 6. He was also connected throughout the later series, such as the Hellions of Hallstead Hall and the Duke’s Men, mostly by mention and not appearance, because he was a mentor to Jackson Pinter, another character from the Hellions series. Dom used to be a subordinate to Pinter when he was a Bow Street runner. He has previously worked for both Pinter and Ravenswood, which is why Dom feels that he could count on Ravenswood for information. With Tristan by his side, Dom begins his investigation in earnest, knowing that whatever it is, he needs to find out ASAP. Either way, the viscountcy is being threatened, and if they knew Samuel well, he’s definitely a part of it. Now the big question; what is Nancy’s part in it? Of course, Jane has always maintained Nancy’s innocence, while Dom thought the opposite. He needed more solid proof before he can strike Nancy out. At one point, between all the disagreements, Dom and Jane end up making love. It was after they had this talk (finally) about their past, about Dom’s own troubles and vulnerabilities, with Jane trying to convince him that she’s willing to let past remain in the past and move on. That scene could’ve been marvelous but I found it to be utterly unbelievable and wrong for several reasons; the first and foremost would be Jane still being engaged to Edwin. Even if she wasn’t in love with him, or he with her, it was wrong. Sadly, she knew this to be wrong yet she decides to sleep with Dom nonetheless. Dom tries to warn her, but simply gets carried away, convinced that Jane is finally going to be his. By that time, he made up his mind not going down without a fight for her hand, so it was no wonder when she invites the intimacy he gives in. Personally, I’d welcome this if they actually had a pleasant conversation throughout the whole journey, and if Jane didn’t show an alarming amount of lack of trust and confidence in Dom. It didn’t feel right that one moment she’s suspicious of his motives, comparing him to her a$$hole of a father (which meant she can’t even consider marrying him), then the next she’s confessing her undying love or something close, all in the space of a few days. She didn’t even trust Dom doing the investigation without butting into every freakin’ thing because she wanted to make sure he isn’t doing anything suspicious (according to her) that might harm Nancy rather than help her. Does that spell anything like ‘trust’? I didn’t think so. When they reach London trailing Samuel and Nancy’s path, they seek help from Edwin, who graciously agrees, knowing that his brother is a lost cause. Thankfully, Jane takes this chance to inform him that she can’t marry him. Edwin, though a bit disappointed, takes it in stride. I have a feeling that we haven’t seen the last of this handsome and broody Earl. Even though she knew that Dom won’t be happy about her butting into the last leg of the investigation, Jane still concocts a plan to butt in regardless of the danger. I could totally shake Lisette for being an idiot and encouraging her. It’s like these girls never use their brains. There’s no point in jumping first then worrying about the fall, is there? Fortunately for Jane, the author was of a mind to make Dom look like a fool when it turns out that Nancy, and her ladies maid, were indeed duped by Samuel who had this farfetched plan about marrying Nancy then passing off the ladies maid’s baby (courtesy himself) as George’s heir. It wouldn’t have been easy to pull off, even I could see it because once Nancy miscarried her own and learned of Samuel’s treachery, she completely refused to co-operate. Hence the need for kidnapping. Moreover, the child absolutely has to be male, which no one can confirm. After it was all solved, Dom and Jane profess their undying love to each-other and live HEA, while I was left disappointed about the whole drama, having a hard time believing in their romance. If they were given some times, a few months maybe to work things out, it would’ve been much more believable IMO. Having read it all, I couldn’t buy the ‘loved you forever’ all that much. What I rather enjoyed was revisiting the older characters who were in the story to do their little parts. Overall, a disappointing end to the series. If the Viscount Falls was more of a 3.5 stars but I’ve decided to round up as 4. I’m looking forward to the new series that’s obviously a spinoff of The Duke’s Men, featuring secondary characters from it. I was auto-approved for this ARC from Pocket Books via edelweiss which didn’t influence my review and rating in any way.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Traci

    I wanted to finish out the series, but I have to admit, I struggled to get through this one. After reading the other three, I'm a bit over the sex scenes, especially how virile the male characters are and how sweetly virginal the heroines are - at least until the heroes bed them the first time (this excluded the second in the series, where the characters were already married and had had relations). I get that these are romance novels, and as such, the readers are expecting certain things. But I I wanted to finish out the series, but I have to admit, I struggled to get through this one. After reading the other three, I'm a bit over the sex scenes, especially how virile the male characters are and how sweetly virginal the heroines are - at least until the heroes bed them the first time (this excluded the second in the series, where the characters were already married and had had relations). I get that these are romance novels, and as such, the readers are expecting certain things. But I just have a hard time believing that "the first time" is that perfect for everyone, as well as the selflessness of the heroes in making sure that their ladies "shatter" first. Also, I hate those terms when reading a romance, shatter, break apart, blah blah blah. Please, just say climax if you must make a reference at all. Seriously. Take a moment and read one of these scenes aloud, then try not to picture the heroine as made of glass or porcelain, literally breaking apart. Finally, I have to mention the word "exult", which Jeffries is overly fond of using. Having seen it over and over and over again in all four books in the series, I finally looked it up in a dictionary to get an exact definition, only because I wasn't really sure it was being used correctly. For example, something along the lines of "He exulted in her response." Technically, the usage is correct, as the definition is "show or feel elation or jubilation, especially as the result of a success". But for the love of all that is holy, USE SOME SYNONYMS! Why not say "He was elated at her response" - or use anything else to indicate the same sort of feeling, like be delighted, ecstatic, overjoyed, thrilled, even just plain happy! Overuse of a word - especially one that isn't all that common - just grinds my reading to the proverbial screeching halt. Having finished this series, I don't think I'll be looking for others by the author.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lindap

    3.25 / 3 Stars I'm a big fan of Sabrina Jeffries and have read a bunch of her books. Like all authors there will be some stories we like better than others. That's the case with If the Viscount Falls. I felt there was so much repetitive talking and vacillating between blame and understanding it made my head spin. There was far less action with the Duke's Men in this story and more sitting around discussing. Only towards the very end did we get some brief action. As with any SB book we do get more 3.25 / 3 Stars I'm a big fan of Sabrina Jeffries and have read a bunch of her books. Like all authors there will be some stories we like better than others. That's the case with If the Viscount Falls. I felt there was so much repetitive talking and vacillating between blame and understanding it made my head spin. There was far less action with the Duke's Men in this story and more sitting around discussing. Only towards the very end did we get some brief action. As with any SB book we do get more background information about each couple as their story unfolds. Background history is what also brings feelings and understanding as to why each character behaves the way they do. This brings the couples closer together in the end. Although this wasn't my favorite, I'm still glad I read it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tiny Shen 沈帝妮

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Gw suka Dom Yang Mulia. Jane yang menunggu Dom selama 12 tahun. Dom yang akhirnya berhasil menaikkan taraf hidupnya setelah "ditendang" kakaknya yang jahat. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ " Aku tidak pernah melupakanmu satu hari, satu jam, satu momenpun. Kau, selalu Kau. Segala yang kulakukan adalah demi dirimu, sialan. Bukan orang lain. " ~ Dominick Manton, p. 111

  27. 5 out of 5

    Beata

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  28. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Final book in the series and an excellent wrap up to the trials of the siblings. In the previous books we saw that George, Viscount Rathmoor was a truly nasty piece of work. He managed to disinherit his half siblings, tried to get his half brother hanged, and forced his own brother to give up his inheritance. This made it impossible for Dom to give his fiancee Jane the future they had planned. Stubborn Jane refused to break their engagement, so he tricked her into doing it, breaking both their h Final book in the series and an excellent wrap up to the trials of the siblings. In the previous books we saw that George, Viscount Rathmoor was a truly nasty piece of work. He managed to disinherit his half siblings, tried to get his half brother hanged, and forced his own brother to give up his inheritance. This made it impossible for Dom to give his fiancee Jane the future they had planned. Stubborn Jane refused to break their engagement, so he tricked her into doing it, breaking both their hearts. Twelve years later Dom is the head of his own detective agency when Jane shows up at his door asking for his help. Her cousin, who is also his late brother's widow, is missing and she wants Dom to find her. Thanks to his exposure to the seedier side of life, Dom is convinced that Nancy has run off with a lover, but Jane is sure that she's in trouble. Jane is no longer a naive young woman willing to take Dom's word, and makes it clear she'll find out the truth, with or without his help. Having never lost his feelings for her, Dom can't allow her to go on her own, but he's certain that he's right. Dom and Jane are two extremely stubborn people. All those years ago Dom had made the decision to break things off because he felt that was best. He didn't give her the benefit of believing she could stand by him no matter what. Now he finally has the means to support her, but she has given up on him and gotten engaged to another man. Jane refuses to believe the worst of her cousin and insists on going with Dom as he investigates. The two constantly butt heads over who is right. Both of them have a lot to learn about each other as they try to work together. Dom is very much a control freak, thanks to the way he was raised. His older brother was the heir, and therefore had their father's attention. His half brother and sister were the children of the woman their father loved, and therefore loved by him. Dom himself was the child whose birth caused his mother's death, making his father feel guilty every time he saw him. Strangely enough, it was his father's second family that showed Dom the most love, and Dom would do anything to protect them. This is what caused the trouble with George. So now Dom has the habit of telling people what to do, rather than discussing options. He's also had things happen in the past that reinforce the idea that things go wrong when he doesn't maintain control. Unfortunately for him, Jane refuses to be dictated to. Jane has had enough of men who force women to do what they want. Her father was an ill tempered bully who had emotionally abused his wife before killing her in a fit of temper and dying himself. He had also written his will in such a manner to exert control over Jane even after his death. She is still angry over Dom's actions all those years ago, and resists every time he tries to order her around. As they try to work together to find Nancy, Jane discovers that there is more to Dom's actions that she had known before, and begins to understand a little of why he behaves as he does. She still doesn't agree with him, and has no trouble telling him so. The chemistry between them is still hot, and they have a hard time keeping their hands off each other, in spite of wanting to believe the worst. Their conversations are snappy, intelligent, and frequently fun to witness. I loved seeing Jane push back when Dom would get high handed, and Dom would be left wondering what the heck had just happened. I also loved the fact that he started to realize that maybe he had screwed up all those years ago, and wondering if there was any way that he could win her back. Jane quickly realized she still loved him, but she wasn't going to give in until he showed her the respect she felt she deserved. The mystery of the missing woman was very well done. I loved seeing the way that both Dom and Jane could be right in their beliefs, and that they wouldn't know the truth until they managed to catch up with her. There was a lot at stake, including the possibility that Dom could once again end up with nothing. I was definitely rooting for Jane's option, though I was still uncertain all the way to the end.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    If the Viscount FallsSabrina Jeffries I was very lucky to receive a ARC of this final book in The Duke's Men series by Sabrina Jeffries. This book tied the series together so well. I loved finally learning more about the very reserved Dom, and Jane was a lovely breath of fresh air. I do not want to post spoilers, as the book has not been released. That being said, I feel that this book opened my eyes to the true type of person that Dom is--protective to a fault, capable of unswerving loyalty, but If the Viscount FallsSabrina Jeffries I was very lucky to receive a ARC of this final book in The Duke's Men series by Sabrina Jeffries. This book tied the series together so well. I loved finally learning more about the very reserved Dom, and Jane was a lovely breath of fresh air. I do not want to post spoilers, as the book has not been released. That being said, I feel that this book opened my eyes to the true type of person that Dom is--protective to a fault, capable of unswerving loyalty, but more than a little stubborn and set in his ways. Jane is equally protective and loyal of her family, to the point of being overly indulgent in their quirks. That being said she is also exceedingly stubborn and does not like to be told what to do. They each have understandable reasons for their outward behavior and for the introspective thoughts, and Sabrina Jeffries made it very easy to understand why they do the things they do. Being a protective and stubborn female myself, I definitely identified with Jane and all of the things that she did throughout this story to protect her cousin, Nancy, also Dom's sister-in-law. However, since Dom had not been around Nancy, he really did not know much about her character. The only thing he really recalled about Nancy was an ill-planned, childish scheme they both concocted years earlier. Before his life changed dramatically, Dom was engaged to Jane and had plans to become a barister. However, because of the jealous actions of his brother, George, on the deathbed of their father, and the subsequent reaction of his half-brother, Tristan, it left Dom in a terrible position. Because Dom did not side with George against Tristan and his sister, Dom was disinherited, and he felt that he could not offer anything to Jane but a life of hardship as his wife. He attempted to get her to call off the engagement, as that was the only way that she would not be dishonored, but she refused repeatedly. In an attempt to make her think he was less than worth, Dom enlisted Nancy in a plan to get Jane to call off the engagement. Things went wrong, but the end result was the same-Jane broke off the engagement. Years later, George has died, and his widow, the same Nancy that was Dom's accomplice all those years prior, has disappeared--all while Dom is now the Heir Presumptive of the Viscount Rathmoor, and he is trying to determine how to make sense of what George had done with the title. Jane enlists Dom's help to find Nancy, all while harboring a secret of Nancy's to protect her. Dom agrees to search for Nancy, but has his own suspicions of where she is and why. This story goes on to outline their many adventures, as well as what went on behind the scenes all those years ago, and the fall out from everyone's actions on that night. This story also introduces the readers to Edwin, the Earl of Blakeborough, who is a friend of Jane's, and also includes Jeremy Keane. Those two characters are also in the preview of her new series at the end of this book. I won't say anything else on that other than I'm excited to read more about them! In closing, Sabrina Jeffries is a masterful storyteller, and I loved the story, characters, adventure and humor in this series. I think If the Viscount Falls tied up all the loose ends in this series, and gives a peak at a great beginning into the next series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shauni

    Originally Reviewed For: Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy Sabrina Jeffries offers us another page in the illustrious Duke's Men Series. A series about a family afflicted with a useless father and an evil heir. About illegitimate children tossed aside and promises broken and about the spare who refuses to be a part of it. Instead they form an investigative agency that rivals the bow runners.. only they get paid much better. A group of men and women who forge their own destinies right in t Originally Reviewed For: Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy Sabrina Jeffries offers us another page in the illustrious Duke's Men Series. A series about a family afflicted with a useless father and an evil heir. About illegitimate children tossed aside and promises broken and about the spare who refuses to be a part of it. Instead they form an investigative agency that rivals the bow runners.. only they get paid much better. A group of men and women who forge their own destinies right in the face of the brother who refused to honor their father's promises.. If the Viscount falls is the fourth book in the series and is about the rock who held them all together, Dominick, the spare, the heir presumptive (after the sleazy brother) and the man who formed Manton's investigations aka The Duke's Men. And the woman he walked away from (for her own good of course). At 18 Jane Vernon had it all, a loving family and a man who adored her and planned to marry her, life was good. But a series of actions destroyed her world, entirely. While Jane was willing to stand by her now disinherited betrothed, he felt she deserved better. Since she wouldn't turn her back on him, he manufactured a scenario that would force her to break their betrothal and broke her heart. Jane being the intelligent woman that she was, figured it out, eventually and decided to wait for Dom... and wait and wait and wait. Finally, she has reclaimed her life and is planning to move on. But her cousin's disappearance forces her to call on Dom, now the Viscount for his expertise and assistance. Talk about old flames burning bright. Dominick Manton chose honor before finances, consequently he lost everything. When his father died, he refused to back his older brother when dealing with his bastard siblings, see Dom loved them, they were his family. He would not be party to destroying them. Only his choices left him impoverished and unable to support a bride. Walking away from Jane was the hardest thing he had ever done. But she's back now and this time, Dom isn't letting go. Ms. Jeffries takes delight in leading us down one path happily going in one direction before hitting a switchback and going in the complete opposite direction. While the sizzle factor remains throughout the entire book, the subplot adds an interesting mystery and makes you think. You think it's an obvious ploy, you think you know what's going to happen next. You think Ms. Jeffries has taken the easy route and settled for predictability, then you turn the page.. While the reader never forgets that this book is about Dom and Jane you are still immersed in finding Nancy. Trying to figure out where she is and how she got there. Do you accept Jane's theory and worry about her or do you believe Dom and figure she is up to no good? Either is a plausible story.. Both have valid points. I love stories where we are forced to think. About characters that dare to go off on their own paths.. and Ms. Jeffries does a wonderful job leading us down paths.. A truly wonderful book. Shauni This review is based on the ARC of If the Viscount Falls, provided by netgalley and is scheduled to be released on January 27, 2015

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