How to Catch a Wicked Viscount (The Disreputable Debutantes, #1)
A young lady's tarnished reputation might cost her everything in this first book in the Disreputable Debutantes series.Shy, bookish Sophie Brightwell is expected to make an advantageous match to improve her family's fortunes. However, Sophie's plans to make a spectacular debut go horribly awry when she and her three closest friends are expelled from a young ladies' academy for unbecoming conduct. Since the ton will be sure to close their doors on these disgraced debutantes, they determine that unconventional means need to be employed in the husband-hunting market. Rakehells—the beau monde's wickedest members—might be the only men willing to overlook a young lady's besmirched reputation. But how does one catch a rake?Nate Hastings, the devil-may-care Viscount Malverne, is the older brother of Sophie’s best friend, fellow disgraced debutante Lady Charlotte. When a terribly foxed Nate accidentally compromises Sophie, Charlotte strikes a wicked bargain: in order to avoid a scandal and the parson's mousetrap, Nate must help Sophie snare a husband. But as Nate fulfills his obligation and begins to instruct the lovely Sophie in the art of luring rakes, he soon finds himself battling his own fierce attraction to her.

How to Catch a Wicked Viscount (The Disreputable Debutantes, #1) Details

TitleHow to Catch a Wicked Viscount (The Disreputable Debutantes, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 27th, 2019
PublisherBerkley
Rating
GenreRomance, Historical Romance, Historical, Historical Fiction, Regency

How to Catch a Wicked Viscount (The Disreputable Debutantes, #1) Review

  • WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsI 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.Sophie was sent to a young ladies' academy to hopefully make connections so that she can marry well and save her family from impoverishment. While she makes three great friends and they form the Society for Enlightened Young Women, they end up getting expelled for breaking some rules. Now three years later, she may be forced to m 2.5 starsI 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.Sophie was sent to a young ladies' academy to hopefully make connections so that she can marry well and save her family from impoverishment. While she makes three great friends and they form the Society for Enlightened Young Women, they end up getting expelled for breaking some rules. Now three years later, she may be forced to marry a man she despises to save her family. When one of her friend's invites her to London to spend the season with her, Sophie jumps at the chance.Nathaniel is a man of his day, he is a viscount, an heir, fought in Waterloo, and lives a life of gentlemanly leisure. However, when some of his antics catch his father's attention, he is given the ultimatum to grow up or be cut off. He doesn't want to marry quite yet but his younger sister's friend is having him thinking thoughts he never has before.The first in the Disreputable Debutantes series, I enjoyed the friendship between our heroine Sophie and her three friends. We are introduced to them at the ladies' academy and how their curiosity and wanting the same knowledge as their male counterparts gets them thrown out and causes severe consequences for them. I liked how the author aligned the juxtaposition of the rather mild actions of Sophie and her friends with the debauched antics of Nate and his friends and the severe consequences the women faced and the almost complete lack of any for the men. This had me feeling for Sophie but even though Nate was a man of his time, I struggled with how immature him and friends came off and how childish their bets and pranks were. She bit her lip to suppress a small smile. It suddenly occurred to her that perhaps the viscount might be a little bit infatuated with her too. The friends decide to hone their flirting skills on rakes, the excuse of already having a scandalous reputation for being thrown out of the academy as their reason, and Sophie's friend caught Nate in Sophie's room due to a drunken mix-up and decides to blackmail him to help them in their quest. This was all a bit shaky to go along with and neither really pans out as the story goes along. I had the same issue with Sophie writing a child's novel and Nate's pain from Waterloo. Both were introduced and occasionally revisited but felt more like afterthoughts in the story, they ended up feeling like “what was the point?” because they didn't add any emotion to the story. Well, she wouldn’t beg. And if Nathaniel Hastings had a change of heart, he knew where to find her. With the consequences of Sophie and her friends' actions, along with the lifestyle of Nate, this did have more of a Regency time period feel to it. There also felt like a hint of naughtiness just around the corner. In the beginning with Nate and his friends, there was some threesome talk and just an overall vibe of sexuality. However, I didn't think it completely compromised the historical mood and I actually thought it gave this a bit of a fresh feel because of, for the most part, keeping it to more of teasing the idea. I did struggle with the ending; throughout, Sophie and Nate acknowledge the danger of acting on their feelings only to, what felt like to me, act in a way that wildly went against what felt true to their previously written characters. This not fitting into the fabric of the story or characters ruined any romance I was supposed to get out of it.Overall, I believed in the lust attraction between the two but not sure I felt the depth of emotion, Sophie and Nate never spent enough quality time together to build this up for me. Sophie's novel writing to try and save her family and Nate's Waterloo pain felt more like footnotes than incorporated into the story enough to provide emotion but the covertly contrasting of consequences for men and women of the time was nicely done. The author lined up enough secondary character series baiting teasers that I will find myself picking up the next Disreputable Debutante's story. There was some emotional depth missing for this but Nate does read Pride and Prejudice, Sophie mentions it is her favorite book, because he is missing Sophie and I can always get enjoyment out of a reading hero.
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  • Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
    January 1, 1970
    July was a romance month for me. I read more romance books last month then I have in years. It was worth it though and has moved me to start reading the genre a little more often. This was a fun book! It's about time somebody wrote a story about 'disreputable debutantes' usually in Regency and Victorian era stories, the girls are all prim and proper and only the guys are allowed to be rakes. It made for a nice change! And you know behind drawing room and boarding school doors, I bet at least 80% July was a romance month for me. I read more romance books last month then I have in years. It was worth it though and has moved me to start reading the genre a little more often. This was a fun book! It's about time somebody wrote a story about 'disreputable debutantes' usually in Regency and Victorian era stories, the girls are all prim and proper and only the guys are allowed to be rakes. It made for a nice change! And you know behind drawing room and boarding school doors, I bet at least 80% of the other girls were thinking, if not doing, the same exact things. Anyways, I will definitely be continuing this series. I can't wait to see what the disreputable debutantes get up to next.*I received this ARC from Penguin's First to Read program in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
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  • Barbara Rogers
    January 1, 1970
    Series: The Disreputable Debutantes #1Publication Date: 8/27/19Number of Pages: 352I loved this book for what it didn’t have as much as for what it did have! I didn’t have to suffer through page after page of angst and internal navel-gazing to get to the romance. I did get a lovely romance with wonderful fully-developed characters that I came to really like. The writing is excellent, the pacing is just right and the epilogue is lovely. The introduction of characters who w Series: The Disreputable Debutantes #1Publication Date: 8/27/19Number of Pages: 352I loved this book for what it didn’t have as much as for what it did have! I didn’t have to suffer through page after page of angst and internal navel-gazing to get to the romance. I did get a lovely romance with wonderful fully-developed characters that I came to really like. The writing is excellent, the pacing is just right and the epilogue is lovely. The introduction of characters who will be gracing the pages of future books in the series wasn’t overpowering to the story as is sometimes the case in first books of a series. These future characters were introduced naturally and we learned as much about them as we needed to know for this book.Sophie Brightwell and three friends – Lady Charlotte (Charlie) Hastings, Arabella Jardine, and Olivia de Vere – were expelled from Mrs. Rathbone’s Academy for Young Ladies of Good Character and caused a scandal they still hadn’t lived down three years later. What was their transgression? They were caught sampling liquor, cigars, and perusing risqué prints – simply because they wanted the knowledge. No decent hostess will invite them to any ton events and they are now pariah’s to society.For Sophie, it might have been her family’s last chance at salvation. They were deeply in debt to Baron Buxton who lived next door and he was pressuring them for payment. If they cannot pay, they may have to forfeit their home and land. It would also mean that there would be no future at all for Sophie or her step-sisters. They have hung on in the three years since the scandal, but just barely and Sophie’s mother is afraid that the odious baron is pressuring Sophie’s step-father for her hand in marriage. When Sophie receives an invitation from her friend Charlie to spend the season in London, they leap at the chance.Finally, after three years, the three friends are reunited in London and they all know that finding a husband won’t be easy. So, they decide that maybe the men they seek out should be men who are also on the fringes of good society. Good men, but rakes. The ladies meet and make a list of the men who meet their criteria – good men, caring men, not men who are truly debauched. Charlie adds most of the names to the list because she knows of them because of her brother who would head the list, but isn’t interested in a bride.Nate Hastings, Viscount Malverne, heir to the Earl of Westhampton, and his three friends – Gabriel Holmes-Fitzgerald, Earl of Langdale, Hamish MacQueen, Marquess of Sleat, and Maximilian Devereaux, Duke of Exmoor – all served together under Wellington and fought in the battle at Waterloo. All have lived the life of an unrepentant rake since they returned from the wars and none of them have any desire to marry. Their exploits are constantly in the scandal sheets.I loved Nate and he and Sophie were perfect together – he just had a really, really hard time seeing that. He was in constant denial and it ate at him. Sophie was a realist. She accepted that she loved Nate, but when he just wasn’t interested in marriage and wouldn’t admit to loving her, she did her best to move on and find someone new. When she did, it made Nate really jealous, but he still wouldn’t admit his feelings. So, a woman does what a woman has to do.It is a lovely read with fun characters and does a great job of setting up the characters for future books – there’s also a nice excerpt from the next book included. I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Helen
    January 1, 1970
    Woohoo what an awesome start to a series, I am sure any historical romance reader will not want to miss this one, there were smiles and sighs aplenty in this sensual and fabulous story of how a debutante with a damaged reputation goes about catching a rakehell, make yourself comfy while you get to know Sophie and Nate.Miss Sophie Brightwell is a bookish quiet country girl studying at a ladies academy, when she and three of her friends are expelled for unbecoming conduct, shunned by t Woohoo what an awesome start to a series, I am sure any historical romance reader will not want to miss this one, there were smiles and sighs aplenty in this sensual and fabulous story of how a debutante with a damaged reputation goes about catching a rakehell, make yourself comfy while you get to know Sophie and Nate.Miss Sophie Brightwell is a bookish quiet country girl studying at a ladies academy, when she and three of her friends are expelled for unbecoming conduct, shunned by the ton Sophie is given the opportunity to spend the season in London with her best friend Charlotte Hastings, the four girls meet up and come up with a plan to catch a husband and not just any husband they want a wicked rakehell. And Sophie has her sights set on Charlie’s brother Lord Malverne.Nate Hastings, Viscount Malverne is forever in trouble with his conduct and is forced home for the season by his father, Nate is not interested in marrying and he has his reasons for that and for his behavior with his three best friends they are forever setting the tongues of the ton wagging. But when he gets into a spot of bother in his own home with his sister’s friend Sophie, Nate’s life as he knows it is going to change as he becomes chaperone to Sophie and must help her find a husband, but helping her is setting is heart alight.This is a fabulously written book, that is sure to have any reader turning the pages, MS Bennett has taken me back to the regency era with balls and ladies who are learning about the real life and seducing rakes, and Nate and Sophie have a journey to a HEA that is steamy and moving and touching, I loved this one and do highly recommend it, and I am very much looking forward to more in this series.
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  • Cathleen Ross
    January 1, 1970
    This is another wonderful read from Amy Rose Bennett. When clever Sophie Brightwell is expelled from school, her reputation is ruined and she knows society will close its doors, until Sophie and her friends come up with a plan on how to catch a husband.This is such a fun read. I loved it like I love all of Bennett's books. She is going to be a huge bestseller.
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  • Elodie
    January 1, 1970
    What a ruined miss to do when attracted to a determined-to-never-marry-rake, who spreads ruin in his wake.This is my first read by Mrs Amy Rose Bennett and it was an enchanting one. She has crafted a bright and spirited tale of taking its life in hand and accepting the wounds left by past battle for a better future.Sophie was ruined long before her coming out when she was caught with her friends indulging in drink, salacious reads and smoking cheroots at her school. Which What a ruined miss to do when attracted to a determined-to-never-marry-rake, who spreads ruin in his wake.This is my first read by Mrs Amy Rose Bennett and it was an enchanting one. She has crafted a bright and spirited tale of taking its life in hand and accepting the wounds left by past battle for a better future.Sophie was ruined long before her coming out when she was caught with her friends indulging in drink, salacious reads and smoking cheroots at her school. Which of course put her marital prospects close to zero when her family would have needed very much some help as they are close to destitute.So when she receives a missive to go back to London to be her friend new companion. She thinks she might have found the answer to her prayer and the opportunity to maybe find a groom-to-be.Nate for Nathaniel Hastings is a man full of contrasts, he hides his troubled self behind a mask of a profligate. he indulges in drinking, carousing, whoring, gambling to forgot the horrors of war and the scars it left inside him, feeling hollow. But it is not his only struggle, he has his past guilt and shortcomings making him felt a failure when he is only victim of the ignorance of others about dyslexia and sad circumstances.In spite of her shyness, Sophie is no simpering miss, she can be quite blunt and when she thinks her feelings can be returned, she does not let her timidity deter herself from going after what she wants. But she knows also when recognize she is defeated. She is much more stronger than she appears to be and won’t settle herself only because it might uplift her status.Nate is so afraid to be hurt by another loss that he refuses to feel again but nobody orders one’s heart. Whatever he tells himself, he is inexorably drawn to Sophie. For most of the story he preferred label it lust but lust is not possessive and can be easily sated, when he longs for her, can look at an other woman without being reminded of her. She is in his every breath.Sophie is the courageous one as she tried to show him love is not always about pain, when at every turn he rejects her.What will be needed to make Nate understand she is the one for him, that he can, if he desires it really, attain bliss by accepting to open his heart and being vulnerable to pain and heartache but also joy and happiness.Mrs Bennett with this first in a series has opened the doors of a really entertaining and intriguing world. Each friend of Sophie will have her story which will turn around one of Nate’s friend. Those side characters were nicely introduced as they came as part of the plot surrounding the romance of Nate and Sophie.A fat five stars for a delightful tale of acceptance.https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...
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  • Tracy Emro
    January 1, 1970
    Sophie Brightwell believes she is doomed to spinsterhood when she and her three friends, Lady Charlotte “Charlie” Hastings, Olivia de Vere & Arabella Jardine are expelled from Mrs. Rathbone’s Academy for Young Ladies of Good Character and are dubbed the Disreputable Debutantes. But three years later, things begin to look up when Charlie invites Sophie to join her in London as her companion and Charlie’s Aunt Tabitha, Lady Chelmsford decides to sponsor both girls for the season, she has also Sophie Brightwell believes she is doomed to spinsterhood when she and her three friends, Lady Charlotte “Charlie” Hastings, Olivia de Vere & Arabella Jardine are expelled from Mrs. Rathbone’s Academy for Young Ladies of Good Character and are dubbed the Disreputable Debutantes. But three years later, things begin to look up when Charlie invites Sophie to join her in London as her companion and Charlie’s Aunt Tabitha, Lady Chelmsford decides to sponsor both girls for the season, she has also offered to help Sophie get the children’s book she has written published. And if all that was not enough, it also enables her to see Charlie’s older brother Nathaniel “Nate” Hastings, Viscount Malverne again – she met him three years ago and has harbored a tendre for him ever since.Nate is restless and his escapades have become increasingly scandalous, to the point where his father, the Earl of Westhampton has put his foot down and demanded that Nate make some serious changes in his life, he also closes Malverne House and forces Nate to move back home. His first night home, he runs into Sophie in the library, he is enchanted by her and but deems her off-limits. But it doesn’t stop him from flirting with her the next day at Gunter’s. Later that night, a very drunk Nate returns to his father’s house and mistakenly enters Sophie’s room and climbs into bed with her. They are discovered by Charlie, who blackmails him into helping Sophie find a match or she will inform their father of the incident and he will be forced to marry Sophie himself.As far as debut novels go, this was better than most and the author clearly has taken the time to learn the genre and has done her research. The book is well written, but a bit predictable and slow in the middle, there are also quite a few storylines going that either lead nowhere or just didn’t seem relevant to the story. The characters were likeable, the “idea” of the story was fun, the love scenes were steamy and I was elated that the author included an epilogue. I think this author has a lot of promise and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.*I am voluntarily leaving a review for an e-ARC that was provided to me by NetGalley and the Publisher.*
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  • eyes.2c
    January 1, 1970
    Reformed rakes make better husbands! Myth or fact?So we have a plethora of interesting characters and situations in this first of the series "The Disreputable Debutantes".Four young women who'd been sent down from an exclusive ladies school for behaviour that did not fit with the school's ethos.Of course Society gossiped about it and they did have to rusticate as it were for three years.Now these disgraced debutantes are determined to take matters into their own han Reformed rakes make better husbands! Myth or fact?So we have a plethora of interesting characters and situations in this first of the series "The Disreputable Debutantes".Four young women who'd been sent down from an exclusive ladies school for behaviour that did not fit with the school's ethos.Of course Society gossiped about it and they did have to rusticate as it were for three years.Now these disgraced debutantes are determined to take matters into their own hands as they work their way back into the social arena. Not for them the pale aspects of Almanacks. They are making a list of Rakes and are determining to to find a husband in hitherto unlooked for areas.It helps that one of their number Lady Charlotte Hastings, has a brother, Nate Hastings, the Viscount Malverne, who's a throrough rake. His friends appear to be handily listed as well. Well they did all fight in Waterloo and they seem to share an inability to put those times behind them. What better way to conquer the ghosts that to be confirmed Rakehells!Deceptively shy Sophie Brightwell has come to have a season with Charlie, under the auspices of Charlie's aunt. And Sophies heart seems to have settled on Charlie's brother. The getting there is laced with some racy moments with Nate being disturbed by his attraction for Sophie and his dissatisfaction when others seem attracted to her.For all this, the story didn't quite meet its promise. A quick read. It's memory doesn't linger.A Berkley Group ARC via NetGalley
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  • Nicole Laverdure
    January 1, 1970
    This book nicely kicks off a new series! I love historical romance set in the Regency era! Amy Rose Bennett starts her new series, 'The Disreputable Debutantes' with the first story titled 'How to Catch a Wicked Viscount'. Nicely written with charming characters such as young debutante Sophie Brightwell and Nate Hastings, Viscount of Malverne. It tells the story of Sophie, a shy young lady, who attends an academy for young girls with her three best friends Charlotte, Arabella and Olivia. Togethe This book nicely kicks off a new series! I love historical romance set in the Regency era! Amy Rose Bennett starts her new series, 'The Disreputable Debutantes' with the first story titled 'How to Catch a Wicked Viscount'. Nicely written with charming characters such as young debutante Sophie Brightwell and Nate Hastings, Viscount of Malverne. It tells the story of Sophie, a shy young lady, who attends an academy for young girls with her three best friends Charlotte, Arabella and Olivia. Together they create a group called the Society for Enlightened Young Women. However, they are expelled for their bad behaviour, which was scandalous for that period of time. You will see why when you read her story! Will their reputation be tarnished forever when they decide to go husband hunting? That’s when Nate, a handsome and scandalous rake enters in Sophie’s life. But one night, something happens, and to make up for it, Nate has to help her find a husband. He will teach Sophie his own techniques, such as flirting... but by doing this, he will spend a lot of time with her and eventually fall in love with her. Charmed by Sophie, Nate will soon discover that he is attached to her. Will Sophie be able to catch Nate’s heart forever? Will he let himself be caught in his trap? Are they made for each other? In 'How to Catch a Wicked Viscount', Ms. Bennett has created a charming story set during the Regency era. Lovers of historical romance will love it! Watch will happen next to the other heroines in her second story titled 'How to Catch an Errant Earl'. Who’s story will it be?I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book that I received from her publisher and NetGalley! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Brianna Maddox
    January 1, 1970
    I accepted to read How to Catch a Wicked Viscount in exchange for an honest review from the author. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fans of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton's series will enjoy this series! I kept getting the same feels while reading this book! I immensely enjoyed it! It definitely has more steam compared to Bridgerton and I'm excited to see where this series goes. Our heroine, Sophie Brightwell has to figure out a way to pay for her family's debts I accepted to read How to Catch a Wicked Viscount in exchange for an honest review from the author. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fans of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton's series will enjoy this series! I kept getting the same feels while reading this book! I immensely enjoyed it! It definitely has more steam compared to Bridgerton and I'm excited to see where this series goes. Our heroine, Sophie Brightwell has to figure out a way to pay for her family's debts. She catches the eye of Nate Hastings who is her friend's older brother (Lady Charlotte). Sophie needs to find a husband and quick and Nate agrees to help her out. But that isn't until he starts to have feelings for her that he fights. “She wasn't a princess and her life wasn't going to be a fairy tale. And the sooner she embraced that harsh reality, the better.” I couldn't put this book down! Like I mentioned, I really enjoyed this book and I really look forward to the next book(s) in this series! Sophie was such an amazing character; I love that she was a writer and something that wasn't really accepted at that time. Nate is a very interesting character with very intriguing past. “"Now come here, my love. Let's do something that's really scandalous."”
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  • Tamara Martin
    January 1, 1970
    I couldn't stop reading this, it was utterly delightful. It was captivating and funny and sweet and some oh so swoony moments! (spoiler alert: the declaration scene, oh my word, my heart, my swoony little heart). It was so well written with lots of beautiful, complicated characters and lovely, naughty heroes, I can't wait for the next installment. If you need some happiness and cheer then you must order this now so you too can feel the joy.
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  • Julie Eichelberger-Ford
    January 1, 1970
    Amy Rose Bennett is a new-to-me author and after reading How to Catch a Wicked Viscount, I am definitely a fan. This is a fun, steamy read about four friends who were expelled from school and now trying to re-enter society to find true love, marry, and secure their futures. The series begins with Sophie's story, a shy, bookish young lady who has a secret crush on her best friend's brother. She is invited to spend the season and attend events with her friend, Lady Charlotte. Nate, Viscount Malver Amy Rose Bennett is a new-to-me author and after reading How to Catch a Wicked Viscount, I am definitely a fan. This is a fun, steamy read about four friends who were expelled from school and now trying to re-enter society to find true love, marry, and secure their futures. The series begins with Sophie's story, a shy, bookish young lady who has a secret crush on her best friend's brother. She is invited to spend the season and attend events with her friend, Lady Charlotte. Nate, Viscount Malverne, is a rake and rogue who refuses to give his heart and marry. After Nate and Sophie are caught in a somewhat compromising encounter, Nate is blackmailed by his sister to be their chaperone and help find Sophie a husband. As their adventures begin, feelings grow and Nate's resistance is tested. This is a wonderfully written story that is engaging and entertaining. I was lucky enough to receive an advance reader copy from the publisher, but all thoughts and feelings are my own.
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  • Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
    January 1, 1970
    A scandalous incident that got Sophie Brightwell and her three closest friends expelled from finishing school has led the otherwise shy Sophie to become infamous amongst the ton. That just means that her and her friends need to employ more…unconventional methods to find themselves a husband. And their targets? Rakes.Does anyone else find that with certain genres they are less likely to explore and find new authors? This is definitely the case for me, and historical romance is one of A scandalous incident that got Sophie Brightwell and her three closest friends expelled from finishing school has led the otherwise shy Sophie to become infamous amongst the ton. That just means that her and her friends need to employ more…unconventional methods to find themselves a husband. And their targets? Rakes.Does anyone else find that with certain genres they are less likely to explore and find new authors? This is definitely the case for me, and historical romance is one of the genres where I rarely read outside the authors I know and love. Which is why I found myself picking up How to Catch a Wicked Viscount. I had never read Amy Rose Bennett and I liked the sound of the blurb – adore wallflower and rake pairings! – so I picked it up. Sadly, on this occasion it didn’t work for me.I am very much a character driven reader. I will continue to read, and enjoy, a book if I love the characters even if the story line isn’t great. However, if I dislike or I am disinterested in the characters I find a book very hard to read, even if the plot is fantastic. The latter is what I found with this book. The plot was okay but I found I was completely disinterested in either the hero or heroine. I found them both a little insipid and immature.It feels like a harsh judgement, but I found the heroes behaviour to be akin to a randy teenager throughout most the book and the heroine was just very…young. I also didn’t really feel the romance between them. It felt more like a case of lust; they wanted to bang each other’s brains out as they were both physically attracted to one another. Where was the actual romance? The deeper more emotional connection, as much as I tried to, I just couldn’t see it.I probably won’t read on in this series. I didn’t enjoy the writing style and none of the characters that were introduced intrigued me enough that I would continue reading on to see their story. If I want to read a story about a quartet of wallflower friends helping one another find a husband…I’m just going to reread the masterpiece that is the Wallflower series by Lisa Kleypas.
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  • Norma
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it! Didn't put it down.
  • Anne Z.
    January 1, 1970
    This was my very first book by Amy Rose Bennett and I would imagine that the fact I am already looking forward to the upcoming books in this series says it all! It wasn't perfect, but I did love it!For full review and more Subscribe/Like/FollowBlog: http://glimpsesofmybooks.comInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/glimpses_of...GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/5...
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. This was so good! It felt like a Georgette Heyer novel but with incredibly hot foreplay and love scenes. Sophie’s relative innocence was played just right here — she’s young but not immature, and the progression of her crush on Nate (her best friend’s older brother) from school girl infatuation to something more was well developed. Her chemistry with Nate is off the charts, and their sexual tension is amazing. The Disreputable Debutantes framing device stays on the back burner for the 4.5 stars. This was so good! It felt like a Georgette Heyer novel but with incredibly hot foreplay and love scenes. Sophie’s relative innocence was played just right here — she’s young but not immature, and the progression of her crush on Nate (her best friend’s older brother) from school girl infatuation to something more was well developed. Her chemistry with Nate is off the charts, and their sexual tension is amazing. The Disreputable Debutantes framing device stays on the back burner for the most part (aside from the ramifications on Sophie’s life), but it does tee up the future pairings nicely. The only thing knocking it down half a star was Nate’s prolonged insistence that he’s not capable of love. I feel like I’ve read several books recently like that and it gets frustrating after a while, though it added well to the tension and dramatic ending here. Thank you to Berkley and Penguin Random House First Reads program for providing an ARC for review!
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  • Margaret
    January 1, 1970
    I opened my package with the ARC, read the blurb and immediately started reading...for the rest of the evening. Four young ladies are dismissed from school for their unbecoming behavior. Three years later they decide the only eligible prospects are rakes. Once they make their list, it's look out rakes. Full of humor, sexual encounters, love and heartache, I highly recommend this charming book.A free copy from the author for an honest review.
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  • Adriana
    January 1, 1970
    Fun, sweet, and sexy. What more could one ask of a good historical romance?
  • Amber Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    I didn’t want to put this down. My heart bled for the main characters but there were plenty of laughs along the way too. There was enough passion and romance to make you fall in love with both Nate and Sophie cheering them on throughout their journey. I got this as a free e-arc from the first to read program.
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  • Heather andrews
    January 1, 1970
    Nate is often times in his own little world, "...the daze of desire had turned him into a dolt in more ways than one as he said quite idiotically, “I’m sorry. What did you say?” Nate is always planning things, "...In fact, considering what I have planned for the rest of the afternoon and evening, you won’t need any clothes at all, Miss Brightwell.” I liked this book, I liked Nate.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars.Set in 1818, How to Catch a Wicked Viscount by Amy Rose Bennett is a light-hearted and delectably steamy historical romance.Three years earlier, Sophie Brightwell and three of her friends are expelled from a ladies' school when they are caught drinking brandy, smoking cheroots and reading a risque novel. Sophie returns home to her stepfather's impoverished farm where she is in danger of being married off to a reprehensible baron in order to erase the family debt.  She i 4.5 stars.Set in 1818, How to Catch a Wicked Viscount by Amy Rose Bennett is a light-hearted and delectably steamy historical romance.Three years earlier, Sophie Brightwell and three of her friends are expelled from a ladies' school when they are caught drinking brandy, smoking cheroots and reading a risque novel. Sophie returns home to her stepfather's impoverished farm where she is in danger of being married off to a reprehensible baron in order to erase the family debt.  She is offered an unlikely reprieve when one of her friends, Lady Charlotte "Charlie" Hastings invites her to London for the season.  Both Sophie and Charlie are hoping for an advantageous match but the rumor mill has yet to forget their previous disgraceful antics.Charlie's brother Nate, Viscount Malverne, becomes the young women's unlikely escort after he is caught in a particularly compromising situation. Nate and his best friends have been trying to out drink, out gamble and out womanize their wartime demons for quite some time. With his and Charlie's father finally out of patience, Nate is under strict orders to put his rakehell shenanigans behind him and take his responsibilities seriously.  Which means he is also living under the family roof at the same time Sophie is in London.Forced to spend time in each other's company, Sophie has convinced Nate to teach her how to ensnare a husband.  Nate is a reluctant instructor in the arts of flirting and kissing. The more time the two spend together, Nate's and Sophie's unexpected attraction begins to burn hotter. Sophie is also beginning to fall in love with her best friend's brother but she is under no illusion that he will ask for her hand in marriage. When a suitor begins earnestly pursuing Sophie, will Nate admit his growing feelings for her?How to Catch a Wicked Viscount is an absolutely charming Regency romance.  The characters are well developed and quite endearing. The novel is fast-paced with an engaging storyline. The relationship between Nate and Sophie is laced with sexual tension which results in some very steamy scenes between them.  With the fate of their romance hanging in the balance, Amy Rose Bennett brings this entertaining first installment of the Disreputable Debutantes series to an swoon-worthy, sigh-inducing conclusion. I highly recommend this marvelous historical romance to fans of the genre.
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  • Greta Barnhouse
    January 1, 1970
    Sophie is one of the four disreputable debutantes that get expelled from their school for drinking, smoking, and looking at lascivious pictures. She is shy but beautiful and ruined do to a couple minutes of fun. Her friend Charlotte was also expelled but she is the daughter of an earl so even though she does not see as many ton invitations as she should, it has not affected her as it has Sophie. Sophie harbors a crush for Charlotte’s brother Nate. He and his friends are back from war and are a b Sophie is one of the four disreputable debutantes that get expelled from their school for drinking, smoking, and looking at lascivious pictures. She is shy but beautiful and ruined do to a couple minutes of fun. Her friend Charlotte was also expelled but she is the daughter of an earl so even though she does not see as many ton invitations as she should, it has not affected her as it has Sophie. Sophie harbors a crush for Charlotte’s brother Nate. He and his friends are back from war and are a bunch of true rake hells. But his father has had it with his behavior and he is forced to play chaperone to his sister and her friend. I loved Sophie as a character because even though she is shy she at times acts very boldly and really seems to take charge of her life and where it is headed. You see her grow as she moves through her time in the city. She is very sweet and kind and leads with her heart. A very relatable character and it is very satisfying that she is able to find happiness. Nate is such a tortured soul but utterly magnificent when he is around Sophie. They both seem to complete each other perfectly, but in different ways. They just drew me in so that when Sophie’s heart hurt so did mine and when Nate told her his story I felt his pain.I was so engaged through the entire book that I could not put it down until I knew how everything ended. I am looking forward to the continuation of this series. As I read about the other characters in this book I started to think, oh this is going to get very interesting between these debutantes and hellions.
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  • Jaclyn
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the premise for How to Catch a Wicked Viscount. A group of friends get kicked out of a ladies academy for drinking and reading disreputable material. Sophie and her friends are all banished completely from society, which is kind of a problem since they are all expected to make their debut and find a husband (as one does in historical England). The situation is more dire for Sophie Brightwell because her family's financial circumstances aren't all that great and one of her stepfather's acquaintanc I loved the premise for How to Catch a Wicked Viscount. A group of friends get kicked out of a ladies academy for drinking and reading disreputable material. Sophie and her friends are all banished completely from society, which is kind of a problem since they are all expected to make their debut and find a husband (as one does in historical England). The situation is more dire for Sophie Brightwell because her family's financial circumstances aren't all that great and one of her stepfather's acquaintances is making his interest know. Sophie is not impressed and instead dreams of publishing her children's novel and saving her family that way. Since publishing a novel will be tricky from the country, its a lucky thing that Sophie's friend, Lady Charlotte, invites her to town. Even better since Charlotte just so happens to have an attractive, rakish brother. Chances are that Sophie might just get to publish her novel and find a husband. While the whole setup for How to Catch a Wicked Viscount was great, I personally felt that the story was lacking something. Sophie and Nate (the rakish brother of the friend) had a kind of tepid romance considering that they were "in love" by the end. Nate's this rake figure and suddenly Sophie makes him change his ways, and I gotta admit, I didn't really buy it. What was so special about Sophie? Not to mention, I'm rather tired of romances that market the ladies that came before the heroine as somehow not good enough. This doesn't exactly put the hero in the best of lights. I know that many romances have this same setup where the heroine is "special", I just feel that many others do this better, especially in painting a stronger picture of the hero and heroine's growing relationship. Considering that I prefer my historical romances with much stronger character development, its clear that How to Catch a Wicked Viscount was just not for me. I read a lot of historical romance and this one struck me as a bit dated and simplistic. *Review copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
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  • Efthalia
    January 1, 1970
    A great read and looking forward to the rest of the series.
  • Sara Koniar
    January 1, 1970
    Very enjoyable read! Looking forward to the rest of the series.
  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 for a solid and saucy historical romance. I never read this author before but would love to continue this series. It feels like a fresh take. I adored Sophie and Nate and am glad they found their HEA.
  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    Review excerpted from my blog post over at FanSciHist (https://fanscihist.wordpress.com/2019...)My Rating: 4 starsLibrary recommendation: Recommended for public library historical romance collections.Warning: Hereafter, you chance spoilers. I will try never to reveal major plot points, but to review any book, you must reveal some parts of the story. ________________ Number of Review excerpted from my blog post over at FanSciHist (https://fanscihist.wordpress.com/2019...)My Rating: 4 starsLibrary recommendation: Recommended for public library historical romance collections.Warning: Hereafter, you chance spoilers. I will try never to reveal major plot points, but to review any book, you must reveal some parts of the story. ________________ Number of titles I have read by this author: 1Love story speed: Medium burnRelationship dynamics: The Viscount Rakehell (H) / The Scandalous Untitled Lady (h) ; elements of the Love TriangleSexual content: Some; both “on-screen” and explicitTriggers: Adultery (not by H or h)Grammar/Editing: My ARC had a few typos (one on a date – 1820 instead of 1818, which caused some alarm and confusion), missed words, and incorrect word choices that I hope will be corrected in the final, published version.Review: This is a fairly well-written and moderately paced book. The historical setting is well-researched, including frequent references/visits to historical establishments that are often mentioned in the Regency subgenre. One thing that is fairly frequently mentioned that doesn’t generally feature in Regency novels is historical contraceptive methods, which was certainly a fascinating topic to research-fact-check.Nate and Sophie are a lovely pairing in this novel: Sophie has had a tendre for Nate since they met and Nate is a charming fellow with all of the rakehell characteristics you would expect in a Regency novel. Sophie is hopeful and forthright, but undemanding, and Nate tries his utmost to be cautious with her, though he fails in the face of temptation. Denial of feelings features heavily in this novel, so if this does not appeal to you, do beware. The supporting characters are very well-developed – both entertaining and interesting. The next books in the series are very well set-up in this book: we know exactly who the scandalous heroines will be and have a list of the potential heroes with whom they may be paired.Gunter’s Tea Shop Ice Cream version: Mostly sweet, sometimes sour, but with a punchy finish, this book treats the reader to an ultimately satisfying reading experience.Full disclosure: I received a free advance review copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed Amy Rose Bennett's book, How to Catch a Wicked Viscount. Sophie Brightwell, Lady Charlotte Hastings, Arabella Jardine, and Olivia de Verne were attending Mrs. Rathbone's Academy for Young Ladies of Good Character in 1815. When they are found breaking school rules, they are thrown out! They are socially destroyed! Five years later, the Earl of Westhampton invites Sophie to stay with his family while they are in London for the Season. Charlotte gets her brother, Lord Malverne, to chapero I enjoyed Amy Rose Bennett's book, How to Catch a Wicked Viscount. Sophie Brightwell, Lady Charlotte Hastings, Arabella Jardine, and Olivia de Verne were attending Mrs. Rathbone's Academy for Young Ladies of Good Character in 1815. When they are found breaking school rules, they are thrown out! They are socially destroyed! Five years later, the Earl of Westhampton invites Sophie to stay with his family while they are in London for the Season. Charlotte gets her brother, Lord Malverne, to chaperone the girls about town and escort them to respectable ton events. Early on in her stay, Sophie thinks that the only man she really wants for a husband is Lord Malverne! This book has interesting characters, fun situations, and a look at what dating was like in the 1800s.
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  • Rose Blue
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars, as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-Y7Sophie Brightwell and her three best friends at Mrs. Rathbone’s Academy for Young Ladies of Good Character have been caught in the act! With the headmistress snoring away, the girls dabbled in drinking, smoking, and looking at suggestive literature. When their delighted giggles become louder and louder, they are soon discovered, and expelled in disgrace and sent home. With their reputations besmirched, Sophie has little hope of making a good mat 3.5 stars, as reviewed at Roses Are Blue: https://wp.me/p3QRh4-Y7Sophie Brightwell and her three best friends at Mrs. Rathbone’s Academy for Young Ladies of Good Character have been caught in the act! With the headmistress snoring away, the girls dabbled in drinking, smoking, and looking at suggestive literature. When their delighted giggles become louder and louder, they are soon discovered, and expelled in disgrace and sent home. With their reputations besmirched, Sophie has little hope of making a good match, and wallows in the country for three years. When her friend, Charlotte, who is one of the other disgraced young ladies, invites her to spend the season at her home in London, Sophie jumps at the chance. Perhaps by now the talk will have died down, and she can find a suitable match. Sophie, however, can’t control her reaction to a most UN-suitable match, Charlotte’s older brother.Nate Hastings, Viscount Malverne, is feeling a most unwelcome attraction to his sister’s houseguest, Sophie. Living in close proximity to the lovely young lady is going to test his willpower to the max. Nate definitely has a wicked streak, and has tested his father’s patience to the breaking point with the scandalous antics he and his friends regularly indulge in. Still, Nate draws the line at seducing innocents, so he’ll have to keep his desires in check though he can’t help but flirt with Sophie. When a night of too much alcohol befuddles his brain, he ends up in a compromising situation with Sophie, which prompts his sister to blackmail him for her silence. Nate will have to escort them both to ton events, throwing him into even closer proximity to Sophie, who is becoming more desirable to him by the moment.Nate is a charming man, one who flirts and flatters as easily as taking a breath. Though on the surface he appears to be simply a young man enjoying all the benefits of wealth and privilege, he does have some serious issues. A childhood tragedy and being a soldier have caused Nate to feel unworthy to be loved, and unwilling to love anyone else in order to never feel the devastating pain of loss again. Though his affection for Sophie grows, and seeing other men want her drives him crazy, he can’t consider making a future with her. Sophie has fallen in love with Nate, and decides to be bold and try to capture his heart, only to be rejected, albeit, as kindly as he can.HOW TO CATCH A WICKED VISCOUNT is a steamy romance, which I think will especially appeal to readers who enjoy a more lighthearted story. I particularly liked that Nate didn’t try to lie to Sophie, but told her that he desired her, and gave her the reasons he won’t pursue her. Sophie was also very upfront about her feelings, and I love that she respected Nate’s decision, and never tried to force him into marriage, which she easily could have done. This book number one of the DISREPUTABLE DEBUTANTES series is an engaging and enjoyable read, and I look forward to the upcoming installments. Will the three young ladies be matched up with Nate’s rakish friends? One of them in particular needs some serious reforming…
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  • Michaelene
    January 1, 1970
    What happens when a disreputable debutante sets her eyes on the wicked rake that is her best friend's brother? A lot of fun!Sophie and her three friends get kicked out of deportment school for their one evening of wicked behavior. It causes the ruination of their reputations, and Sophie finds herself in a predicament. Fast forward a few years, and Sophie finds herself in London with her best friend for the season. It's Sophie's chance to make amends to her family and save them from d What happens when a disreputable debutante sets her eyes on the wicked rake that is her best friend's brother? A lot of fun!Sophie and her three friends get kicked out of deportment school for their one evening of wicked behavior. It causes the ruination of their reputations, and Sophie finds herself in a predicament. Fast forward a few years, and Sophie finds herself in London with her best friend for the season. It's Sophie's chance to make amends to her family and save them from debt by marrying, and marrying well.There's just one problem. The man she has her eye on? He doesn't want marriage; he's a disreputable rake; AND her best friend's older brother.The blurb was too delicious for me to pass up. A group of women forming a secret society and taking the ton by storm as they plot for ways to marry--and rakes, at that? I also loved that there are as many of Sophie's friends as there are of Nate's (although, it could be argued that it's too coincidental).Nevertheless, I enjoyed this one. It starts off a little slowly for my tastes, but once everything is under way I couldn't stop reading. Sophie is shy and sweet, but she's also up for anything, and more than ready to learn all the secrets of pleasure. That's actually what I loved most about this book. That our shy Sophie was the main instigator in almost every aspect of intimacy where Nate was concerned--from the physical to the emotional. I admired the heck out of Sophie. Nate may be more experienced, but Sophie definitely displays the most courage in going after what she wants and making no apologies for it. For that alone, I want to re-read this book.Nate was a good match--and co-conspirator--for Sophie as well. He ends up being blackmailed by his sister (I can't wait for Charlie's book!) into chaperoning them about town and helping to find Sophie a husband, in particular. But of course, his eyes are on Sophie, too, and watching her promenade with others and be out of reach irritates him to no end. I liked how he didn't lead Sophie on even if his hot-and-cold was frustrating as heck.There were a few moments the characters acted OUT of character, and I wondered if the ending would have happened quite that way. The speech also felt a bit formal, at points. That was all minor, however.This is a rollicking fun and charming historical with a slow burn, friends-to-lover, best friend's brother romance. A tale where the innocent Miss Brightwell is as wicked as her gun-shy rogue of a match. Highly recommended!*I voluntarily reviewed an arc via the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
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