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[[ Download Ebook ]] · The Vanishing Viscountess õ A woman of innocence and notorietyThe prisoner stood with an expression of defiance, leather shackles on her wrists Adam Vickery, Marquess of Tannerton, was drawn to this woman, so dignified in her plight He didn t recognize her as the once innocent, hopeful debutante he had danced with long years ago Marlena Parronley, the notorious Vanishing Viscountess, was a fugitive Seeing the dashing, carefree marquess of her dreams just reminded her that she couldn t risk letting anyone, especially Tanner, get caught up in helping her escape He would face the same punishment she did The hangman s noose received I usually turn to the Harlequin Historical line for Medievals and Westerns which are hard to come by nowadays, rather than Regencies, which are churned out by seemingly every publisher out there So this is my first HH Regency and I picked it up because I d heard Diane Gaston is a good writer Well she is, at least on the evidence of this book, which I thoroughly enjoyed Tanner is a wonderful hero, strong and protective but kind, flirtatious and with a sense of humor We are told that he feels I usually turn to the Harlequin Historical line for Medievals and Westerns which are hard to come by nowadays, rather than Regencies, which are churned out by seemingly every publisher out there So this is my first HH Regency and I picked it up because I d heard Diane Gaston is a good writer Well she is, at least on the evidence of this book, which I thoroughly enjoyed Tanner is a wonderful hero, strong and protective but kind, flirtatious and with a sense of humor We are told that he feels guilty for some deaths that happened a while ago was this in a previous book , and that helps explain why he latches on to Marlena right away and is so determined to save her He becomes devoted to her pretty quickly and has no problem making sacrifices to accompany her on her escape I like how he learns to do things for himself, make his own travel arrangements, when he has always had a staff to rely on before Marlena is a strong woman I liked her, although I wished she would have confided her full story to Tanner much earlier He was a good guy and deservedthan the half truths he was getting She held out too long IMO and cost this book a star This story really worked for me because of the action There are no ballrooms or parties It starts with a shipwreck and continues with a road romance, with the hero and heroine being pursued by villains and a Bow Street Runner Tanner and Marlena spend most of the book together, the focus is squarely on them, and I liked that I have to say, this one surprised me I d read other books by this author, and loved her steamy short stories, but found her longer stories lacking This one wasn t steamy, but was just a great story It starts out with a dramatic beginning a shipwreck, and unfolds into a great story of escape, redemption and love The prose isn t blistering, but there is something nice about it s simplicity The hero is a man of great promise who feels he has little value to anyone, nor purpose in life He fe I have to say, this one surprised me I d read other books by this author, and loved her steamy short stories, but found her longer stories lacking This one wasn t steamy, but was just a great story It starts out with a dramatic beginning a shipwreck, and unfolds into a great story of escape, redemption and love The prose isn t blistering, but there is something nice about it s simplicity The hero is a man of great promise who feels he has little value to anyone, nor purpose in life He feels his selfishness has caused others deaths The heroine is a woman on the run, accused of murder and desperate to escape the hangman There are many moments I really enjoyed, but perhaps the best were all centered on how muchcredible the story was than I expected So many HRs have similar plots, and similar twists, but with this book I didn t feel that there were silly misunderstandings nor that either the hero or heroine were irrational in their choices There were moments of misunderstandings in the story, sure, but, as in real life, they were dealt with quickly and were nothingthan passing interactions between characters, and not the basis for some spurious plot.Also, interestingly, none of the characters was completely evil nor completely good They were all a shade of grey, and I appreciated that Good, solid book I enjoyed Diane Gaston s first two books very much and them original stories, ever since then I ve been buying her books in the hopes of findingstories that appeal to me Unfortunately I never did find another keeper and this one was no exception.Marlena the name put me off a bit, it sounded like a second rate singer is the Vanishing Viscountess ever since she run away after having been accused of murdering her husband In fact she is innocent, she was framed by her cousin who wants t I enjoyed Diane Gaston s first two books very much and them original stories, ever since then I ve been buying her books in the hopes of findingstories that appeal to me Unfortunately I never did find another keeper and this one was no exception.Marlena the name put me off a bit, it sounded like a second rate singer is the Vanishing Viscountess ever since she run away after having been accused of murdering her husband In fact she is innocent, she was framed by her cousin who wants to inherit her estate and the family title.When the story opens Marlena has been found by a Bow Street Runner and is being taken to London for her murder trial Adam, Marquess of Tannerton is travelling on the same boat coming from Ireland when they sink Adam saves Marlena when she is abandoned to a certain death by the Runner and decides to help her escape to Scotland after she tells him she was falsely accused of stealing some jewels I have to say that I didn t understand why he should feel compelled to help a criminal escape, save her from dying yes but escape from justice when he knew nothing about her He also felt attracted to her very quickly and from then on it all became very predictable I did like the young maid and her beau who were secondary characters though, I could see them falling in love much better than Marlena and Tanner who actually deceived each other for half the book Falling in lust yes, but in love I wasn t convincedGrade 3.5 5