The Dishonored Viscount
Diamonds in the Rough, Book 8
by Sophie Barnes
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Pub Date 21 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 05 Sep 2021
He knows he doesn’t deserve her, yet he can’t get her out of his mind…
Stripped of his title because of a crime his father committed, Marcus Berkly has struggled to find a new place for himself in the world. Now, as London’s most skilled eye-surgeon, he dedicates his time to his patients while steering clear of Society. Until a chance encounter with a determined young woman upends his life.
When Lady Louise discovers that Mr. Berkly’s surgical method could save her from permanent blindness, she decides to enlist his help. Against her father’s direct orders, she takes charge of her fate, and falls desperately in love in the process. But can a proper lady and an ill-reputed scoundrel have a future together? Or are the odds against them simply too great?
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A charming addition to this series. A brave young lady of the ton and a once titled physician struggle to trust their hearts against all odds.
I liked the slow built up of this story, the time Marcus and Louise spent in each other's company. So the beginning was slow (in a good way) and the end was very fast paced. I loved their journey to their HEA.
“I want more. I need more. And I’ve found all my heart could ever desire in Marcus. He has become the most important person to me, Papa, so it doesn’t matter how much you try to punish me for choosing him. Nothing in the world will ever make me change my mind.” Such a lovely romance between the lady Louise who thinks no one will ever see her and Marcus who has lost so much but sees a beauty in front of him. I just enjoyed the journey and cannot wait to read more as soon as I possibly can.
The book was fabulous. Marcus was the son of an of a murderer. He had lost his titles because of his father’s crimes. He has become a brilliant eye surgeon. Lady Louise was born with severe cataracts in both eyes. Her parents want her to have another painful procedure that doesn’t last. Marcus does a surgery that is more permanent. They agree to have him do the surgery at a faraway location so her father can’t stop her. They become close and fall in love. Her father doesn’t want her to be involved with him because of his father’s crimes. She runs off because her father wants her to marry an old man. Marcus has to rescue her from a dangerous situation. I can’t wait to read the last novella in the series.
I recieved a free copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Overall I liked this book. Marcus has been stripped of his wealth and titles after helping convict his father of murder. Louise has cataracts which leave her blind eveytime rhe treatment fails. Marcus has been a eye surgeon and in spite of her father , Louise has the operation. The time with Marcus allows them to fall in love. I feel like rhe end of the book was rushed and therefore lacking a little. I also wish Marcus and Louise had gotten to spend more time together in the book. This is the last book and the series except for a upcoming novella and was a good read.
This was a very enjoyable story. Louise is smart, determined, and hardworking and it's easy to admire her and root for her happiness. Marcus is also worthy of admiration and quite likable, though he had some growth to do regarding his personal sense of self-depreciation. Because of his father's horrifying deeds, and the tendency of the world to underestimate and devalue Louise because of her visual impairment, they have significant obstacles between them, but they overcome them in a way that makes they very worthy of their happiness. I like the chemistry and spiciness between them, and also the kindness and support they encounter, even from some unexpected places. This is a pleasant, heartwarming read that leaves lots of good feeling in its wake. Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
Shamed by his father’s actions, Marcus is stripped of his titles and property. He goes back to school and becomes a renowned ophthalmologist. Louise is plagued by cataracts since childhood. Marcus offers to help her to see clearly again and, in doing so, they find strong feelings for each other. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.
Marcus was stripped of his title and place in society because of his father, but he hasn't lain idle - he dedicated himself to becoming one of England's best eye doctors. Lady Louise is desperate for a more permanent solution to her recurring blindness. A chance encounter with Marcus gives her hope that this is possible - but her family doesn't approve of him fixing her eyesight, let alone courting her... Sophie Barnes is fast becoming my favourite historical romance author. I'd been growing a little weary of the same old stories from others, but Barnes has a wonderful way of putting a new spin on things. The ophthalmology aspect of the story was fascinating! And I do like seeing scandal being presented as a real obstacle, not something that gets magically brushed away. Louise and Marcus were both so loveable that I'm already missing them.
The first book I read in this series was The Forgotten Duke where we were introduced to Marcus so I've been waiting since then to find out what happened with him following the events of that book. This book did not disappoint! I really like Marcus when I first met him and was glad to see he was able to overcome the adversity placed upon him and find his way in life. I also immediately liked Louise - she's probably my favorite heroine from this series. The first meeting between Louise and Marcus was very short, but so adorable. I liked that their relationship grew so naturally. And I especially liked that it was once again the woman who fought for the relationship and wouldn't give up. Even when it seemed everything was falling apart she immediately went into action. I found Louise's father so frustrating - he kept alternating between wanting to make sure Louise would be happy to doing things that would most definitely not give her a happy life. You could tell he was softening toward Marcus and Louise's relationship, but didn't want to admit it because it would mean he had been wrong at the beginning. It was nice to see all of the characters from the series make appearances.
Marcus and Louise are a really great couple. Marcus is disinherted Viscount who lost his position in society because of the transgressions of his father. He had become a renowned eye surgeon in the meantime. Louise is the daughter of an aristocrat who intends to enlist the surgeon to help her with a eye problem. This is a sweet and poignant story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. This in no way affects my opinion of this book which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
I received an advance readers copy in exchange for an honest review. Sexy, romantic, proto-feminist fun. Very enjoyable pleasure reading
I really enjoyed this book and these characters. Louise was a wonderful character to read about and her character development was very well done. I loved how much she was standing up for herself by the end of the book! I really liked the doctor/patient dynamic and Marcus and Louise definitely had lots of chemistry. I do wish it had taken them longer to fall in love! It wasn't quite insta-love but I think more build-up would've paid off. It also would've been nice to see a little more of Hannah and Louise's friendship because it was really sweet. I haven't read any of the previous books in the series so I was definitely a little confused about some of the side characters but it didn't hinder my understanding of the story. Overall this was definitely a fun and fairly quick read. The characters were lovable and the romance was swoon worthy. Definitely recommend for any lovers of historical romance.
Loved it! Louise and Marcus are perfect additions to the series cast of characters. I enjoy books where our hero and heroine are less than perfect and some of my friends from the previous books also stop by. Of course, that only makes you love them all more!! I definitely will recommend this book. I am so looking forward to The Rougish Baron. I'm hooked already. Thank you Sophie Barnes and NetGalley for allowing me an advance copy for my honest feedback.
Thank you so much to NetGalley for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review! This was my first book my Sophie Barnes but definitely not my last! As I hadn't read the previous books in the series, some of the references to side characters went over my head but I still really enjoyed it and this book works perfectly well as a standalone. I really liked Barnes' writing as the language she used felt very authentic to the time and made for a much more immersive experience. Louise was such a likeable main character who was funny, intelligent, and so brave to undergo such cutting edge eye surgery. I really loved Marcus and the ophthalmology aspect of the story. The specific medical references felt very well researched and added such unique and interesting details to the book, Their romance was such a cute slow burn and I found myself rooting for them all the way! I particularly liked how it didn't feel rushed or insta-love (as some romances tend to) and that that the scandal wasn't just brushed aside and everything immediately fixed by the wave of a magic wand. There were parts that I would have liked more detail on, namely Louise's recovery period, but, overall, I really enjoyed it! I'd definitely recommend to any Julia Quinn fans and anyone who enjoys a fun regency romance novel. I'm looking forward to diving right back in and reading the rest of the books in this series.
I really enjoyed reading, The Dishonored Viscount. I is quite different from anything I've read before. I appreciated that.
I was instantly drawn into this lovely romantic story. I think that the author did great with entertainment of the story. I would have like for the heroine’s age to be twenty four or older. It was hard for me to read intimate scene with a woman of the young age of twenty. A wide age range or twenty four or older may work for the character. The plot I found very enjoyable to read. The romance was very sweet and charming among the characters.
Marcus Berkly has craved out a rewarding life for himself as a respected eye surgeon after his title and all that entails was stripped from him when his father was executed as a murderer. Suffering the sins of the father isn't fair, but it's the way of the ton and Marcus has reconciled himself to it. When he helps Lady Louise when her eyesight fails at a ball, it sets him on a journey that he could not have anticipated. He admires Lady Louise's bravery as she agrees to undergo eye surgery that is cutting edge, but one that not all the medical community agree with. Can Marcus help Louise see again? This was such a unique and enjoyable story. Clearly, a lot of research went into understanding the surgery at the time. I loved and admired Lady Louise for her bravery in agreeing to let Marcus operate on her eyes. She was such a strong character throughout the book. Marcus was such an honorable man even telling Louise of his misstep during surgery. I loved watching their slow burn love story unfold. I thought Louise's father was an abhorrent character who cared little for his daughter and only for what society thought. The extended olive branch at the end of the book came about more from Louise's mother than her father. The plot moved along nicely and I'm looking forward to the next book from this talented author.
The book spends a good deal of time on the blindness of the heroine to educate the reader on the state of art in cataract treatment at that time in history. It is time well spent. The hero is spurned by society because his father was hanged for murder, costing him his title, property, and inheritance. But rather than wallow in his shame, he attends medical school and becomes one of the leading eye doctors in the country. The heroine lies to inveigle him into treating her but a misdiagnosis and a slightly botched surgery leads to continued impairment of vision in one eye although the other regains sight. They fall in love during her lengthy recovery which leads to difficulties from familial opposition and trust issues because of her falsehood. There is much excitement to follow but all is well that ends well. A very satisfying romance.
This was a book and half really loved and half didn't care for. Overall, it is a wonderful storyline to a point and well written, has some excitement and lots of drama. The intimate scenes are well done with nothing too vulgar or explicit. The first half of the book, I really enjoyed. The author did her homework and research for this and it shows. It was fascinating to read about treatments for the eye at this time period and there are lots of facts thrown in. I liked Marcus's character and loved how he became a true example of working hard for what you want in life, not having things handed to you, and that working hard you feel more accomplished when you overcome that obstacle. I enjoyed the slow burn romance and thought the tension was well played. What did not work for me was the last bit of the book. The kidnapping scene fell flat and has been so overdone in many other novels, I felt it out of place here and cheapened the story for me. I also never felt or liked Louise's character. I think she was made too young and the dialogue she spouted didn't seem to fit for someone who had grown up so pampered and sheltered. Even when she did give up title and riches for love, I never feel that she "got it" or what that meant. And then to have it all given back to her, I was shaking my head. She was spoiled, and I had to agree with her father when he mentioned that she gave her love and attention to whoever was her hero at that moment. I sadly did not see a future for these two, I didn't believe in their love. I do recommend this book for a nice enjoyable read but I personally do not feel it is one of Sophie Barnes' best. I received an advanced copy in exchange for a review.
a good story though a bit slow paced for me. very informative about cataracts. cute romance.and likeable characters.
This was a sweet book about two people that overcame great odds to find a happily ever after. Louise has lost her eyesight due to cataracts, and Marcus lost his title because his father committed murder. He became an ocular surgeon as a trade. How they overcame their obstacles to true love was a great read.
Everything happens in the beginning, the characters meet and the chemistry begins to change their ways and their minds slowly, it is not love at first sight but the first time they meet is remarkable. . Then I realized that I was not in the middle of the book and there was a lot, too much chemistry between them and I thought that nothing more exciting could happen but I was wrong. I just couldn't stop reading it, it's far from my understanding how Sophie Barnes can create such good characters in such a well-researched context, it makes the number of pages relative to the immenseness of the book . Louise and Marcus are drawn to the coincidences in the opening pages and go through various situations before getting to understand each other. . Louise suffers from cataracts since she was little and each treatment generates a painful brief fix, shortly after meeting Marcus she goes completely blind which leads her to ask for his help to undergo an operation that seems to be her only hope of having a normal life and be capable of pursue the dream of marrying the man she has been in love with for years . Marcus is not only a great renowned ophthalmologist but also a man condemned by society because he is the son of a disgraced lord after murdering a man and meeting his death by hanging. Shame and social condemnation haunts him wherever he goes regardless of his good deeds or good character. Louise has to choose between following her father's advice and suffering painful treatment or risking social condemnation for enlisting Marcus's help and being capable of choose her own path . Both are beautiful characters and come to maturity through the book to become a beautiful love story, slow burn, great and passionate dialogues are some of the excellent elements of this Regency Romance by Sophie Barnes . Thanks to Sophie Barnes and Book Buzz net for give me this beautiful book in exchange for my honest opinion
I received "The Dishonored Viscount" from Netgalley. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Sophie Barnes is a unique author whose ability to tell stories is mesmerizing. I was on tenterhooks the entire time I was living and experiencing the characters' lives. The medical intensity, the mutual unattainable attraction between Marcus and Louise.... Wow! Sophie Barnes has encapsulated the meaning of earning your reward and for a couple to support and cheer the other on.
Louise has always had trouble with her eyes and now, once again, she needs be couched to restore her vision. This surgery is painful and does not seem to last. Louise has a hefty dowry and even though she is treated as someone having a disability, her long-term crush, Mr. Fairfield, finds her attractive since she can help his financial situation. Marcus has been shunned in society since he is the son of a murderer. He needed to find a profession and an income and is now a renowned eye surgeon with a technique that may permanently help Louise’s eyes. Her father forbids her to be in the company of Marcus, so she manages to go away and meet him at the home of her sister-in-law’s parents for the surgery and a month’s recovery. During the month, Louise and Marcus fall in love. I enjoyed meeting both Louise and Marcus and watching their relationship strengthen. The story has adventure, devotion, and two people who care about making lives better.
After his father's crimes lead to the loss of the family's titles, former viscount Marcus reinvents himself as an eye surgeon. When wallflower Louise loses much of her sight to cataracts, he recommends an updated technique to permanently restore her sight. But her father insists on following the old ways, which can lead to relapse. Besides, he wants nothing to do with a man whose family has been disgraced. Louise, however, is desperate for a cure. She's already suffered through three painful surgeries. But her father's opposition to Marcus becoming her surgeon is nothing compared to his fury at the prospect of Marcus becoming her husband. Can love prevail before Louise is forced to marry someone else? This is the final book in the Diamonds in the Rough series, which I loved. I've been waiting for Marcus's story, so I was glad to see him get his HEA in this one. The author has done a great job of incorporating information about the state of medicine in the Regency into the series without turning the novels into research papers. Marcus and Louise are relatable, good-hearted characters caught in bad situations outside their control. Both behave with a sort of quiet nobility that stands out among the nobles behaving badly all around them. This is a high-tension story with plenty of twists that make it impossible to put down. Thanks, NetGalley, for the ARC I received. This is my honest and voluntary review.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The Dishonored Viscount is a beautiful, haunting story that I didn’t want to end. This book takes you on a journey of struggle, hope, and all-consuming love. It is an excellent example of forbidden love and undeniable passion. This is a book that brilliantly displays the powerful healing qualities of love. I must first disclose a warning, this book contains a graphic description of painful surgery. Marcus Berkley has been stripped of his title and ostracized due to a heinous crime committed by his father. Marcus has pulled himself from despair to become the foremost doctor in eye surgery. Lady Louise has struggled with her vision since childhood, always knowing complete blindness was a possibility. Going against her father’s wishes, Louise goes through a complicated surgery performed by Marcus that could save her eyesight. A passion and tender love develop through this ordeal that ignites the page. I admired how Marcus didn’t wallow in what he had lost; instead, he made something productive of himself. Marcus’ desire to heal and his unselfishness and acceptance of his past resonated with me. Louise was an outstanding, quietly fierce character. Her willpower and determination were awe-inspiring. Louise withstood pain and anger stoically and with grace and kindness. Marcus fought his instant attraction to Louise for what he considered her good. Marcus loved Louise so much that he couldn’t subject her to the scorn and hatred he faced from society. Louise’s unfailing belief in her love for Marcus took my breath away. The passion and love the couple share are genuine. The plot unfolded perfectly at the right pace and with emotional depth. My attention was caught in the first chapter. The couple’s journey was perilous. However, the story was intimate and written with loving care. The Dishonored Viscount is the eighth book in the Diamonds In The Rough series. This story is a sweeping tale of how the power of love can withstand all obstacles. Although tragic and fraught with peril at times, the grit and determination of the couple were fascinating. This book left me breathless. I enjoyed the struggle and redemption qualities of the book. This book is a fantastic read that touched me on an elemental level. This is a story of how sacrifice can lead to undeniable love. I recommend this book wholeheartedly; get ready for an intense, gratifying read! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I really enjoyed this book. I have not read the previous books in the series so there were references and characters I couldn't fully appreciate but that didn't take away much at all. And I do plan on going back and reading the rest of the series when I can. This was a really interesting premise and I haven't seen anything similar to it. I really enjoyed the way the relationship developed as Marcus cared for Louise. I really felt like Louise's character development was authentic and realistic, Marcus's a little less so. Though a lot of his development had happened before the story actually started. But the wrapping up of his individual issues felt a little rushed at the end. But overall, I really enjoyed it and will be going back and reading the rest.
Another winner! Wonderful characters and even though book 8 in the series, can be read as a standalone. Marcus lost everything, his title, lands and more due to the fact his father was hanged for murder. The Ton has given him a direct cut for his father’s crime. This doesn’t bring Marcus down, but makes him more determined to reinvent himself. He goes to University in Edinburg to become a ophthalmologist. Returning to London he finds employment at St. Agatha’s, but always on the outskirts of Ton affairs. Because his sister is married to a Duke he is obligated to attend her ball. Seeking a breath of fresh air and hiding from the invited guests he meets Louise who appears to be talking with a frog. Louise is hiding, she is pitied by the Ton, consider handicapped, imperfect only because of her eyes. She has cataracts and has have several couching. The pain of surgery and the recurring cataracts also has cause her to have a fear of losing her sight. When at a ball her sight fails her, Marcus comes to her rescue. The story is interesting in that one learns how eye surgery was and thank goodness it has advanced from that time period. The bravery of Louise who is determined to live life on her terms and to the fullest. Thank you NetGallery for this ARC. I am voluntarily posting an honest review after reading an Advance Reader Copy of this story.
Thanks Netgalley for a arc copy of this book for a honest review.. Thanks Netgalley for a arc copy of this book for a honest review.. I loved reading The Dishonored Viscount... I loved Marcus and Louise as a couple. I am looking forward to readng her previous books. 5 star read 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Happy Reading Lisa 📚
I really enjoyed this book and the journey the MC's took. The medical information was interesting and presented throughout the book in a way that didn't take from the main story. I loved that Louise found her own voice and realized that love is more than someone coming to your rescue. Marcus was your typical male who thought he wasn't worthy and wanted better for the woman he loved. I just thought the whole story was lovely and a nice read.
I adored this lovely novel by Sophie Barnes, and I am especially grateful that this ARC showed up in my Netgalley inbox few days ago. The last book I tried reading put me off with it's coldness. By comparison, The Dishonored Viscount sucked me in instantly and held my attention for hours. Louise, Lord Grasmere's youngest child, is 20 and perilously close to being on the shelf. In spite of a healthy dowry, her failing eyesight (cataracts) is seen as something that makes her a less than desirable candidate as a wife. When she learns that Marcus Bently is a gifted opthalmologist who has helped close to 100 people with her same disability, she finds hope for the first time. Unfortunately, Marcus is the son of a viscount hanged for murder several years earlier. Marcus, by association, is shunned by society. Rather than giving in to despair after the hanging, Marcus turned his ostracism into something useful; he moved to Scotland to study medicine and has since become the best opthalmologist in London. Louise has to have the surgery and deal with the recovery in secret as her father has forbidden her from having anything to do with Marcus. Their sojourn to Dorset (to the home of her sister-in-law's parents' house) provides ample time for falling in love. Of course, true to the trope, they are star-crossed lovers who have a lot to overcome if they are to be together I loved both Marcus and Louise. Yes, Louise is young (13 years younger than Marcus), but her struggles with her sight have required her to develop a greater maturity than her flighty peers. She recognizes that her feelings for Marcus are special and is determined but not stupid in what she is willing to do for them to be together. Marcus is dreamy; he's a gifted surgeon who spends Saturdays flying kites with orphans rather than whoring it up around town like his former ton buddies do. He respects and admires Louise, which in turn makes me respect and admire him. Intimate scenes between them are fairly simple; they are passionate and in love, but a lot is suggested rather than spelled out for the reader in detail. The detail is not missed. I wish I'd read the previous novels in this series, and I need to go back and check them out. And I will definitely be picking up more Sophie Barnes in the future. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks!
This the eighth book in the Diamonds in the Rough series and here we have Marcus and Louise's story. Both were interesting and well-developed characters and the chemistry between them was palpable. I enjoyed seeing Louise's character develop and grow throughout the story. The story was captivating and had me invested right from the start. Both Marcus and Louise have their struggles and challenges to deal with and overcome and they learn of the strength that hope and love can provide and also how it can help them to heal. This was a truly beautiful and well-written story with outstanding characters who were charming and endearing and you can't help but fall in love with them. The story was filled with intrigue and passion and such emotion, it is not one you can easily put down once you start. A wonderful addition to the series and I wholeheartedly recommend! I received a complimentary copy from Netgalley and am voluntarily leaving my review.
It's finally time for Marcus to get his HEA.. After being stripped of his titles Marcus, decides to make his own way to the world and find a purpose. He becomes one of the best eye doctors, which is what Lady Louise is looking for. Having cataracts and being submitted in painful operations with temporary results, she decides it's time to find a new treatment which is what Marcus can do best. I could say that this books is divided in two parts. At the beginning is more slow burn, and we get to watch Marcus and Luisa gradually falling in love. At the second part, things escalate quickly, it becomes more adventurous until the end. This is the 8th and final full length novel of the series and the second one I've read. Like Book no7 it's standalone and it's not difficult to follow if you haven't read any other book. Sophie Barnes gives you all the information you would need. She also did an amazing job describing Louise's problem and surgery (it might disturb some readers). I really enjoyed this book, I finished it in one day and I definitely recommend it. I received a free copy from NetGalley and this is my honest opinion
This is the eighth book in Sophie Barnes' Diamond in the Rough series. I was pleased to see that it works well as a stand-alone because I haven't read the rest of the series yet. After reading this entry in the series I"m going back and read them all. Laura and Marcus are well drawn and believable. The story was entertaining and a little different from the usual regency novels. Ms. Barnes is such a good writer and knows her characters so well that you not only find yourself rooting for the lovers, but understanding their anguish over the obstacles in their way. You get her pain of having to choose between her family and the man she loves and his need to protect her from herself. A lovely, wonderful story that I couldn't put down and didn't want to end. Now I'm going to go back and start the series from the beginning. Thank you Net Galley for giving me a free copy of this e-book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This book has such an interesting concept that I knew I definitely wanted to pick it up and I was not disappointed. Sophie Barnes has crafted an interesting romance with many well know tropes but she has made it feel fresh and new. Barnes' slow burn romance is well paced, has an easy and charming tone, and has compelling characters that keep the reader engaged. This is Barnes' last full length installment in her Diamonds in the Rough series and it did not disappoint! This romance focuses on the hero, Marcus, who is a disgraced Viscount who has lost his title and standing in society due to his Father's evil actions (his father was a convicted murderer and was hung for his crimes and his estate and title were dissolved). Marcus has spent the last eight years rebuilding his life and becoming a very successful eye surgeon. Louise, the heroine, has been out in society for a few years with no real suitors. She has had cataracts since she was really young and undergone many eye surgeries that have just been temporary fixes. When she meets Marcus by accident she learns that there might be another solution to her eye problems and she becomes very interested in pursuing this new option, even through her father forbids her from having any relation with Marcus. I found the overall premise to this story to be very refreshing, new and lively. Yes I have read books with a blind heroine or one who needed glasses, and yes I have read stories of a disgraced gentleman who skirts society but with the element of Marcus' career and Louise's need for eye surgery, Barnes has given these romance tropes a new spin. I loved watch Louise step into her own, learn how to stand up for herself against her father, and find agency to go after what she wants and needs. It was really lovely to watch Marcus and Louise grow respect, trust and love for each other through out the eye surgery and recovery process. Louise trust Marcus because he is up front with her and gives her all of the facts and makes sure she is aware every step of the way, and she is so delighted that he gives her this information so she can made well educated decisions around what she wants. They both also learn a lot about the other and are able to help each other equally which is such a delightful way to watch them build a friendship. Much of the conflict around this slow burn romance deals with Marcus' status in society and how he is the son of a murderer. Louise and Marcus have to fight Louise's father's objections around this as well as Marcus' hesitations. Because of this we see Louise, who started this novel more like a wallflower, really show her back bone and strength of will. I liked that Louise felt strong in her love and was not afraid to take certain leaps on her road to happiness. This is such a delightful novel and addition to Barnes' series, I would definitely recommend, this can be read as a standalone but this series also has some really lovely additions that are worth the read.
You have intrigue, murder, snobs, nobs, lies, and deceptions abound in this story. Come along as we meet our cast. Lady Louise daughter to the Duke of Grasmere who is a snob. Lady Louise has she might problems. Her current infatuation is Mr. Fairbanks, their to an Earl. Mr Berkley an Eye Doctor and surgeon, who helped convict his father. He also voluntarily have up his Viscount title. The families play minor roles. Lady Louise is strong minded, courageous, and wants to be wanted for her own merits. Mr Fairbanks wants money to support his vices. Mr. Berkley wants recognition for his merits with his surgeries. Can Lady Louise find her partner and keep her sight from failing? Will Mr. Fairbanks find his cash flow helper? Will Mr. Berkley be able to show his face within the ton and be accepted for himself? Will the Duke of Grasmere accept what is best for Lady Louise? Come along on the journey and find the answers to these questions as we follow our cast from London to Dorset and Dover as the mischief and mayhem ensue in this delightful story. You will cheer, cry, cringe, and debate with them along the way.
Thanks go to the publisher and Net-Galley for the complimentary digital copy of The Dishonored Viscount by Sophie Barnes. I voluntarily agreed to read and review this novel prior to publication. My opinions are my own, and nothing has influenced my rating. The Dishonored Viscount is a well written novel with compelling characters and an absorbing plot. The pacing pulled me in from the first page to the last. The unique aspects of this story kept me reading to find out how it would resolve. Lady Louise is the heroine, and she captured my heart right away. She had such a heavy burden to bear that could have crippled her, but her bravery makes her strong as she faces the possibility of losing her sight forever. Her difficult relationship with her parents adds to her fears, but her courage and determination to circumvent her father’s control is amazing. As the attraction for the hero grows while she recovers from her surgery, they get to know each other, and her growing affection for Marcus frightens her, but she is unable to fight it. Marcus Berkly is the hero, and he’s such as amazing character. He has fought to find a place of respect, after living under his father’s scandal. At last, his skill as an eye surgeon has brought him acclaim, and he devotes his time to caring for his patients. I admired his determination, his humility, and his integrity. After the shadow he’s lived under, he’s amazingly resilient. As he gets to know Lady Louise, he realizes his affections are growing into love, and believing he’s too far below her, he fights his attraction by trying to stay away from her. Ms. Barnes shows his frustration and heartache at never being enough, and his unwarranted believe he’s unworthy of Lady Louise is so sad, it brought tears to my eyes. The romance between Lady Louise and Marcus develops slowly as both characters fight their growing attraction. I could feel their despair, each believing their love unrequited. They are so perfect for each other, and I wanted them to find a way for their love to flourish against the odds stacked against them. If you enjoy historical romance with more substance and depth than others in this genre, then you will love The Dishonored Viscount as much as I did. Ms. Barnes’ novel are always compelling love stories with characters that will touch one’s heart. I’m so glad I had an opportunity to read this intriguing novel. Happy reading!
Marcus is a true man of honor! Marcus is a pioneering eye surgeon, and the only hope Louise has of saving her eyesight. Even so, there are tremendous hurdles in the way, and that's just to get her surgery accomplished. The progressive approach and amazing attention to detail kept me flipping through this story as fast as I could, and that's even before the romance gets off the ground. The aftermath of the surgery is where the real emotional journey begins for both Marcus and Louise. Redeeming his reputation after his father's crimes is a near-Sisyphean task for Marcus, one that Louise's father thwarts at every turn. I adored Marcus's honor and integrity, while I cheered for Louise's headstrong independent streak and determination to take control of her life. The author didn't take any shortcuts on the way to their HEA. The raw emotions on display were almost heartbreaking as both characters grapple with public opinion and society's rules. I was completely invested in these characters and I loved the way everything worked out in the end. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
This was definitely a SLOW burn clean romance. It was historically relevant and interesting, especially learning about different obstacles doctors had during that time period. The characters were easily likable and their struggles raw and real. The only complaint I really have is that this looked like it was going to be a more intense romance novel and it kinda fell flat. Thank you Netgalley for the eArc! As always, the opinions above are entirely my own.
Raised with the privilege of wealth and title, Marcus Berkly lost his fortune and his courtesy title because of the heinous crime his father committed. He has since worked to find a new purpose in life as a physician and has become London’s top surgeon. He hasn’t attempted to reenter society, but he does have aristocratic friends, which leads to him meeting the daughter of an earl and having his life turned on its ear. Lady Louise has undergone many painful eye couching surgeries so when she learns of Marcus’ newer and more permanently effective method for correcting vision, she decides she wants to give it a try. Her father is vocally against anything having to do with Marcus, so Louise must take her life into her own hands and resort to deception in order to control her own choices. With the surgery successful, Marcus and Louise spend a great deal of time together as she recovers and their initial attraction grows into something deeper, but a future in which they are together seems all but impossible thanks to Marcus’ poor reception in society and Louise’s father’s staunch views against him. I’m so happy to see poor Marcus get his HEA and I hope he only continues to get more recognition for his fine qualities and character. It was refreshing to see a hero who is both an aristocrat and a self-made man, as well as a hero in need of redemption but not because of anything he did wrong. He handled everyone’s judgment much better than I think I would have and Louise’s determination to stand by him made her very likable. The he loves me; he loves me not inner monologues that both Marcus and Louise entertained about each other did get a bit old at times and sometimes made me feel like I was reading the same thing over again. I was glad to see them finally begin communicating, even though it was late in coming. The latter quarter of the book saw the plot go a bit off the rails with some interesting device choices, but things did come back together well in the end. I wish Marcus hadn’t been quite so noble in his efforts to push Louise away for her own good and I wish she had stood up to her father a bit sooner. I also could’ve done with a bit more steam, but all in all, this was a satisfying read that kept me hooked and not wanting to put it down. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog link:
This is such a sweet story of finding love despite everything trying to keep them apart. Louise is determined to take control of her life even though her father is against it because of Marcus's family history. As she makes her own decisions she is spending more time with him, their feelings change and blossom into something beautiful and lasting. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a heartwarming story about overcoming obstacles! I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The eighth and final full length book in the Diamonds in the Rough series resolves what happened to Marcus Berkly after he loses his title and assets when his father is convicted of the murder of a duke and Carlton Guthries’s father. Eight years has past since his fathers condition and hanging and his shunning from society… and in this time, Marcus has studied in Edinborough and worked hard to become one of London’s most renowned opthamologist. Living a contented life with his personal achievements, until a fateful night at his brother-in-laws ball brings him into contact with Lady Louise. Lady Louise has suffered from cataracts her whole life and been made to suffer a couching procedure to provide temporary relief to her loss of vision. The next painful procedure is always waiting around the corner… that is until her vision goes at a ball and she learns that there is another option- a more permanent option for correcting her sight! Emboldened, Lady Louise talks Mr. Berkly into secretly preforming the surgery and caring for her during her recuperation, and for a month these two are companions and find themselves fighting the attraction that builds between them They can never be because to have a relationship with Marcus, it would cost her her family and her acceptance in society… So they both try to more on afterwards… and obviously this proves harder than either of them ever thought! I really enjoyed the unique circumstances between Louises and Marcus’s meeting and relationship building. Marcus is not only able to help her with her sight, he is the only one who sees her true worth and is able to show her how to see it herself. He inspires her to want more than she has been told she deserves. As a wrap up of a series, I really appreciated the appearances of most of the characters from this series. I love getting to say a final goodbye to my favourites, like Guthrie and Huntley. I have absolutely adored this series and I’m sad to see it coming to an end! The Dishonoured Viscount by Sophie Barnes is scheduled to release 21st, 2021. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Sophie Barnes through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. #TheDishonouredViscount #SophieBarnes #NetGalley #pinkcowlandreads
***ARC Review Overall I liked this book. The beginning of the plot was well paced, and it well written. Then the middle felt a little repetitive. Maybe I've been reading faced paced books so the pacing of 'The Dishonoured Viscount' seemed a little slow. However, the character, plot, and the over all arc of the story was fresh and different. I enjoyed the heroine was defiant as well and likeable. I enjoyed the medical sub-plot as well. It was unlike any historical romance I've ever read!
As always, Sophie Barnes has written a story that draws me in and doesn't let go until I have reached the conclusion! And even then, I still think about the story for days and weeks later. The previous book in this series is on my favorites list for 2021, and this book was close to being added as well. The heroine was relatable, the story unique, and the slow burn between the two main characters had me on the edge of my seat. While the steam is relatively mild in this story, the pining and sexual tension between these two make up for it. What I also loved in this story in particular was the obvious research that the author had done with regard to medicine and surgeries available to people who suffered from cataracts in the 19th century. The descriptions at times made me a bit queasy, but my inner curiosity made this read really enjoyable from a scientific point-of-view. Lady Louise was born with cataracts in her eyes, and she has lived in fear ever since of going completely blind. While medicine has advanced to allow her to see partially after a particularly painful procedure, she has noticed in recent years that the results don't last as long. When she loses sight in her right eye at the age of 16, she tells no one in hopes that her left eye would hold up enough to avoid another procedure, but alas, it doesn't last. Fast forward to present day and she loses sight in her left eye suddenly at a ball, and who should come to her rescue but the pariah of society, Marcus Berkly, son of a murderer and widely regarded as one of the best eye surgeons in England. Marcus is drawn to Louise but knows nothing can come of the attraction, and he certainly can't help her eyesight without her parents' consent. However, Louise is not so easily deterred and goes to him for help, keeping secret her true age and telling him she is of age to consent on her own. Forced in close proximity so he can watch over her following the surgery, they fall in love, but when Louise's secret comes to light, their happiness crumbles. Soon Louise is forced to make difficult choices, and Marcus must decide how much he is willing to risk for love. I really loved both characters for their strength and general goodness. They weren't without flaws, but overall it was easy to see how they could both fall in love with each other. Marcus has dedicated his life to medicine and saving life, the exact opposite of what his father did in killing another man. While he grew up in society as the son of an earl, he was instantly cast aside once his father's sin became known, and he has had to overcome losing his home and his friends in the process. That would drive anyone to be bitter and cold, but instead Marcus became kind and generous, certainly a much better person that he was before, which he acknowledged in the story. Louise is a bit of an outcast as well but for different reasons, mainly her eyesight and that she is generally thought of as a cripple. Despite her large dowry, she hasn't been approached for marriage yet, though she is convinced she loves a peer. However, as she spends more time in Marcus' company, she begins to recognize what love truly feels like and she feels it for Marcus. When the secret came out, the drama was heart-wrenching but necessary. I completely understood the various reactions, and it was great that it was written with a dual POV so the reader could see how Marcus and Louise handled the blow in their own way. There was a bit of conflict towards the end, and despite it all, everything was tied up neatly with a bow in the end. Since this is the last book in the series, I'm not surprised, and I appreciated that nothing was left unanswered. I look forward to reading more books by Sophie Barnes! She never fails to create a story that brings a smile to my face and warmth to my heart.
Will he realize her love is not a fickle thing … Funny, my first read in this series was the novel introducing Marcus. Now many years later, he is a changed man, stripped from his title and wealth, he had to pave his own path or loose himself in bitterness. So from classical ton’s scoundrel, he turned into a fine ophthalmologist surgeon. Not an easy journey, yet he made it successfully. Now he is to be recommended, if people were not so stubborn to reject his technique because not acknowledged first by a English man. Do not miss the notes by the author, that jingoism could go so far to reject an effective technique because of the nationality of the man behind it …. Still, he now has a successful trade and lives a fulfilling life. Even if he is now shunned by those same people he walked among. He does miss his old life. Louise has feared her whole short existence to one day live forever in the dark. After having been subjected many times to a painful intervention, she wants no more of it. Yet it seems her only salvation to blindness, until she learns about an other technique after encountering a man everyone advise her to avoid and forget. But determined she is. Together they are so sweet, immediately feeling a pull toward the other. But when difficulties pile up against them, will their sentiments be enough. Marcus has the maturity of his years and losses, why he acts upon his honor and with more circumspection, while Louise’s younger age makes her more impetuous, rushing to action even if it creates other obstacles. And while they are not always on board with the other, they respect the other’s decision and reach a consensus. 4 stars 𝗦𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗺 𝗹𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹 onscreen lovemaking scene. I have been granted an advance copy by the author, here is my true and unbiased opinion.