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Loretta Chase ¶ 9 summaryI didn t know what to expect from this book I hadn t ead a Loretta Chase novel in a long time but this one popped up as a freebie so I nabbed it So glad I did because this was just what I needed Written in the style of Georgette Heyer these characters are constantly mystified by their own actions as they tumble from situation to situation It starts in a brothel where Max AKA Lord Rand meets Catherine Pelliston ecently drugged and abducted to become a nasty old madam s prostitute She implores a very drunken Max to save her and he does not eally knowing why since he s skeptical of her crazy story in the first placeIt s found myself smiling and laughing a lot It s a sweet story with likable characters even when they e acting like numbskulls and a very nice upbeat ead There are no explicit sex scenes although their chemistry is steamy enough at moments Apparently this book was originally published in 1990 It s got an old fashioned feel and fits nicely between Heyer style egency and omance I ve given this a B for narration and a C for content at AAROriginally published in 1990 Viscount Vagabond is one of Loretta Chase s earliest historical omances and one which has only ecently come to audio along with a handful of other titles such as Isabella The English Witch and Knave s Wager It s a lighthearted and often humorous omp that tells the story of a mismatched couple who are so convinced of their unsuitability for each other that they fail to see what s ight under their noses The eponymous hero is Max Demowery Viscount Rand who never expected to inherit wealth or title and in fact never wanted to until the death of his elder brother changed things irrevocably Max knows that at some point he will have to do his duty but #he asks his father for six months grace six months in which he can go off #asks his father for six months grace six months in which he can go off do exactly as he pleases At the end of that period he will eturn to the fold eady to settle down find the ight young woman to marry and become a model viscount On his last night of freedom he decides to go out with a bang so to speak gets oaring drunk and then sets about getting laid Catherine Pelliston is fleeing an arranged marriage with one of her father s unpleasant cronies when she s
offered help by a kindly motherly woman who then drugs and abducts her with the intention of putting her to workhelp by a kindly motherly woman who then drugs and abducts her with the intention of putting her to work her brothel Catherine s first client is an incredibly handsome young man who is clearly very very drunk but he s her only chance of escape and she implores him to help herEven though he s than three sheets to the wind Max is surprised when the young "Woman Procured For Him Shows No Interest In Getting Down "procured for him shows no interest in getting down business After a few minutes however Max begins he thinks to see the light the girl likes playing games Oh all ight I ll chase you if you like He started to get up changed his mind and slumped back against the pillow in a half ecumbent position Only it s such a botherBut gradually his drink addled brain starts to see that the young woman is truly frightened and completely serious about having been brought to the brothel against her will so he helps her to escape and takes her back to his seedy lodgings for the night Believing her saviour to be a slovenly man and habitual drunkard Catherine is ather surprised when the next morning he takes her to meet his sister the Countess of Andover And she s shocked even further when he turns out to be a viscount and heir to an earldom It s not long before Catherine is discovered to be a distant elation of the Andovers and the countess decides to take her under her wing and bring her out But before Catherine can be advised of this she s decided that her tattered eputation not only was sh. FROM DISTRESS TO DISASTERCatherine Pelliston simply would not abide by her father's wishes and marry the slovenly Lord Browdie But her escape through the streets of London only seemed to lead her from bad to worse First she was obbed And the. ,
E discovered in a brothel but "SHE SPENT THE NIGHT IN A "spent
The Night In Anight in a lodgings without a chaperone will only bring disrepute down upon her new friends so she skips off to make her own way in the world and finds work as a seamstressIn the short time she spends with the Andovers Catherine and Max are striking sparks off each other and trying to deny their attraction He finds her to be ather preachy and sanctimonious and she believes him to be an inveterate sot yet in spite of that they e eluctantly fascinated by each other So what can Max do when Catherine bolts but track her down and bring her back Both characters are ather endearing Max is an absolute sweetie and even Catherine s self ighteousness is written in such a way as to make the listener understand that she s not so much a killjoy as a sheltered young woman who needs to gain a little experience and develop some maturity of outlook Max delights in very gently pulling her leg and making fun of her priggish pronouncements and this is done in a way that doesn t belittle her but instead comes across as affectionate and concernedThe pair continues to bicker their way through various silly and improbable situations and it s all deftly written and ather charming but when I got to the end I couldn t help but feel a little disappointed I ecently listened to and enjoyed another of Ms Chase s earlier books Knave s Wager which is full of her trademark dry wit and humour with sparkling dialogue and terrific chemistry between the two leads I had hoped for of the same with Viscount Vagabond but while it started well it never uite lived up to its early promise Max is a terrific hero witty charming and self deprecating with a bit of depth to him but Catherine is a little too close to being TSTL at times and the chemistry that sparked between them at the outset seemed to fizzle out somewhere along the wayIn terms of the narration it must have been a daunting task for Stevie Zimmerman to narrate these early Loretta Chase titles in the wake of Kate Reading s stupendous performance of Lord of Scoundrels which was the first of Ms Chase s books to make it into audio format I hadn t listened to Ms Zimmerman before Knave s Wager but she did an excellent job in that audio and her performance in Viscount Vagabond is eually good Her voice is pleasant and well modulated sitting in what I d call the higher end of the mezzo ange I d put Rosalyn Landor and Kate Reading in the contralto category if that helps for comparison and she narrates clearly at a good pace and with a good deal of expression She differentiates well between all the characters adopting a slightly lower pitch and harder edge for most of the male characters and applying a variety of timbres in order to distinguish them from one another such as the unpleasant gruffness she gives Lord Browdie Catherine s erstwhile suitor Ms Zimmerman also makes good use of egional accents for characters such as the madam the modiste and the young lad JemmyI have to once again express my concern over the sound uality because the whole thing sounds somewhat tinny and treble heavy Both of the titles published under Loretta Chekani have had similar issuesI wouldn t say that the less than stellar sound uality spoiled the audiobook on this occasion and in fact Ms Zimmerman s engaging performance increased my enjoyment overall While I can t count Viscount Vagabond among #MY FAVORITE LORETTA CHASE TITLES IT #favorite Loretta Chase titles it isn t an unpleasant way to while away a few hours So here s the thing I was SO excited for this book and was SO happy when it popped up as a freebie on but now that I ve ead it I m SO disappointed I m not uite sure what to make of it and feel as thoug. N her supposed escue by a kindly old woman stranded Catherine in a bordello where the handsome Viscount Rand was intent on sampling her wares A dire predicament indeed especially when the dashing aristocrat decided to assume full esponsibil. .
H it could get any ating between one and four stars I liked it but it was boring the characters were fun but unmemorable the plot exciting but edundant the setting interesting but not well described the omance cute but predictable the chemistry sizzling but why the hell were the two main characters so dead set against each otherThe prose lacked polish and efinement the plot needed structure and the characters needed a better development The only one I eally liked was the hero s friend Jack Langdon and apparently he gets his own book in The Devil s Delilah but whether or not I ll ead that one is still undecided I found Viscount Vagabond to be not at all the sort of novel I eally wish to spend time on Although it was a clean ead I got tired of all the brothels harlots mistresses and drunkenness And yes I know I love akes but Viscount Rand was so immature eckless and downright depraved without getting a proper edemption that would compensate for it all that he only stirred in me but the faintest of interests The "Lifts Uizzing Glass To "uizzing glass to eye for a fraction of second kind of interestI ealize that not every book can be as wonderful as Georgette Heyer s Frederica which I just finished but I was expecting way of Viscount Vagabond than mere bored uizzing glass lifting la Maruis of AlverstokeMe and my expectations sometimes sigh A sweet funny story about a ough spare turned heir and a scampered from home miss who have a meet cute at the most unlikely of places a brothelThe H escues her from there and then proceeds on to escue her various times through the book while she fights him to her puny best She turns out to be #A Relation Of His #relation of his in law who along Catherine wakes up from a drugged sleep to find herself scantily clad and in a brothel with a drunk nobleman just about to take advantage of her With some difficulty she convinces Max that she s eally virtuous and that he needs to save her from the brothel He eventually does after cracking a couple of bouncers heads together and paying off the madam Unfortunately someone at the brothel has stolen Catherine s peach muslin dress an incriminating piece of evidence about an adventure Catherine and Max would much ather Polite Society knew nothing about To make matters difficult the two of them can t figure out whether they love or can t stand each otherFrankly this is my least favorite of the six traditional in other words or less clean with no sex scenes but some steamy make out scenes Regency novels Loretta Chase wrote before she segued into writing spicier historical omances The plot is kind of contrived I know it s eally hard to believe that a Regency omance could have a contrived plot but stick with me here and the characters are on the forgettable side I actually liked the seuel to this book The Devil s Delilah much betterBut any Loretta Chase book is still worth eading if only for the wit and humor It contains delightful exchanges like this oneI m very stubborn and ill behavedYes No wonder I love you soThere was only one possible conclusion to this sort of intellectual exchange Lord Rand tightened his clasp and kissed his darling thoroughly and epeatedly until they were both in a highly agitated state not at all conducive to abstract easoningSince I ve had people ask me Chase s other four traditional Regencies areThe Sandalwood PrincessKnave s WagerIsabellaThe English WitchThey e lightweight Regency omances but I enjoyed them all much than your standard RR and the Kindle price is good 299 each It was early days for Loretta Chase but her writing is witty and shows flashes of brilliance maybe not so much in this one but in several of the others listed above. Ity for the avishing unaway by taking her uite against her will into his home But little did Catherine know that her struggle to preserve her virtue had inflamed the debauched gadabout's heart and might well net her a husband worth desiring.