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The Elusive Lord Everhart by Vivienne Lorret
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The Elusive Lord Everhart

by Vivienne Lorret

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I loved Vivienne Lorret's previous series, Wallflower Weddings, so I was happy to start this new one.

I can't say that I didn't like it, but I just didn't find it as good as all the other books I've read from this author. I think the reason for it are the main characters and the back story baggage they both carried almost through the end of the book. On top of that, there was a wager between the hero and his friends that made sense at the start of the story, but lost its effect as the story progressed.

I also found it hard to believe that Calliope would fall in love with an invisible man who'd written her a love letter, and then finding out that the same man had written other women as well.

And even though our hero grows throughout the book, I still found him lacking.

I did find that the story was fast pacing and I also liked the secondary characters, especially hero's friend fun and entertaining. I'm looking forward to their stories. Not bad, but could have been better.

Melanie for b2b

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  bookworm2bookworm | Mar 30, 2017 |
I am super excited to be starting a new series by the amazing Vivienne Lorret, and I wasn’t disappointed in the lease.
This is a story where a letter is the most important part. Five years ago Calliope Croft received a love letter, which changed the course of her life. She knew that she could not accept the proposal of marriage from a friend, with such love and passion out there waiting for her…but that was before other people received the letters also. Calliope thinks she knows who sent the letter and not she is out to expose him for the heartless fraud that he is.
Gabriel Ludlow aka Viscount Everhart; loves Calliope with all his heart, but her bother refuses to allow him to court her. Now five years later Calliope is back in his life and asking questions; But Gabriel long with three friends have entered in to a stupid wager, with the terms of them remaining bachelors. Add to the mix Calliope’s crazy cousin and that leaves you with a story that is not only heartfelt, but also one that has humor, which for a reader who normally hates romantic-comedies; I have fallen in love with this story.
I was blown away by the sheer pleasure of this story. I fell in love with the characters in this book, but my favorites are Montwood and Danvers, they are such riots.
Vivienne Lorret has done it again, she has made me fall in love with a whole bunch of new characters, whose stories I am clamoring to find out. I have to say that she has become one of my new favorite historical romance authors, Her stories are from the heart, flawless in there execution and very well researched, which leaves you with a timeless story that you will never forget.
With all that being said, I can only give The Elusive Lord Everhart one score…
10 out of 10!
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  Cara_Ross | Aug 16, 2016 |
Summary
Calliope, received a letter that made her fall in love with the man who wrote it, but when she learns that he wrote six other letters, to six different women, she decided that she would find his true identity and reveal him, and ruin him just as he has ruined her. Gabriel Ludlow, knows that there is one woman he is drawn to more than any other, a woman he can never have. He made a foolish mistake, a mistake so that she could find some happiness in her life and move on from him, but to this day he still hasn’t forgotten her. While residing at a country house, with a group of his buddies, they make a wager, a wager to see who can stay unmarried the longest, and those that do marry must forfeit a large sum of money. Gabriel never imagined that his friends, would see how much he cares for Calliiope and try to play “matchmakers” at every golden opportunity. Calliope is confused, because Gabriel is a man who could make her fall in love again, he stirs a passion in her she never imagined, so will her plan for revenge win out or will her love for Gabriel overcome any obstacle facing them?

The Hero
Gabriel Ludlow, is the Viscount of Everhart. But has shirked his responsibilities, due to his mother’s death, seeing how her death practically destroyed his father, Gabriel refuses to risk opening his heart to someone, only to lose her and become a shell-like his father has been. Gabriel has a bit of wander lust, loves traveling, but his love of travel has given him purpose, until he meets Calliope. Gabriel is a hero that is torn between what his brain tells him and what his heart is urging him to do. Gabriel at first is afraid to trust in love, or the woman who has always held his heart. but then he sees that she needs him just as much as he needs her. Gabriel is a hero to sigh over. He is outrageous at times, stubborn to the point of extreme, but what a sexy man he is..he is deliciously wicked.

The Heroine
Calliope, is a woman scorned and refuses to back down. She has had her heart tied to a man she has never met, but feels like she has known forever. But then she ends up in the same household as Gabriel, and sparks fly. She can’t resist the desire she feels or what his kisses do to her, but she also wants more than just a few kisses and touches. She wants the whole package. But she is also on a mission, a mission she refuses to give up on. Calliope I had mixed feelings about. She is tenacious and passionate, too stubborn for her own good, but she tended to not have the type of backbone I would have liked in a heroine in this situation, at first I didn’t know what to think of her, I thought her “mission” a bit too drastic at times, but it is what made the story a bit more interesting. I started to really like her, she is opinionated, and stands on her own two feet, and I loved how she interacted with Gabriel.

Plot and Story Line
The Elusive Lord Everhart is a wonderful story, and this is my first of this author, so I found it to be very enjoyable and had that feeling to it that makes you feel captured by the story. I loved the set up of the story, it seemed to be very flirty and engaging, and the characters were quite endearing to this reader. I think what I adored most about this story, was the wager, and see Gabriel and Calliiope muddle through a few conflicts before they even got close to their HEA. It’s not a insta love story right away, you see how it goes much deeper than that. I loved the way the this story unraveled in ways you didn’t expect. The side characters were a hoot, boy do I love his friends, they are so silly at times, and a bit outrageous in certain scenes, but that is what made the story have a bit of flair to it. We also see the bit of mystery on finding out the real author of the letter (which we suspect from the beginning) but I definitely was on edge a bit, wondering when our heroine would figure it out and how that would come about. I loved the intimate scenes between Gabriel and Calliiope, they were sensual and warm and got my attention, but not to hot that I felt uncomfortable. It seemed that the author stroke a balance between the physical and the emotional side of the relationship. We see the way that these two slowly fall in love, that it begins as an unsteady friendship and then turns into something deeper. I didn’t care for the cousin of Calliope, at all, she tended to be spoiled and a brat, but I adored Gabriel’s grandmother..she was utterly delightful. This is a story that any romance lover will enjoy.

The Cover
Now I will say this might be one of my favorite historical romance covers this author. I love the whole reclining on the bed or sofa pose, I love her spilling on the side, and those muscles….where can I find him??? I want to keep him. LOL

Overall View
The Elusive Lord Everhart is a splendid romance that blends together a delicious love story, a wager between buddies, some misunderstandings, a feisty grandmother, and a tale of broken hearts and passionate love. ( )
  addictofromance | Apr 7, 2015 |
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