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The Vanishing Viscountess by Diane Gaston


The Vanishing Viscountess cover art Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: The Vanishing Viscountess - sequel to Innocence and Impropriety
Author: Diane Gaston
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN-13: 9780373294794
Release Date: January 2008
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance
Year/Setting: England/Scotland
Overall Rating: 3.75
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Diane's Website: www.dianegaston.com

Tanner, Marquess of Tannerton, faces of a life of loneliness until one stormy, fateful night when death surrounds a ship full of crew and passengers. He finds a reason for living when he saves Marlena Parronley, prisoner of a Bow Street Runner, from certain death.

The connection between Marlena and Tanner is immediate and unmistakable, but sheís determined to disappear once more as no one, not even Tanner, can help her clear her of name of all charges. Running is her only option. Reluctantly, thankfully, she does accept help from Tanner, though the longer sheís with him, the longer they run and try to disappear, she knows itís going to be torture to leave him when it comes time.

Heíll stay with Marlena and help her as long as he can. Yet he canít help but feel as if sheís holding something back from him. He canít help but feel as if sheís always just out of reach.

Marlena would love nothing more than to spend the rest of her life with Tanner, but there's too much danger. That aside, can she trust him with the truth? Will he believe her? No, itís too much of a risk to tell, to trust.

But the truth has a way of coming outÖ

Iím glad Tanner got his own story. He was lost and a bit misguided in Innocence and Impropriety and it tugged at the heart. Marlena put him through the paces, but Tanner was more than eager to help her and love her no matter what. Sigh.

Diane Gastonís voice is rich in emotion and detail. The Vanishing Viscountess is intense and dramatic; itís full of romance and well developed characters. Quite an enjoyable read.


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