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The Elusive Lord Everhart

(The Rakes of Fallow Hall #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  710 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Vivienne Lorret, the USA Today bestselling author of Winning Miss Wakefield, returns with a new series featuring the three roguish bachelors of Fallow Hall.

Gabriel Ludlow, Viscount Everhart, will never marry, and thus is sure to win the bachelors' wager amongst his friends. Assuming, of course, that his deepest secreta certain letter containing a marriage proposal made in
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published March 24th 2015 by Avon Impulse
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Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-books
What a lovely cast of characters and a charming story! Of course, Pamela was a real piece of work! :)

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Vivienne and found her to be such a sweetie. I'm looking forward to reading many more of her books.
Lover of Romance
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
D.L. Carter
May 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
41% before I gave up

Sorry didn't find anyone in book sympathetic or interesting. Recency era norms completely ignored. Going to re-read Jane Austen for the brain cleaning
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Calliope Croft is on her way to Scotland with her brother and his wife when they stop at Fallow Hall to visit a cousin who's also sojourning there. But she'll extend her stay, to search for a letter that could give her a clue about the man who, in a way, ruined her life years ago. At the time, Calliope refused a man because of an anonymous letter declaring his flamme for her. But when other women started to received letters as well, she realized it was all just a farce. Even years later and
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
The beginning is cute, the ending is sweet, but the middle drags. At 53% I was wondering when the plot was going to move along.

And frankly, Gabriel's reasoning for not wanting to be with Calliope was stupid. Very, very stupid. And completely illogical.
Kaitlyn Leaf
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Little bit of a slow starter for me but enjoyed it.
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Vivienne Lorret graces us with the start of a new spin off series from her Wallflower Wedding series, The Rakes of Fallow Hall, and I couldnt be happier (insert squee). In this first installment, The Elusive Lord Everhart, we see a twist on long-lost-love-realized between Calliope Croft, sister to Griffin Croft, and Gabriel Ludlow, Viscount Everhart.

You see, both Calliope and Gabriel harbor a secret from five years ago. Calliope, set to be married to the Baron Brightwell, receives a love letter
Ive decided one thing in all my reading: while as a child I was always wanting a brother or sister Im done with that idea. Siblings are a second layer of plot-twist in the story of life. In The Elusive Lord Everhart, Lorret brought that concept home in spades with Calliopes older brother (and friends) more than ever.

Calliope is settled into her place on the shelf with reasonable comfort. Years ago she received a letter that fueled her childish romantic fantasies, and her obsession with finding
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Related to her "Wallflower Weddings" books, the start to Lorret's "Rakes of Fallow Hall" series begins as many historical romances I read tend to do--there's a wager, a former romance and meddling friends/family/servants/pets.

I really only have one true quibble with this book and its that the whole Casanova Letter angle got confusing at times and I felt Calliope obsessed over it a rather long time (the less said about the cowardly nature of Everhart pre-story the better, though I'll get to this
Read the First 20 Pages. Last 150 Pages. Skip the rest.

Gabriel Ludlow, Viscount Everhart, has rented an estate with two of his fellow bachelor-friends. Another of his friends, Lord Brightwell, and his wife, Pamela, were staying with the three bachelors, also. Pamela was recuperating from a carriage accident. Now Griffin Croft, his wife, Delaney, and his sister, Calliope Croft, were coming to check on their cousin, Pamela. All this company was growing tiresome, but it was beyond the pale when
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All right, I got a chance to read Vivienne Lorret's The Elusive Lord Everhart. Oh man, I don't know where to begin with this story, because it was sure entertaining.

First off, we have Calliope Croft and she's firmly on the shelf after receiving a love letter from Casanova. She fell in love with the words that she didn't seek out anyone else. Unfortunately, nothing ever came to fruition, which now she's destined to be an old maid. She's a bit odd, so that doesn't help
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
OH BOY. What a fun, intriguing, and romantic story. To say that Lord Everhart is elusive is putting it mildly!

I have many thoughts about The Elusive Lord Everhart swirling through my head. Good thoughts, to be sure. I want to share them, in great detail, but honestly, much of the fun and beauty of this book is uncovering the pieces as you read. I will say that the author did a wonderful job in creating a unique plot, with the perfect amount of angst and romance. Calliope was a treat, and though
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It was sweet and a really lovely romance, complete with secrets and a few twists along the way. I thought it was wonderful.

Calliope was a really likable character. She endured heartbreak but refused to let it weaken her. And she knew better than to hold a grudge when it would stand in the way of her own happiness. I thought she was great.

Gabriel changed a lot over the course of the book. He started off seeming shallow and flippant about others' feelings. But, after
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
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
This book was just average for me- I didn't really like it or dislike it. I liked the beginning and the end, but the middle moved very slowly and I almost made it a dnf. I got confused at times about the Casanova letters, and I still feel I missed something. I already have the next book in the series, and will give it a try.
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it
I probably would not have read this book if I hadn't already read book 2. That book is a winner. This book not so much. Too much time spent with the plot not moving forward at all. This book was just OK.
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lover's of historical romance and HEAs
Recommended to Brandy by: Amazon
Both MCs are intelligent people. The plot and pacing are perfect. There is a believable timeframe for the story to occur. With great secondary characters that add to the plot without distracting.

Finally got to hear more about these characters. I say finally, but I binged 6 or 7 books by this author in about 4 days. So really I only had to wait two days, but that is completely beside the point. Their story didn't disappoint. I'm hooked on this author now and I'm following her on Amazon to make
Sue Gosland
As the first of a 3 book series, this was great fun! Calliope had broken off an engagement after receiving a love letter that was unsigned. 5 years later, she meets the Viscount Everhart, after removing herself from society. The last time they saw each other, they danced,and he chastised her for breaking her engagement. She thought he didn't like her. She was wrong. Great fun ensues, especially since He had made a bet with his friends to never marry, which further complicates matters. Especially ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: junk-food
I read this series so fast, I can't help weigh this against the others. Like its predecessor (Finding Miss McFarland), I wouldn't have read this if not for the two series it bridges. Lorret is far better than many other writers, but I found this the least-interesting of the three. (For some reason, over-the-top mushiness in the end -- especially for characters who seem to have absurdly oversensitive nerve-endings -- makes me irritable. I couldn't have done without some of the closing symbolism, ...more
Elizabeth A
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really fun story that involves anonymous love letters, pining from afar, audacious flirtation, and a lot of friends scheming for each others' happiness. The side plot about the cousin was a bit lost in the muck, but the core romance was really well drawn. Two people, who really click but missed their chance years ago, spend the book relearning each other, slowly growing past their old hurts and foolish pride.
Nouka Vang
May 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
She fell in love with a letter... seriously??!! I don't really know what her feelings for Brightwell were before she read the letter but honestly how do you just disregard your feelings for another person after reading a letter from a secret admirer. There were times where she would reflect and ask herself how her life would be like should she have married Brightwell. It made me think she was fickle. I just couldn't get past that.

Cynthia Lamascola
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful Love Letters.

Vivienne Lorret weaves words that are so heartbreaking yet hopeful and so beautiful at the same time that you are compelled to read them over and over again! And now looking forward to reading Danver and Montwoods story.
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very glad I started this series with book #2. Had I began with this book, I would not have continued reading.
Story began interesting, then became boring....really boring and far fetched.
Only one book left to finish the series, not sure if I will read it.
Jan 12, 2020 added it

I didn't buy the character's chemistry at all, and the hero wasn't commanding enough for me to grab my attention....since I prefer alpha males, or very intimidating, tall dark and handsome...I guess I'm just going to have to pass on this one.

Kazia Gemmill
Jul 31, 2017 rated it liked it
This was sadly kind of boring. The letter was more silly less romantic. The hero was not appealing.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: spinster, instalove
I enjoyed it though I find the conflict stupid.
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
As I began reading this, I noticed that the heroines brother, Griffin, was recently married. Considering that I read enough of these to smell another book and this is a new to me author, I had to check it out. I found another entire series, Wallflower Weddings, by this author, one of which was Finding Miss McFarland which tells Griffins story. The Rakes of Fallow Hall appears to be a spin off about the best friends and/or brothers of the Wallflower Weddings. How fun. I will be looking into that ...more
Catherine (The Sassy Bookster)
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss-arcs
THE ELUSIVE LORD EVERHART is a great start to Vivienne Lorrets new series, The Rakes of Fallow Hall. Five years ago, Calliope Croft turned down a marriage proposal to wait for her true love, the author of an anonymous letter to her who was dubbed Casanova when more letters penned by him to other ladies surfaced after she received hers. Heartbroken, she vows to expose the identity of the author.

Gabriel Ludlow, Viscount Everhart is the man behind the Casanova letters. Five years ago, he fell in
Dee Deacon Foster
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
All Calliope Croft wanted was a love like her parents have & like her brother has found with her best friend. She thought she had found that when she received an unsigned love letter. She has tried to find the author of that letter to know avail. She even refused to marry another gentleman. Then these love letters started showing up with other women thus dubbing the author as Casanova. This has now turned her off to marriage & she vows revenge.

Gabriel Ludlow, Lord Everhart, accepts a
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USA Today bestselling author VIVIENNE LORRET transforms copious amounts of tea into words. She is an Avon author of works including the Wallflower Wedding series, the Rakes of Fallow Hall series, the Seasons Original series, and the Misadventures in Matchmaking series. For more information on her books, please sign up for her newsletter @ ...more

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