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Viscount of Vice

(Covent Garden Cubs #0.5)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  603 ratings  ·  138 reviews
This sparkling novella introduces award-winning author Shana Galen's brand new series, Covent Garden Cubs. Galen mixes London's glittering ballrooms with the gritty underworld in her exciting new Regency romance series.

Whispers and secrets are no match for love...

Henry Flynn, the new Lord Chesham, still blames himself for the disappearance of his younger brother when they
Kindle Edition, 138 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Carole (Carole's Random Life)
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, reviewed, romance
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I received an advance reader edition of this book from Sourcebooks Casablanca via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

4 Stars!

I completely enjoyed this novella. I was able to read it in just a couple of hours and was immediately pulled into the story. Some novella length pieces feel rushed or incomplete but that was not the case with this story. There was a whole lot of story packed into these few pages. I w
Jacqueline's Reads
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: v-card, historical
3 Meh Stars

I don't usually read novellas, but the books in the series are so long I wanted a fast treat. This book didn't read like the others. There wasn't character development and the insta- attraction was well very instant. I thought because of this it would be smutty, but it wasn't!

So disappointing, (view spoiler). I did like the storyline, but there wasn't much to it.

Suffice it to say I wasted 2 hours of my life an
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Viscount of Vice by Shana Galen (Covenant Gardens Book O)

I recently read the first book in this new Covenant Gardens series by Shana Galen, so reading this novella was really amazing because it provides some background on Sir Brook’s adventures. I love every word Shana Galen puts on a page and this book was no exception. Sometimes novella’s are like an appetizer. They are exciting and delicious, but you still want your main course. This novella was like a full course meal. When I finished the bo
Angie Elle
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Thank you to SOURCEBOOKS CASABLANCA and Netgalley for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

I’m just going to say it—this cover needs to go. Whoo! It feels so good to get that off my covered chest! Now let’s talk pages. Viscount of Vice kicks off Shana Galen’s newest series, Covent Garden Cubs. Bow Street Runner Brook Derring is the common thread within the first two books. This story (and the next one) begins with a startling discovery, and things take off from there.

Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
2020 rating: 3 stars
2022 rating: 2 stars

a disappointing read. the author did not elaborate on the time henry and emma spent together when they were younger--only vaguely mentioned it. then boom, they were in love. it felt like love at first sight--one thing that i do not believe in and that love remained even as they became adults.

unbelievable romance, unmemorable hero and heroine, not much character development, and a rushed plot. the action came so quickly that the couple barely had time to b
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review posted on Got Fiction? book blog

It's nice to start the New Year off with a good book.

When Flynn was a boy, he and his little brother were playing hide and seek. He looks up to find him, and his brother is missing.

Fast forward to adulthood, and Flynn has spent his entire life blaming himself for the loss of his brother. His family was devastated from this, and he's believed his brother was dead all these years. So he builds up the reputation of being the Viscount of Vice. And he revels in
Susan Gorman
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Viscount of Vice isthe the first novel in Shana Galen's new Covent Garden cubs series. The novella is a fast-paced regency romp filled with adventure and passion!

He was going to hell. Shame, Flynn thought , dangling from a third-floor window of a town house in exclusive Grosvernor Square.
Moisture gathered on his fingers, and his hand slipped. He could not hold on much longer. Perhaps his death was for the best.
Still, it seemed harsh even for one such as Beelzebub to claim him when he was han
Isha Coleman
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Received an ARC of Viscount of Vice. This book was a different direction for me. I haven't read a book by this author before. Shana Galen was a pleasant surprise. She combined just the right amount of romance with a little bit of mystery. This book took me on an exciting journey. I could not put it down. Henry and Emma's story knocked me off my feet. Enjoyable read. I have found a new author to enjoy. ...more
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hf-england
2.5 "Cliches left, right and center!" stars

-A hero secretly in love with his best friends sister.. goes and earns himself the sobriquet "The Viscount of Vice"

-A sex scene when our protagonists are held prisoner by the bad guy

..you get the picture?

If you are an HR veteran, you can have fun guessing what was going to happen as the plot unfolds
Vikki Vaught
Reviewer rating: 4.5 Stars

I received an ARC from Net Galley for an honest review. Since I have been a fan of Shana Galen’s for several years, I looked forward to reading Viscount of Vice with great anticipation. Again, as always, Ms. Galen did not disappoint me. I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful tale of attraction, amidst mayhem and chaos. This great story has a bit of everything as this author’s books tend to have, laughter, high adventure and plenty of passion.

As a reader, I greatly apprec
Apr 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shana always gives us a good tale.

Henry Flynn carries guilt like other men carry confidence. With no wish to believe himself deserving of anyone or anything grand, he does his best to drown his sorrows in drink and live up to the name of Viscount of Vice. The darling Emma Talbot believes him to be one of the best men, if he’d ever take a moment to notice her. When Henry is finally reunited with his long lost brother, Matthew, his guilt over his brother’s state threatens to pull him even deeper i
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shana Galen is one of my favorite authors who writes the most satisfying and entertaining historical romances. She takes care to give us readers what we ask for. Lots of adventure, mystery and thrilling books from start to finish. I liked this one very much. You have a man they call The Viscount of Vice who likes to surprise the ton by doing scandalous things without consequence to himself. He cares for no one especially because he knows deserves the title. Viscount Chasham only regret that he l ...more
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
A quick, charming read, The Viscount of Vice was a lovely historical romance. It was, I believe, a prequel novella to the Convent Garden Cubs series and I really enjoyed it.

Emma was a lively heroine. She was a force to be reckoned with when she was determined and she definitely went after what she wanted. My only issue with her was that, though she said that she had faith in Flynn and showed that she did on several occasions, she showed an annoying lack of faith when it came to accepting his pro
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
„Viscount of Vice“ by Shana Galen is novella #0.5 in the series “Covent Garden Cubs” – the beginning of a new series.
The storyline is rather easy. Henry Flynn, the new Lord of Chesham, is a rake but he also blames himself for the loss of his brother Robert many years ago. He’s a handsome guy who loves to play with women.
Lady Emma on the contrary is his best friend’s little sister –or not so little anymore – who always loved Henry, even when she saw him the first time when she was a little over
Erica Chilson
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

From Viscount of Vice to Viscount of Virtue.

The novella started off mid-scene, with V of V being a naughty boy indeed. Over the course of the story, he slowly evolved into a man of respectability.

While the 'love' may seem instant, there is a good backstory shown in glimpses of inner monologue, making a believable connection. Fast-paced, sweet and endearing, with bursts of mystery and suspense, Viscount of Vice is an entert
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shana Galen has been on my list of authors to read for a while, as I greatly enjoy other similar writers like Tessa Dare, Courtney Milan, and Sarah MacLean. So I was pleased when I received an advance copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a review. This novella started on a good note, with our hero, Flynn, caught out on a ledge (literally). Hijinks ensue, and Flynn is soon confronted by a man who holds a secret to his past, as well as the lovely and spirited Emma. I liked Emm ...more
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Viscount of Vice seems a fitting nickname for Henry Flynn, Lord Chesham, even though he has been secretly in lust with the lovely Lady Emma Talbot; he just dares not soil her reputation by dallying with her. Lady Emma however is not so secretive; she overtly tells Flynn, as the Viscount is commonly known, that she loves him. But before anything even remotely romantic happens, Flynn gets news that his brother Robert, whom he had thought dead for many years, has resurfaced. Robert vanished whe ...more
Maria Rose
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This charming historical romance had a bit of everything that I like about the genre - a dashing rakish hero, a bold adventurous virgin heroine, and a mystery plot complete with long lost missing family member. The setting was well detailed and the character backgrounds were well described for a novella length story. I really liked Emma, who has had a crush on Flynn for many years and takes the opportunity now that she's eighteen to show him her interest. Flynn was quite the character, known for ...more
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from Net Galley for an honest review. I thought this is a great start to a new series. Following the very enjoyable Jewels of the Ton series, Galen introduces readers to her Covent Garden Cubs world. This book features Emma, the sister of the Duke of Ravenscroft (from the Jewels series) and the infamous Flynn, known as the Viscount of Vice for his wild behavior. Flynn has been attracted to Emma for many years but was warned away by her brother. Flynn's brother Robert disappeare ...more
Dec 12, 2014 rated it liked it
ARC received via NetGalley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

This is a sweet and fast-paced story with a rather likable leading pair.

Being a novella, it’s bound to lack the detail and depth that a full novel would have, but even so I felt that it ran a little too fast for my preference. I would have loved to have seen a peek of that first time Flynn and Emma met, even though we did get some history from Flynn’s and Emma’s memories. And even Robert’s return home was so swift that I co
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Was a fairly good book. But the novella format I feel did not do the characters or plot justice. Felt the hero and heroine where one dimensional and the plot seemed like it had missing pieces. I like the hero and heroine and they had great chemistry but could have, again been much better as a novel. Felt rushed at times too.

Really looking forward to Dane and Elizabeth's story.

The teaser was excellent and this looks to be a great story with two wonderful characters!!!
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
This didn't feel like a novella. I got a complete story and felt fulfilled. I really enjoyed how it unraveled and the character development was on point. Flynn was a great MC flaws and all and Emma was just the right lady for him. I loved how her personality was just the right challenge for our gent. The plot was interesting and the pacing was just right. I can't wait to read more regarding the side characters! ...more
Sally Hannoush
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This novel was a quick read and I hadn't realized I had gotten to the end until it ended. I can see the book becoming expanded on and secretly wished there was more to read. The book was a good read and had sweetness and sexiness mixed together in a even display of want. We also got a sneak peak into another story and all I can say is this author is great at capturing ones attention. ...more
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This novella introduces Shana Galen's new series, Covent Garden Cubs. It's a novella hence quite short , but the two main characters have been attracted to each other for a long time so the falling in love didn't feel rushed. ...more
nikkia neil
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
OH so sexy! I love books that make me wish I lived back then.
Originally reviewed for Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy.

Shana Galen is a name that seems to show up more often than not. She offers a unique twist on the Regency Romance.. and sometimes Victorian. It's not done by using outside forces or supernatural but instead, in depth character development. Characters with flaws, characters that often stand on the outside looking in and characters that have to overcome their own flaws more often than obstacles set about by others. In short she writ
Book Gannet
This was a fun, quick Regency read about an unrepentant rake and the woman who loves him. It starts out pretty fun, with Flynn in a disreputable scrape, and continues through his first interactions with Emma. She may be the daughter of a duke, but she’s not shy when it comes to Flynn. She’s been in love with him since she first laid eyes on him, and though she knows he’ll never marry her – or any woman – that doesn’t mean she doesn’t still want whatever he might give her. I loved how up front sh ...more
Sonya Heaney
Shana Galen is one of those authors I see around everywhere, but whose books I have never tried. Viscount of Vice might have a pretty embarrassing title and cover, but I think it was a good introduction to Galen’s writing. It’s a novella, yes, but there was a pretty solid story here, and I always enjoy suspense and a look at the lives of the lower classes.

It wasn’t perfect. I couldn’t believe it when both hero and heroine are trapped, thinking they’re going to be killed soon, and they stop for a
Nicole Laverdure
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic debut!
Another great story by Shana Galen. I really enjoyed the Viscount of Vice! What a great introduction to Ms. Galen's Covent Garden Cubs series.
It's a high drama with characters filled with strong emotions. I couldn't be more please with the beautiful love story of Henry Flynn, a tormented soul broken by a past dark secret and Emma Talbot, a woman secretly in love with a man who doesn't dare approach her. Flynn, being afflicted by his past, lost the will to survive, so he decided
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This novella is an introduction to the new series, Covent Garden Cubs, and it promises to be another fantastic series by this talented author. Lady Emma Talbot is the sister of the Duke of Ravenscroft, the powerful duke we met in Sapphires Are an Earl’s Best Friend. The Duke has forbidden Henry Flynn, the new Viscount Chesham, to have anything to do with his young sister. Flynn has a well-deserved reputation as the Viscount of Vice and knows he should stay away from the young lady who caught his ...more
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Shana Galen is three-time Rita award nominee and the bestselling author of fast-paced, witty, and adventurous Regency romances. Kirkus says of her books, "The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT Bookreviews calls her books “lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven year ...more

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