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How to Catch a Wicked Viscount

(The Disreputable Debutantes #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  460 ratings  ·  100 reviews
A young lady's tarnished reputation might cost her everything in this first book in the Disreputable Debutantes series.

Shy, bookish Sophie Brightwell is expected to make an advantageous match to improve her family's fortunes. However, Sophie's plans to make a spectacular debut go horribly awry when she and her three closest friends are expelled from a young ladies' academy
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Berkley
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Jul 16, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Sophie was sent to a young ladies' academy to hopefully make connections so that she can marry well and save her family from impoverishment. While she makes three great friends and they form the Society for Enlightened Young Women, they end up getting expelled for breaking some rules. Now three years later, she may be forced to marry a man she despises
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
July was a romance month for me. I read more romance books last month then I have in years. It was worth it though and has moved me to start reading the genre a little more often. This was a fun book! It's about time somebody wrote a story about 'disreputable debutantes' usually in Regency and Victorian era stories, the girls are all prim and proper and only the guys are allowed to be rakes. It made for a nice change! And you know behind drawing room and boarding school doors, I bet at least 80% ...more
Mimi Matthews
Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amy Rose Bennett’s How to Catch a Wicked Viscount reminds me of just how much fun Regency romance can be at its best. The story is expertly crafted, with lots of heat and humor. I especially liked the strong female friendships in this one, and the way the members of the Society for Enlightened Young Women supported each other. The male friendships were pretty great, too--and often hilarious. Some scenes had me laughing out loud. A great start to a new series!
Barbara Rogers
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Series: The Disreputable Debutantes #1
Publication Date: 8/27/19
Number of Pages: 352

I loved this book for what it didn’t have as much as for what it did have! I didn’t have to suffer through page after page of angst and internal navel-gazing to get to the romance. I did get a lovely romance with wonderful fully-developed characters that I came to really like. The writing is excellent, the pacing is just right and the epilogue is lovely. The introduction of characters who will be gracing the pages
Suzanne (Under the Covers Book blog)
A scandalous incident that got Sophie Brightwell and her three closest friends expelled from finishing school has led the otherwise shy Sophie to become infamous amongst the ton. That just means that her and her friends need to employ more…unconventional methods to find themselves a husband. And their targets? Rakes.

Does anyone else find that with certain genres they are less likely to explore and find new authors? This is definitely the case for me, and historical romance is one of the genres w
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Woohoo what an awesome start to a series, I am sure any historical romance reader will not want to miss this one, there were smiles and sighs aplenty in this sensual and fabulous story of how a debutante with a damaged reputation goes about catching a rakehell, make yourself comfy while you get to know Sophie and Nate.

Miss Sophie Brightwell is a bookish quiet country girl studying at a ladies academy, when she and three of her friends are expelled for unbecoming conduct, shunned by the ton Sophi
Cathleen Ross
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is another wonderful read from Amy Rose Bennett.

When clever Sophie Brightwell is expelled from school, her reputation is ruined and she knows society will close its doors, until Sophie and her friends come up with a plan on how to catch a husband.

This is such a fun read. I loved it like I love all of Bennett's books. She is going to be a huge bestseller.

Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a ruined miss to do when attracted to a determined-to-never-marry-rake, who spreads ruin in his wake.

This is my first read by Mrs Amy Rose Bennett and it was an enchanting one. She has crafted a bright and spirited tale of taking its life in hand and accepting the wounds left by past battle for a better future.

Sophie was ruined long before her coming out when she was caught with her friends indulging in drink, salacious reads and smoking cheroots at her school. Which of course put her marit
Tracy Emro
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sophie Brightwell believes she is doomed to spinsterhood when she and her three friends, Lady Charlotte “Charlie” Hastings, Olivia de Vere & Arabella Jardine are expelled from Mrs. Rathbone’s Academy for Young Ladies of Good Character and are dubbed the Disreputable Debutantes.

But three years later, things begin to look up when Charlie invites Sophie to join her in London as her companion and Charlie’s Aunt Tabitha, Lady Chelmsford decides to sponsor both girls for the season, she has also offe
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Reformed rakes make better husbands! Myth or fact?

So we have a plethora of interesting characters and situations in this first of the series "The Disreputable Debutantes".
Four young women who'd been sent down from an exclusive ladies school for behaviour that did not fit with the school's ethos.
Of course Society gossiped about it and they did have to rusticate as it were for three years.
Now these disgraced debutantes are determined to take matters into their own hands as they work their way back
Nicole Laverdure
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book nicely kicks off a new series!

I love historical romance set in the Regency era! Amy Rose Bennett starts her new series, 'The Disreputable Debutantes' with the first story titled 'How to Catch a Wicked Viscount'. Nicely written with charming characters such as young debutante Sophie Brightwell and Nate Hastings, Viscount of Malverne.

It tells the story of Sophie, a shy young lady, who attends an academy for young girls with her three best friends Charlotte, Arabella and Olivia. Togethe
I accepted to read How to Catch a Wicked Viscount in exchange for an honest review from the author. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Fans of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton's series will enjoy this series! I kept getting the same feels while reading this book! I immensely enjoyed it! It definitely has more steam compared to Bridgerton and I'm excited to see where this series goes.

Our heroine, Sophie Brightwell has to figure out a way to pay for her family's debts.
Tamara Martin
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't stop reading this, it was utterly delightful. It was captivating and funny and sweet and some oh so swoony moments! (spoiler alert: the declaration scene, oh my word, my heart, my swoony little heart). It was so well written with lots of beautiful, complicated characters and lovely, naughty heroes, I can't wait for the next installment.

If you need some happiness and cheer then you must order this now so you too can feel the joy.
Julie Eichelberger-Ford
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amy Rose Bennett is a new-to-me author and after reading How to Catch a Wicked Viscount, I am definitely a fan. This is a fun, steamy read about four friends who were expelled from school and now trying to re-enter society to find true love, marry, and secure their futures. The series begins with Sophie's story, a shy, bookish young lady who has a secret crush on her best friend's brother. She is invited to spend the season and attend events with her friend, Lady Charlotte. Nate, Viscount Malver ...more
Amy~My Book Obsession~
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
New to me author glad I found her. They story was good. I like the hot scenes and all the sweet parts
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Didn't put it down. ...more
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Sophie Brightwell's reputation is muddied when she and her three best friends are expelled from academy for scandalous conduct. Invited to stay with the family of her friend Lady Charlotte, Sophie hopes to make a match with a reformable rake who would be willing to overlook her past. However, she can't seem to stop the attraction to her friend's brother, Nathaniel Hastings, Viscount Malverne, and he is struggling with a similar infatuation, too. When Nate drunkenly stumbles into Sophie's bed (wh ...more
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. This was so good! It felt like a Georgette Heyer novel but with incredibly hot foreplay and love scenes. Sophie’s relative innocence was played just right here — she’s young but not immature, and the progression of her crush on Nate (her best friend’s older brother) from school girl infatuation to something more was well developed. Her chemistry with Nate is off the charts, and their sexual tension is amazing. The Disreputable Debutantes framing device stays on the back burner for the ...more
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I opened my package with the ARC, read the blurb and immediately started reading...for the rest of the evening. Four young ladies are dismissed from school for their unbecoming behavior. Three years later they decide the only eligible prospects are rakes. Once they make their list, it's look out rakes. Full of humor, sexual encounters, love and heartache, I highly recommend this charming book.
A free copy from the author for an honest review.
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Fun, sweet, and sexy. What more could one ask of a good historical romance?
Anne Z.
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my very first book by Amy Rose Bennett and I would imagine that the fact I am already looking forward to the upcoming books in this series says it all!
It wasn't perfect, but I did love it!

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Amber Dawn
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t want to put this down. My heart bled for the main characters but there were plenty of laughs along the way too. There was enough passion and romance to make you fall in love with both Nate and Sophie cheering them on throughout their journey. I got this as a free e-arc from the first to read program.
Heather andrews
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nate is often times in his own little world, "...the daze of desire had turned him into a dolt in more ways than one as he said quite idiotically, “I’m sorry. What did you say?” Nate is always planning things, "...In fact, considering what I have planned for the rest of the afternoon and evening, you won’t need any clothes at all, Miss Brightwell.” I liked this book, I liked Nate. ...more
Teresa (Reads_Romance)
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I haven’t been this surprised and delighted by a historical romance in a long time. HOW TO CATCH A WICKED VISCOUNT was fun, sexy, and thoroughly engaging. This is the first book in a series following four young debutantes in the aftermath of getting kicked out of their finishing school. Sophie, our heroine, is from a relatively poor family and getting kicked out of the school was devastating. Three years later, she is still dealing with the aftermath when Charlie, her friend who basically got he ...more
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars.

Set in 1818, How to Catch a Wicked Viscount by Amy Rose Bennett is a light-hearted and delectably steamy historical romance.

Three years earlier, Sophie Brightwell and three of her friends are expelled from a ladies' school when they are caught drinking brandy, smoking cheroots and reading a risque novel. Sophie returns home to her stepfather's impoverished farm where she is in danger of being married off to a reprehensible baron in order to erase the family debt.  She is offered an unl
Greta Barnhouse
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sophie is one of the four disreputable debutantes that get expelled from their school for drinking, smoking, and looking at lascivious pictures. She is shy but beautiful and ruined do to a couple minutes of fun. Her friend Charlotte was also expelled but she is the daughter of an earl so even though she does not see as many ton invitations as she should, it has not affected her as it has Sophie. Sophie harbors a crush for Charlotte’s brother Nate. He and his friends are back from war and are a b ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
How to Catch a Wicked Viscount very much fell into the "it was ok" category for me.

What makes romance such a tricky genre is that if the central romance doesn't work for the reader, generally the book as a whole doesn't really work. While I did like the concept for the series (four scandalous friends who get together to learn about things women aren't supposed to know) and the scenes between the friends, the romance between Sophie and Nate was entirely unconvincing. They instalust on one anothe
Jun 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf-at-all
DNF at 43%. The trope is one I should have loved... girl with best friend's older brother. But as I am a very character driven reader, if I can not connect with the characters, then I soon fall out of interest in the otherwise good storyline.

The hero struck me as a randy teenager and immature right from the start. He and his buddies reminded me a lot of teenagers nowadays, turning any comment or phrase into a sexual innuendo. I remember the first strike of disappointment... he and his friends w
I loved the premise for How to Catch a Wicked Viscount. A group of friends get kicked out of a ladies academy for drinking and reading disreputable material. Sophie and her friends are all banished completely from society, which is kind of a problem since they are all expected to make their debut and find a husband (as one does in historical England). The situation is more dire for Sophie Brightwell because her family's financial circumstances aren't all that great and one of her stepfather's ac ...more
May 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
A little too simple and sweet for my tastes. In fact, the whole time I read it I found myself wanting to re-read Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake. If I'm going to read about a naïve, shy yet willing to be adventurous h chasing an H, then I would probably slide by this one. Still, not a bad time killer though I did skim parts of it. ...more
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Amy Rose Bennett has always wanted to be a writer for as long as she can remember. An avid reader with a particular love for historical romance, it seemed only natural to write stories in her favourite genre. She has a passion for creating emotion-packed—and sometimes a little racy—stories set in the Georgian and Regency periods. Of course, her strong-willed heroines and rakish heroes always find ...more

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