Thursday, September 2, 2021

Manview: The Vicomte's Prize by Patricia Bates

Welcome to another Manview. For those of you who are new to Manviews,these are reviews of romance novels specifically from a man's perspective, the reader today is my very own Steve. You can find previous Manviews here.

The Vicomte's Prize by Patricia Bates

The Vicomte's Prize by Patricia Bates
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The Vicomte's Prize by Patricia Bates blurb

ManviewIn one or two sentences can you sum up your overall impression of this book and how you feel about it?
This was one steamy, even raunchy book! I thought the tension of how the relationship between the hero and heroine evolved, from being mandated by the King to becoming a true partnership based on love and respect was well done. I also learned a lot and had fun putting myself into the setting of the time period and royalty and how the characters made decisions that in today’s context would not make sense but did within the time period and royal setting of the book. And who could not enjoy learning about the many different places sex could be enjoyed, from one bedroom to the next, to the pasture to woods to carriages! Time and place never seemed to a problem when they wanted to copulate!

What did you think of Frederique and Helene?
I liked both a lot. One thing that I dislike about a lot of romance, is when the hero claims to own the heroine. I hate heroes who are so self-absorbed and seek some sort of claim over their women. But in this case, Frederique actually did own the contract for Helene that was given by the King. So, claiming her as his prize was quite legitimate and in accordance with the time and setting. What I really liked was that both evolved in their feelings for the other without a lot of drama.

Did you find the romance between Frederique and Helene convincing?
Yes, very much so. Bates did a great job of presenting how both Frederique and Helene’s view and expectations of the other evolved. A bit of growing and changing by both in equal measure throughout created a relationship that went further than either one thought possible in the beginning when they were first coupling as a matter of duty to their King!

Was there anything in the story that really stood to you?
I loved the setting and trying to understand why the King, Queen and their loyal servants were making the choices and acting the way they did. I tried to think like a royal and understand their choices. I also thought about how great it would be, being the King and having your choice of any courtesan you wanted! Additionally, being an American and a fan of US revolutionary times, I really enjoyed the references to New France and how things were being played out across the Atlantic Ocean. I loved also that they were always drinking Bourbon instead of whisky or brandy! I love my American Bourbons, so was glad to find out that the French were enjoying them, at least in the book!

How did you enjoy the suspense that was built around the story?
From other reviews that I read, I was expecting this to be an end-to-end spy, espionage, and war story with some steamy sex. However, the suspense and spy interludes were less than I expected. The suspense (for me and what I was expecting) only picked up towards the end, and in terms of if Frederique would live or not, and to how far Helene needed to go to save her man from certain death. This is not a ripper spy drama from end-to-end, but rather a love story with some suspense as needed to resolve things at the end of the book.

What did you think of the plot twist at the end of the story? Did it surprise you?
Without giving it away, I was surprised to find out about Helene’s heritage and blood lines. It answered a lot of questions that I had when reading earlier.

Was there anything about the story that disappointed you?
Only that the question of what happened to Fidela was left unanswered and I really wanted to find out if the King continued to bed her, discarded her for another, or had her executed. I always like a short Epilogue to bring a few open topics to closure and I was hoping to find out if Fidela got her due, justice or not.

Will you be reading anything else by Patricia Bates?
Definitely. I love steamy sex and historical romance, and this is Bate’s specialty.

What's your next read?
I am re-reading Charlotte Pass by Lee Christine

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  1. Great review Steve

    Sounds like a great story to read, I do love a good historical :)

    Have Fun


    1. It's a good story. I enjoyed the little I read while cuddling with Steve.