Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Aloha to Elizabeth Boyle and THE VISCOUNT WHO LIVED DOWN THE LANE (Rhymes with Love) - Book Review


In New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Boyle's fourth novel in the Rhymes With Love series, a resolute young woman goes toe-to-toe with the Beast of Mayfair...

She has no desire for love...

As she arrives in Mayfair, Louisa Tempest is horrified when her incorrigible cat bolts from the carriage and dashes into a neighbor's house, where she comes face-to-face with the reclusive Viscount Wakefield. But even more dismaying than his foul temper is the disarray in which she finds his home. Convinced his demeanor would improve if his household were in order, Louisa resolves to put everything to rights.

...until she meets the viscount who lives down the lane.

Much to his chagrin, Wakefield finds it impossible to keep the meddling Louisa out of his home, invading his daily life with her "improvements," and his nights with the tempting desires she sparks inside him. Wounded in the war, he's scorned society ever since his return . . . until Louisa opens the door to his heart and convinces him to give love a second chance.

My thirst for adventure will never be quenched! - Puss in Boots (Shrek)

In Regency England, Hannibal embraces Puss in Boots' attitude.  He is an ungrateful cat who escapes from his fair maiden's carriage upon their arrival in London.   The maiden chases after her beloved pet, only to find herself in the liar of the dragon.

Elizabeth Boyle taps into nursery rhymes to create a humorous romance between a tidy spinster and a wounded warrior.   She delivers a Regency style fairy tale with a dose of Jane Austen, Erma Bombeck, and Martha Stewart.  Yet Boyle weaves compassion and redemption into the story that leaves the reader - and Hannibal - purring in content.   

THE VISCOUNT WHO LIVED DOWN THE LANE is Book 4 in the Rhymes with Love series.  I have not read the previous books (gasp!) but I was able to read this romance as a stand alone story.  In fact, I could not put this book down much to my cats' dismay for having my attention diverted from them.

Recommended read for fans of Beauty and the Beast, both human and feline.  I received a coy of THE VISCOUNT WHO LIVED DOWN THE LANE as a gift.

I am giving away Avon swag to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Do you have a favorite animated character?   I'm partial to the Cat in the Hat.

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, March 7, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, March 8.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Learn more about Elizabeth and her books at elizabethboyle.com.

Meet Elizabeth at the SOS America Military Tribute during the RT Booklovers' Convention at this link



  1. I love Garfield in comic strips & cartoons.

  2. Winnie the Pooh is my favorite animal! I love all this bear's adventures & am also a BIG fan of honey :-D

  3. I have to go with the Roadrunner - in the comic books he use to talk in rhyme.

  4. Another Snoopy lover here.

  5. This sounds like a delightful book about two people who deserve to find their HEA. I will definitely be looking for it.

    My favorite animated character: Belle from BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. I love her compassion and love of books.

  6. Mulan. I loved that video. This book was really good.

  7. Belle from Beauty and the Beast. How can I not love a character who always has her nose stuck in a book and can tame a Beast of a man?