Book Review: The Madness of Viscount Atherbourne (Rescued From Ruin Series #1) by Elisa Braden

“The Madness Of Viscount Atherbourne” is the first out of nine books in the historical fiction series “Rescued From Ruin”.

This is a very steamy romance novel where the protagonists are highly physically attracted to each other therefore, it contains quite a number very descriptive sexual scenes. With that out of the way, I must say it was a very enjoyable read.

Victoria has fallen first in lust and then in love with Lucien but is caught up in the cross fire between him and her favorite brother, Harrison. She is in disgrace and Lucien who happens to be the primary source of it has stepped up to the plate to redeem her and possibly himself from the ruin. However, he finds it difficult to separate his attraction to Victoria from his burning anger against her brother.

I loved the plot and how the author takes her time to reveal each side of the story in a well paced and realistic way. I also loved the way Victoria and Lucien’s relationship grew and how their insecurities were expressed especially from Lucien’s point of view. The revelation at the end was a welcome twist to the story and of course like all romance novels, it had a delightful end.

This is my first book by the author but I am already excited about the second book in the series. I hope to go through the nine books in this series quickly especially in these times we are expected to stay at home. I highly recommend this book to all romance lovers but kindly note that it is strictly an adult read.

Stay Safe and Stay Strong. This too will pass away!

Rating: 4.2 Stars

Published: January 4, 2015 by Eliza Braden

Pages: 352

Genre: Historical Romance

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The Author: Reading romance novels came easily to Elisa Braden. Writing them? That took a little longer. After graduating with degrees in creative writing and history, Elisa spent too many years in “real” jobs writing T-shirt copy … and other people’s resumes … and articles about giftware displays. But that was before she woke up and started dreaming about the very unreal job of being a romance novelist. Better late than never.
Elisa lives in the Pacific Northwest, where you’re constitutionally required to like the colors green and gray. Good thing she does. Other items on the “like” list include cute dogs, strong coffee, and epic movies. Of course, her favorite thing of all is hearing from readers who love her characters as much as she does. If you’re one of those, get in touch on Facebook (@authorelisabraden), visit her website (, and – most importantly – be the first to hear about new releases, price specials, and awesome free bonuses by signing up for her email newsletter ( It’s easy, quick, and FREE.


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