Review: Lord Heartless by Tessa Berkley

Lord Heartless by Tessa Berkley
Release Date: March 14, 2014
Publisher: Decadent Publishing Company, LLC
Pages: 136
Source: Book provided by publisher for review



An arranged marriage may be the death of Lord Landon Montague, a man who earned his rude moniker, Lord Heartless, through the distaste of the Ton. When he makes plans to collect on a debt from Lord Charles Gilbert by foreclosing on Holly Grove, Gilbert commits suicide. Only then does Lord Montague learn that Lord Gilbert has left a nineteen-year-old daughter, Juliet, at his mercy.

Lady Juliet Gilbert suffered the stigma of suicide as best she could. But losing her home and the servants who raised her and stood by through her father’s drinking would be the last straw. Unable to secure a position, Lord Montague’s offer of marriage gives her hope. All she must do is produce an heir. But arriving at Broadmoor proves more taxing than she anticipated for her dark Lord already holds an heir conceived out of wedlock.

Will this doom any hope of finding happiness and label him forever Lord Heartless, or will London’s society have its last laugh on Shakespeare when Montague wins his fair Juliet?


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In Lord Heartless, author Tessa Berkley creates a story with characters straight out of Shakespeare as she pairs up Lord Landon Montague and Lady Juliet Gilbert. Will Lord Heartless suffer through a marriage of convenience?

As a Victorian historical romance, this story provided plenty of rich descriptions, particularly of how common it was for fortunes to change over a card game. Lady Juliet, while not a worldly woman, is a strong character who values honesty. She’s no doormat, which makes her even more appealing as she goes head to head with Lord Heartless. Meanwhile, Lord Montague’s character provides a perfect contrast as a man who is used to getting what he wants, when he wants.

Because of the author’s development of Lady Juliet as a capable woman, the storyline provides an added depth for the reader and breaks the stereotypical mode common to this type of story. The secondary characters also serve to provide added humor, especially Lord Montague’s mother.

Mix in some drama courtesy of the ton and a brush with royalty and you will get a fun story that has all the flavor of a Shakespearian play without the difficult dialog. As for the romance, it’s more of a slow burn than scorching heat. The focus is on establishing a solid connection between the characters, which is certainly evident to the reader.