Book Review: Valued by the Viscount by Alexa Aston

About the Book:

Title: Valued by the Viscount

Author: Alexa Aston

Series: Second Sons of London #6

Publication Date: Oct. 4, 2022

Publisher: Dragonblade Publishing

Synopsis: A reformed rogue who yearns for a love match. A widow who’s been tossed from her home. A house party meant to bring lovers together . . .

Reed Davenport is a womanizer enjoying a carefree life until his beloved father dies. Now Viscount Boxling, Reed takes his responsibilities seriously, including providing an heir. He turns to the Duchess of Camden, famed for her matchmaking skills, and puts himself in her hands, hoping he will find not only his viscountess—but love.

Vanessa Hughes, Lady Hockley, is a widow whose husband made her feel worthless. With her year of mourning at an end, her stepson demands she leave the family estate. Raging at her dead husband’s grave, Vanessa meets a remarkable countess who invites Vanessa to a house party she is hosting.

Can Vanessa find a new husband that will see her for who she truly is—and is Reed the man who will finally bring love into her life?

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My Review:

I’ve been looking forward to reading Valued by the Viscount since I learned it was Reed’s story. Reed was a secondary character in several of the other books in the series, and he always felt a little like a lost soul. I wanted to learn more about this reformed rake searching for a wife, and I wasn’t disappointed. Reed is a compelling character with an interesting story, and his romance with Vanessa is wonderful.

Vanessa is a widow who had a much older, abusive husband and a brother who was just as bad. Content to live the rest of her life alone and at peace, Vanessa is devastated when her stepson throws her out almost penniless. But when she is befriended by a lovely countess, Vanessa is welcomed into the fold of a wonderful and supportive group. With their help and an upcoming house party, Vanessa meets Reed. Vanessa changes a lot over the course of the story as she regains her confidence, makes new and strong friendships, and learns to trust again. Her story is heartbreaking, and I really hoped that she would find her well-deserved happiness.

Vanessa and Reed have an instant connection, and I love how quickly and deeply Reed falls for her. If you believe in love at first sight, you’ll definitely enjoy this romance!! The way Reed treated Vanessa actually made me like him even more than I already did. He could tell Vanessa was slower to trust and give into her feelings, yet he remained patient and never made her feel pressured, mistreated, or less than. This is the opposite of how men have treated her in the past, and it’s a big change for the distrustful Vanessa. The way Reed tries to bolster her confidence and self-esteem makes him even more endearing, and I totally get why Vanessa fell so hard for him. They have a great love story, and their chemistry is swoon-worthy!

I love the Second Sons and the Three Cousins! These couples defy the norms of the ton and are quite demonstrative with their feelings for each other. They are more like family, and their fun banter is as remarkable as their unequivocal support of each other. Messages in the story about the importance and benefits of marriage and family are strong. And I love that the protagonists from the other books have big roles in this book. They’re all so fantastic, and I love that we get to see how their lives and relationships have grown and changed. I especially love seeing all of the new additions to the families!

The Second Sons of London is a wonderful historical romance series, and Valued by the Viscount is no exception. It’s a great addition to the series! Thanks to NetGalley and Dragonblade Publishing for providing me with a copy of the book. all thoughts are my own.



Favorite Parts:

  • The romance.
  • The setting.
  • The friendship


I would recommend checking out the content warnings for Valued by the Viscount before reading it. There are some subjects that could be triggers for readers.

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