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The Viscount and the Vixen (Hellions of Havisham) (edition 2016)
by Lorraine Heath (Author)
The Viscount and the Vixen by Lorraine Heath
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3.5 stars perhaps. It was pretty nicely executed, but I feel like nearly every single plot point could have been predicted by like 3 chapters in. Obviously, going into every historical romance I know they'll end up together, I don't read them for shocking twists or anything. But usually there are aspects of the 'how they end up there' that I wouldn't have seen at the start. I liked the heroine, I liked the father's role (though it seemed somewhat different from his earlier portrayals). It seemed unfounded that this hero was suddenly the biggest lady-killer out of all the Hellions. I'm glad I read it, but this series paled for me compared to her Scoundrels series. *shrug*.
I thought I could do this one because I enjoy Heath's writing but my personal dislike issues got in the way. Not a fan of secret trying to pass off as hero's baby angst, insta-lust, or first chapter starting off like this:
Leaning forward, he dug his elbows into his thighs. “I’m simply striving to determine why a woman as young and lovely as yourself would be willing to lie on her back so a man as shriveled as my father can slide on top of her.”
“Locke!” his father bellowed. “You’ve gone too far. Get the hell out.”
“It’s quite all right, my lord,” she said calmly, never taking her challenging gaze from Locke’s, not flinching, not blushing, not so much as arching a thinly shaped eyebrow at him. “I don’t see that your father’s preferred position for coupling is really any of your concern. Perhaps he will take me standing while coming in at me from behind. Or on my knees. Or upside down. But I assure you, he will not be shriveled.”
Then she slowly lowered those damned whiskey eyes to his lap, and he cursed his cock’s betrayal. With startling detail, images of him with her in all those positions had flown through his mind. He’d grown so hard and aching that he couldn’t have gotten up and walked out if he wanted.
In a contemporary, would love this heroine's response, in historical, just not what I am personally looking for.
The Viscount and The Vixen is the third instalment of the Hellions of Havisham Series by the author. And is the story of Viscount Locksley and how he finds love.
The Viscount and The Vixen is the story of the Marquess’s heir, Viscount Locksley. Our heroine is the lovely Portia who claims to be a widow and has offered to be the Marquess’s new wife but instead marries his heir. The viscount and his new viscountess claim to not need love in their relationship, but that’s exactly what happens. The plot does have some twists and turns. The best part of the book is the Marquess. He lightens up the book and provides some light-hearted humour.
If you are a sucker for romance novels that are a light read, then give it a go.
For the full review go here.
Love begets madness. Viscount Locksley watched it happen to his father after his cherished wife's death. But when his sire arranges to marry flame-haired fortune hunter Portia Gadstone, Locke is compelled to take drastic measures to stop the stunning beauty from taking advantage of the marquess. A marriage of mutual pleasure could be convenient, indeed . . . as long as inconvenient feelings don't interfere. Desperation forced Portia to agree to marry a madman. The arrangement will offer the protection she needs. Or so she believes until the marquess's distractingly handsome son peruses the fine print . . . and takes his father's place! Now the sedate-and, more importantly, secure-union Portia planned has been tossed in favor of one simmering with wicked temptation and potential heartbreak. Because as she begins to fall for her devilishly seductive husband, her dark secrets surface and threaten to ruin them both-unless Locke is willing to risk all and open his heart to love.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
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After observing firsthand the devastation that loving and losing has had on his father, Killian St. John, Viscount Locksley, has sworn never to fall in love. However, upon learning that his father plans to remarry, Locke is determined to prevent the nuptials even if he has to marry the golddigger himself.
I had eagerly anticipated Locke's story given his heartbreaking backstory. Unfortunately, this book contains a trope that I find extremely problematic, namely that the heroine
Putting this aside, Locke and Portia's love-hate relationship with its snarky banter and intense intimacy is a delight. They are both lost souls who find each other in their darkest moments and bring out the light in one another. Of course, the road to their happiness is difficult and beset with misconceptions and complications.