VEXING THE VISCOUNT by. CHRISTIE KELLEY
(Wednesday, August 20, 2014)
Reviewer: Patty McKenna Van Hulle
You gonna love this BAD BOY trying to be good, but the SPUNKY heroine weaves a utterly decadent spell & reforms his BAD BOY for herself!
Tia Featherstone is Middleton's Wise Woman, who is the unofficial doc of the region. She trained by her mom's side & can stich folks up, deliver a baby & treat illness, but she just lost a child to a poison she planted. Tia meets Viscount Middleton's brother, Jonathan, over the summer & forges a great bond with him. When he disappears back to London, she follows him for 2 reasons, to stop him from his addictions to opium & she thinks she loves him.
Since his father died & he was 10, Braden Tavern did anything to support his mom & younger brother. Many things he did were illegal, but they up food on their table & a roof over their heads. Now he is the newly minted Viscount Middleton (after the so called accidental deaths of 2 other heirs) & he promised his deceased mom, that if he gained the title, he will me reform & be worthy of it. Braden walked away from running his co-ownership of a gambling hell & made a vow to never slept with another woman, until it was is wife. He is now at his estate trying to begin it back to profitable, but he is interrupted by the scariest woman he knows, Mrs. Featherstone. She demands that he go to London & find her daughter, Tia, because she foolishly followed his brother there.
Tia hasn't found Jonathan & is running out of money, but Braden finds her at the pit of an Inn at Whitechapel. He lies that she is his wife, chases her thru Whitechapel, kidnaps her & dumps her off on his London housekeeper's unloving care. Tia is treated as a harlot, but she demands a bath & sinks into it's almost forgotten pleasure! That is how Braden finds her as he holds the borrowed dressing gown for her & totally loves the view. Tia spins around, demands her old dress & is informed that the housekeeper burned it by his order, lice & such. To say these 2 clash is an under statement & after Braden is shoot, she stitches his wound & dopes him up.
Soon a visit to Hyde Park soon changes Tia's living arrangement, she is befriended by the newly pregnant (by Jonathan) Lady Emily, moves into her home & taught all things Lady like. Braden is furious that he can't find his brother or the enchanted & missing Tia. He hires men, but finds her of all places a ball, dressed as a Lady & dancing with his Cousin Alistair. He is so anger, that he kisses her socks off, in front of the whole ballroom, & marks her as his mistress. The exotic temptations burn thru them both as she is bought back inder his roof. As they band together to find Jonathan, someone makes another attempt on Braden's life, a few too many brandies, a scheming Lady, a lot of pantie melting caresses from his lips, a unforgettable dinner in his bed, a visit to a gambling hell, a daring red dress & unexpected visits family members to make an endless bond between them both. How long until Braden breaks his vow? Or does he actually only slept with his wife before the ring? Can Tia accept him & his shadowy past? Will Jonathan be found? Who is trying to kill all male heirs to the deadly Viscount title?
I loved the 1st book in this Wise Woman series with the Duke & his new Duchess. These Wise Women are an unusual character for England, but Wise Women are totally excepted in Scotland, so I love them in this series. Each one is so different, even the twins, Tia & Mia. Tia was a grieving woman & totally unsure of herself because she felt that she was at fault with small girl's death. Braden was such a Bad Boy trying to me good for his mom, but I truly believe that reformed Bad Boys make the best hubbies! Ms. Kelley writes such great series, but they can & do make sense no matter how you read them. Her characters will slap readers upside their head & kidnap y'all into her passionate tales. All her series characters pop back into her reads at some point & it's like chatting with old friends! Since it was a romance, Ms. Kelley weaves many pools of hot & lusty scenes between Tia & Braden. I loved Braden's luscious lips all over her ears & it gave me shivers down my own spine! Ms. Kelley does it again & makes me love her new Wise Woman series & I am so getting Mia & Simon's story next. She earns my score of 4 fingers up & 9 toes for this romance read!
NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.