Series & Title: Wayward in Wessex, Book 3: Vanquishing the Viscount
Author: Elizabeth Keysian
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Publisher: Entangled Publishing: Scandalous
Release Date: April 9, 2018
Genre: Historical, Romance
ARC Received From: Entangled Publishing
Reviewed For: IndieSage PR
Emma Hibbert will never again trust a good-looking man. They offer nothing but heartbreak and humiliation. But her conscience won't let her abandon a sinfully handsome stranger needing help—even if he ignites an unwelcome passion in her. She soon realizes she should have left him in the mud where she found him, for he has the power to ruin everything...
Viscount Tidworth is anything but grateful for being rescued after a tumble from his horse. His pretty savior may be well-meaning, but forcing him to delay his journey completely wrecks his engagement plans. And Tidworth cannot let that stand. But when he discovers Emma's true identity, he must choose between his desire for revenge...and his baffling attraction to her.
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Ever read a book that is rife with touches of destiny that you wonder, "How many more signs do these people need?!"
That's James and Emma's story. The encounter on the road, the encounter at Emma's employer, the encounter at Emma's home... Third time's the charm, or so the saying goes, although the charm, the magic, between James and Emma happened along the way and grew with every encounter they shared.
I had to admire Emma's persistence in helping James, even if he was slightly (okay, maybe a lot) ungrateful because it "cost" him. In the end, I don't think it cost him anything because he gained so much. And I did enjoy James's begrudging acceptance of Emma and her actions. Not everyone makes decisions they are proud of, but they are necessary. Caring for her family in the only way she knew how was admirable, honorable, and selfless. Despite the hard times her family had fallen on, she remained ever the lady.
There were points in this story when I felt the misconceptions they held for one another were almost overwhelming. It took quite a bit of time for them to see past those to the man and woman underneath. Was it worth it? Hm... Yes, I think so. I'm not a regency era aficionado but one consistency I've found in similar reads is an inflated ego and entitlement amongst nobility. Not all, but most. Discovering who lies under all that pompousness is always a surprise. There is, sometimes, more than meets the eye because, let me be honest, there's that one character who is exactly what you see. There's nothing beautiful under all that ugliness.
I enjoyed this story. It's a rough go from enemies to lovers but it was worth reading about. I don't think James and Emma would have appreciated each other like they did if they hadn't had such a tough beginning. From instant dislike to slowly falling in love, this is what a great historical romance is for me. It's what I expect. What I want. I got all of that and a happy ending that was predictable but well-deserved.
Elizabeth Keysian felt destined to write historical romance due to her Cornish descent, and an ancestral connection to the Norse god Odin. Being an only child gave her plenty of time to read, create imaginary worlds, produce her own comics, and write sketches and a deplorably bad musical for an amateur dramatics group.
Three decades spent working in museums and archaeology fired Elizabeth’s urge to write, as did living on a Knights Templar estate, with a garage full of skeletons, a resident ghost and a moat teeming with newts.
Elizabeth lives near Bath in England with her partner and cats.