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Review: The Viscountess of Vice by Jenny Holiday

Title: The Viscountess of Vice, Regency Reformers #3 Viscountess of Vice

Author: Jenny Holiday

Publisher: Entangled Scandalous, Entangled Publishing

Pages: 336

Date of Publication: January 25th, 2015

Rating: 4/5

My Review:

This is the third novel in the Regency Reformers series by this author and, as the series title suggests, it concerns a group of characters striving to fight for the cause of social reform at that time. To do this they undertake a variety of missions, including going undercover and spying! Filled with intrigue, danger, and daring escapades the intrepid hero and heroine will not have a straightforward romance with this author doing the writing!  Get ready to investigate possible treason, rescue some poor orphans and learn more about the characters as their endeavours help them learn more about themselves.

Whilst this is the third book in the series, chronologically I believe it is the first! Don’t worry about that, however, as the story works well as a standalone. The characters are opposites in many ways – he’s a virtuous young man, she’s a Viscountess, a widow with a somewhat tarnished reputation but they both have events in their past affecting their present behaviour and attitude and it is interesting reading as these are slowly revealed.

Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.

Synopsis:

Secrets and lies, scandals and spies.

All Lady Catharine, Viscountess Cranbrook, wants is a little excitement. Bored of playing the role of the ton’s favorite slightly scandalous widow, she jumps at the chance to go undercover as a courtesan to help with an espionage mission. After all, beneath her outrageously low bodice beats the heart of a patriot.

Social reformer James Burnham is conducting a study of vice in England’s capital. Driven by his own secrets, he is methodical, intelligent—and wickedly handsome. Catharine is the last sort of woman the upstanding James should want. But want her he does, though she stands for everything he opposes.

When Catharine and James are forced to band together to advance their causes, they’ll be drawn into a web of secrets and lies that endangers their lives—and their hearts.

This book is available from a variety of sources including

amazon.co.uk           amazon.com          barnes and noble

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