Review: The Viscount and the Vixen by Lorraine Heath

Review: The Viscount and the Vixen by Lorraine HeathThe Viscount and the Vixen (Hellions of Havisham, #3) by Lorraine Heath
Series: Hellions of Havisham #3
Published by Avon on November 29th 2016
Genres: Historical, Historical Romance, Regency, Romance
Pages: 384
Source: Edelweiss
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three-half-stars

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.

Review:

This is totally a nice Lorraine Heath comfort read. As the last Hellion of Havisham, Locke finally gets his story. He was definitely the more quite and reserve one compared to our first two heroes so I was excited to see him in action.

Locke’s father, the Marquess of Marsden went mad after his wife died and Locke was determine to never end up like his father and fall in love. Enter Miss Portia Gadstone, gold digga (or in regency time, Fortune Hunter) apparent, and she’s got her eyes set on the aging Marquess. But Locke determine to protect his father will have none of that and ends up finding a loop hole with him marrying her instead. Secrets and temptations ensue.

He’d been so focused on saving his father from Portia that he hadn’t considered the need to save himself.

It was definitely an insta-lust kinda situation with Locke happy to have Portia in his bed but still set on protecting his cynical heart. The falling in love part was more of a slow simmer, and almost a surprise for the both of them. I really enjoyed that it was kind of unexpected for them. We quickly found out that Portia just wanted security with the marriage rather than a fortune, though it takes Locke a little longer to figure it out. It was cute to see prickly Locke be won over by a take-charge Portia throughout the story.

“I haven’t much fondness for sweets, which must be why I like you. You’re so tart.”

Because it wasn’t an instalove, we got lots of good back and forth banter between Locke and Portia. Did I mention I loved confused  and jealous Locke when he starts falling for Portia?

The only thing preventing him from permanently removing the grin from the lad’s face was the fact that the smile she gave Locke was brighter and more welcoming than the one she’d given the footman.

“You’ve returned,” she said.

What the devil was the matter with him?

Of course, it’s not smooth sailing with Portia keeping a lot of secrets that lead to a lot of drama. It was the type of drama that probably could have been avoided with, you know, good ol’ talking but I didn’t mind it too much. It probably would have been played out a bit better. But that being said, despite knowing that Portia was purposely lying, you still want to root for her and their happy ending.

I liked that Locke and Portia was able grow together and discover that that they both deserve love and happiness. And I really enjoyed Locke’s father, Marquess of Marsden! I really liked the father-son relationship, it was quite sweet. Overall, The Viscount and the Vixen was a lovely addition to the series.

“What’s wrong? What’s happened?” she asked.

His long strides ate up the distance between them. “I’ve discovered I don’t like to go places without you.”

{* Thanks to Avon and Edelweiss for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

About Lorraine Heath

Lorraine Heath has always had a soft spot for emotional love stories. No doubt because growing up, watching movies with her mom, she was taught that the best movies "won't half make you cry."

She is the daughter of a British beauty (her mom won second place in a beauty contest sponsored by Max Factor® during which she received a kiss from Caesar Romero--Joker on the original Batman TV series) and a Texan who was stationed at Bovingdon while serving in the air force. Lorraine was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, but soon after moved to Texas. Her "dual" nationality has given her a love for all things British and Texan, and she enjoys weaving both heritages through her stories.

When she received her BA degree in psychology from the University of Texas, she had no idea she had gained a foundation that would help her to create believable characters—characters that are often described as “real people.” Her novels have appeared on bestseller lists, including USA Today, Waldenbooks, and most recently, the New York Times

three-half-stars

Author: Cyn

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

5 Comment

  1. The banter here made me smile! AND, an added bonus of them growing together instead of just forging ahead as if that didn’t matter.

  2. I like the sound of the back and forth between them Cyn. Great review!

  3. I could use a good comfort read and I’ve never read Lorraine Heath though she’s definitely a familiar name. Love a good banter based historical romance. This sounds like a fun read!

  4. I really need to try these out. I was so tempted by this one because of the gorgeous cover! I like the sounds of their set up 🙂

  5. Lori says: Reply

    I’ve never read anything by this author, but I love the sound of this one. Really good banter always makes me love a book.

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