Thursday, April 12, 2018

Blog Tour ~ Vanquishing the Viscount by Elizabeth Keysian (Review + Giveaway)

Blog Tour ~ Vanquishing the Viscount by Elizabeth Keysian (Review + Giveaway)

Vanquishing the Viscount

by Elizabeth Keysian Wayard in Essex, #3 Publication Date: April 9, 2018 Genres: Adult, Entangled: Scandalous, Historical, Romance



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.



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.
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3.75 Stars

While Vanquishing the Viscount is book 3 in the Wayward in Essex series, it can be read as a standalone. 

Emma takes a position as a governess to help her family, she's fairly independent and determined and more than a bit stubborn. While I didn't really hate her, I was fed up with the whole not trusting another handsome man because of a bad prior experience. It got old very fast. Another thing that made me want to strangle her was when James proposed to buy her family's home and turn it into a house for military veterans, she was fairly happy about it (as she should) until he said he'd need to modify the house and the gardens so the vets would be able to navigate through them. Then all her concerns for helping her parents flew out of the window because she didn't want James to change the house, a house mind you where she wouldn't live any longer. She wasn't awful, but she was a bit too Mary Sue-ish in some instances for my taste. 

Then we have James, aka Viscount Tidworth, who was so ungrateful when Emma and her coachman helped him out because he'd be late to propose to the woman he intended to marry and then was set on revenge against Emma because the lady accepted another proposal before he got to her house. I have to admit, I liked him a bit more than Emma. He was very into helping others and that endeared him to me.

James and Emma had good chemistry, even if the path to their HEA was plagued with misunderstandings and prejudice and while I wasn't certain I liked either of them at different points in the story, they seemed well-suited for each other.

The story was entertaining and I found it well-written, even if there were a few things that didn't work for me, I'm sure others will find it enjoyable. 

*** Copy provided to the reviewer via NetGalley for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***


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