Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be sharing my review of; The Viscount’s Unconventional Lady by Virginia Heath, which is the first book in the brand new; The Talk of the Beau Monde series. I can’t wait to share this book with you all, firstly I want to say thank you to Virginia Heath who so kindly sent me a complimentary, advanced copy – which popped up on my kindle out of the blue, what a lovely surprise that was 🙂 Thank you! Now, let’s have a look at this book….
About the Book
The Viscount’s Unconventional Lady by Virginia Heath.
Genre; Historical Romance, Regency Romance
Series; The Talk of the Beau Monde
Publisher; Mills and Boon/ Harlequin Books
The notorious viscount
And the most gossiped-about lady…
After years as a diplomat in the Napoleonic Wars, Lord Eastwood is reluctant to return to London society. His scandalous divorce has made him infamous, not to mention cantankerous!
To halt the rumor mill, he should marry a quiet noblewoman—instead it’s bold, vibrant artist Faith Brookes who’s caught his attention. They are the least suitable match, so why is he like a moth to a flame?
Purchase Link – Amazon
I have always said that Virginia Heath is a wonderful author, and – in my humble opinion – her real forte is in her gift for creating the most luscious, brooding, sexy, handsome, charming, gruff heroes who demand your attention with every scene they are in, and our gorgeous yet flawed Piers is no different – I am willing to say he is one of the finest to date. He is everything you would expect from a brooding historical hero plus add into the mix those luminescent beautiful green eyes – I could happily drown in those emerald eyes!!!
I do have a real love of a pair of green, green eyes 🙂
I love how some of the chapters open with a little piece of gossip which come from the fabulously named; Whispers from Behind the Fan it’s a fun little twist on Heath’s usual style, it reminds me a little of her debut; The Discerning Gentleman’s Handbook – which has these wonderfully funny little snippets at the beginning of each chapter. I definitely think the Whispers from Behind the Fan could be made into a book or series of its own.
The Viscount’s Unconventional Lady is the first book in the brand new series; The Talk of the Beau Monde, and it’s a cracking start to what I can see is going to be fabulously charming and fun series. I feel like I have been waiting with baited breathe for a new Virginia Heath series, don’t get me wrong her stand-alone’s are some of the finest around, but there is just something very special about the way she brings a series together they flow from story to the next with the up-most ease and you become completely transfixed wanting to know where said series will take you and always being surprised once you reach the finale.
After divorcing his adulterous wife, Piers; Viscount Eastwood has caused scandal and is now shunned by the ton, something which does hurt him especially as people judge him before they understand the truth. He now throws himself into work and hoping to fade into the background and basically be forgotten about for the rest of his life – if only his family thought the same as him!
But, alas his interfering mother wants her handsome son forefront and proud, which is why she has commissioned a HUGE portrait of him which didn’t go down too well with our reclusive Viscount and its even worse when he meets the irritatingly perky, beautiful, talkative, unabashed and judgmental little minx who will be assisting in the process, usually, our Piers would just slink away happily ensconced in his lair but with her, that is far easier said than done as she gets under his skin from the outset.
I absolutely love the way they head-butt one another, the dialogue between them is both lustful, witty, charming and at times toxic, neither holds their tongue when the other is around and I thought it was brilliant fun, it’s a testament to just how well Heath writes, she has a real flair with a cheeky wit.
My heart has been completely stolen by Piers, unlike most historical heroes he is not so much brooding and moody, but there is an insecurity about him which pulls at the heartstrings, he’s shy, uncertain and a complete sweet-heart. All he wants to do is blend into the wallpaper, to me he reminded me of a shy wallflower at a party; sitting in the corner avoiding people’s gaze, unbeknown to them they are in fact the centre of attention. Yet when he chooses to woo, he smoulders, that lustful green gaze will have any red-blooded woman throwing off their glittery dresses ready to be ravaged – but alas our boy only sets those emeralds at one brazen hussy and when he does…well…pass the smelling salts, I’m going into a swoon – especially after they shall we say christened the armchair. 😉
I really like Faith, she is a great character, strong-willed, no-nonsense, talkative, passionate, loyal, independent, savvy, smart, and beautiful – yet she doesn’t see it, out-going, caring, compassionate and I like that she does speak her mind, she holds nothing back even though at times she would do better in holding her tongue – but to be honest, haven’t we all spoken before engaging our brains?
I really liked the entirety of the cast of characters, there are some real gems hidden away within the story, I enjoyed briefly getting to know Faith’s sisters and can easily see we are going to have a lot of fun when it comes to their stories. For me, the only fly in the works was Isabel, who I found a little irritating, but that’s OK we can’t love all characters, can we? The of this show is easily Piers, he steals every scene he’s in, he makes you fall in love without even meaning to and he proves that heroes don’t always have to be sword-wielding warriors to steal the heart.
Overall, The Viscount’s Unconventional Lady is a wonderful story which at the heart is all about two people moving past hurt to find happiness, it’s emotionally driven with drama and plenty of sizzling sexual tension and oodles of good-natured wit, highly recommended!
About the Author
When Virginia Heath was a little girl it took her ages to fall asleep, so she made up stories in her head to help pass the time while she was staring at the ceiling. As she got older, the stories became more complicated, sometimes taking weeks to get to the happy ending. Then one day, she decided to embrace the insomnia and start writing them down. Twenty books and two Romantic Novel of the Year Award nominations later, and it still takes her forever to fall asleep.
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