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4.2 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in the Wise Woman Series

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: KENSINGTON (August 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601832303
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601832306
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,323,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Originally Reviewed For: Tea and Book

Vexing the Viscount is Book Three in what I am calling the Wise Woman Trilogy. Christie Kelley shares the stories of three woman raised to be the Wise Woman on three separate estates. Somehow they manage to not only catch the eye of the Lord who runs the estate but also fall in love.

Of course each book has an intrigue or obstacle to be overcome. In Vexing the Viscount it seems that everything that can go wrong will. So many obstacles to overcome before love can conquer all.

Tia Featherstone has been raised to be a wise woman of a local estate. Both she and her twin were taught from birth to take care of the people on the estate that they have been assigned. But Tia seems to want more. When the younger brother of the Viscount Middleton spends a summer on the estate, teasing Tia with promises of love, then disappears, Tia follows him. Worried about his health as much as the missing man. Only it seems she too has been followed to London by the Viscount himself. And when Tia faces him she realizes the difference between infatuation and the promise of love.

Braden Travers has not lived what one would call a circumspect life. In fact he has been down right bad. But when a series of events leaves him the new Viscount he decides to clean up his act. Of course no one really believes that. Then there are the rumors going around saying that he killed the two previous Viscounts to get the title. Perfectly happy in the country he is charged with bringing back Tia by an angry mama.. So off to London he goes. Only to discover that Tia is not all that malleable. Duh, she went to London on her own.. A strong intractable woman who drives him batty right from the start how can he help but fall in love?
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The story of Tia and Braden was captivating. I honestly didn’t expect to find this book so interesting. There are some parts of it that seemed farfetched for the time period. A single woman traversing through England and London all on her own, thinking she is the only one who can find and save Jonathon from his demons, and disappearing for weeks with a new friend to suddenly join the aristocracy. However, I didn’t have to work hard to suspend disbelief as the story is well written, well paced and intriguing. I wanted to know what happened next, how all the players fit together and what their back stories were.

Once Braden swoops in to Tia’s horrid Whitehall flea-bag rooming house and retrieves her, it was a battle of wills between these two. Right away the intrigue starts as Braden is shot at that very evening. So there are two main story lines occurring – Tia’s insistence at finding Jonathon (Braden’s brother) and the mysterious deaths of Viscount Middleton’s and attempted murder of the current Viscount. Tia leads Braden on a good chase through London parks, society ballrooms and the bedroom. As the story progresses, we get to see more of who Braden is, other than the rakehell he is presented as.

Braden offers Tia the position of mistress as he is overwhelmed with lust for her. She accepts his offer as she is intrigued and interested in learning about carnal delights. This is where this book differs from most of this genre. It is rare that the heroine is willing to become a mistress for essentially her own desires – rather than being blackmailed or tricked. Tia articulates that no one would care where she comes from if she takes a lover (which was somewhat hard to believe about England at that time) and her twin sister has taken lovers in the past.
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Originally written for Buried Under Romance www.buriedunderromance.com

Vexing the Viscount, the third novel in a trilogy by Christie Kelley, tells the tale of Tia Featherstone who, like her mother, served as the healer/midwife on the estate of the Viscount Middleton, Braden Tavers. Tia believed that she was in love with the Viscount’s drug addicted brother, and she left the estate to search for him in London, convinced that she could help him with his problem. The Viscount, who was also attracted to Tia, needed to find his brother for a completely different reason: he felt someone was trying to kill them both.

While I found the mystery angle of the story somewhat interesting, I really couldn’t find much else in this story to recommend. Many of the characters, including the hero Braden Travers, had backgrounds that made them more unlikeable than likeable. Braden, like his brother Jonathan, had the reputation of being a rake. The only things he cared about were gambling and bedding as many women as possible. Tia, who professed to care about doing the right thing, fell into bed with the Viscount because she felt it would help in her quest to find Jonathan. No sweet talk, no romance. Just sex. Even though relationships changed throughout the book, I just didn’t find myself caring.

I also found the language of the novel troubling. Other than some authentic historical vocabulary, such as “wise woman” for Tia’s calling, “coin” for money, and the obligatory “My Lord”, I felt the syntax and cadence read more like a contemporary romance. Even the lovemaking scenes, which are usually tastefully veiled in the language of the times, were graphically explicit with contemporary terms. I am giving it two stars.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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