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Friday, March 15, 2013

Review: Married to the Viscount by Sabrina Jeffries + Giveaway

Format: Kindle (Purchased)
Release Date: December 30, 2003

Abigail Mercer was breathless with anticipation at being reunited with Spencer Law, whom she met once and later married by proxy. But now the dashing Viscount Ravenswood denies all knowledge of their union! Far too many witnesses have made it impossible for the secretive Spencer to reject his "bride" without causing a scandal. So he has proposed a marriage in-name-only until they can locate his mysteriously absent younger brother—who is responsible for everything!—and untangle this messy affair.

Abigail is incensed, irate . . . and irresistibly attracted to this handsome, infuriating man who hides his smoldering passion behind a proper exterior. So the lady will agree to his terms on one condition: Spencer must seal their bargain with a kiss. But he finds that one deep, lingering, unforgettable kiss isn't nearly enough. And keeping his hands off his pretty wife is going to be much harder than he thought . . .

Married to the Viscount is one of my favorite Sabrina Jeffries books. It is one of the few books that checks off all the things that make a historical romance a hit for me.

Spencer Law, the Viscount Ravenswood is such a stuffy, arrogant and a generally unlikable fellow when he is first introduced to readers in Dance of Seduction so finding out he was to be the hero of the next book was a little hard to believe. Would this stuffy man lower his lofty standards and harsh character long enough to attract a woman? Apparently not, he had to be forced into a marriage in order to have a chance at love. Spencer was handsome and rich of course but at the beginning of Married to the Viscount he really doesn't have much else to commend him. He's courteous of Abby, the woman who claims to be his wife, but when he finds himself becoming attracted to her, he lets his insecurities and his secrets rule his verbal responses to her. At times he's cold and cruel to her and other times he's caring and sweet. It's enough to make a woman's head spin!

Abigail is a lovely heroine. When reading historical romances set in Regency England, it's always nice to have at least one American (preferably a woman) thrown into the mix to turn things upside down and Abby doesn't disappoint! She's definitely kind but she's also forthright, intelligent and sarcastic. She tries so hard to please her stranger husband, whom she's desperately attracted to but she doesn't cross the line into "wimpdom" by letting him walk all over her. That's so important in a heroine, just because she cares for the hero, she shouldn't let him do or say what he wants to her. Of course, she isn't made of stone and Spencer's objections to their marriage hurt her, but she doesn't shrivel up and whine, she gets up and fights dirty. She isn't afraid to tease him or to face him head on in an argument.

There's plenty of sexual tension between Spencer and Abby, almost from the beginning and it builds slowly and passionately. Mixed in with that passion is such angst from both characters, each one wanting the other and thinking it isn't possible. The longing adds such an appeal in the story that when I first read it, I just could not put it down until I finished it! Years later, upon reading it again on my Kindle, I found that I still loved Married to the Viscount as much as I did when I bought it in print.

Spencer and Abby's road to a happy ending was well written and perfectly timed. They got to know themselves and each other better through their forced circumstances, and Spencer had to choose between confronting his fears or losing Abby forever. Married to the Viscount is the last book of the Swanlea series but in my opinion can be read alone since the previous characters don't do much but play supportive roles.


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6 comments:

  1. Yes! I love her School for Heiresses books and the Swanlea series is already on my tablet :)

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  2. OMG Adria I LOVE her books! I've gotten to meet her a couple times now because she lives in my town. I went to an event and had a complete fangirl moment when I looked down the table at dinner and there she was. lol It was so not my finest blogging moment ;)


    I haven't read this one yet but it has so many of my favorite elements I think I'm gonna have to grab a copy now. I've only read her Hellions so far and they were all so darn good!


    Thanks for the heads up on all of the books being on sale. That's amazing!

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  3. You've met her?! Oh you're so lucky! She's on my list of authors I want to get a signed book from!

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  4. Oh the School for Heiresses is so good! Which one is your favorite?

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  5. I really enjoy her books! My first book by her was Never Seduce a Scoundrel and I have gone on to read most of the books in the School of Heiresses series. It's been awhile since I read her books and I miss them :)

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  6. Let Sleeping Rogues Lie. So delicious! And Wed Him Before You Bed Him. Fantastic!

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