Dec 16, 2010

Book Review: The Spurned Viscountess

 

Cursed with the sight and rumors of witchcraft, Rosalind's only chance at an ordinary life is marriage to Lucien, Viscount Hastings. She doesn't expect love, only security and children of her own. Determined to go through with the wedding, she allows nothing she encounters at the gloomy Castle St. Clare to dissuade her. 

Recently returned from the Continent, Lucien has no time for the English mouse his family has arranged for him to marry-not when he's plotting to avenge the murder of his beloved Francesca. He has no intention of bedding Rosalind, not even to sire an heir. 

Though spurned by her bridegroom, Rosalind turns to him for protection when she is plagued by a series of mysterious accidents and haunted by terrifying visions. Forced to keep Rosalind close-and tempted into passionate kisses-Lucien soon finds himself in grave danger of falling in love with his own wife... 

I love the romantic suspense genre and there are sometimes when I find myself craving a historical romance.  And when I find one that blends both in such a delightful fashion as Ms. Munro's The Spurned Viscountess, it is a definite bonus. 

I really enjoyed Rosalind's character.  Physically tiny, she more then makes up for it in heart. And when she makes up her mind, there is no changing it.  Lucien comes across as harsh but he is protecting myself from more pain.   If I had gone thru the same things as he had, I would be harsh and standoffish too.

I definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys romantic suspense.  The  identity of the villain comes as a total surprise. 

I rate this book a 3.8/5.

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