Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Vexing the Viscount by Emily Bryan

Genre: Historical Romance
Published: March 2009
Pages: 301

Emily Bryan is now firmly entrenched as a favourite writer of mine in the historical romance genre. Vexing the Viscount truly is a captivating blend of romance, adventure, amusing banter & saucy moments. I know the deliciously 'naughty' scenes keep me enthralled but there is just something about the humour in Emily's novels that keeps me coming back for more! 

Daisy Drake was first introduced to us as a precocious child in the story, Pleasuring the Pirate. All grown up, she is now a woman ahead of her time, one who loves nothing more than the thrill of adventure. Daisy speaks fluent French and can read ancient Latin but all that she knows of 'pleasures of the flesh' has been discovered from the journals of Blanche La Tour, an infamous French courtesan & Daisy's Great Aunt.

Lucian Beaumont, Viscount Rutland is determined to discover the location of an ancient Roman payroll & return his family's estate to its former glory. Lucian and Daisy are childhood adversaries and as adults the sparks continue to fly in more ways than one. 

At the Society of Antiquaries Daisy regards an ancient phallus-like lamp with much interest and speculates whether it's life-sized. Lucian, at the society to petition for a financial partner in his expedition for the lost treasure, contributes some remarks of his own, on overhearing Daisy's ramblings. Daisy masquerading as Blanche La Tour becomes Lucian's financial backer & Daisy herself is his assistant on the excavation site. 

What follows is a hilarious ride complete with searing sexual tension. I loved the quotes from the journal of Blanche La Tour at the beginning of each chapter & the flashbacks to Londinium A.D. 405 were haunting insights into the love story of Caius & Deirdre & the subsequent tragedy. 

Pick up Emily Bryan's latest novel if you want an enjoyable, engaging, slightly naughty read! 

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See my review for Distracting the Duchess (another wonderful read)


  1. It sounds interesting. I find it strange to think of such historical books been a bit on the naughty side. Thought I suppose they just kept everything behind closed doors instead of being so public now.

  2. Lovely review with respect to this novel. I'm not much of a historical romance fan, however this book does sound intriguing.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog!

    Best Regards

  3. Good review. I find historical romances hit and miss. Sometimes I like them sometimes I dont. I went through and Amanda Quick phase for awhile then and dont think I have really enjoyed any since.

    I passed on to you the Lemonade Stand Award. You can collect it here hope you like it.

  4. This sounds good. A slightly naughty read is such fun sometimes!

  5. Liking it :)
    And a flasback to Celtic Roman times, especially my cup of tea :D


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