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Monday, April 9, 2018

Vanquishing the Viscount by Elizabeth Keysian - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

When Emma rescues a man who's fallen off his horse he isn't grateful, instead he's unkind and moody. Emma thinks she'll never see the rude man again, but when she's just started working at her new position as a governess they meet once more. James is a viscount and a friend of the family she's working for. Emma doesn't want anyone of the ton to know she's working, because then they'll find out about her family's financial problems. She's changed her name, but James figures out who she is and he's angry with her, will Emma be able to convince him to keep her secret?

Because of James's fall he missed his chance to ask the woman he loves to marry him. Someone else beat him to it and now he's heartbroken. James blames Emma for his misery. He can make life tricky for her, because of everything he found out about her family, but she also fascinates him. What will win, the desire to get to know her better or plotting his revenge? He has the power to ruin Emma, but is he really that cruel or will he listen to his heart?

Vanquishing the Viscount is an entertaining romantic story. Emma is kindhearted and always wants to look after others. She is a fierce intelligent woman and can take care of herself. I admired her fabulous spirit. Her parents are in trouble and she tries to help them in any way she can. She's there for those who are in need. Because of her caring nature the woman of James's dreams says yes to another man's proposal. James is heartbroken and doesn't want to like Emma, he'd rather hate her, but that isn't as easy as he thinks. Sparks fly between them and she fascinates him more than he wants to admit, which makes the story fun and engaging and kept me interested from beginning to end.

Elizabeth Keysian's writing style has a lovely easy flow. I love the way she makes the time she writes about come to life. Her vivid description of her settings, her characters' appearances and the rules and intrigues of the ton are making her story a joy to read. I read Vanquishing the Viscount in one sitting, it's charming, sweet and captivating and I couldn't put it down. I really liked this wonderful book with its amazing sweet ending.


If you love historical romance Vanquishing the Viscount would be an excellent choice.

About Elizabeth Keysian

Elizabeth first started writing fiction when she was eight, encouraged to do so by her Head Teacher father, who needed something to keep her quiet during school holidays. Her favorite topics were mermaids, ghosts, Norman knights and quests, and she illustrated and decorated her own books. She emerged from the world of her imagination to read History at the University of London, after which she spent many years working as an archaeologist and artifact illustrator. She then became a primary school teacher, after which she moved to museum education work, and display and collections management.

Elizabeth has been involved in Medieval, Tudor, and English Civil War re-enactment and has enjoyed sword-play and traditional archery, excelling in neither. She lived for seven years on a Knights Templar estate in Essex where she pursued her interest in historical textiles, cookery and medicine. She loves anything to do with the past, and still looks down holes in the ground to see if there’s anything archaeological in them. There generally isn’t.

She has written fifteen historical romances since moving to the West of England in 1997, the landscape and history of which have inspired the “Wayward in Wessex” series. Book #1 in the series, “Distracting the Duke”, has recently been published by Entangled Publishing.


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  1. Vanquishing the Viscount sounds like a sweet, heartwarming and captivating Regency romance.

  2. Never read a story with a Viscount, will be curious to read the books. Lovely covers.

  3. I love the covers! Hotly romantic!

  4. Love a good romantic novel about putting a man in his place lol! I know you're a great author, as I'm sure I've read one of your books before, so really looking forward to getting my teeth into this!

  5. This is the first I've heard of these and I'll be reading them soon!

  6. Love your books and can't wait to read these two!!

  7. Congrats on the new release! It sounds like a fascinating book. Lovely cover too.

  8. You are a new to me author but I do enjoy historical books so I'll be watching for it.

  9. I love historical romance, but you are a new author to me. I'm excited to read your books.

  10. Michelle FergusonApril 18, 2018 at 8:45 PM

    This looks right up my alley, love a good historical romance

  11. It's great to have someone with real historical knowledge writing about times past. By the way, I want that hat!