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    Saved By The Accident

    Emma d’Ibert is on her way to her first post as a governess. In Vanquishing the Viscount, her parents’ money is gone, and she needs to reduce expenses and earn an income. So she takes a position and disguises her name to hopefully avoid any scandal to her family. While on her way to her new life, a rider on horseback hits the cart in which she is traveling. His horse runs off and he is left in the dirt. He doesn’t remember his name or where he is going. Against the gentleman’s objections, Emma insists on taking him to a local inn to rest and regain his senses before he goes on his way. The gentleman, James Markham, Viscount Tidworth, is not a happy man. The interfering young woman in the cart may have seriously interrupted his plans. He has only just remembered his a name, but he knows that he has to get to his destination right away. He finally remembers the destination and that it is imperative he get there soon or he will lose the hand of Belinda Carslake, the woman he wishes to marry. James is concerned that he may be too late to declare his desire to make Belinda his wife. All because of an interfering young woman. If he ever sees her again he will not be happy. Saved By The Accident The characters created by the author were rich and interesting to read. I like how they had dimension and depth. There was more going on in the two main characters lives than just the interaction between themselves. I found it interesting that the author chose to have the charitable work the purview of the male character. Most of the Regency books I have read leave charitable pursuits almost exclusively to females. Too often the men contribute only with cash or moral support. This was a fun read, and I hope for more from the author. Reviewed for LnkToMi iRead in response to a complimentary copy of the book provided by the publisher in hopes of an honest review.
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    Loved it

    Vanquishing the Viscount by Elizabeth Keysian is book Three in The Wayward in Wessex series. This is the story of Emma Hibbert and James, Viscount Tidworth. I have read the other books in this series (and loved them!) but feel this is easily a standalone book. Emma's noble family have fallen on hard times and she has chosen to take a job as a governess to help out. But along the way she ends up saving James who is anything but grateful. James was headed to propose to a women but due to the delay he missed his chance with her and she engaged to someone else. James fully hold Emma as the responsible party for why he isn't now engaged to his lady love. James and Emma meet up again where Emma has taken a job as a governess and they have more words of upset to each other. Later Emma is called back home where she learns things have gotten worse and of course Jame turns up again. This was a slow burn to great romance story. I always know I will enjoy a book by Ms. Keysian so I was excited to see this one for sure!
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    Vanquishing Misconceptions

    Ever read a book that is rife with touches of destiny that you wonder, "How many more signs do these people need?!" That's James and Emma's story. The encounter on the road, the encounter at Emma's employer, the encounter at Emma's home... Third time's the charm, or so the saying goes, although the charm, the magic, between James and Emma happened along the way and grew with every encounter they shared. I had to admire Emma's persistence in helping James, even if he was slightly (okay, maybe a lot) ungrateful because it "cost" him. In the end, I don't think it cost him anything because he gained so much. And I did enjoy James's begrudging acceptance of Emma and her actions. Not everyone makes decisions they are proud of, but they are necessary. Caring for her family in the only way she knew how was admirable, honorable, and selfless. Despite the hard times her family had fallen on, she remained ever the lady. There were points in this story when I felt the misconceptions they held for one another were almost overwhelming. It took quite a bit of time for them to see past those to the man and woman underneath. Was it worth it? Hm... Yes, I think so. I'm not a regency era aficionado but one consistency I've found in similar reads is an inflated ego and entitlement amongst nobility. Not all, but most. Discovering who lies under all that pompousness is always a surprise. There is, sometimes, more than meets the eye because, let me be honest, there's that one character who is exactly what you see. There's nothing beautiful under all that ugliness. I enjoyed this story. It's a rough go from enemies to lovers but it was worth reading about. I don't think James and Emma would have appreciated each other like they did if they hadn't had such a tough beginning. From instant dislike to slowly falling in love, this is what a great historical romance is for me. It's what I expect. What I want. I got all of that and a happy ending that was predictable but well-deserved. Received from publisher for an honest review
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    Awesome Historical Romance

    Vanquishing The Viscount by Elizabeth Keysian is a fabulous historical romance. Ms. Keysian has once again impressed me with her storytelling abilities with this well-written book. Emma's family fell on hard times so she took a governess position under a different name. James was rushing and crashed his horse into the cart taking Emma to her new job. Their story is loaded with drama, action and bits of humor and spice. This is a clean read, appropriate for any age. I enjoyed this book from cover to cover and look forward to my next book by Elizabeth Keysian. Vanquishing The Viscount is book 3 of the Wayward in Wessex Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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