Review by Jennifer Drake
Vexing the Viscount by Emily Bryan is a charming story about Daisy Drake and Lucian Beaumont, Viscount Rutland. Daisy, the niece of a pirate, has quite a spark and unique flare in how she lives life. She speaks both French and ancient Latin, but since she doesn’t know about the pleasures of the flesh is reading some risqué books in her great aunts library. (Luckily her great aunt’s a fantastic supporter of a woman’s right to learn about these things.) Our leading Viscount, whose family is in dire straights financially, is a little stubborn (as most great heroes are) but a bit lonely as well. Due do the financial troubles, which Lucian’s fathers blames on Daisy’s uncle, he’s not dared to marry. Little do they both realize they have a common interest in antiques
At a costumed ball held at her great aunts house that Daisy decides she just can’t miss, she decides to play the part of a lady of pleasure. This despite her great aunts warnings she plunges into something she doesn’t truly understand. Even though she had read Blanche La Tour’s Journal and thought she grasped the contents pretty well. Lucian comes across the French courtesan at said party, and is immediately smitten by her.
I can’t go on, because I certainly don’t want to ruin the book for you!
This book is a very amusing but not silly by any means. It’s a sweet story of two people who once friends as children meet again as adults. There are several twists, some a bit more subtle then others. Also including many intriguing tidbits about both English and Roman history. Emily Bryan has a way with words to be sure, and a way with creating a romantic tale not to be missed! I can say whole heartedly that I enjoyed this book, and very much look forward to reading more of her work in the future.