“Vexing the Viscount” is my second read by Emily Bryan and I enjoyed this one just as much as I did the first! This is a Georgian era romance and even though I’m a little skeptical regarding the freedom and behavior of the heroine for that time period, I enjoyed her very much. The sizzle between the hero and heroine was great, their banter entertaining, and even the mystery/treasure hunt held my interest.
Daisy considers herself firmly on the shelf as she just can’t seem to dredge up any interest in the fribbles and fortune hunters who can’t seem to see beyond her dowry. She’s very well educated and has a special interest in ancient ruins which is how she meets up (again) with an old friend from her childhood. And how DARE he not recognize her when she knew at first glance who he was even after ten years? But a history of ‘issues’ between their families causes him to turn from her so Daisy (with a little help from a scandalous great-aunt) hatches a plan. She’ll disguise herself as a famous courtesan and get herself in on his treasure hunt that way. Only things don’t exactly turn out as planned.
Lucian and his father are all that is left of the proud Montford family and Lucian is quite afraid that he’s losing his father to madness. Their family estate is in dire need of renovation and their tenants need help too, but unless he can locate the lost Roman treasure there’s nothing Lucian can do. His interest in Daisy lasts until he learns her name. His father’s hatred of her family is not something Lucian cares to poke at. But when Lucian meets Blanche the courtesan, he’s enthralled…and very, very attracted. It just figures that the only person he can convince to fund his dig would send Daisy as her agent! Even if she is smart…and helpful…and really quite attractive.
Fun, fun, fun. Laughter and love get me every time and Emily Bryan does a fabulous job combining the two. I found myself cheering for Daisy in BOTH her characters and could see where a woman with her characteristics would definitely push beyond the normal boundaries for her time. Lucian is just a hottie. And any man that can wield a rapier with rapier wit (yes, I couldn’t resist) is one I’ll dream of tonight!