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Posted August 25, 2011
If I found a viscount like Lord Dancy, I'd hire him to be my husband in a minute. Kate Hamilton has the great good sense to do just that in Barbara Miller's delightful Regency romp, Viscount For Hire. And the pairing of these two sets off sparks that twinkle brilliantly throughout the novella.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Strong characterization and fast paced action drew me straight into the romance of Kate and Dancy. Ms. Miller's skillful depiction of the American heiress and the nobleman through action and dialogue engaged me in the story and made me immediately sympathetic towards the feisty heroine and chivalrous hero.
In fact, the use of dialogue rather than narration gives the book a lot of its momentum, though a few more dialogue tags would have been helpful. You simply fly through the pages trying to find out what the next crisis is and how Kate will manage it. There is something of a lack of description of the physical settings, but leaving these details up to the reader's imagination seems a small price to pay for such an engaging read.
Dancy, too, is wonderfully drawn and a great foil in contrast to Kate. His hotheadedness is tempered by his sense of honor, and Kate is won over by these very traits. "He is the first man who ever defended me without being paid to do it. One hardly looks for so much courage." Meanwhile, Dancy is in awe of this efficient woman who takes command of a situation like a soldier. And a bit skeptical about how they will get on together, until he witnesses the depth of Kate's compassion and the tenderness of her feelings. Part of the fun of this book is watching them negotiate their way towards a rewarding life together.
Captivating from page one, Viscount For Hire is a must read for anyone who loves the Regency period, historical romance, well crafted, engaging characters, and the spice of a little action/adventure. As Dancy remarks, "I have gotten myself skewered, assisted in an act of piracy, careened all over Oxfordshire on a fool's errand, taken a bruising fall, and now.may witness the social disaster of the season. If you consider that dull, I shudder to think what would comprise excitement for you."
Oh, yes, I'll take one just like Dancy. And I'm betting you will too.
Originally posted at the Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
Posted March 13, 2012
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