Monday, August 2, 2021

Review & Giveaway - - The Viscount Made Me Do It

The Viscount Made Me Do It
by Diana Quincy
Clandestine Affairs - Book 2
Publisher: Avon
Release Date: July 27, 2021
Reviewed by Santa

A seduction that could ruin everything... 

Hanna Zaydan has fought to become London’s finest bonesetter, but her darkly appealing new patient threatens to destroy everything she’s worked so hard for. The daughter of Arab merchants is slowly seduced by the former soldier — even though she’s smart enough to know Griff is after more than he’ll reveal. Whatever it is, the bonesetter’s growing desire for the man just might tempt her to give it to him. 

An attraction that cannot be denied... 

Rumors that he killed his own parents have followed Thomas Ellis, Viscount Griffin, practically since he was a boy. More than a decade after the tragedy, Griff receives a tip about his parents’ killer… one that takes him straight to a captivating bonesetter. Griff is convinced Hanna is a fraud, but the dark-eyed beauty stirs deep feelings in him that he thought had perished along with his family. 

Hanna has a gift for fixing fractured people, but can she also mend a broken heart? More importantly, will Griff let her?

Santa Says:

The Viscount Made Me Do It by Diana Quincy is a five star read for me. This Regency based romance takes the reader to a different part of London that most readers are unaware of and into the lives of the Arab communities of those times. It also brings to light a mystery that has darkened the life of our hero for most of his life. Our heroine, Hanna Zaydan, and our hero, Viscount Griffin, would never have met under normal circumstances. This book proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that circumstances aren’t always what they seem.  

Hanna Zayden is a bonesetter at a time when not everyone trusts that profession especially when a woman is the one setting dislocated or poorly set bones. Hanna is striving for legitimacy and hopes to one day operate in offices she owns. The daughter of Arab cotton merchants, her family does not really support her endeavors. After all, her one goal, like any young lady growing up in Regency England, is to marry and marry well. 

Thomas Ellis, Viscount Grifiin, is haunted by the violent death of his parents when he was a very young man barely in his teens. He has no memory of the invasion and death of his parents. He has been accused of killing his parents because of this. He is shunned by his sisters and raised by a guardian.

On a lark, Thomas visits a seedy tavern where some acquaintances call on Hanna to ‘heal’ their friend who pretends to have a broken wrist. They just want to prove her to be a charlatan. Thomas notices that she is wearing his mother’s necklace which has been missing since the night of the murder. He tracks her down and visits her place of business using an old war injury to his shoulder as an excuse. Hanna does help his shoulder and their consequent involvement sparks off an attraction they can’t deny. It also spirals Thomas into discovering what happened that fateful night so many years ago. 

This book is the second book of a series that brings readers to a Arabian segment of Regency England.  Diana Quincy's writing is fast paced as both a mystery and romance are unraveled. Hanna and Thomas have obstacles to overcome on all sides. Their road to their happily ever after is gripping and immensely satisfying. Once you pick up The Viscount Made Me Do It you will not want to put it down.

PJ here:

Have you read Diana Quincy yet?

Have you ever read a romance featuring a female bonesetter? (I hadn't and I was fascinated!)

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  1. I don't recall ever reading anything by this author. This book sounds like a very good story using character ethnic backgrounds and career choices (for the time period) I've never seen before. Very intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway too.

  2. I haven't read this author's novels. This story interests me greatly since it is unique and fascinating.

  3. A bonesetter is certainly an unusual career and this book sounds captivating and special. I have never read Diana Quincy books as yet.

  4. Nope, I've most definitely read about a bonesetter, and most definitely not a female one! And I don't think I've read Diana Quincy before, so I'd love to give her a try.

  5. Ms Quincy is a new to me author. I have never heard of a bonesetter. But, considering the medical practices of the past, it sounds like a good idea. Thanks for the review and introducing me to a new author.

    I hope everyone is well and safe and happy.

  6. I'm a longtime Regency romance fan, but I have never read about this aspect of that society. I vaguely think I MAY have read another work by this author, but I'm not sure. Thank you for the lovely review, it has definitely piqued my interest.

  7. No, I've never read anything like this before, and it sounds really interesting.. I've not read anything of Diana's, so I've put this one on my "wish list".

  8. No, I haven't read her, but this one sounds really good.

  9. I haven’t read anything by Diana Quincy yet, but her books have been in my TBR list for a while! Love the description of this one

  10. I haven't read her books. I don't think I've read a book with a bonesetter.


  11. I've read a couple of Diana's books, but I have to admit it has been years. I love the premise of a female bonesetter!

  12. I haven't read this author's books yet nor have I read of a heroine having this particular career. Am deeply curious.

  13. I have not read Diana Quincy. I have heard of bonesetters a few times, but they are usually only mentioned in passing.
    I was not really aware of an Arab section of London. It makes sense there would be one, but I can't ever remember any reference to it. Culturally and socially I am sure it was very different from the "English" Regency experience.
    I will be looking forward to reading this one.

  14. Has a winner been drawn for this book yet? Just wondering. Thanks.