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4.5 stars.Lorraine Heath is one of those writers whose work really resonates with me I don t know what it is exactly, but the emotional content of her books draws me to her time and time again, and I will often finish one of her novels feeling completely wrung out and unable to pick up another book for at least twenty four hours Such was the case with The Viscount and the Vixen, the final full length novel in her Hellions of Havisham Hall series.The Marquess of Marsden is a recluse, labell 4.5 stars.Lorraine Heath is one of those writers whose work really resonates with me I don t know what it is exactly, but the emotional content of her books draws me to her time and time again, and I will often finish one of her novels feeling completely wrung out and unable to pick up another book for at least twenty four hours Such was the case with The Viscount and the Vixen, the final full length novel in her Hellions of Havisham Hall series.The Marquess of Marsden is a recluse, labelled mad by most because he is believed to have gone insane following the death of his beloved wife in childbed Havisham Hall has been allowed to fall into disrepair over the years, and even though his son, Viscount Locksley has lived there exclusively for the past couple of years, he has made no improvements because his father dislikes change and he Locke doesn t want to agitate him.So when he arrives at the breakfast table one morning to find his father freshly shaved, smartly dressed and reading the paper, it s a bit of a shock Marsden usually takes his meals in his room and doesn t bother much about his appearance, but when he tells Locke that his Marsden s bride will be arriving later, Locke thinks his father is delusional and must be referring to his mother But Marsden is perfectly lucid and explains that as Locke has so far neglected to find a wife and set up his nursery, it behoves him to marry a woman young enough to provide the necessary spare in order to secure the succession And in order to do that, Marsden placed an advertisement in a newspaper which was answered by a Mrs Portia Gadstone, with whom he has been corresponding ever since Locke is flabbergasted, but also concerned for his father and worried that he has been taken in by a fortune hunter When Mrs Gadstone appears, he is knocked sideways even further she s luscious and he s suddenly drowning in lust the like of which he can t remember ever experiencing before But even so he s sure she s a gold digger and is determined to protect his father at all costs And it quickly appears there is only one way to do that, which is to marry Portia himself.Portia has been driven to the drastic step of marrying a man widely reputed to be insane because she s in a desperate situation She can t deny that the prospect of marrying a wealthy man is an attractive one, but just as important as the marquess wealth is the fact that his title offers her the protection she seeks, and she is determined to be a good wife to him.But her first sight of Marsden s gorgeous, green eyed son throws her for a loop, even though he makes it perfectly clear that he distrusts her and wants to stop her marrying his father When Locke proposes she marry him instead, Portia is almost turned from her purpose, realising that her life with him will in no way fulfil her desire for quiet, rather dull existence she had envisaged having with his father But that doesn t alter the fact that she has imperative reasons for marrying and living in a remote location and the deal is made.The sexual tension between Locke and Portia is off the charts right from the start, and theirs is to begin with a relationship based purely on mutual lust, which suits both of them Locke saw what his mother s death did to his father and as a result, has no wish to experience love and Portia doesn t want to fall in love with a man upon whom she is practicing a serious deception But as the story progresses, the lines between lust and affection become blurred and Portia starts to worm her way under the skin of father and son, both of whom are taken with her intelligence, wit and kindness And for Locke, the fact that his wife is a woman whose capacity for passion matches is own is an unlooked for bonus.Lorraine Heath has penned a lovely, tender romance that progresses at the same time as Locke and Portia are setting fire to the sheets often , and I particularly enjoyed the way that Portia s gradual progress in restoring Havisham Hall, opening up long closed rooms and making them habitable and welcoming again, mirrors her gradual unlocking of her new husband s heart and her discovery that he is a man capable and deserving of a great deal of love and affection There is never any doubt that Locke and Portia are falling in love their actions often speak louder than their words as these two people who didn t want love come to realise that it s found them, regardless.Portia s backstory and her reasons for answering Marsden s advertisement are drip fed throughout the book, and it s a testament to the author s skill that even though Portia has deliberately set out to deceive, the reader feels sympathy for her At a time when women had no rights to anything, even their own bodies, she has had to make difficult choices and ended up living a life very different from the one she had envisaged She owns her own mistakes, but when faced with an impossible choice, made the only decision she could live with, one which now looks set to ruin her life and happiness with the man she never intended to love.Locke seems to be rather a stereotypical romance hero at first glance tall, dark, handsome, cynical and a demi god in bed but there sto him than that Underneath the veneer of charm and wicked sensuality, he s a compassionate man with a strong sense of duty who is quite obviously fooling himself into believing he doesn t want love when he is so clearly ready to embrace it His relationship with Marsden is easily one of the best things about the book the affection in which father and son hold each other leaps off the page and possesses just the right degree of exasperated tenderness And Marsden is farsubtly drawn here than he has been in the other books he s unbalanced, but clearly not insane and appears to be subject to fits of melancholy rather than mentally unhinged.When Locke discovers his wife s dishonesty, there are, of course, some unpleasant things said, and later, Portia does perhaps forgive Locke a tad too quickly But on balance, Locke s willingness to listen to Portia s story something many men of the time would probably not have done says much for him and about the strength of their relationship It works in context, although I can understand that some may feel he wasn t sufficiently remorseful and should have grovelled.The Viscount and the Vixen contains just about everything I want from an historical romance complex, intriguing characters, scorching sexual tension, and a strong storyline that is firmly rooted in the era in which the story is set Ms Heath once again delivers those things along with finely observed familial relationships and a sexy, well developed love story I ve enjoyed each of the books in this series and am looking forward to whatever the author comes up with next The Viscount and the Vixen, is the third book I ve read by Lorraine Heath and I ve said it once and I ll say it again Lorraine Heath is an automatic one click author for me, her books are bundles of angst filled romance and once you start reading one, you immediately become overcome with so many feels, that by the time you re done you re just a puddle of emotion Speaking of puddles and emotions that exactly how I feel right now.Portia and Locksley s story is one shrouded in mystery, on one han The Viscount and the Vixen, is the third book I ve read by Lorraine Heath and I ve said it once and I ll say it again Lorraine Heath is an automatic one click author for me, her books are bundles of angst filled romance and once you start reading one, you immediately become overcome with so many feels, that by the time you re done you re just a puddle of emotion Speaking of puddles and emotions that exactly how I feel right now.Portia and Locksley s story is one shrouded in mystery, on one hand you have Portia who is obviously hiding something and while it s somewhat obvious the details of her secret are what really got me as the reader Then there s Locksley, once an adventurer but because of the unpredictability of his father s health and his finances, he has decided to stay closer to home and play aactive role in his families mine When Portia arrives on Locksley s doorstep ready to marry his father, he is immediately weary of what his sees as a gold digging woman but something else that catches him unaware, is his strong attraction to her while she seems completely unaffected Portia s plans are ruined when Locksley offers to marry her instead of his father, but refusing is out of the question Her marriage to a lord guarantees the safety and security she so badly needs With her head nestled in the nook of his shoulder, she relished the beat of his heart, wondering if it were possible that he might unlock it just a little bit Ladies and gentleman, Heath has proved that just because it s an historical romance does not mean the heroine is a virgin, better yet even if she isn t a virgin does not mean that she has never had an orgasm Yes the myth has been shattered Please carry on Portia and Locksley s relationship literally blew up the pages, apart from the scorching hot sex scenes, the chemistry between them is what sold this couple for me Yes there were times I felt that the forgiveness came too easily and would ve preferredgrovelling but overall this story gripped me from the very start and I m so happy that this isn t the end of the seriesEvery time I think I can love you nothan I do, you say or do something that proves me wrong and I find myself loving a littledeeply I thought I could do this one because I enjoy Heath s writing but my personal dislike issues got in the way Not a fan of secret trying to pass off as hero s baby angst, insta lust, or first chapter starting off like this Leaning forward, he dug his elbows into his thighs I m simply striving to determine why a woman as young and lovely as yourself would be willing to lie on her back so a man as shriveled as my father can slide on top of her Locke his father bellowed You ve gone too fa I thought I could do this one because I enjoy Heath s writing but my personal dislike issues got in the way Not a fan of secret trying to pass off as hero s baby angst, insta lust, or first chapter starting off like this Leaning forward, he dug his elbows into his thighs I m simply striving to determine why a woman as young and lovely as yourself would be willing to lie on her back so a man as shriveled as my father can slide on top of her Locke his father bellowed You ve gone too far Get the hell out It s quite all right, my lord, she said calmly, never taking her challenging gaze from Locke s, not flinching, not blushing, not so much as arching a thinly shaped eyebrow at him I don t see that your father s preferred position for coupling is really any of your concern Perhaps he will take me standing while coming in at me from behind Or on my knees Or upside down But I assure you, he will not be shriveled Then she slowly lowered those damned whiskey eyes to his lap, and he cursed his cock s betrayal With startling detail, images of him with her in all those positions had flown through his mind He d grown so hard and aching that he couldn t have gotten up and walked out if he wanted In a contemporary, would love this heroine s response, in historical, just not what I am personally looking for 4.25 stars I was surprised at how much I enjoyed The Viscount and the Vixen by Lorraine Heath as this was my first Lorraine Heath, and, as usual, I barely read the blurb before buying it But I really, really liked it, and I could barely put it down in the last 100 pages Whenever I go to a book convention, I try to read as many of the attending authors as possible Book Lovers Con is fast approaching, and Lorraine Heath was my first author to check off my to read list I am truly thrilled that 4.25 stars I was surprised at how much I enjoyed The Viscount and the Vixen by Lorraine Heath as this was my first Lorraine Heath, and, as usual, I barely read the blurb before buying it But I really, really liked it, and I could barely put it down in the last 100 pages Whenever I go to a book convention, I try to read as many of the attending authors as possible Book Lovers Con is fast approaching, and Lorraine Heath was my first author to check off my to read list I am truly thrilled that I bought The Viscount and the Vixen in paperback because it was a delight to read I m happy I read this book without reading any spoilers because each moment of the book was new and surprising for me I loved the chemistry, the sexual tension, and the way the romance went from an enemies to lovers ish vibe to something intensely romantic It was a beautiful progression, and I felt like it happened naturally I also liked all of the secondary characters, especially Locke s father, who s love for his deceased wife brought me to tears at times The story drew me inandthe further I got in the story, and I didn t want to put it down by the end Now I have to read all the other books in the series already purchased, also in paperback Very excited to discover Lorraine Heath s backlist now goodreads instagram twitter blog DNF 84% Here s me the entire time Because, no Please don t read this book, I beg you If you don t, you ll have several hours to plot world domination, or think up a way to end world hunger, or nap You ll be a happier, healthier person Really TIME FOR THE SPOILERY RANT YE VE BEEN WARNED, MATIES.If you do read The Viscount and the Vixen, you ll read a depressing tale of an emotionally damaged guy, aka Viscount Locksley aka Locke, being forced into marriage by his mentally unstable fathe DNF 84% Here s me the entire time Because, no Please don t read this book, I beg you If you don t, you ll have several hours to plot world domination, or think up a way to end world hunger, or nap You ll be a happier, healthier person Really TIME FOR THE SPOILERY RANT YE VE BEEN WARNED, MATIES.If you do read The Viscount and the Vixen, you ll read a depressing tale of an emotionally damaged guy, aka Viscount Locksley aka Locke, being forced into marriage by his mentally unstable father, the Marquess of Marsden The woman Locke marries is a duplicitous sociopath of a prostitute, aka Portia, who is knocked up with another guy s kid She hides the pregnancy, planning to pass the kid off as legit, even after she and Locke supposedly after lots of clinical sex but no romantic courting of any kind have developed feelings for each other Locke learns about the pregnancy from the guy who did the knocking up, near the end of the book on my Kindle it was roughly at 84%, which is when I stopped reading and cleaned my Kindle with bleach to get the stink off.There s also a downbeat, Poldark rip off sub plot concerning Locke s failing mines and imminent financial insolvency Whee Fun times Up until this book, Lorraine Heath s British historicals were an auto buy for me Now I doubt I ll read another I ve read the previous two books in the Hellions of Haversham series, and was looking forward to Locke s tale Expecting a Dickensian, Gothic romance from the prior books set up of a mad marquess and his heir living in a crumbling manse named Havisham Hall on the northern, remote moors, it was like running into a brick wall as I immediately discovered Heath ejected that entire premise to write an awful book about an awful woman exploiting two emotionally damaged men Portia is beyond crass her first conversation with Locke and his father, the Marquess of Marsden, has her discussing giving the Marquess oral and various other sex Locke is financially desperate, emotionally closed off, and forced into a loveless union This is not a romance novel Locke and Portia never grow together Locke begins to form an attachment to her, and at the point when she should confess her predicament so a romance could maybe form between them, she doesn t She just carries on being a lying liar who lies, justifying her action in her own mind, being awful I hated her to the point of I ve written my own Gothic version of Locke s story which has Portia dying in childbirth, and Locke escaping his circumstances by meeting a feisty, fiery American heiress who melts his cold existence and sad past with a caring, take no prisoners love If anyone deserves that kind of romance ending in Romancelandia, it s Locke So, yeah, don t read this book Pet your dog or cat, go for a run, start another book instead Contains mature themes This is the third book in series entitled A Hellions of Havisham featuring Viscount Locksley and Portia Gadstone This series contains such unique storylines that they cannot fail to impress unless of course the reader is entirely opposed to the sensual content.Love begets madness Viscount Locksley watched it happen to his father after his cherished wife s death But when his sire arranges to marry flame haired fortune hunter Portia Gadstone, Locke is compelled Contains mature themes This is the third book in series entitled A Hellions of Havisham featuring Viscount Locksley and Portia Gadstone This series contains such unique storylines that they cannot fail to impress unless of course the reader is entirely opposed to the sensual content.Love begets madness Viscount Locksley watched it happen to his father after his cherished wife s death But when his sire arranges to marry flame haired fortune hunter Portia Gadstone, Locke is compelled to take drastic measures to stop the stunning beauty from taking advantage of the marquess A marriage of mutual pleasure could be convenient, indeedas long as inconvenient feelings don t interfere Lorraine Heath is a very accomplish storyteller The storyline in the first book of The Hellions of Havisham provided a very entertaining read.This story started out very oddly, but soon proves with patience, faith, and love you really can conquerthan you can ever imagine These compassionate individuals are living proof Desperation forced Portia to agree to marry a madman The arrangement will offer the protection she needs Or so she believes until the marquess s distractingly handsome son peruses the fine printand takes his father s place Now the sedate and,importantly, secure union Portia planned has been tossed in favor of one simmering with wicked temptation and potential heartbreak Because as she begins to fall for her devilishly seductive husband, her dark secrets surface and threaten to ruin them both unless Locke is willing to risk all and open his heart to love This is NOT a clean series Although not clean and wholesome, the sexual scenes are not as descriptive as some other books out there Those who actually prefer steamy to clean and sweet might not view it as flawed So if you like a sex free book this is not it If you enjoy their inclusion in your reads, jump into this book If you prefer clean and sweet reads, avoid this book It is not fair to an author when readers provide bad reviews about steamy scenes if they know they are included in advance I have been guilty of this offense myself It takes a lot of time and effort for an author to research and write each book And there are readers who prefer the material included in this one to a clean and wholesome read However, I actually prefer the latter However, due to this aspect, I recommend it with reservations What a wonderful conclusion for Hellions Portia is such a good match for Locke He needed for somebody to shake him up To pull him by his hair from a depression that had accompanied him all his life And Portia was just perfect for that role I loved how she lied, but didn t lie completly Every lie had some truth in it Also, sometime she didn t lie at all, but said the truth in such way that Locke could interpret it however he wished and often wrongly LOLI loved how she and the Marques What a wonderful conclusion for Hellions Portia is such a good match for Locke He needed for somebody to shake him up To pull him by his hair from a depression that had accompanied him all his life And Portia was just perfect for that role I loved how she lied, but didn t lie completly Every lie had some truth in it Also, sometime she didn t lie at all, but said the truth in such way that Locke could interpret it however he wished and often wrongly LOLI loved how she and the Marquess were in synchrony It was almost uncanny Love their conversation And loved how Ms Heath extracted bit by bit information about his loved wife And also how that helped Locke understand better his father and his love of his wife and his suffering after loosing her.Locke was a bit arrogant at the beginning, but his love for his father endeared him to me What starts a a bad case of lust, slowly becomes love It was masterfully done bit by bit I don t know if I want to read the Marquess story I already know how it ends badly And I don t want to cry buckets from the very beginning It is wonderful books like this that have made Lorraine Heath one of my top favourite authors Her beautifully written and deeply emotional love stories keep me coming back for.After his mother died giving birth to him, Viscount Locksley Locke watched his father, the Marquess of Marsden, slowly driven mad with grief over the loss of his beloved wife Locke intends to marry eventually, but it will never be for love having seen first hand the devastation such an emotion can cause He choose It is wonderful books like this that have made Lorraine Heath one of my top favourite authors Her beautifully written and deeply emotional love stories keep me coming back for.After his mother died giving birth to him, Viscount Locksley Locke watched his father, the Marquess of Marsden, slowly driven mad with grief over the loss of his beloved wife Locke intends to marry eventually, but it will never be for love having seen first hand the devastation such an emotion can cause He chooses to bury himself in working alongside his men in the mines and managing the estates.Concerned that Locke shows no signs of marrying soon and determined that his title and estates will not pass into the hands of his greedy cousin or his cousin s son, the marquess plans to marry and acquire a spare When he meets the prospective bride, Portia Gadstone, Locke is immediately suspicious of her motives and convinced she is nothingthan a social climbing, fortune hunter He will do anything possible to protect his father from her clutches, even marrying her himself In fact, she could prove the perfect wife for him Locke slid his gaze over to Portia Gadstone and, for the first time, clearly saw her for what she truly was A mercenary, a title chaser, someone wanting to rise so badly above her station she would use any means necessary to accomplish her goal, including taking advantage of an aging gentleman The sort of woman he could never grow to care for, could never love, could never give his heart to.She was bloody perfect.Locke is right about Portia in one respect she will do anything to achieve her goal but not for the reasons he thinks Penniless, homeless and with a secret she must hide at all costs, marriage to the marquess will provide the safety and security she so desperately needs What she hasn t bargained for is the Marquess of Marsden s son thwarting her plans She could have charmed the elderly marquess but the handsome, virile, arrogant Locke is a very different proposition.Ms Heath builds the romance between Locke and Portia beautifully, showing the gradual changes in their relationship The scene where they first meet is full of barbed, witty exchanges and I enjoyed watching Portia getting a rise out of Locke in every sense of the word Neither is looking for love but they are not averse to enjoying a physical relationship, leading to some steamy sex scenes.I enjoyed watching Locke reluctantly accepting that his initial opinions of Portia are wrong He sees how soft hearted she is when his father is talking about his beloved wife she has no desire for constant compliments, numerous baubles, and his undivided attention like every other woman he has known she makes him laugh and he finds that he wants to spend time with her as much out of the bedroom as in it.I like Portia s boldness in standing up to Locke and expressing her own views She sees how deeply he cares for his father, his estates and his men and it is heart warming to see how she brings light, joy and music back to the once dreary Havisham Hall She draws the marquess out of his reclusiveness and is the catalyst for Locke discovering so much about his mother he never knew.It is obvious that Locke and Portia are falling in love Coming to know her husband filled her with a sense of satisfaction as well as a measure of dread, because she feared he had the power to shatter what remained of her fragile heart.It didn t help matters that it always caused this odd sense of swelling in his chest that made it difficult to breathe for a few seconds whenever she flashed a smile.but I knew any future happiness would soon be tested when Portia s secret is finally revealed The scene where she tells him of her deception is so heart breaking and, although I understood Locke s initial reaction, I very much sympathised with Portia and the choices she was forced to make I like how Ms Heath always brings an element of social commentary to her books in this case, the lack of women s rights in the late Victorian era which forces Portia to take such drastic action to protect all she loves Despite Locke s cruel words, once he learns Portia s full story and accepts his true feelings for her, I love how he confronts her sanctimonious father and moves heaven and earth to find her.I especially adored the marquess who is kind, gentle and perceptive, such as when he tells LockeYour mother s beauty was all inside Portia has a good bit in there as well Don t forget to look there.I like how he cleverly tricks Locke into marrying Portia Perhaps he s not as mad as everyone believes.Although tinged with a little sadness, the Epilogue left me with a warm glow and a desire to read the forthcoming WHEN THE MARQUESS FALLS , the love story of the Marquess of Marsden and his beloved wife, Linnie.MY VERDICT Another captivating and beautiful love story with characters that will touch your heart Highly recommended The Hellions of Havisham series so far click on the book covers fordetailsWhen the Marquess Falls March 14th 2017I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via Edelweiss in return for an honest reviewThis review is also posted on my Rakes and Rascals blog {Free Pdf} ò El vizconde y la cazafortunas ⚝ El vizconde Locksley hab a visto c mo se cumpl a la premisa en el caso de su padre, tras la muerte de su adorada esposa Pero cuando su progenitor decidi desposar a la cazafortunas de cabellos de fuego Portia Gadstone, Locke se sinti obligado a tomar medidas dr sticas para impedir que esa mujer de impresionante belleza se aprovechara de su padre Y un matrimonio cuya nica finalidad fuera el placer mutuo podr a resultar de lo m s conveniente, por supuesto siempre que no se filtrara ning n sentimiento inconvenienteLa desesperaci n hab a empujado a Portia a acceder a casarse con un demente El acuerdo le ofrecer a la protecci n que necesitaba Al menos eso pensaba hasta que el inquietantemente atractivo hijo del marqu s ley la letra peque a del contrato y decidi ocupar el lugar de su padre De repente la tranquila y, sobre todo, segura uni n que Portia hab a planeado hab a sido transformada en otra, rebosante de traviesas tentaciones y abierta a la posibilidad de que le rompieran el coraz n Porque, a medida que iba enamor ndose de su endemoniadamente seductor marido, sus oscuros secretos empezaron a aflorar, amenazando con destrozarlos a ambos, a no ser que Locke fuera capaz de arriesgarlo todo y abrir su coraz n al amor this series is fantastic and a must read