As much as I normally appreciate the defining romance that author Lorraine Heath pens, "The Viscount and the Vixen" was a historical-romance that I could not become involved with as the reader. I find this slightly disappointing because Heath as written so many wonderful, lively romances. It is always hard for me to write negative reviews on authors that I am so use to applauding when it comes to their works.
To be brutally honest, there was something absent for me in this novel and that was the chemistry exchanged between Viscount Locksely and Portia, the heroine. The attraction felt so incredibly dry and dull that I felt like achieving an HEA-ending was highly unrealistic. The Viscount himself was always so critical of everything that Portia did. It was almost as if the heroine could not overly please the hero in this book and that in my opinion does not make for an entertaining romance. To put it moderately, I did not like the character of Locksely.
Pushing forward in this review, regarding the plot. I did not find the actual storyline to be much more interesting than the lack of desirability in the book. The plot drug through rarely slow for me without much action taking place. Most of the plot was centered around Portia and Locksely trying to come to some sort of agreement concerning just about everything in the book. I write that because the duo tended to disagree on pretty much everything.
Since I rate fairly in my reviews I would not advise reading this novel if you are looking for a sturdy romance that the author tends to deliver. I will always be a dedicated reader of the author's, but this was one book that was just a complete miss for me.
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, indeed . . . as long as inconvenient feelings don’t interfere.
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 print . . .and takes his father’s place!
Now the sedate—and, more 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.