Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Review: The Viscount's Vow by Collette Cameron

Today I get to take part in ABG Reads Book Tour with my review for The Viscount's Vow by Collette Cameron. It is a pleasure to be a part of this tour. You can also read Ms. Cameron's guest post for Leatherbound Reviews here

Vengeance isn’t sweet, but what if it can take one on an unexpected journey?

Determined to avenge his brother’s and father’s deaths, Lord Ian Warrick sets for London with one purpose: ruin the light skirt whose actions lead to their deaths. All is going according to plan, until Evangeline Caruthers, said light skirt, needs help. Found in a most compromising, though innocent, position, there is only one solution to squelch the wagging tongues: marriage. How will Lord Warrick survive a forced marriage to the very lady whom he was set on destroying?

With her striking Roma beauty and her simple ways, Vangie Caruthers doesn’t quite fit in amongst the haut ton. Following her Roma herritage, Vangie is determined to marry for love or not at all. However, those plans are dashed when she is forced to marry Lord Warrick, a complete stranger. In true Roma fashion, Vangie is intent on making the best of this undesirable situation. But when she discovers the real reasons behind Ian’s presence in London and his speculation behind his brother’s death, will she be able to trust this man she married?

After a rocky beginning, Ian vows he will not hurt Vangie again, but as trouble and adversity abound, will Ian be able to keep his word? Cameron combines just enough angst and misunderstandings with romance and speculation, leading me to read this book in just two sittings; I simply had to know how the conflicts were resolved. And there is where the book fell short for me.

After the excellent ride Cameron took me on, I was disappointed when the resolution came to such a quick and convenient closure. I would have liked to have seen that last scene of the climax played out more. The resolution was just too sudden for me.

The only other issue I had with the book is Vangie’s frequent use of “faith.” Good portions of her sentences begin with “faith.” “Faith, he is even handsomer up close.” “Faith, whatever is going on?” “Faith, she’d become mistrustful.” While I found this repetitious, it might not bother other readers.

I have never before read a book with Gypsies in it. Learning about their culture and ways was rather interesting. Colette Cameron’s research in to the Roma culture is evident as she cleverly weaves their ways into the Regency period. I now have a great desire to see the Romani people first hand and get a glimpse at their easy-going lifestyle.

If you are looking for a Regency read with romance and a bit of suspense, I suggest trying The Viscount’s Vow

From the publisher:
Amidst murder and betrayal, destiny and hearts collide when scandal forces a nobleman and a gypsy to marry in this Regency Romance.

Half Romani, half English noblewoman, Evangeline Caruthers is the last woman in England Ian Hamilton, the Viscount Warrick, could ever love—an immoral wanton responsible for his brother’s and father’s deaths. She thinks he’s a foul-tempered blackguard, who after setting out to cause her downfall, finds himself forced to marry her—snared in the trap of his own making.

When Vangie learns the marriage ceremony itself may have been a ruse, she flees to her gypsy relatives, declaring herself divorced from Ian under Romani law. He pursues her to the gypsy encampment, and when the handsome gypsy king offers to take Ian’s place in Vangie’s bed, jealousy stirs hot and dangerous.

At last, under a balmy starlit sky, Ian and Vangie breech the chasm separating them. Peril lurks though. Ian’s the last in his line, and his stepmother intends to dispose of the newlyweds so her daughter can inherit his estate. Only by trusting each other can they overcome scandal and murderous betrayal.

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Join  the other stops on the tour:
October 14 Forget The Houswork, I'm Reading  Review
October 15 Got Fiction  Excerpt
October 16 My Devotional Thoughts Review/Excerpt
October 17 Amys Booket List  Excerpt
October 18 Love Saves The World  Excerpt
October 19 Hanging With Bells  Guest Post
October 21 So Little Time... Guest Post
October 22 Leatherbound Reviews  Review
October 23  Sniffer Walk Books Excerpt/Review
October 24 The Reader Girls Excerpt
October 25 Book Lovin' Mamas Review
October 26  My Book Addiction and More  Review


  1. Good Morning Jakki!
    Thanks for the wonderful review!
    I fell in love with the Roma while doing the research for the book.

    1. The Roma are an easy people to fall in love with. I would love to read some more books featuring them. Must look for some.
      Now I just need to find time to read Highlander's Hope! :) It's on my list.

    2. I was thinking about your comments about TVV. I've had other readers who'd wished there was an epilogue. I have one for Highlander's Hope and The Earl's Enticement; really wish I'd included one in TVV.

      I don't know how you find time to read all the books you do! I squeezed in several over the summer, but when I'm teaching, it just doesn't happen. Sigh.

    3. Much as I hate to admit it, I do not read nearly as much now as I once did. I keep teasing DH that all I want to do is take a vacation where I can sit, alone, and read books for a whole week straight with no obligations or interruptions. ;) One day, right? ;)
      Is The Earl's Enticement your next book, Collette?

    4. Yes, Jakki. I think it's my favorite so far. My heroine is a stinker.

  2. Great review, Jakki! I enjoyed the gypsies also! Gypsies have always fascinated me.

    1. I'd like to write some more books with the Roma. Maybe I'll do a highlander/gypsy plot!

    2. Thanks, Candy! Oh, I think that is a great idea, Collette! :) Get on that, okay? ;)

    3. Hmm, well I do have a Highlander saga I'm starting after book 4 and I need some both heroines and heros. Funny, too, I just came across some images of gypsy vardos (wagons) in Scotland so, it would be an authentic storyline.

  3. Great review, Jakki! The plot sounds very gripping, I think I would be compelled to read it in two sittings too! Thank you for bringing up your concerns about the resolution, I often find myself needing more closure. :)