Type: Historical Romance
My Copy: Sent
Since being widowed two years ago, Kitty Cateril has been trapped in her late husband’s home, where she is expected to mourn forever. Desperate to escape, Kitty will consider any option—even a hasty marriage to a stranger with no intention of abandoning his bachelor ways.
London life suits Beau Braydon, especially his work keeping Britain safe. So when he inherits the title of Viscount Dauntry, he has no intention of resettling on a rural estate. He can’t resist the opportunity to marry a sensible widow who can manage Beauchamp Abbey for him—until he realizes Kitty is more than he bargained for… Before Kitty and Dauntry can adjust to each other, a threat to the royal family takes them to London. Soon someone is determined to prevent Dauntry from exposing the villain, and secrets in Kitty’s past threaten their growing love…
This is a standalone regency romance filled with historic lore. The author takes us on a journey through a difficult time in England when the country was in mourning and vulnerable, she weaves a timeless romance with intriguing characters for all to enjoy.
Kitty Cateril has been a widow for several years and is currently living with her in-laws. Her mother-in-law is still mourning her son and expects the same from Kitty, but Kitty is ready to live again. She met her husband after he was injured in the war and although they seemed to have a happy marriage, by the end he was jealous and angry and often took it out on her. Her best friend Ruth has a proposition for her; a neighbor has just become the new Viscount Dauntry and he needs a wife to help manage the large Abby he inherited, which includes the mother and daughter of the deceased Viscount, all who are making his life miserable.
Beau Braydon does not want the life of a country Viscount, he would rather spend his time in London but when he finds out about his long lost cousin, he agrees to the title. However he needs someone in place to live in the country while he goes back to London, and he finds a willing widow with Kitty. There are misunderstandings prior to the marriage but they find they are very compatible. But because of a crisis, they have to travel to London unexpectedly and are surrounded by espionage, mysteries and danger; they must find their way toward the truth while falling in love.
This is a book that sucks you in with the author’s writing skill and her character creations. I have enjoyed many of Ms. Beverly’s books in the past and although there are Rogue sightings, this is a standalone story that brings the regency era to life.
Kitty is suffocating as she lives with her in-laws and is very grateful her friend Ruth gave her an out. And like the prepared person she is, she asks a lot of questions and goes into this marriage with her eyes wide open. We find out slowly how hard her first marriage was toward the end and I like how she wants to make this work, even traveling with him to London when he clearly believes she should stay home. They are very compatible both in bed and out, and enjoy getting to know each other.
Braydon is very stern in the beginning, only wants a wife to keep the Abby running smoothly but is happy with Kitty from the beginning. He knows that he will be returning to London and will rarely travel to the country and is unsure of what to think about Kitty when she wants to go with him. While in London he finds out that she is very well liked by the service men who frequently visited Kitty and her husband’s home, this starts to bother him as he realizes his feelings for her are growing.
At this timeline, London is in mourning because of Princess Charlotte who died in childbirth, and with the added crisis surrounding several princes, the danger is ramped up. Also Kitty is bound and determined to solve a mystery about the previous Viscount and his wife, and what she finds will change their lives forever.
The pace of the story is a bit slower as the author takes her time developing each scene and the romance between these two. For the most part she stays true to the times of post Napoleonic War, where many are coming back broken in both body and mind and the area is in a state of unrest. I love how compassionate Kitty is toward the soldiers, one of the reasons so many like her. I enjoyed the secondary characters the author introduces us to and the additional storylines that round out this book. This is a wonderful historical romance for those that like intrigue set in the regency era.
I give The Viscount Needs a Wife by Jo Beverley 4 stars!