Review: The Viscountess of Vice by Jenny Holiday
Secrets and lies, scandals and spies.
All Lady Catharine, Viscountess Cranbrook, wants is a little excitement. Bored of playing the role of the ton’s favorite slightly scandalous widow, she jumps at the chance to go undercover as a courtesan to help with an espionage mission. After all, beneath her outrageously low bodice beats the heart of a patriot.
Social reformer James Burnham is conducting a study of vice in England’s capital. Driven by his own secrets, he is methodical, intelligent—and wickedly handsome. Catharine is the last sort of woman the upstanding James should want. But want her he does, though she stands for everything he opposes.
When Catharine and James are forced to band together to advance their causes, they’ll be drawn into a web of secrets and lies that endangers their lives—and their hearts.
It is a historical romance novel. I loved this book, it's interesting, intriguing and very thrilling read. It's well-written and all the characters are quite entertaining. Also adored the story. I have read Jenny Holiday's books before and I like her way of writing, it's quite engaging. I'm happy that this book was just as good as her previous work.
Catherine is undercover as a courtesan. Her mission is to stay anonymous and find out about traitors among the ton. It is a dangerous thing to do but for her country she is willing to do it anyway. While undercover she meets James, a social reformer, who is on a mission of his own. He wants to help the poor and improve lives if possible, But when he meets the intriguing lady he feels attracted to her. For some reason he can't keep her out of his head. He is against what she does just because she is bored.
Catherine cannot tell her about being undercover hence she lies but will that jeopardise the budding romance between them or will James understand that this is important for her...
A must read for historical romance lover. This book will keep you on your toes from the very beginning until the end. I'm glad that I got the chance to read it.