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…
Publisher and Release Date: Signet, April 2016
Time and setting: England, 1817
Genre: Historical Romance
Heat Level: 2
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by Vikki
Kitty Cateril lost her hero husband two years ago. Since that time she has lived with her mother-in-law in the country, a woman who expects her to mourn for the rest of her life. When Kitty has a chance to marry a viscount who is in need of a wife, she accepts, understanding the groom will spend most of his time in town, while she will live in the country. It’s not what she would choose, but at least she will be out from under her mother-in-law’s watchful eye and close to her dear friend.
Beau Braydon, who works for the British government as an intelligence gatherer and spy loves his single life in London. When he unexpectedly inherits a viscountcy, the last thing he wants is to settle in country so he decides to marry a biddable woman who will be able to deal with his carping female relatives (the previous viscount’s mother and daughter) as well as taking care of his estate for him while he continues on his carefree existence.
But when he marries Kitty, what he gets is a bit of a hoyden who enjoys London life as much as he does. Will Kitty fulfill her agreement and return to the country when it is time, or can she gain Braydon’s affection if not his heart, even though her past comes back to haunt her?
The Viscount Needs a Wife is heavy on history and a bit light on romance. I enjoyed the historical aspect of the story a great deal, finding it fascinating, as usual. No one does a better job at describing the history and politics of the Regency world than Jo Beverley. From the vivid description of the clothing to the dictates of the times, I was swept into what it must have been like to live through the loss of the much loved Princess Charlotte. I thoroughly enjoyed those components of this novel.
There is quite a bit of chemistry between Kitty and Braydon, but their attraction is definitely physical, with neither character being very romantic. I like to see an actual romance developing between the hero and heroine and would have liked that element of the story to have been a bit stronger.
Kitty has a real zest for life. While she is not the type of woman Braydon expects, she is perfect for him – but she has to convince him of that fact.
Braydon is a likable hero. He is staunchly loyal to his country and willing to do what is needed to protect the monarchy, even if it runs opposite of his personal goals. He is a very physical man in nature and that comes across very well in the story.
If you enjoy a book that will transport you back to the past, a story that has a bit of intrigue and engaging characters, then you might enjoy The Viscount Needs a Wife. Although this is not my favorite romance by Ms. Beverley, I did enjoy it. If you are a fan you will, too.