CHEEKY REVIEW: Vexing the Viscount by Emily Bryan

Vexing the Viscount
By Emily Bryan
Leisure Historical Romance
Dorchester Publishing
5 Heart Review

Sign me up for everything Emily Bryan ever writes! With this post, Cheeky Reads officially awards it's very first 5 Heart Review to Vexing the Viscount by the very talented Mrs. Emily Bryan!

Read the back cover copy:

As children they'd sparred with play swords. She's scarred his chin, and he broke her heart. Now, more than a decade later, the true battle was only beginning...

Daisy Drake needed Lucian Beaumont, Viscount Rutland. Tired of being labeled “on the shelf,” she craved adventure. And Lucian held all the clues to a long-buried Roman treasure. Surely, her desire to join his search had nothing to do with his dark curls and seductive Italian accent. Too bad Lucian wanted no help from her – until she donned the disguise of an infamous French courtesan and promised to teach him all she knew about the pleasures of the bedchamber. Of course, she only knew what had been written in naughty books. But Daisy had always been a quick learner. And night by naked night, they'd discover treasure neither expected to find.
From the very first page Mrs. Bryan grabbed my imagination and took it on a sassy, seductive ride. Daisy is everything I love in a historical heroine – smart, adventurous, quick-witted and most of all, she goes after what she wants!

Our hero Lucian will steal your heart with his underdog status, inexperience and endearing personality. His interactions with Daisy/Blanche will make you giggle out loud while you root for him to keep her on her toes.

This book started off with a perfect first meeting between the two and then never lets up. The pacing was excellent and the sparring between Daisy and Lucian is delightful. The story never dragged, and the ending left me with the perfect combination of feelings - amused, satisfied, light-hearted and happy.

I'll be purchasing Mrs. Bryan's entire backlist and will be the first in line for any new releases! Check out Emily's Blog, website and the supercool additional blog she writes at the Chantelaines.

Do you enjoy Historical Romances? You already know I love my heroines cheeky, but what about you? What kind of heroine do you love to read about?


  1. I read Emily's book and I absolutely loved it.

  2. Oooh, this does sound good. Adding it to my TBB list at amazon. I love a good historical, and had really gotten away from reading them until recently. A friend of mine suggested Elizabeth Boyle to me....OMG, I'm glooming everything she's written, and remembering how much I love a good historical. I sometimes find myself ONLY buying authors that I know and love, and I'm missing out on so much....thanks for the suggestion!!

  3. Yes!!! I LOVE Emily!! Not only is she an amazing writer she is an amazing insperation! If you are budgeting in this economy for books, hers are well worth your money! Pick one up today! You will not be disapointed!

  4. Not only can she write a great story, she's also a very nice person who always has kind responses when someone visits her blog! This book was given away to several people (including myself) during a blog tour and I'm anxious to see what others have to say as they read it!

  5. I totally, totally agree, CheekyGirl!

  6. Thanks for giving your first 5 star review to one of my favorite writers. I almost envy you having her entire backlist to read, except that I've read them in order, and love seeing how with each book Ms Bryan improves her storytelling, characterizations, and humor. And, yes, Emily/Diana is a lovely person, and her lucky DH is wonderfully supportive of her writing.

  7. I am so pleased to see that you gave Vexing The Viscount 5 hearts. Everything Emily writes is a great read to me. I love her Heroes and Heroines. In Vexing The Viscount you can't help falling in love with both characters. But I also saw the depth of Emily's research with regards to the slave and Roman payrolls. I'll always have Emily as an auto but. Congrats to Emily.
    Carol Luciano

  8. This sounds really good. Thanks for the recommendation.