Love begets madness. Viscount Locksley watched it happen to his father after his cherished wife’s death. But when his sire arranges to marry flame-haired fortune hunter Portia Gadstone, Locke is compelled to take drastic measures to stop the stunning beauty from taking advantage of the marquess. A marriage of mutual pleasure could be convenient, indeed . . . as long as inconvenient feelings don’t interfere.
Desperation forced Portia to agree to marry a madman. The arrangement will offer the protection she needs. Or so she believes until the marquess’s distractingly handsome son peruses the fine print . . .and takes his father’s place!
Now the sedate—and, more importantly, secure—union Portia planned has been tossed in favor of one simmering with wicked temptation and potential heartbreak. Because as she begins to fall for her devilishly seductive husband, her dark secrets surface and threaten to ruin them both—unless Locke is willing to risk all and open his heart to love.
The Viscount and the Vixen, is the third book I've read by Lorraine Heath and I've said it once and I'll say it again. Lorraine Heath is an automatic one click author for me, her books are bundles of angst filled romance and once you start reading one, you immediately become overcome with so many feels, that by the time you're done you're just a puddle of emotion. Speaking of puddles and emotions that exactly how I feel right now.
Portia and Locksley's story is one shrouded in mystery, on one hand you have Portia who is obviously hiding something and while it's somewhat obvious the details of her secret are what really got me as the reader. Then there's Locksley, once an adventurer but because of the unpredictability of his father's health and his finances, he has decided to stay closer to home and play a more active role in his families mine. When Portia arrives on Locksley's doorstep ready to marry his father, he is immediately weary of what his sees as a gold digging woman but something else that catches him unaware, is his strong attraction to her while she seems completely unaffected. Portia's plans are ruined when Locksley offers to marry her instead of his father, but refusing is out of the question. Her marriage to a lord guarantees the safety and security she so badly needs.
With her head nestled in the nook of his shoulder, she relished the beat of his heart, wondering if it were possible that he might unlock it just a little bit.
Ladies and gentleman, Heath has proved that just because it's an historical romance does not mean the heroine is a virgin, better yet even if she isn't a virgin does not mean that she has never had an orgasm. Yes the myth has been shattered. Please carry on!
Portia and Locksley's relationship literally blew up the pages, apart from the scorching hot sex scenes, the chemistry between them is what sold this couple for me. Yes there were times I felt that the forgiveness came too easily and would've preferred more grovelling but overall this story gripped me from the very start and I'm so happy that this isn't the end of the series.
"Every time I think I can love you no more than I do, you say or do something that proves me wrong-and I find myself loving a little more deeply."