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The Viscount’s Vow – Synopsis
Amidst murder and betrayal, destiny and hearts collide when scandal forces a viscount and a gypsy noblewoman to marry in this Regency romance, sprinkled with suspense, humor, and inspiration.
Half Romani, half English noblewoman, Evangeline Caruthers is the last woman in England Ian Hamilton, the Viscount Warrick, could ever love—an immoral wanton responsible for his brother’s and father’s deaths. She thinks he’s a foul-tempered blackguard, who after setting out to cause her downfall, finds himself forced to marry her—snared in the trap of his own making.
When Vangie learns the marriage ceremony itself may have been a ruse, she flees to her gypsy relatives, declaring herself divorced from Ian under Romani law. He pursues her to the gypsy encampment, and when the handsome gypsy king offers to take Ian’s place in Vangie’s bed, jealousy stirs hot and dangerous.
At last, under a balmy starlit sky, Ian and Vangie breech the chasm separating them. Peril lurks though. Ian’s the last in his line, and his stepmother intends to dispose of the newlyweds so her daughter can inherit his estate. Only by trusting each other can they overcome scandal and murderous betrayal.
“A brilliant tale combining Regency romance with exotic Romani culture.”
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Excerpt One – The Viscount’s Vow – Gypsy Vardo Scene
Ian placed a hand on Vangie’s shoulder. “I’m so very sorry.”
Oh, how she needed a comforting touch. But not his. Never again his.
She wrenched away from him.
Her voice ringing with scathing condemnation, she said, “Tell me, Lord Warrick, are you terribly disappointed I’ll not have a distended belly proclaiming to the world I carry your seed before you discard me?”
Vangie heard him suck in a great gulp of air.
“She was lying, Vangie.”
She clamped a hand over her mouth to stifle the sobs demanding release.
Was she? Or was Lucinda telling the truth, and Ian the liar?
When she didn’t respond he pressed, “Lucinda knew you were behind me. Her lies were contrived to cause you pain and grief.”
He laid a hand on her shoulder. “We’re legally married. By all that is holy, I swear it.”
What did he know of holiness?
Vangie struggled to turn over, the weight of the quilt covering her adding to the burden of her grief. She pinned him with a direct look.
“Tell me one thing,” she rasped. “Did you or did you not venture to London for the express purpose of causing my downfall?”
“Vangie. . .”
“Perhaps downfall isn’t accurate. Putting me in my place? Giving me my just due? Ruining me?”
He said nothing. Had guilt rendered him speechless? She searched his face. His handsome features were etched with sorrow, and his eyes . . . was that regret? Or . . . could it be? Were those tears awash in the silvery depths?
Her heart twisted painfully. Blast and damn. No. She’d not feel compassion for him. She was the victim. She would offer him no quarter, no mercy.
“Well, did you?”
“That was before I. . .”
Pain, razor-sharp pierced her heart and left it bleeding. “It’s a simple question, Ian. Yes or no?”
“It’s not that simple—”
With a doggedness that surprised even her, Vangie persisted. “Yes or no?”
“Sweeting, I’d been told. . .”
Told? Fury whipped anew. She bit out, “Yes. Or. No?”
Absolute, resolute, demanding truth’s validation, either to mend her shattered heart or annihilate it completely, Vangie would have her answer. No more a corked-brained, beguiled miss, blinded by love. Looking through the twin lenses of betrayal and deceit, she could at last see Ian clearly.
His eyes pleaded with her to understand. His voice low and filled with self-condemnation, he uttered but one syllable.
Another regency for me and I don’t read regency. What caught my eye was the gypsy aspect of it and I’m so glad that I took a chance on this new to me author. Ms. Cameron has written a great historical regency that even if you didn’t like the genre, you will love this book. It has intrigue, love, the ton, murder plots, an over the top villain to hate and a hero/heroine that are perfect for each other.
Vangie is half gypsy/half Englishwoman that is responsible for Ian’s father and brother’s death. I will not tell you anymore about that aspect of the book. Sorry. What I really liked about her is that she is a strong woman. She knows who and what she is and doesn’t shy away from that. She had a hard life growing up but she never let it get her down. She grew from it and it showed in her dealings with Ian. She had both feet in both cultures but I think that she handled herself very well in both.
Ian was WOW! A complete douche in the beginning but once he realized that she loved Vangie, he turned. I must say that their wedding night was interesting especially after he realized what he had done to her. Vangie was calm about the situation but I started to feel bad for Ian at that point. The complete misunderstanding that he had about Vangie was unwarranted and that’s were the trouble started with him. He listened to the wrong people and the process almost lost his wife.
What was fascinating to me was the Romani people. Ms. Cameron wrote them in brilliant detail and vibrancy. You can read alot about the “ton” and she wrote that well, too. For me though was when Vangie and Ian were with the Roma. I felt more alive in their world than I did anywhere else. The descriptions, the people, well everything just comes alive for me.
I would be remiss to not include all of the misunderstanding that come between Ian and Vangie. Some were heartbreaking and some were downright hilarious. Yes, there is humor in the book and its at the appropriate times, too. Ms. Cameron sprinkles the humor in such a way that it makes sense and gives the book a lighter tone.
OMG…the villain is so over the top that its too much at times. I realize that this is a regency themed book and most of the time the villain is written over the top but at times, this one took the cake and ate it, too. If I had a gripe, this would be it. The “ton” doesn’t help matters either. Its the main reason why I don’t like regency books in general. I get tired of the gossip, money and crap associated with it but in The Viscount’s Vow, it made sense. 🙂
The ending was pitch perfect. Ian and Vangie had so much thrown at them but in the end they both grew and realized what the truth was and what the other person meant to each other. Don’t let the “ton” scare you into reading this one. You will fall in love with the Roma people like I did and I see some potential stories within that clan. Hint hint…
Multi-published historical romance author Collette Cameron has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master’s in Teaching. She only teaches part-time so she has time for her greatest passion: writing. Collette’s been married for 30 years, has 3 amazing adult children, and 5 dachshunds. Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, the beach, trivia, birds, shabby chic, and Cadbury Chocolate. You’ll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels. Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, or too many flowers. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.
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