The Accidental Viscountess

· Just a Touch of Scandal Book 1 · Caro Kinkead
16 reviews

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She wanted to stop a feud. She didn’t intend to fall in love.

Dorothea Hinley intends to enjoy the London season, even if only from the sidelines. But when the revival of an old feud threatens her cousin’s launch into society, she tries to manage the damage. With the family fodder for the gossips, she turns to the one person she hopes can help: Viscount Abernathy, the son of her aunt’s rival.

Martin doesn’t give a fig for the marriage mart. His worry is how his mother’s refusal to release old grudges threatens to make the family a mockery. Joining forces with Dorothea seems a rational solution. 

Soon, partnership becomes more, and they find themselves caught in a scene which could ruin the reputation of both families. The only solution? A quick marriage.

Tensions still simmer beneath the surface, and they find themselves caught between parties unhappy with this new bond. Can Dorothea and Martin build a life together or will old grudges cause new scandals to devastate them? 

With the Accidental Viscountess, readers can enjoy a charming marriage of convenience Regency Romance.

Ratings and reviews

16 reviews
May 10, 2023
i enjoy this book.. it is full of subtle intrigues of the regency era & how ones deals with it.. but what is missing for me is the lack of descriptions (i dont even have an image of how the H & h looks like].. also there's no cĺear explanation about what started the forever feud between the families.. one of party dont even know what started it (? maybe this is a series, idk).. 3.5 stars (note: if you are wondering, this is not a wholly clean regency novel)
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Jamie Jack
June 26, 2020
More About a Hideous Mother-in-Law Than the Romance I love a good Regency, as it is my favorite romance sub-genre. The premise of this sounded good, but unfortunately, for me, it missed the mark completely. I found the beginning scene confusing with all these unfamiliar people whose names I didn't know or recognize yet and this terrible tension and bad blood that I just didn't understand. While I don’t like info dumps in stories, sometimes authors can go to the other extreme. And then there is the compromise and subsequent marriage. The biggest problem with the book, I think, is that the focus really shifted after the marriage. Except for the wedding night, I don't really feel like the bulk of the book after the marriage focuses on the couple at all. It seemed like it focused more on the horrid relationship between the viscountesses. His mother was just awful—an old biddy unwilling to gracefully transition to her role as dowager countess—and he wasn't man enough to stand up to her often enough or defend and support his wife. Ugh. It seemed to me that these two women were just in too many scenes together far too often, sometimes with a buffer and sometimes not. But to me, it felt as if there were zero romance in this romance. I have read, of course, many Regency compromise stories. The couples do go through an adjustment period, slowly learning about each other, but over the course of the book, they manage to fall in love. That's why we read these types of books! But that doesn’t happen in this story. We see no build to their relationship. Frankly, they actually have to be on the page together more often than they were in this book for that to happen. If I want to read a book about hideous in-laws, Regency romance is not the place I look... because I'm there for the romance. That belongs in a family drama book, not in a romance—at least not to this extent, where it felt like it completely overshadowed everything from the midpoint on. I did find the backdrop of the history of the Regency Bill to be interesting. I just wish there was actually some romance and love in this book. If you like your Regency romances to have an actual romance, steer clear of this book. I received a free copy of this book, but that did not affect my review.
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Kaye Gunter
June 15, 2020
ONE LANDSLIDE OF DOUBLE TROUBLE!!! Holy haints! Caro drags the skeletons out into the light, ratcheting up the zeal and gusto as tempers flare, old wounds reopen and feuds regain momentum, wrapping this little gem up sleek, shiny and tight. Anarchy, escapades and havoc run amuck, booting this gem into a tempest, bursting it into a frenzy with an eye-opening culmination. Sparks fly as drama, turmoil, intrigue, spiraling suspense and intense situations along with a boatload of chaos, you have one block busting experience. Crazy mishaps and surprising circumstances, showcase the taxing trials and challenging tribulations, stumbling through the stunning twists and wicked turns, putting our characters through their paces, testing them in ways they never saw coming. Amazing scenario's that punch dead center with such intensity and unnerving precision, catapulting this gem with unforseen impacts, blowing this baby wide open. Dynamics and countenance in layer upon layer that you peel back with
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About the author

As a child, Caro Kinkead was told Dr. Seuss' job was "writing books," and decided that was her goal when she grew up - along with being a ballerina and an archeologist and about a dozen other things. A fear of snakes signaled the end of her ambition to find the next Tutankamon's tomb, the dancing (and acting) didn't quite pan out, but the love of writing remained, allowing her to enjoy those varied careers and more in her imagination.

Born and raised in Houston, TX, Caro grew up in a family of readers, where she developed a love of science fiction and fantasy thanks to her father, and old movies and the art of costuming from her mother. These days, she and her husband share a home in the Los Angeles area with their cats, a sizeable book collection, and more yarn than she'd care to admit to.

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