The Viscount Made Me Do It by: Diana Quincy

Clandestine Affairs Book 2

A seduction that could ruin everything…

Hanna Zaydan has fought to become London’s finest bonesetter, but her darkly appealing new patient threatens to destroy everything she’s worked so hard for. With each appointment, the daughter of foreign merchants is slowly seduced by the mysterious former soldier. She’s smart enough to know Griff is after more than he’ll reveal, but whatever it is, the bonesetter’s growing desire for the man just might tempt her to give it to him.

An attraction that cannot be denied…

Rumors that he killed his own parents have followed Thomas Ellis, Viscount Griffin, practically since he was a boy. More than a decade after the tragedy, Griff receives a tip about his parents’ killer… one that takes him straight to a beautiful bonesetter. Griff is convinced Hanna is a fraud, but she stirs genuine feelings in him that he thought had perished along with his family.

Hanna has a gift for fixing fractured people, but can she also mend a broken heart? More importantly, will Griff let her?

Content Warnings: Racism, sexism, classism, and ableism.

If you read my last blog post, you know that I was recently sent a finished copy of THE MARQUESS MAKES HIS MOVE, for being a part of the Avon Influencer program. Me being, well me, felt that since THE MARQUESS MAKES HIS MOVE was the third book in the series I needed to buy, and read, books one and two. Like most romance novels set within the same world, all of these could be read as stand-alones but I really enjoy fully immersing myself and seeing breadcrumbs for future pairings. There’s just something about witnessing the meet-cute of characters who’ll later have their own book that’s so much fun.

From a young age, Hanna watched, and assisted, her father in his bonesetting practice. The rest of her family were merchants but bonesetting called to her, just like it called to her late father. Though society labels bonesetters as liars and cheats Hanna is determined to use her skills to help whomever she’s able. Hanna accepts that she’ll most likely never marry, as most men wouldn’t allow her to continue her practice after marriage but she won’t let that stop her from continuing her practice.

Griff, although a Viscount, has been treated as an outcast ever since the murder of his parents when he was a teenager. Instead of embracing him, his peers bought and spread, the rumors he murdered his parents causing years of pain, and isolation, on top of the loss he already suffered. During his short time in the military, Griff sustained an injury that prevented him from full use of his left arm which has caused him pain, discomfort, and insomnia.

After years of nothing, Griff gets a clue that there may be a connection between his parents’ death and Hanna the bonesetter. Determined to find out what that connection might be, Griff uses his injury to find out more about Hanna, and her late father. Like most of society, Griff believes Hanna robs people, by using the hope of a cure to charge outrageous prices, on their services. When her treatments start to work and he begins to regain the use of his arm Griff realizes he might not have treated Hanna, or her profession, fairly.

Hanna and Griff are from different classes but their growing attraction, and their attempts to uncover the past, keep bringing them closer together. Will Hanna and Griff be able to find out what really happened the night of his parents’ murder and avoid giving in to their mutual attraction?

This was such a fun historical romance to read. I loved all the family interactions Hanna had, especially the ones with her grandmother. One thing that had me laughing was that, although Hanna and Leela, his best friend’s wife, were both Arab not once did Griff assume they were related. In fact, he was almost surprised when he found out they were. It’s an experience many of us POC face, people assuming we’re related to everyone who looks, or is the same race, as us… which is always frustrating. I found it funny that Hanna and Leela actually were cousins and Griff never thought to make that assumption.

I am so happy that by being in Avon’s influencer program I was able to find Diana Quincy and her Clandestine Affairs series! Finding diverse historical romance novels is always exciting and I can’t wait to read more!

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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