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Diana Quincy returns with the second novel in the Clandestine Affairs series with a steamy romance about a London bonesetter of Arab descent who is dangerously attracted to her viscount client. 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 work Diana Quincy returns with the second novel in the Clandestine Affairs series with a steamy romance about a London bonesetter of Arab descent who is dangerously attracted to her viscount client. 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?


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Diana Quincy returns with the second novel in the Clandestine Affairs series with a steamy romance about a London bonesetter of Arab descent who is dangerously attracted to her viscount client. 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 work Diana Quincy returns with the second novel in the Clandestine Affairs series with a steamy romance about a London bonesetter of Arab descent who is dangerously attracted to her viscount client. 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?

30 review for The Viscount Made Me Do It

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    3.5 Stars I absolutely loved book one in this series, so I had super high expectations going into this book. I loved Griff's character in the first book as the hero's friend, so I was excited to see him and uncover more about his tragic past and his parents' deaths. What was most intriguing to me at the start of this book was Hanna and her profession. Hanna is a bonesetter and is not taken seriously by any medical professional at the time. Griff sees that she's wearing his mother's necklace that 3.5 Stars I absolutely loved book one in this series, so I had super high expectations going into this book. I loved Griff's character in the first book as the hero's friend, so I was excited to see him and uncover more about his tragic past and his parents' deaths. What was most intriguing to me at the start of this book was Hanna and her profession. Hanna is a bonesetter and is not taken seriously by any medical professional at the time. Griff sees that she's wearing his mother's necklace that his mother had the day she died, so he immediately is suspicious of Hanna and wants to know how the got the necklace. To get closer to her, Griff asks Hanna to take a look at his arm, which has been painful ever since he injured it in the war two years ago. To Griff's surprise, he actually starts to like Hanna and she is able to fix his arm, something no doctor has ever been able to do. I enjoyed how Hanna and Griff started to like each other, but I wanted to feel more urgency regarding Griff's parents' murder. He had spent the last ten years having people think he killed his parents, yet when he's so close to figuring it out, he drags his feet and doesn't really want to find out. I get that he was scared of the truth, but it felt like he didn't really care and didn't want to find out right away. So much time passed in the book when he could have just followed clues much more quickly and figured things out on his own. I also wanted just a little more from the romance and just a little more about Hanna and her family. I know that Hanna is Arab and that she took over her father's bone setting business, but I would have liked to see her family just a little more to understand their dynamic and why she was so adamant she could never marry Griff and had to marry an Arab man. Sure we heard her say it over and over again, but I wanted to feel it from her family more too. Overall, I really enjoyed the story, there were just components that were a bit lacking and I wanted a bit more from. The urgency of uncovering the murderer of Griff's parents, the romance, Hanna and her family...I wanted just a little more from everything. But overall it was a fun read!

  2. 4 out of 5

    WhiskeyintheJar

    Not even "hiding" this in a set-back I'm all a tingle anticipation to read the desk scene! (There better be a desk scene) #TeamDeskScene #SendThosePapersAndInkwellsFlying! Not even "hiding" this in a set-back I'm all a tingle anticipation to read the desk scene! (There better be a desk scene) #TeamDeskScene #SendThosePapersAndInkwellsFlying!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lacey (laceybooklovers)

    I became a big fan of Diana Quincy’s after reading the first book in the Clandestine Affairs series. I was looking forward to reading this sequel because I was intrigued by Griff’s character in book one, but the heroine ended up being my favorite thing about The Viscount Made Me Do It! I sadly didn’t love this sequel quite as much as the first book, but if you’re looking for a diverse historical romance with a slight mystery plot, this would be one to try. Hanna is our bonesetter heroine whose Ar I became a big fan of Diana Quincy’s after reading the first book in the Clandestine Affairs series. I was looking forward to reading this sequel because I was intrigued by Griff’s character in book one, but the heroine ended up being my favorite thing about The Viscount Made Me Do It! I sadly didn’t love this sequel quite as much as the first book, but if you’re looking for a diverse historical romance with a slight mystery plot, this would be one to try. Hanna is our bonesetter heroine whose Arabic background makes it hard for her business, but she does her best and doesn’t let any kind of discrimination stop her from helping those in physical pain. Her newest client is Griff, a Viscount with a war injury who has ulterior motives. He’s searching for his parents’ murderer and a clue has led him to Hanna. He never expects to fall for the intelligent, strong, capable woman after she helps heal his injuries. I loved the beginning and setup of this book. I thought it was SO cool that Hanna is a bonesetter, which I’ve never read before. The romance started in a sweet way and had me invested… up to a point. Sadly, even though I liked Griff in book one, he didn’t really do much for me in his own book. His plot surrounding his parents’ murder was dragged out until the end when everything gets figured out and wrapped up too neatly in a bow. I was also disappointed when Griff decides to be honorable and offers to marry his childhood friend, who is NOT the heroine. Griff is “engaged” until almost the end of the book even as he’s falling in love with Hanna and it just left a sour taste while I was reading. As much as I wanted to love this, I did have some hangups about the story. I still enjoyed the writing though and am definitely looking forward to more from Diana Quincy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Cook

    This historical romance was truly delightful! I loved the unique story and the Arab representation in Hannah and her family. This book follows Hannah, a female bone setter who is passionate about helping people with maladies that traditional doctors can not solve. However her career choice makes her seen as a money grabbing charlatan. Add to that the fact she is female and an Arab and the odds are stacked against her. She meets Griff, the Viscount who visits her with an arm that he injured in th This historical romance was truly delightful! I loved the unique story and the Arab representation in Hannah and her family. This book follows Hannah, a female bone setter who is passionate about helping people with maladies that traditional doctors can not solve. However her career choice makes her seen as a money grabbing charlatan. Add to that the fact she is female and an Arab and the odds are stacked against her. She meets Griff, the Viscount who visits her with an arm that he injured in the war and has lived with constant pain for two years. While she repairs his arm the attraction between them grows hotter and hotter, and Griff learns that there may be a connection between the murder of his parents and the beautiful bone setter he can not stop thinking about. I loved the slow building chemistry between these two and the way that neither could deny the attraction they felt for the other. I also was really invested in the mystery of this one and could not wait to see how it was going to be solved. A thoroughly enjoyable historical romance with a unique plot and swoony love story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    A historical romance with a heroine of Arab descent who works as a bonesetter?! Sold! And indeed, what I loved about the book was Hanna Zaydan, our strong, smart, capable heroine and all the weaving through of Arabic language, food, and culture. Loved it and I'm thrilled that publishers are finally starting to do more than just white people in regency London. Because guess what? All that colonization make the UK a melting pot of people from all different cultures, backgrounds and races. Even amo A historical romance with a heroine of Arab descent who works as a bonesetter?! Sold! And indeed, what I loved about the book was Hanna Zaydan, our strong, smart, capable heroine and all the weaving through of Arabic language, food, and culture. Loved it and I'm thrilled that publishers are finally starting to do more than just white people in regency London. Because guess what? All that colonization make the UK a melting pot of people from all different cultures, backgrounds and races. Even among the ruling classes. And it's about time we start to see that! The book begins when Griff (the eponymous Viscount) sees Hanna wearing a pendant that had gone missing from his mother's dead body years earlier. Griff has war injuries that have left him mostly unable to use one of his arms. His guardian is a respected doctor and has been unable to cure him. Bonesetters were looked down on as fraudulent but he decides to use his injury as an excuse to interrogate Hanna about the jewelry. Except it turns out he has dislocated joints and she's able to help him. Also they're super attracted to each other. As I loved Hanna as the heroine and the premise of the story, the book overall was good but not great for me. It took awhile for me to like hero- he comes on pretty strong and arrogant at the beginning and I didn't know why the heroine was into him. (he initially thinks she's a prostitute using bonesetting as a cover. ughh) He did eventually grow on me and I thought the mystery of who murdered his parents was interesting, but the pacing could have been better. It takes forever for them to follow up on clues, and then at the end of the book everything wraps up very quickly and too neatly. Including the way it deals with Hanna's family not wanting her to marry a man who wasn't also Arab. It was made out to be this huge deal and then was resolved almost immediately. So not a bad book, but not my favorite either. That said, I'm interested to read more from the author and hear that the first book in the series is very good. I received an advance copy of this book for review via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ChasingLeslie

    Rumors that he killed his own parents have followed Thomas Ellis, Viscount Griffin, for most of his life. A tip about the killer leads him to Arab beauty Hanna Zayden, London’s finest bonesetter. Griff is convinced Hanna is a fraud, but she just might be the person to mend both his injured arm and his broken heart. This is the second book in the Clandestine Affairs series. This book can stand alone. Hanna is cousin to the first heroine, who makes an appearance. I thought this story was fantastic! Rumors that he killed his own parents have followed Thomas Ellis, Viscount Griffin, for most of his life. A tip about the killer leads him to Arab beauty Hanna Zayden, London’s finest bonesetter. Griff is convinced Hanna is a fraud, but she just might be the person to mend both his injured arm and his broken heart. This is the second book in the Clandestine Affairs series. This book can stand alone. Hanna is cousin to the first heroine, who makes an appearance. I thought this story was fantastic! In this time period, people were very leery of bonesetters because the medical community painted them as charlatans. When Griff first encounters Hanna, he spies her wearing his mother's stolen necklace. He uses a war injury as an excuse to get close to her, never dreaming that she could actually heal his constant pain. They had a slow-burn chemistry that was believable and engrossing. The romance and the unfolding events from Griff's past were well balanced. I also loved the inclusion of Hanna's Arabic heritage, which was weaved in beautifully. There were so many elements of family that I connected to my own Latina culture. Hanna's grandmother was a welcome addition...when she cursed the hero in Arabic, I nearly spit my drink. (4.5 stars rounded to 5) Tropes: Class Difference, Culture Clash, Working Heroine Steam Rating: 2 * I received an ARC and this is my honest review. #TheViscountMadeMeDoIt #NetGalley

  7. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Plot/Storyline: 📖📖📖📖 Feels: 🦋 Emotional Depth: 💔💔💔💔 Sexual Tension: ⚡ Romance: 💞💞 Sensuality: 💋💋💋 Sex Scene Length: 🍑🍑🍑 Steam Scale (Number of Sex Scenes): 🔥🔥 Humor: Just a touch (These are personal preference on a scale of 1-5, except the steam scale. These will probably vary for you according to what you like in romance!) Should I Read in Order? There’s a small bit of character crossover here – Leela and Hunt do make some brief appearances (the main characters from book 1). I really Overall: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Plot/Storyline: 📖📖📖📖 Feels: 🦋 Emotional Depth: 💔💔💔💔 Sexual Tension: ⚡ Romance: 💞💞 Sensuality: 💋💋💋 Sex Scene Length: 🍑🍑🍑 Steam Scale (Number of Sex Scenes): 🔥🔥 Humor: Just a touch (These are personal preference on a scale of 1-5, except the steam scale. These will probably vary for you according to what you like in romance!) Should I Read in Order? There’s a small bit of character crossover here – Leela and Hunt do make some brief appearances (the main characters from book 1). I really loved book 1, so yeah, read it :P Basic Plot: Hanna has been trained by her father to be a bonesetter and is determined to independently run her own dispensary. She’s faced skepticism, racism, sexism and judgment from many of society’s members, and hopes eventually her skill will shine through and people will trust her to heal them. Griff is one of the skeptics, especially having a renown doctor as a guardian. But when he sees Hanna wearing his dead mother’s missing necklace, he knows he must solve the mystery of how she came across it. Give this book a try if you want: - Some wonderful character arcs for both main characters. They both have baggage and struggles to work through, including family and career trials and neither felt two dimensional to me. - Lower to mid steam – this ranks a 2 on our steam scale but it definitely feels like a slow burn - Ex-soldier hero recovering from war wounds and bonesetter heroine - Lots of lovely diversity sprinkled in from the heroine’s Arab family – food, culture, and language - Class differences trope – hero is a Viscount and heroine is a working class member of the Arab community - Forbidden love trope – heroine faces being secluded from her family if she marries outside her Arab community - Regency time period – this one takes place in 1816 - You’re okay with a bit of other man/other woman drama (OM/OW) - You like a busy plot with plenty of things external to the couple happening - You love your consent firmly acknowledged – Griff is very in tune with what Hanna wants and if she shows any hesitation, he would pause and check in My Thoughts: A lot about this book I think will be great for most people. I just struggled with it a bit. Individually, I think Hanna and Griff had good character arcs. They both had a lot of depth and things to work through. For me, personally the romance was just lost in this one :( I adored that Hanna was a bonesetter. I really enjoyed the scenes of her work and found it really fascinating. I was eager to see time with her patients. I think she had a bit more character depth than Griff. Her family really did brighten the pages and I loved the food descriptions and the phrases in her native language we were able to hear. Griff had some family issues to work through, including the murder of his parents and his distance from his siblings. For me, I think there was just too much ‘other stuff’ going on in this book. Combined with such a slow burn romance, I just didn’t feel the tension between the characters much at all. The beginning half was hard for me how Hanna would open herself briefly and then try to distance herself again and be cold/formal. I do understand her struggle, but for me it just went on a bit long. I usually enjoy jealousy in books, but this one, it was just one other thing that was hindering Hanna and Griff from being together and loving each other. The fact that there was both a man Griff was jealous of and a woman Hannah was jealous of, combined with the fact I didn’t really feel their relationship growing yet, I just got frustrated. Another thing I felt was this book just felt a bit on the heavy side? So perhaps it was my mood at the time of reading this. I actually loved that the title is a line from the book. So many titles just seem random words with duke, rake, or rogue in them and it doesn’t even seem to fit the character. There was just too much drama keeping them apart: (view spoiler)[ - Hannas grandmother and community don’t want her marrying a non-Arab - Griff is jealous of her work partner, Evan - Evan sabotages her relationship with Griff because HE wants to marry her - Griff is dealing with his estranged siblings and processing the murder of his parents - Griff’s guardian is someone that is trying to sabotage Hanna’s business - Someone wants Hanna’s business to close because he acted like an ass and she retaliated – it results in facing a commission - The person that willed Hanna the dispensary – her body is missing - The nephew of the woman that willed Hanna the dispensary wants her OUT - Griff’s friend from 15 years ago is socially ruined and he must propose! I could not stand that Griff proposed to another woman, not the heroine that far in to the book. I hated it. I think it does demonstrate what a decent man he is, but come on, this is romance and that's not what I want lol. And then the fact that they were 'possibly' engaged for like....most of the book? Really hated that. It just ended being way too much for me and the romance got lost. (hide spoiler)] A part I did love: Griff stepped between them. “Mind your manners.” “And if I don’t?” Mansfield’s disdainful gaze dropped to the sling cradling Griff’s elbow. “What will you do about it?” Griff’s good hand whipped out, grabbing Mansfield by the throat, forcing him to stumble backwards until Griff had him up against a wall. “I will break your neck, you insolent little puppy.” Mansfield gagged. “Now see here -” “Apologize” Griff tightened his grip. And this part was really sweet too Griff surprised her by laughing out loud. “I’m afraid to ask what you call me when you are angry at me.” She didn’t dare tell him the words that came to her mind whenever she thought of him. Hayati. My life. Elbee. My heart. Rohee. My soul. Content warnings: (view spoiler)[ a bit of racism/sexism – comments made about the heroine’s heritage and her profession by side characters/villain murder (remembered) death of parents attempted murder/assault of heroine (hide spoiler)] Locations of kisses/intimate scenes (view spoiler)[ Pge 87 – first kiss Pg 164 – kisses and fingering orgasm for her (on the exam desk ;) Pg 180 – kiss Pg 262 – kiss Pg 289 – oral for her with missionary on the bed (orgasms for both) Total pages - 375 (hide spoiler)]

  8. 4 out of 5

    Niki (mustreadalltheromance)

    Hanna Zaydan works hard for every scrap of respect she’s offered as a skilled bonesetter, but her attraction to her newest patient threatens to derail everything she’s worked to build. As she treats his injuries, she finds herself increasingly drawn to the former soldier even though she knows she should stay away. She can tell that Griff has secrets, but she can also see that he desires her too and she may just be willing to give in. Thomas Ellis, Viscount Griffin, has been plagued by awful rumor Hanna Zaydan works hard for every scrap of respect she’s offered as a skilled bonesetter, but her attraction to her newest patient threatens to derail everything she’s worked to build. As she treats his injuries, she finds herself increasingly drawn to the former soldier even though she knows she should stay away. She can tell that Griff has secrets, but she can also see that he desires her too and she may just be willing to give in. Thomas Ellis, Viscount Griffin, has been plagued by awful rumors that he murdered his own parents even since their tragic deaths when he was just 13. Now, more than ten years later, Griff finds a clue that could lead him to his parents’ killer, and which brings him into the orbit of the lovely bonesetter. Influenced by his cousin and former guardian, Dr. Pratt, Griff fully believes Hanna to be a fraud, but she awakens feelings he thought long dead. When her treatment is truly effective, it seems like she could mend more than just Griff’s broken body, if he’ll let her. This has to be a five-star read for me, hands down. There’s relatively low angst, especially given the premise of the plot. We have engrossing intrigue, MCs who are adults and openly communicate as such without playing games. It was a bit low on steam, but I loved these two so much that I didn’t even mind, in fact, I was so engrossed in the story that I didn’t really notice their lack of alone time together all that much. We have both an unconventional hero and an unconventional heroine and a mystery for them to solve together. Of course, they fall in love along the way, face adversity and fight to be together, and heal each other as they go. I couldn’t not love this book. Griff was such a genuinely good man who had been hurt so badly by others and just needed some love in his life. Hanna was the perfect match for him, no matter how reluctant she was at first, and she needed someone to believe in her as Griff did, even if she didn’t realize it. It was great to see Hanna get some support to realize her dreams and to see Griff take his life back and finally heal from the grief and guilt he lived with for so long. I loved this book and it left me so satisfied and full of warm fuzzies that I wasn’t even bothered by wrong forms of address, which are usually a huge pet peeve of mine. I enjoyed this book much more than the first book in the series and I’m looking forward to what’s next and especially hoping we find out what’s going on between Selina and Rafi. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog link: https://mustreadalltheromance.blogspo...

  9. 4 out of 5

    GigiReads

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was really excited to read this book even though the first one was just okay for me. An Arab heroine who is also a bonesetter? Gimme! Hanna is a spinster who is determined to open a dispensary to continue the practice she learned from her father. The obstacles are many and she's not undaunted until Viscount Griffin enters the picture. Griff lives in constant pain from a war injury. He's also the main suspect in his parent's murders. When he witnesses a beautiful woman dislocating the wrist of I was really excited to read this book even though the first one was just okay for me. An Arab heroine who is also a bonesetter? Gimme! Hanna is a spinster who is determined to open a dispensary to continue the practice she learned from her father. The obstacles are many and she's not undaunted until Viscount Griffin enters the picture. Griff lives in constant pain from a war injury. He's also the main suspect in his parent's murders. When he witnesses a beautiful woman dislocating the wrist of an obnoxious aristocrat he's fascinated by her and then suspicious when he recognizes the necklace she's wearing is the same one his mother was wearing when she was murdered. This book started with a bang. Hanna strolls into a tavern-like a boss and upon finding out idiot regency frat boy was just messing with her, she angrily grabs his hand and dislocates his wrist. Then she strolls right back out. I wish I could say the rest of the book is this exciting but alas! Besides Hanna's heritage and skill set, I found very little else to like about this book. The romantic tension is non-existent as the entire story is driven by the mystery plot which anyone can guess who the culprit is as soon as he walks onto the page. The hero is as exciting as a bowl of day-old oatmeal. He does absolutely nothing even remotely romantic. He proposes to another woman to save her honor and this drags on until almost the very end. What about Hanna? Well, when she needs him, he literally rubs his forehead and mutters the equivalent of "oh, dear". This reader needs a hero who is going to turn the world inside out for the woman he loves. Not one who shuffles his feet and whines about how difficult everything is 🙄 Griff was a cardboard cutout compared to Hanna. While I did like her and she was the saving grace for me, I lost respect for her when suddenly her character decided that putting her career and reputation on the line was okay as long as she gets to make out with the hot Viscount. The choice to have sexual relations with Griff in her damn place of work, a place she fought so hard to get and keep open, was so out of character and so out of the blue that if this had not been an ARC I would have closed the book right then and there. It was ridiculous and reversed everything she said and did up to that point. I skimmed over the love scene because I was not invested in the relationship. The mystery gets solved, Griff makes some completely unoriginal declarations. The end. 2 1/2 stars for Hanna the rest gets the side eye from me. ⭐⭐.5 /5 🔥/5 Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for my review copy.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jacque

    you know when you see someone and just IMMEDIATELY fall so hard for them?? and like, they’re so gorgeous, so smart, everything they do is so amazing & you just wanna ✨bask✨ in the glory that they emanate? Yeah, so that’s how I felt about Miss Hanna Zaydan in Diana Quincy’s latest book The Viscount Made Me Do It🥰 tbh I just— like I wanna be her??? From the moment she steps on page, Hanna is extremely self assured, commanding the space with her skill and her intelligence. She’s passionate (and ~ve you know when you see someone and just IMMEDIATELY fall so hard for them?? and like, they’re so gorgeous, so smart, everything they do is so amazing & you just wanna ✨bask✨ in the glory that they emanate? Yeah, so that’s how I felt about Miss Hanna Zaydan in Diana Quincy’s latest book The Viscount Made Me Do It🥰 tbh I just— like I wanna be her??? From the moment she steps on page, Hanna is extremely self assured, commanding the space with her skill and her intelligence. She’s passionate (and ~very~ skilled) when it comes to her work, and tirelessly serves the people in her community despite receiving prejudice because of her identity as an Arabic woman and her occupation as a bonesetter. There was so much of this book that I enjoyed, but Hanna was just knocked me ~right~ off my feet! I loved her fierce independence, her sharp with, her relationship with her family—her brother in particular, when do we get Ravi and Selina’s book👀— and like not to dwell too much on her work as a bonesetter, but talk about COMPETENCE PORN!! the flip side of the whole "OMG Hanna is amazing" was that she was the best part of the book. I loved that Griff was into her from day one (obvi like he's no dummy) but I didn't find him particularly compelling as a character. I also felt like sometimes Hanna's personal arc and the murder mystery sometimes drove the story more than the romance did. However they also kept up momentum, and I liked that there was more external plot happening (in comparison to book one) I vacillated between 3.5/4 stars on this one, but Hanna was just so great I'm going with 4🙌🏻 The Viscount Made Me Do It dropped this Tuesday, and if you haven’t read Diana Quincy I'd recommend starting with this one! Looking forward to her next book👌🏻 Also I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review, thank you to Avon and Netgalley Content/Trigger Warnings: xenophobia, misogeny, parental murder, familial estrangement, Content Notes: Hanna is a straight Arabic woman in her late 20's, and Griff is a straight white man in his early 30s.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth McFarland

    I thought this was overall a very enjoyable book. Hanna Zayden is a bonesetter. I found her profession really interesting and very different to what you would usually see in Historical Romance. She is also Arab and that too is not the norm for HR. Both of those things really caught my interest. Griff is a Viscount and he comes to see her under the pretense of wanting her to help him with his injured arm. He is really there because she is in possession of his murdered mother's necklace. I felt I thought this was overall a very enjoyable book. Hanna Zayden is a bonesetter. I found her profession really interesting and very different to what you would usually see in Historical Romance. She is also Arab and that too is not the norm for HR. Both of those things really caught my interest. Griff is a Viscount and he comes to see her under the pretense of wanting her to help him with his injured arm. He is really there because she is in possession of his murdered mother's necklace. I felt like the book was focused more on the murder mystery involving Griff's parents than the romance. That didn't really bother me because the story was good. I'm looking forward to book 3 immensely. The glimpses of the Marquis of Brandon during the first two books have made me want to learn more about him. His introduction was probably my favorite scene in the book. I can't wait for more of him.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    If you haven’t read Diana Quincy’s “Her Night With the Duke” book #1 in this Clandestine Affairs series, I highly recommend you do. I loved it—a five star for me. Now for my thoughts on book #2 The Viscount Made Me Do It——It’s a tale of two people finding love under unusual circumstances. Their journey leads to solving a murder mystery and finding acceptance and respect that is well-deserved. We have two main characters: an Arab bonesetter who followed in her fathers footsteps and is family to for If you haven’t read Diana Quincy’s “Her Night With the Duke” book #1 in this Clandestine Affairs series, I highly recommend you do. I loved it—a five star for me. Now for my thoughts on book #2 The Viscount Made Me Do It——It’s a tale of two people finding love under unusual circumstances. Their journey leads to solving a murder mystery and finding acceptance and respect that is well-deserved. We have two main characters: an Arab bonesetter who followed in her fathers footsteps and is family to foreign merchants, and the English Viscount who seduces and falls-fast to make her his. Our hero, Thomas Ellis, Viscount Griffin, is at an ancient coffeehouse when he sees his mother’s sapphire pendant hanging on the neck of a woman, the bonesetter. His chest is in a pain of hurt, as he remembers it was stolen 14 years ago—his mother wearing it the night she was murdered, along with his father. To find answers, Griff makes a plan. He goes to see the bonesetter, requiring her services. Our heroine is the bonesetter, Hannah Zayden. He doubts Hannah’s abilities, but as a rouse to get info about his mother’s pendant, he asks her to repair the arm he injured fighting in the war two years before. It causes unbearable pain that no doctor has been able to help. While in her care, there’s a growing attraction and smoldering chemistry between them. Both are consequential in helping each other through painful and difficult times. The mystery behind Griff’s parents deaths, and Hannah’s fine-tuned art of bone setting being accepted by the medical community. I enjoyed it, and found the occupation of a bonesetter interesting and unique to the storyline. The enormity of feelings between Griff and Hannah rested just below the surface, both agreeing they were friends, nothing more.. but try as they might, the desire between them was more than either could control. I enjoyed the romance, the murder mystery, and absolutely loved how this woman controlled her own future (unheard of back in the day.) She’s very outspoken, wouldn’t allow men to put her in her place, and most definitely didn’t cower to them. I adored her confidence and boldness!! 4.5 stars

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

    The Viscount Made Me Do It By author Diana Quincy is not your typical historical romance. Set in the early 1800’s in London the two MCs are from completely different worlds, Thomas Ellis, Viscount Griffin, is a haunted man who has not dealt with the horrific loss of his parents. Hanna Zaydan is a bone setter, she learned the skill from her father and since his death she has taken over his practice. When Thomas first sees Hanna he notices she is wearing his deceased mothers unique necklace, he wa The Viscount Made Me Do It By author Diana Quincy is not your typical historical romance. Set in the early 1800’s in London the two MCs are from completely different worlds, Thomas Ellis, Viscount Griffin, is a haunted man who has not dealt with the horrific loss of his parents. Hanna Zaydan is a bone setter, she learned the skill from her father and since his death she has taken over his practice. When Thomas first sees Hanna he notices she is wearing his deceased mothers unique necklace, he wants to know how she came into possession of the necklace that was stolen when his mom was murdered. He has the perfect excuse to go to Hanna - a 3-year old injury that has never healed. Bone setters can be thought of as very early chiropractor’s . Like the medical society of today’s time believe chiropractor’s are not reliable healthcare providers, back in the 1800’s bone setters were considered swindlers and frauds. So, when Viscount Griffin comes under Hanna’s care, for an injury that no previous physician could fix [even his guardian], it is not long before trouble comes knocking. Meanwhile Hanna & Thomas are growing closer - she knows he sought her out originally due to the necklace— yet, the sizzle between them continues to grow. As Hanna braces for backlash from London’s medical society Thomas is still trying to figure out how this alluring woman originally obtained his mom’s necklace. This is an intriguing story with many layers. There is the one expected society standards of who should be in a relationship, the standards of women providing medical care when society still believes women should not even work, the standards of acceptable medical care, and the mystery of who killed Viscount Griffin’s parents. The author masterfully wove these layers together to produce a story that captures your attention and doesn’t let go! I really enjoyed this story especially with my medical background and found myself researching bone setters. This is my first book by this author and it won’t be my last. Check this story out if you are looking for a great historical romance with an added mystery!! 5 Stars ⭐️ | 2 Flames

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hannah B.

    ✨It’s always spicy when society thinks you’re a murderer.✨ I really loved Her Night with the Duke, the first book in this Clandestine Affairs series, and I was highly anticipating the second go-about in the set. Where book one was the vivacious older sister, I’d say this book is the Mary Bennet type—a little more darkness, a little more mystery. Her Night with the Duke was sexy from the start and the plot revolved almost entirely around the couple. The Viscount Made Me Do It is more reserved and ✨It’s always spicy when society thinks you’re a murderer.✨ I really loved Her Night with the Duke, the first book in this Clandestine Affairs series, and I was highly anticipating the second go-about in the set. Where book one was the vivacious older sister, I’d say this book is the Mary Bennet type—a little more darkness, a little more mystery. Her Night with the Duke was sexy from the start and the plot revolved almost entirely around the couple. The Viscount Made Me Do It is more reserved and slower to burn, with the plot divided between the romance and the conflicts of being a bonesetter and ya know, murder. Both however are scandalous and unique and highly addicting. From the beginning, the bonesetting element was so cool and fascinating to read about. I found Hanna to be a very strong heroine with a very particular set of skills she was fabulous at using. The scene where she was first introduced was totally badass. I loved the Arab representation here (and book one) as well as how Hanna’s culture was such an integral part to her identity. Like book one, I learned so much—those type of moments are some of my favorites in historical romances! Griff’s whole backstory hooked me instantly and the way it combined that past with Hanna in the present was supremely dramatic and delicious. The spice was definitely there and they did some WORK at a desk (*winks in blinking neon lights*). Also her doing actual work on his injuries was just as hot and swoony. However, I felt like the steam took a backseat to the rest of the plot. Like the desk scene was hot but I think that even could’ve been taken up a notch further. The epilogue gave a little to me but it also tooketh away—I think as a society, we deserve explicit sex in epilogues. We ride at dawn. As for the mystery element, I was reading to find out the whodunnit or perhaps the whydunnit because I knew The Who from pretty early on but not The Why. I think a red herring could have been thrown in a little bit earlier to mess with the reader and to really commit to the mystery (since other plots were pushed aside for it to take up a good chunk of space). I wanted a bit more drama or a plot twist or something to really jazz it up. We flashmob at dawn. Overall, this was such a quick and enjoyable read. Hanna and Griff fell hard and it was so sweet how she was able to help him. The pace kept me engaged and the plot kept me entertained. I really like Diana’s writing style—it’s modern but still feels like a historical piece. This is also an Own Voices book and I’ve learned a lot about Arab culture and practices of the time. I’m very happy I found this series because it just feels so fresh. There were a few directions I thought the couple for book three was going to go and I was pleasantly surprised when I read the summary! I love me a brooding type. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.25/5 🌶🌶🌶.5/5 Q: What is this 🦴? A: A historical bone-r 😌

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shae

    The best thing about this book was our amazing heroine, Hannah. She is Arab, and a bone setter. She truly was such a joy to read about. Our hero, Griff however, was very hard to love. I enjoyed him in the first book, but honestly, he was such a prick to the heroine, that it really turned me off to him pretty hard. I did come around to him by the end, but it was a struggle. I went in with middle of the road expectations. Those expectations were met.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pam Bereznak

    Good read. I really like this author. I have been reading more books lately that are less "tonish" and have a little more intrigue and suspense. It's been fun reading something different. You will enjoy this read. Good read. I really like this author. I have been reading more books lately that are less "tonish" and have a little more intrigue and suspense. It's been fun reading something different. You will enjoy this read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Emro

    Fourteen years after the murder of his parents, Thomas “Griff” Ellis, the Viscount Griffin receives a package with a ring belonging to his late mother, a ring that was stolen the night she was killed. In an effort to track down the sender, he visits the post office, hoping for a lead, but is sent away empty-handed. He visits a nearby coffeehouse and is shocked when he sees a lovely woman enter, wearing his mother’s necklace. The woman stops at the table of some young noblemen who apparently requ Fourteen years after the murder of his parents, Thomas “Griff” Ellis, the Viscount Griffin receives a package with a ring belonging to his late mother, a ring that was stolen the night she was killed. In an effort to track down the sender, he visits the post office, hoping for a lead, but is sent away empty-handed. He visits a nearby coffeehouse and is shocked when he sees a lovely woman enter, wearing his mother’s necklace. The woman stops at the table of some young noblemen who apparently requested her services as a bonesetter to mock her. Angry, the woman dislocates the man’s wrist, telling him to visit her office to get it fixed, and storms out. Griff learns her name and due to a war injury, has an excuse to visit her offices, even though he doesn’t believe she will be able to help him, since his former guardian is a respected doctor and wasn’t able to alleviate his pain, nor had any of the specialists he has seen. So he is shocked when her treatments work. They form a friendship and he confesses his true reason for seeking her out and she offers to help any way she can. Hanna Zaydan is the daughter of immigrants from the Levant, most of her family is involved in the cotton trade, but her father was a bonesetter and taught her the art, much to the dismay of her mother and grandmother, who hoped she would marry a nice Arab man and start a family. Hanna truly has a gift for bonesetting and will not give up her practice, therefore she believes marriage and a family are not a part of her future. Her attraction to Griff is inconvenient and impossible, even if he wanted to marry her, her family would never approve. But that doesn’t stop her from helping him solve the mystery of who murdered his parents and why. Almost as soon as they start digging into the past, ugly truths begin to emerge and everything Griff has been told seems to be lies. Add to this, his former guardian seeming to have a vendetta against Hanna, and a secret he has kept for years coming out and forcing him to offer marriage to save a friend’s honor. All of these combined seem to ensure that there is no possibility for a HEA with the woman he has come to love. This was a well-written, fast-paced story with wonderful characters and a fresh and original plot. The book is filled with secrets, lies, betrayal, murder, interesting facts on bonesetting, class/station differences, prejudice, warm love scenes, help from unexpected sources, and finally a HEA that seemed impossible. This book achieved the perfect balance of mystery and romance, with neither aspect overpowering or detracting from the other, resulting in a well-balanced and gripping read. There were some typos and title errors, but this was an uncorrected proof, so those errors may be corrected before publication. This is the second book in the series, but it can be read as a standalone title with no problems. *I am voluntarily leaving a review for an eARC that I requested and was provided to me by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.*

  18. 4 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    n The Viscount Made Me Do It, Thomas Ellis, Viscount Griffin is in a tea shop after unsuccessfully determining who sent his dead mother’s ring to him from the local post. As he is sipping his tea in walks Hanna Zaydan wearing his mother’s necklace. When she walks directly to the table behind him, he realizes Hanna is a bonesetter. This gives him an idea. Using his war injury he visits the bonesetter and the tale that unfolds was delightful. First, I found the tidbits and story surrounding boneset n The Viscount Made Me Do It, Thomas Ellis, Viscount Griffin is in a tea shop after unsuccessfully determining who sent his dead mother’s ring to him from the local post. As he is sipping his tea in walks Hanna Zaydan wearing his mother’s necklace. When she walks directly to the table behind him, he realizes Hanna is a bonesetter. This gives him an idea. Using his war injury he visits the bonesetter and the tale that unfolds was delightful. First, I found the tidbits and story surrounding bonesetters fascinating. I loved that this was a skill Hanna learned from her father and he his. Of course, the medical profession, consisting mostly of men during this time period, believed bone setters were charlatans. Hanna lives in a mostly Arabic community in London and her grandmother and brothers are upset that she isn’t seeking a husband. Hanna dreams of opening her on clinics and is determined. Griffin thinks she is a charlatan too, but Hanna soon proves him wrong. The mystery surrounding the necklace and ring brought suspense, danger, and allowed the romance to develop. The story was well-paced. Despite, the chemistry between them, the romance was delivered as a slow burn until it sizzled. The Viscount Made Me Do It delivered all the elements I enjoy Diana Quincy’s historical fiction laced with romance and suspense. Her stories make the perfect book to curl up with. I look forward to the next book in the series. You can grab the first one, Her Night With A Duke at retailers everywhere. Each book has its own romance and will stand on its own. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews

    All the swoons! I *loved* the first book in this series, and requested an ARC of this one as soon as I saw it was available on Edelweiss! This book has it all: great characters, a solid secondary plot, and a steamy romance! Hanna and Thomas are such a great couple. I shipped them right off the bat. Hanna is a capable woman running her business as a bonesetter. Not only is she looked down upon for her Arab ethnicity, others in the medical professor declare her a fraud. Nonetheless, she keeps doing All the swoons! I *loved* the first book in this series, and requested an ARC of this one as soon as I saw it was available on Edelweiss! This book has it all: great characters, a solid secondary plot, and a steamy romance! Hanna and Thomas are such a great couple. I shipped them right off the bat. Hanna is a capable woman running her business as a bonesetter. Not only is she looked down upon for her Arab ethnicity, others in the medical professor declare her a fraud. Nonetheless, she keeps doing the work and taking care of those around her. I loved her relationship with her family, and I hope to see more of them in later books. I suspect her brother Rafi has a budding romance with a female character introduced in this book, and I can't wait to read their story! Thomas has been through a lot. His parents were murdered when he was a teen, he hasn't talked with his sisters for years, and much of society believe he killed his parents. Combined with a war injury that leaves him in constant pain, Thomas is mostly making it day to day. Then he sees Hanna in a tavern, wearing the necklace that was stolen from his mother's dead body. As he pursues the mystery that is Hanna, he learns that not only can she heal his body, but she might just heal his heart. (I'm pretty proud of that line) I don't want to dive too deep into the secondary plot, but it's really well done. What starts as a mission to recover a beloved necklace becomes something more as dark secrets are revealed. Diana Quincy does a great job of seeding in little moments that become exponentially more important later in the story. This is all a lot of words to say something simple: read this book! It doesn't come out until this summer, but I know I plan on picking up a copy to add to my collection!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Addie Yoder

    The Viscount Made Me Do It is the story of Hanna, a bonesetter from an Arab family, and Griff, a viscount with a difficult past. In order to find information on the death of his parent, he chooses to have Hanna treat his lingering war injury. Friendship, attraction, and challenges ensue and they work to uncover the truth behind his parents' murders and navigate their growing attraction and their cultural differences. Diana Quincy writes historical romance from such a fresh and unique perspective The Viscount Made Me Do It is the story of Hanna, a bonesetter from an Arab family, and Griff, a viscount with a difficult past. In order to find information on the death of his parent, he chooses to have Hanna treat his lingering war injury. Friendship, attraction, and challenges ensue and they work to uncover the truth behind his parents' murders and navigate their growing attraction and their cultural differences. Diana Quincy writes historical romance from such a fresh and unique perspective. I love the twists on a traditional HR that come with this story. It's fresh and fun. It's a page turning romp through romance and a little bit of intrigue. This is one that I will be recommending to romance readers all year!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay pinkcowlandreads

    Hanna Zaydan has dedicated her life to her practice of bonsetting, so much so as to claim that she is married to her work. It’s not lake Andy of the good Arab boys her family try to set her up withhold ever permit their wife to continue in her practice. Hannnah has not even noticed what she is missing until Mr. Thomas comes to her practice to treat an injury that has left him in pain and his arm useless for 2 years. Thomas Ellis, Viscount Griffin spied Mrs. Zayden in a coffee shop wearing a neckl Hanna Zaydan has dedicated her life to her practice of bonsetting, so much so as to claim that she is married to her work. It’s not lake Andy of the good Arab boys her family try to set her up withhold ever permit their wife to continue in her practice. Hannnah has not even noticed what she is missing until Mr. Thomas comes to her practice to treat an injury that has left him in pain and his arm useless for 2 years. Thomas Ellis, Viscount Griffin spied Mrs. Zayden in a coffee shop wearing a necklace that was on his mother at the time of her death- a death he has been blamed for since his youth. Under the guise of treating his old injury he goes to her practice to find out how she got his mothers necklace. Over the course of treatment, she hears his arm and captures his heart! But these two are not just from different classes, they are from ethnicities and Hannah rises being banished from her family by romancing an outsider… Where do I start, Lord Griffin is a bit of a bubblehead, he has so much going on around him but is unable to see anything until he gets a fresh perspective from Hannah. Also, it is easy to see that an affair between them would have devastating effects for Hannah; loosing her practice and family, but Griff continues to pursue her until he is explicitly warn of what he will cost her. Other than Griffin needing Hannah much more than she needed him, these two really did make a good pair. So I forgive Griff for his pursuit. I loved that Hannah continually showed strength in difficult circumstances and didn’t give in too easy to Griff’s charms. Hannah’s extreme competency in her line of work was a delight to read too- she was unapologetic about her skill and abilities. Another highlight of this book was getting to see a lot of Hannah’s family, especially her grandmother, citi and her brother Rafi. Citi was a hoot and Rafi needs a story and an HEA of his own! This diverse historical romance delivers a story that stays true to the characters situations and I loved it. We need more books like this. The Viscount Made Me Do It by Vivienne Lorret is scheduled to release June 29th, 2021. I received a complimentary copy of this book from HarperCollins Publishers, Avon Books through Edelweiss+. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Blog link: https://pinkcowlandreads.blogspot.com... #TheViscountMadeMeDoIt #DianaQuincy #Edelweiss #pinkcowlandreads

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (the naptime writer)

    Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own. 3.5 ⭐️ Shout-out to Diana Quincy for writing a viscount/bonesetter couple in The Viscount Made Me Do It, a daring combo that was fun to read for the first time. Hanna Zaydan is the bonesetter in question, a woman who faces discrimination on account of her profession, her sex, & her Arabic ancestry & culture. But she’s not bowing down to anyone’s idea of what she should do, not even her mother & grandmot Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own. 3.5 ⭐️ Shout-out to Diana Quincy for writing a viscount/bonesetter couple in The Viscount Made Me Do It, a daring combo that was fun to read for the first time. Hanna Zaydan is the bonesetter in question, a woman who faces discrimination on account of her profession, her sex, & her Arabic ancestry & culture. But she’s not bowing down to anyone’s idea of what she should do, not even her mother & grandmother, who want her to marry an Arabic man & stop practicing bonesetting. Viscount Thomas Ellis “Griff” has spent the last couple of years in tremendous pain but that’s not why he visits Hanna. It’s because he sees her wearing his murdered mother’s necklace & wants to question her about its providence. The fact that she heals his arm when others haven’t been able to garners his respect for life & her beauty & demeanor capture his more romantic admiration. But there are big obstacles between them & tbh, I had my doubts about how it would all work out. The characterization of Hanna is often delightful. She’s ambitious, skilled, & she really isn’t afraid of much. There’s a flower scene with Griff—where she really lets her feelings go— that I adore. But Griff is frequently frustrating to me. One mark in his favor is his appreciation for Hanna’s skill, but I find his overall attitude toward her & their relationship to be not as romantic as I would like. There are a couple of moments where I feel like he’s somewhat cold. Hanna is a compelling heroine but sadly the romance in this one is a little lackluster for me. Release date: 07/27. CW: Xenophobia; misogyny; murder in past

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher, via Edelweiss. This in no way impacted on my view. Hanna Zaydan may be a bonesetter, but she knows that she is one of the best, and she will not let anyone say otherwise. The traditional doctors in London want her to be banned for practising, but when the injured Thomas Ellis, Viscount Griffin, is healed by her work - after 2 years worth of pain - he's fully on her side. Griff has been accused of murdering his parents when he was just a teenag I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher, via Edelweiss. This in no way impacted on my view. Hanna Zaydan may be a bonesetter, but she knows that she is one of the best, and she will not let anyone say otherwise. The traditional doctors in London want her to be banned for practising, but when the injured Thomas Ellis, Viscount Griffin, is healed by her work - after 2 years worth of pain - he's fully on her side. Griff has been accused of murdering his parents when he was just a teenager, and faced the stigma ever since. His only real supporter the whole time was his guardian, Dr Norman Pratt, who as one of the leading London doctors, denounces bonesetters as quacks, and tells Griff his pain will heal eventually by itself. Well, Griff now knows that Hanna's work is legitimate, and encourages her in her efforts, though he has his own reasons too. You see, Hanna was spotted wearing a necklace his mother always wore, and one that was stolen from her body after the murder, and he thinks that by gaining Hanna's trust, and working with her to discover how the necklace came into her family's ownership, they may just uncover the truth about the murders, and fall in love in the meantime. I was approved for this book through Edelweiss before I realised it was book 2 in a series. So, I ordered book 1, and though I didn't love it, I was definitely intrigued, and hoped that Griff, who was a side character in Her Night with the Duke, would be the hero of The Viscount Made Me Do It, because I wanted to know more about the murders that were mentioned. Well, I was in luck, and both Griff, and Hanna - who we also met in book 1 - were the perfect couple to lead this book. There was such a chemistry between them, from their first meeting, to the final pages, that just gripped my attention, and meant that I couldn't put the book down. I devoured it in one sitting - luckily it was half term, so I was off work - and was fully invested in the plot. Both of them are somewhat outsiders, with those around them not really understanding them, or in Griff's case, seemingly shunning them. Hanna, as a single woman, in an Arab family, is regularly told by her grandmother in particular, that she should marry, and stop working, but her work as a Bonesetter, helping people, is all she wants. She doesn't want to marry just because she should, but when she gets to know Griff, it's the first time she can imagine herself as a wife, but neither her family, nor his world, would accept it. Or would they? Griff has been alone for so long - we see purposefully by someone who wanted to keep him to themselves - and Hanna is one of the first people in a really long time that he can trust. The mystery surrounding the murders was definitely thrilling, and though I had my suspicions, I hadn't guessed at the full extent of it all until the big reveal. I really enjoy this, and am pleased I was approved for my review copy. I'll be on the lookout for Diana's next release!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gmr

    The characters were memorable, the story original, the backstory unique, and the way everything played out SUPERB! Comeuppance was received, just desserts served, and happily ever afters found. The leading lady (Hanna) was a strong character and while she'd love another to share her life's journey with, she didn't see it in the cards, and that was still okay! Given the times, it wasn't acceptable to the ton, but she was content to do what she felt was her calling and serve the people as opposed The characters were memorable, the story original, the backstory unique, and the way everything played out SUPERB! Comeuppance was received, just desserts served, and happily ever afters found. The leading lady (Hanna) was a strong character and while she'd love another to share her life's journey with, she didn't see it in the cards, and that was still okay! Given the times, it wasn't acceptable to the ton, but she was content to do what she felt was her calling and serve the people as opposed to host parties and attend teas. Our leading man (Griff) was strong himself, both physical strength was certainly not all that was needed what with his family history, and all the secrets about the come to light. While his position allowed him to be doted on my the debutantes and their mothers, he wanted something more if he was to partake of it at all. When Griff was faced with Hanna's true nature, he was gobsmacked despite not wanting to be. He had set out on a mission to solve a mystery from his past, and unwittingly discovered his potential future...the same being said for her. As with many love stories, this one had its fair share (and then some!) of obstacles, and many times it didn't look like things would come to an agreeable end, but I have to say the final scenes were well worth waiting for, and no, I won't ruin them for you...you'll have to discover this fabulous pair yourself! If you're a Historical Romance fan, you won't want to miss this one! It's got all the humor, all the drama, all the suspense, and all the heart you could hope for and then some! You'll laugh as a young dandy is taught a lesson about wasting a lady's time, and when the title of the book comes into play in the story! You'll cry at the outrage of how family can treat family. You'll blush at a few encounters, while still knowing in your heart of hearts that they are meant to be. You'll gasp as certain realizations are reached, hold you breath as things take a sharp turn towards danger, and ponder the eventual outcome of it all while you turn the pages. A great read with a great leading pair that you won't soon forget! **ecopy provided for review; opinions are my own

  25. 4 out of 5

    Patrice

    Although this book is a historical romance; I liked that it is also about the mystery surrounding the murder of one of the main characters parents. I found this book to be unique in that it is about an Arab woman, Hanna Zaydan, born in England; living in a predominantly Arab community, with her family, and she has taken over her father's bone-setting practice. She is fiercely independent and loves the work that she does. Hanna comes from a long lineage of bone setters; although, she is the first Although this book is a historical romance; I liked that it is also about the mystery surrounding the murder of one of the main characters parents. I found this book to be unique in that it is about an Arab woman, Hanna Zaydan, born in England; living in a predominantly Arab community, with her family, and she has taken over her father's bone-setting practice. She is fiercely independent and loves the work that she does. Hanna comes from a long lineage of bone setters; although, she is the first woman in her family to do so. At this point in history; 'bone setters' were considered charlatans and frauds and the medical community looked very unfavorably on them; fearing that they did more harm than good. Viscount, Lord Griffin (Griff), has been in considerable pain since falling from his horse while serving in the war; over two years earlier. His arm, from the shoulder through the wrist, looks mangled and deformed. All the doctors he has seen say there is nothing to be done for him; that it would eventually get better. He goes to see Hanna on a pretense and ends up using her services to the point where she heals his injuries. Hanna and Griff have an attraction that can go nowhere; considering their places in society and Hanna's Arab culture. She is resigned to being a spinster; as she says, she is married to her work. During the course of their acquaintance; Griff confides in her about the murder of his parents and how it haunts him. So together, they see if they can unravel the mystery surrounding it. This book has an excellent story line and characters. The writing is superb and keeps the readers attention. I think the choice of having the heroine be an independent woman, working in a man's world, in a profession that was considered fraudulent, and "bucking the system" was inspired.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Joanna Bishop

    This was a delightful book that I didn't want to put down! Not only that, I'm now obsessed with the history of bonesetting. It's so fascinating and I really want to read On Bone-Setting that Diana Quincy talks about in her author's note. The story follows Hanna, a bonesetter, and Griff, a viscount recovering from a war injury and searching for his parents' murderer. I don't know if it would necessarily be called a meet-cute, but the book starts with a fantastic encounter in a coffee house that re This was a delightful book that I didn't want to put down! Not only that, I'm now obsessed with the history of bonesetting. It's so fascinating and I really want to read On Bone-Setting that Diana Quincy talks about in her author's note. The story follows Hanna, a bonesetter, and Griff, a viscount recovering from a war injury and searching for his parents' murderer. I don't know if it would necessarily be called a meet-cute, but the book starts with a fantastic encounter in a coffee house that really sets everything in motion for the rest of the book. I loved how the story tackled issues with ethnicity, class, and sexism; Hanna was so competent and no-nonsense, it was wonderful to read about a heroine who is so good at what she does and knows who she is. Not only that, she goes after what (or who) she wants! Griff had so much going on personally, but his goodness throughout was very clear. I will say there were a few moments that took me out of the story while reading. These mainly occurred when there was a very sudden change from the topic at hand to topics that involved much more kissing. There were lots of "this is very important" or "we can't do this here/now" moments that jumped immediately into ignoring whatever was just said. Also, it was very hard to believe that as a medical professional, even one that focused on the musculoskeletal system, Hanna was so naive about all things sexual. You're telling me this woman can reduce a shoulder dislocation on her own but doesn't know what an orgasm is? It was one stretch too far for me. Despite those few things that nagged at me, I really did love this story! There were multiple moments that I actually gasped at how plot strings played out; even if you know how things are going to go, she writes it in such a way that it's still so enjoyable to read with little surprises tucked in along the way! I also loved these characters, I can't wait to go back and read Her Night with the Duke, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that Rafi and Selina get their book next! I really think romance readers are going to enjoy reading it this summer! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided to me through NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to the author and publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)

    4 stars. I was not a fan of book one in the slightest. Like nothing about it worked for me so I went into this one with extremely low expectations. Imagine my surprise at how much I loved this book. It was so good and left me smiling by the end of it. The writing was much better and the dialogue didn’t feel as stilted or forced as it was in book one. Also, the biggest thing of all is that I loved the characters Hanna and Griff and their romance. Hanna is a bonesetter and she is very damn compete 4 stars. I was not a fan of book one in the slightest. Like nothing about it worked for me so I went into this one with extremely low expectations. Imagine my surprise at how much I loved this book. It was so good and left me smiling by the end of it. The writing was much better and the dialogue didn’t feel as stilted or forced as it was in book one. Also, the biggest thing of all is that I loved the characters Hanna and Griff and their romance. Hanna is a bonesetter and she is very damn competent at her job. She’s smart, feisty, caring and knows how to hold her own. Griff is kind but is still haunted by the murders of his parents when he was a young boy. That’s what the second half of this book revolves around, solving the murders and finally getting closure and I really enjoyed that plot a lot. The romance doesn’t take a backseat to it which was great as well. I loved the romance. I loved how much Griff head over heels for Hanna and how he wasn’t afraid to tell her so. Their chemistry was great and there were some really great steamy moments. It’s light on the drama and angst but what is there doesn’t feel forced or over the top. I’m glad that I picked this up. It was a lovely read and I can now say that I’m looking forward to book three.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Milena

    The Viscount Made Me Do It is the second book in Clandestine Affairs series by Diana Quincy. I enjoyed the first book and was looking forward to reading the next book. The Viscount Made Me Do It was just as good as the first book. Hannah, the main heroine, is a working woman, one of the best bonesetters in London; she is also of Arab descend. The hero, Griff, is a member of the British aristocracy. Griff believes Hannah is somehow connected to his parent's murders, so he seeks her services under The Viscount Made Me Do It is the second book in Clandestine Affairs series by Diana Quincy. I enjoyed the first book and was looking forward to reading the next book. The Viscount Made Me Do It was just as good as the first book. Hannah, the main heroine, is a working woman, one of the best bonesetters in London; she is also of Arab descend. The hero, Griff, is a member of the British aristocracy. Griff believes Hannah is somehow connected to his parent's murders, so he seeks her services under false pretenses. Despite his skepticism about Hannah's abilities, Hannah's treatment relieves his old army injuries, injuries that none of the best doctors could cure. Spending time together, they fall for each other but society will never accept a union between a viscount and a bonesetter, not to mention Hannah's family, who want her to marry a good Arab boy. I enjoyed Hannah's and Griff's love story. And I liked the added murder mystery, Griff, with Hannah's help, unraveling the mystery of his parent's death 14 years ago and confronting his childhood trauma. If you are looking for a great historical romance, I highly recommend The Viscount Made Me Do It. *ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carly

    I quite honestly adore historical romances where the heroine has a unique profession we rarely see in the genre, and it was so entertaining to learn more about bonesetting in the realm of history. As a lead, Hanna is fierce, independent and confident in her abilities, and it was delightful watching Griff fall in love with her for all of her qualities (and be very happy with falling in step alongside her as opposed to butting heads or trying to assert authority, especially considering their class I quite honestly adore historical romances where the heroine has a unique profession we rarely see in the genre, and it was so entertaining to learn more about bonesetting in the realm of history. As a lead, Hanna is fierce, independent and confident in her abilities, and it was delightful watching Griff fall in love with her for all of her qualities (and be very happy with falling in step alongside her as opposed to butting heads or trying to assert authority, especially considering their class differences). Lots of intrigue in this one too, especially revolving around the mystery of Griff’s parents’ murderer once upon a time. Ultimately, just an even better addition to a series I started out enjoying, and I’m eager to read the Marquess of Brandon’s romance next! content notes: reference to past murder, attempted murder by arson, racism against heroine, description of dislocated bones, hero has chronic pain as result of old war injury I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    I'm not much into Regency romances at the moment, and while this did kick at some of my personal sore points regarding them, I adored reading about a Arab bonesetter heroine and the work she does, and Hanna's velocity in the opening chapter alone deftly burst through my reading slump. Re: the premise, the concealed identity / secrets are revealed within (view spoiler)[the first third of the book, so the vast majority of the book is not mired with deception (thank goodness!!) but instead features I'm not much into Regency romances at the moment, and while this did kick at some of my personal sore points regarding them, I adored reading about a Arab bonesetter heroine and the work she does, and Hanna's velocity in the opening chapter alone deftly burst through my reading slump. Re: the premise, the concealed identity / secrets are revealed within (view spoiler)[the first third of the book, so the vast majority of the book is not mired with deception (thank goodness!!) but instead features the protagonists working together in full cooperation & honesty to a) save Hanna's career and b) figure out who murdered Griff's parents. (hide spoiler)]

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