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The Spurned Viscountess

3.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  114 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews

Cursed with the sight and rumors of witchcraft, Rosalind's only chance at an ordinary life is marriage to Lucien, Viscount Hastings. She doesn't expect love, only security and children of her own. Determined to go through with the wedding, she allows nothing she encounters at the gloomy Castle St. Clare to dissuade her.

Recently returned from the Continent, Lucien has no ti

Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published September 1st 2010 (first published July 2005)
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Laura the Highland Hussy
I received this book as an ARC.

The quick summary to this book is that a young girl needs to fulfill a betrothal contract for her family, but her cousin (the elder of the two) won't do it, so it falls to Rosalind. Rosalind takes this chance for several reasons, the main two being that she wants her own family and household, and she is considered a witch because of certain gifts she has. So, marrying a viscount seems ideal, even if he is considered a madman.

One thing that bothered me about this bo
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: Available Now!
Publisher: Carina Press
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Steam Level: Steamy

There’s one main aspect of this story not mentioned in the official blurb, and that is Lucien’s amnesia. Lucien was attacked while traveling abroad, and lost his memory. Nursed back to health by France
Carol *Young at Heart Oldie*
Take one gloomy cliff top castle, mix in several mysterious happenings, a band of smugglers and an unsolved murder. Then add a generous helping of romance, top it off with the special gift of ‘sight’ and voila! - Shelley Munroe has created the perfect recipe for an enthralling read.

At Castle St. Clare, Lucien is awaiting the arrival of his betrothed, Rosalind Chandler. Everyone believes he is Viscount Hastings who went missing over three years ago whilst on a trip to Italy but Lucien has only pa
I've been on a historical fiction spree as of late. Actually, ever since I've read THE MASTER AND THE MUSES, I've been salivating for more books to read of that nature. So when I discovered THE SPURNED VISCOUNTESS, a historical fiction with paranormal elements, I was more than excited to dive straight into this tale.

Before I begin, it is important to note that the paranormal aspects do not play a huge role in this tale. I was warned of this before I read the novel, so I didn't have any expectati
(Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
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Favorite Quote:”After she freed her husband, she’d smack him over the head with a sharp object. That would knock some sense into his addled brain.”

Roseland Chandler is on the shelf, a poor relation, and thought to be a witch. Marrying Lucien, Viscount Hastings, was the best she could hope for in her situation. When she arrives at Castle St. Clare she is rudely told by Lucian that this marriage is not wanted. But Roseland wants security
Oct 26, 2010 Charlie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
A classic regency romance with a strong female character and a stunningly likable male counterpart. Shelley creates a world where beauty masks ugliness and initial prejudices are pridefully wrong. The tale is packed with intrigue, scandal, plots and romance. The excitement builds through events and erupts in a heated confrontation that digresses beautifully as promised. Readers who enjoy Lauren Willig's Carnation series will certainly enjoy Shelley Munro's style and writing.

Rosiland's defiance i
Sophia (FV)
Rosalind only wants to live an average life with the security of marriage and children. But she has been cursed with ‘the sight’ and there are rumors that she is a witch that threaten her future. She feels that marriage to Lucien, Viscount Hastings is her only hope to escape the rumors and her curse. However when she arrives at Castle St. Clare to meet her betrothed, she is greeted by a man who is cold, distant and is clearly only marrying her out of duty.

Lucien has recently returned to the cast
Nov 10, 2010 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started off a little roughly as it irritated me in a few spots where Munro would use the same turn of phrase several times within a few pages. I got the point the first time and did not need to hear that over and over. I also thought the story was a little silly and yet something about it caught my attention and kept me reading.

The Characters

Rosalind had this very cool power of being able to touch people and see their thoughts but of course during this time period that made people susp
Oct 08, 2010 Daisy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I enjoyed reading this book, old fasioned romance is one of my guilty pleasures. The two main characters were likeable. Rosalind isn't a weeping lady waiting to be rescued, she tries to do some rescueing of her own! She knows what she wants and isn't afraid to go out and take it.
Lucien lost his memories after being beaten up in Italy, where he met his first wife, Francesca. She was shot and died in his arm, traumatizing him immensely. She was also pregnant at the time. The only reason Lucien is
Belinda Boring
Dec 31, 2010 Belinda Boring rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m a sucker for all romance but I have an especially soft spot for those stories where the hero is adamant he doesn’t want the woman being forced on him but finds himself tempted beyond his limits as she slowly works her way into his heart. I love the uncertainty, the struggle as passions ignite to the point where it seems almost impossible to deny. One look at the books description told me I’d found such a story and so with an eager smile I began to read and I have to say, I wasn’t disappointe ...more
Kristi Hudecek-Ashwill
This was a great book. I've had it for a long time and am now wondering why I waited so long to read it.

The story was compelling, mysterious, fast and action-packed. The characters were strong and I liked to read about them.

I had the mystery figured out about midway through the book but I had to wait until almost the very end for verification which was really cool.

I loved Lucien and I related to him on a level that some people may not in that he had a scar on his face that made people want to r
Christy B
A very solid Georgian romance. Complete with a gothic castle, mysterious accidents, missing servants, a mind-reading heroine, and a scarred hero with amnesia.

Rosalind has set off to marry Lucien, Viscount Hastings, a man she's never met. Upon their meeting, Rosalind has glimpses of his past including a mysterious woman. As her fiancee gives her every chance to call off the wedding, Rosalind is dead set on marrying him and have the family she always wanted. However, starting on her wedding night,
Jul 10, 2011 Mikaela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that like Historical Romance
The book: The Spurned Viscountess by Shelley Munro
The particulars: Historical Romance, Carina Press, available as e-book
The review:
The blurb:

Cursed with the sight and rumors of witchcraft, Rosalind's only chance at an ordinary life is marriage to Lucien, Viscount Hastings. She doesn't expect love, only security and children of her own. Determined to go through with the wedding, she allows nothing she encounters at the gloomy Castle St. Clare to dissuade her.
Recently returned from the Continent,
THE SPURNED VISCOUNTESS by Shelly Munro is a historical romance set in 1720 England.It is the revised version of The Second Seduction. It is well written with depth, details and is fast paced. It has betrayal, tragedy, sensuality, romance, suspense,paranormal, secrets, treachery and second chances. The hero, Lucien, is scarred, strong, determined to find the murderer of his first wife, memory lost, is married for convenience, and finds himself falling in love with his beautiful new wife. The her ...more
Jul 07, 2011 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, ebooks, carina
I love me some Gothic romance, and Shelley Munro's The Spurned Viscountess is certainly that, with all the right elements to yoink me right in. We have your innocent young woman with strange abilities. We have your nobleman with a mysterious secret, getting his brood on. We have your string of mysterious accidents. And we have your suitably spooky, remote mansion, chock full of potentially dangerous people. For bonus Get Anna Engaged mileage, we've even got a bit of an amnesia plot going on, sin ...more
This is a dark historical that has both mystery and mayhem. It comes with a crumbling castle, ghostly goings on, a woman who could be a witch and a scarred, amnesiac hero with a hardened heart. There might also be a crotchety old aunt and a hidden treasure. Yeah, it pretty much has all the hallmarks of AWESOME with a side of drafty hallways.

I really liked that the main characters didn't fall madly in love with one another at first sight. Lucien is mourning his recently murdered wife while trying
Kate L
Nov 18, 2010 Kate L rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book right smack dab in the middle of two very heavy and depressing books that I didn't really love, so The Spurned Viscountess was a very welcome relief. Sometimes, do you just want to read a fun romance that may not be the most prolific book you ever read, but just gives you a break from your stressful life? This is just the book. The was some mystery and murder, but not emotionally heart wrenching. The mystery element was more cozy mystery that heart pumping thriller, which was go ...more
Kamery Solomon
Jul 07, 2011 Kamery Solomon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I decided to try my hand at romance again :) This time I was a little more daring though, haha!
Rosalind is a character that you can connect with easily because you know just as much as she does about her new life. It was nice to learn things with her verses having the blanks filled in by back stories and flashbacks shared between characters.
Lucien is one of those characters that you kind of love to hate right at the very beginning (love more than hate I would say!) because he's so distant a
Mar 20, 2016 Kinnis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 to 3.5 stars
Sep 20, 2010 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A marriage of convenience--not just for financial reasons, but because the bride is fearful of being accused of being a witch, all because she has "the sight." Her husband is honoring a long-standing marriage agreement and just simply doesn't want her. But she insists, seeing this marriage as a simple matter of survival. Good story that is well-told and gives insight into the prejudices that plagued persons with any form of ESP in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Jul 07, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic gothic romance, with attempts made on the heroes life, attempts made on the heroines life, servants murdered, kidnapping, smugglers, accusations of witchcraft, you name it. All in all, an enjoyable read, Ms Munro made it work.
Apr 04, 2011 CaroB rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read Ms Munro's contemp novels and enjoyed them, but in all honesty, I think it was the mystery in this that kept it going for me. It was ok, but wouldn't read another historical from this author.
Jun 24, 2012 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun gothic regency. A mystery, a few murders, smuggling, a bit of romance and talk of treasure; what more could you ask for in a book.
Jun 09, 2009 Carol rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Fluffy Gothic romance. I ate it up. Sweet and sexy without being pornographic, which is hard to find in romances these days.
ms bookjunkie
This kind of reminded me of the Victoria Holts I used to gobble up when I was aged twelve (or so). Kind of.
Lady Domino

BUT reminded me of Jane Atkin Hodge's Watch the Wall My Darling - which is a far better written book.
Note: Bought the EPUB version directly from Carina Press
Jul 19, 2011 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Can't finish it! Boring.
Danielle rated it really liked it
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 21, 2015 11:30AM  
  • Demon's Fall
  • The Sevenfold Spell (Accidental Enchantments, #1)
  • Like Clockwork
  • The Debutante's Dilemma
  • His Scandalous Kiss (Secrets at Thorncliff Manor, #3)
  • Swept Away
  • Cowboy in the Kitchen
  • The Price of Freedom (Out of the Bottle, #1)
  • Dance Lessons
  • Silver Bound
  • Landing in Love (Born to Fly, #1)
  • Friendly Fire
  • Unthinkable
  • Prisoner of the Flames
  • All the Right Reasons (Damaged Heroes, #3)
  • Unlacing the Innocent Miss (Regency Silk & Scandal, #6)
  • Immortal Champion (Immortal Brotherhood, #3)
  • Warrior of Ice (Warriors of Ireland, #1)
Shelley lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband and a rambunctious puppy.

Typical New Zealanders, Shelley and her husband left home for their big OE soon after they married (translation of New Zealand speak - big overseas experience). A year long adventure lengthened to six years of roaming the world. Enduring memories include being almost sat on by a mountain gorilla in Rwanda, lazing on
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