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His Unsuitable Viscountess

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  18 reviews
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A lifetime of living in a man's world has given sword-making-factory owner Eleanor Blackwell some very definite opinions—particularly about the duplicity of men!

Benjamin Grayson, Viscount Whittonstall, seems to be cut from a different cloth—Eleanor responds to his touch with a passion normally reserved only for fencing! She may be spectacularly unsuited to
Published August 3rd 2012 by Harlequin Enterprises (first published January 1st 2012)
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Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
A convenient arrangement between an unconventional Regency businesswoman and a debonair nobleman leads to something more in Michelle Styles’ delightful historical romance, His Unsuitable Viscountess!

Miss Eleanor Blackwell will do anything to save her thriving sword-making factory from the nefarious clutches of her stepfather’s nephew. Eleanor has not dedicated her entire life to the business only for it to be snatched away by an odious man who doesn’t know the first thing about making swords! Wi
Christina Hollis
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I bought this book on the strength of Michelle Styles' fascinating interview on the Smart Bitches site (
I'd heard about Eleanor Coade, but assumed she was a one-off. That wasn't the case at all, and Eleanor Blackwell is a worthy fictional addition to the ranks of female businesswomen.
"His Unsuitable Viscountess" opens with Eleanor in a bind. She must marry to secure her inheritance after her mother's unwise decision led to the family's respected sword-
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
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-- Disclosure: I received a copy of this as a GoodReads giveaway --

I haven't read a romance in a very long time so I pleasantly surprised to receive this book as a way to get back into the genre. The author has a great way of building interest and intrigue and getting you hooked on the story. It was actually shocking how much I wanted to get back to reading the story, which I haven't found in a good book lately. I was thoroughly impressed.

My only critique is that it seems the author was told t
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

And I glad that I won it. I enjoyed reading this book. I think that the author developed the characters well. I loved that there was a strong woman in this book as it is a Historical Romance and if know history it was not an easy time for women. I am trying to branch out from what I normally read (paranormal books) and this was a good book to help do that. I would recommend this book for anyone who likes historical romance or romance a
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
I loved the premise of this book with a non-traditional historical female character - a successful business owner. However, I felt that the conflicts were much too labored over and misguided on both the hero and heroine's part. A little communication could have gone a long way. It was refreshing at the beginning of the story how frank they were with one another, but by the middle both had turned into mushheads about everything.

*Potential spoiler*

Sensitive readers should be aware that this book d
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I can't remember the last time I read a regency romance, if at all, but I really liked this one! I particularly enjoyed the main character because she was a strong independent woman who didn't need a man, but was able to find love. A very good story with great ly developed, diverse characters. If you like regency romances, check this one out.
Victoria Parker
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Probably one of my favourite of Michelle Styles' historical romances. From the tension-filled opening to the fantastic sword sparring between the H&H to the heartbreaking moments of dreams dashed, this is a highly emotional read, a true page-turner. Most definitely recommended!
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Nice story about a business woman, the owner of a sword foundry, who needs to marry very quickly in order to keep her business. The hero is a viscount who encounters her, accepts her challenge to engage in a bout of swordplay, and is intrigued by her. So he proposes himself as her spouse. Things are going along swimmingly until his mother shows up and proves to be one of those sweet, manipulative women who passively aggress until everyone around them dances to her tune. And since the heroine is ...more
Michelle Zapf-bélanger
Jan 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
I thought it would be amusing to read a Regency on my phone in those quiet moments when I'd normally go to Facebook or those addictive word games. I still think it might be, but I need a different Regency. It seems as though this book struggles to find a plot. It has an interesting premise, but we never really know what the characters want or need, and the dialogue flows so badly sometimes that is seems that characters are just coming out with non-sequiturs. I'll try again.
Jul 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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When the author contacted me about this book, I immediately said yes, I love a heroine in a historical setting who is not the stereotypical historical heroine like the three heroines of the Ugly Duckling Series by Manda Collins. This is an example of the non-stereotypical heroine and to get some background information, you need to read this article that the author wrote for Smart Bitches Trashy Books (http://smartbitchestrashyb
Apr 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More her story than his, it is all about believing in yourself and communication. It has good characters and an interesting point, but unfortunately it failed to move me.
Dec 31, 2016 rated it liked it
3/5 stars (I would of rated 3.5)

This book was a first of many, that included the main female character as a business woman. This was intriguing and wonderful as I read through the book. The character developments that had changed was remarkable, for she was changing her business ways into societal ways in hoping for love (although the change was not ideal and she did stay an incredible business woman).
It was fascinating and I was shocked how much I enjoyed the book. However, although the book wa
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
3 e 1/2

«Di tutte le donne del mondo, ero io quella che desideravate baciare?»
«L’unica. Siete la sola che rende completa la mia vita.» Ben indicò le luci di Londra. «Tutto questo non significa nulla senza di voi.»

Come spesso accade, ad una prima parte carina e coinvolgente si contrappone una seconda più lenta e triste. Il primo incontro tra i due è originale, un duello tra spadaccini...che vince lei XD Inevitabilmente Ben ne rimane affascinato, del resto lei non solo è un'abile spadaccina ma anch
Aug 17, 2012 rated it liked it
I typically try and read any books I win through a Goodreads giveway in the order that I receive them. However, yesterday afternoon as it was pouring rain (a much needed rain) I couldn't help sitting outside on the porch with a glass of wine and a trusted romance novel. Harlequin's are never spectacular or unpredictable, but on a rainy day, they are perfect and exactly what you need. His Unsuitable Viscountess was a lovely afternoon treat, with the lead character Eleanor being an admirable femal ...more
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Rosa C.
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. I liked the characters but the story had it's bumps.
I give this 3.2

It was nice read . I enjoyed it .
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Born and raised near San Francisco Califorinia, Michelle Styles currently lives a few miles south of Hadrian's Wall with her husband, three children and menagerie of pets. An avid reader, she became hooked on historical romance when she discovered Georgette Heyer, Anya Seton and Victoria Holt in her school's library. Michelle enjoys writing stories in a wide range of time periods including Roman, ...more