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The Viscount and the Vixen

(The Hellions of Havisham #3)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,641 ratings  ·  322 reviews
Love begets madness. Viscount Locksley watched it happen to his father after his cherished wife’s death. But when his sire arranges to marry flame-haired fortune hunter Portia Gadstone, Locke is compelled to take drastic measures to stop the stunning beauty from taking advantage of the marquess. A marriage of mutual pleasure could be convenient, indeed... as long as inconv ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 389 pages
Published November 29th 2016 by Avon
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Ana They were pretty good, actually. I gave 4 stars to both previous books.

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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
The Viscount and the Vixen is wonderful! More than a romance, it's a beautiful love story, and I can't seem to put into words how deeply it touched me. I was certain I wouldn't like her, but Portia is so much more than she appears. Even though I was shocked and appalled as her story unfolds, I often felt like my heart was being torn apart and was brought to tears for the things she endured and the choices she had to make. And Locke... what a devoted son he is! And attractive, hard working, sensu ...more
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

Lorraine Heath is one of those writers whose work really resonates with me. I don’t know what it is exactly, but the emotional content of her books draws me to her time and time again, and I will often finish one of her novels feeling completely wrung out and unable to pick up another book for at least twenty-four hours. Such was the case with The Viscount and the Vixen, the final full-length novel in her Hellions of Havisham Hall series.

The Marquess of Marsden is a recluse, labell
I thought I could do this one because I enjoy Heath's writing but my personal dislike issues got in the way. Not a fan of secret trying to pass off as hero's baby angst, insta-lust, or first chapter starting off like this:

Leaning forward, he dug his elbows into his thighs. “I’m simply striving to determine why a woman as young and lovely as yourself would be willing to lie on her back so a man as shriveled as my father can slide on top of her.”
“Locke!” his father bellowed. “You’ve gone too fa
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*4.25 stars*

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed The Viscount and the Vixen by Lorraine Heath as this was my first Lorraine Heath, and, as usual, I barely read the blurb before buying it. But I really, really liked it, and I could barely put it down in the last 100 pages.

Whenever I go to a book convention, I try to read as many of the attending authors as possible. Book Lovers Con is fast approaching, and Lorraine Heath was my first author to check off my to-read list. I am truly thrilled that
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie

The Viscount and the Vixen, is the third book I've read by Lorraine Heath and I've said it once and I'll say it again. Lorraine Heath is an automatic one click author for me, her books are bundles of angst filled romance and once you start reading one, you immediately become overcome with so many feels, that by the time you're done you're just a puddle of emotion. Speaking of puddles and emotions that exactly how I feel right now.

Portia and Locksley's story is one shrouded in mystery, on one han
✨ Gramy ✨
** Contains mature themes **

This is the third book in series entitled: 'A Hellions of Havisham' featuring Viscount Locksley and Portia Gadstone. This series contains such unique storylines that they cannot fail to impress unless of course the reader is entirely opposed to the sensual content.

Love begets madness. Viscount Locksley watched it happen to his father after his cherished wife’s death. But when his sire arranges to marry flame-haired fortune hunter Portia Gadstone, Locke is compelled
Dec 29, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ 84%. Here's me the entire time:

Because, no. Please don't read this book, I beg you. If you don't, you'll have several hours to plot world domination, or think up a way to end world hunger, or nap. You'll be a happier, healthier person. Really.


If you do read The Viscount and the Vixen, you'll read a depressing tale of an emotionally damaged guy, aka Viscount Locksley aka Locke, being forced into marriage by his mentally unstable fathe
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
What a wonderful conclusion for Hellions!!!

Portia is such a good match for Locke!!! He needed for somebody to shake him up! To pull him by his hair from a depression that had accompanied him all his life! And Portia was just perfect for that role!

I loved how she lied, but didn't lie completly! Every lie had some truth in it! Also, sometime she didn't lie at all, but said the truth in such way that Locke could interpret it however he wished... and often wrongly! LOL

I loved how she and the Marques
Carol Cork *Young at Heart Oldie*
It is wonderful books like this that have made Lorraine Heath one of my top favourite authors. Her beautifully written and deeply emotional love stories keep me coming back for more.

After his mother died giving birth to him, Viscount Locksley (Locke) watched his father, the Marquess of Marsden, slowly driven mad with grief over the loss of his beloved wife. Locke intends to marry eventually, but it will never be for love having seen first-hand the devastation such an emotion can cause. He choose
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: june-2020
this series is fantastic and a must-read!
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Great emotional romance.

This was a little different love story than I usually like to read. But seeing the authors name I knew it would be a great story....and it was.
Dec 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Too sad I can't get a refund

There's so much I did not like about this book. And I llik some books by this author so I pre-ordered the book. For that reason it can't be returned.
Warning spoilers ahead.....
Just a few things that I dislike:

They fall into lust at first sight. On a time where showing your hands was almost a sexual act, we have the h talking about sexual positions during one of the earlier conversations. Not credible unless she was a courtesan. Supposedly she was a widow. Also, A se
Joanna Loves Reading
This was not among my favorite Heath books. There were two more major things working against it.

1. Because one of the main characters is the hero’s elderly father, the narration was much more difficult to listen to than the previous stories. The voice used for him was raspy and scratchy and not easy on the ears.

2. The “big secret” the heroine has was apparent from the very beginning to me. Heath stories tend to have some amount of big reveal, a measure of alarm. Much of the time this works in t
Book Wonderland
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
*4.5 stars
This book was a great ending for the series. The story was great and also surprising in the end, but I really enjoyed it. I loved Locksley and Portia just like the other couples (Ashe and Minerva and Edward and Julia).

Here's my ranking for all 3 books:
1) Falling Into Bed with a Duke
2) The Viscount and the Vixen
3) The Earl Takes All
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2017, hr, 2-stars
2.5 stars

I'm sorry in advance but I won't go into the plot because it's late and I'm feeling lazy and there are so many reviews that cover it anyway.

Finally finished this.

And nope, nopdety, nope, nope, nope. Lorraine Heath's story telling isn't working for me.

I really do appreciate the different and difficult tropes she uses. At least, she comes up with aspects of 19th century moral codes that leaves her main characters in almost impossible situations. Her stories are far from being formulaic.

Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Killian St. John, Viscount Locksley, aka Locke, knows that love = madness. So when his so-called mad father comes down to breakfast and announces his engagement to his pen pal Portia Gadstone, Locke does the completely sane thing and marries her in his sire's place. Obviously, Portia has secrets and Locke has miles to go before his boner is sated. Will their lust ever lift long enough for actual emotions to take root?

1. Honestly, the lusting was a bit much. And not in a good way. It was just so
Secretly Reading
I am very conflicted about this book. I adored 75% of it: the set-up was humorous, the heroine unusual in her self determination, the prickly hero, and their intense but emotional romance. This was well on its way to being a 5 star read...and then...the hero learns something about the heroine and he says some unforgivable things. Yet, he suddenly has a grand epiphany and the heroine takes him back with NO discussion on what he said. I am LIVID at this, like LIVID! He said cutting things that com ...more
Beanbag Love
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
One of my most hated tropes. The secret that goes on for the vast majority of the book.

Lorraine Heath is better than this. I loved the setup with the Mad Marquess and his handsome son, Viscount Locksly. Portia, Locke's young wife, is an interesting character too, but she's the one with the secret.

There are multiple problems with this trope. First is the coy hinting that there's a big secret. Well, these weren't even hints, it was a constant refrain of, "when he learned the truth he'd hate her.
Sophie Barnes
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another enticing read from Lorraine Heath.

Having spent his entire life witnessing the pain love has caused his father, Viscount Locksley knows that he will never allow himself to feel such deep emotion for any woman. So when his father announces that he is contractually bound to marry a woman who answered an advert he placed in the newspaper, Locke offers to save him from further heartache and from the fortune huntress his bride appears to be, by marrying her himself. After all, there's no chanc
Dawn-a very sensitive romance reader
My referenece as to why I do not wish to read it:
Jen Davis
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this third installment in the Hellions of Havisham series where we finally go inside the home of the Mad Marquess of Marsden. This is his son, Locke’s story, but Marsden plays a pivotal part. The old Marquess arranged a marriage for himself with a total stranger. The only way his son can get him out of it is to take his place.

Portia is a woman with a secret. We know that from the very beginning, but the particulars take time to unfold. She answered the Marquess’s ad because it was the
It pains me to give a book by Lorraine Heath such a low rating, but the self-serving deception by the heroine is unforgivable. I was not crash hot on the fact that she openly and shamelessly bragged about her sexual confidence and abilities to the hero and his father at their first meeting. I guessed her secret early on and hoped against hope that her eventual remorse and big soap story will redeem her later on. Instead of her background tale being a victim of emotional/physical abuse and innoce ...more
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Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Locksley was introduced in the first book and I really wanted him to have a great story. The love between the protagonists and its development is one of the things that saves this story.

It seems I'm going to love only one heroine in this series. Minerva from the first book is a great character and I hated Julia from the second. Portia is somewhere in between these two. I understand her reasoning and bravery. What I don't understand, no, what I don't want to understand and it doesn't deserve
Quirky Omega
Oh Lord. So many tears. Mostly happiness and a little twinge of sadness. But that's okay. As long as the H and h get to live our their HEA in grand style.

I could have hated it. Lorraine wrote scenes where I could have just flipped off the book and stormed off. Bless her heart for not letting that happen. Even though the characters made decisions that I as a third person did not agree with, I couldn't fault them for it. As a person in their situation, it was so darn easy to sympathise, empathise
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted here on Smitten by Books Review site

4.5 Stars * Top Pick

Portia Gadstone is desperate to marry…really almost anyone of rank. As I read The Viscount and the Viscount, my question was why. Your question will be why too. Portia is so desperate in fact, she’s willing to marry an aged marquess, whom most people think is crazy. Which is how she’s introduced to his heir and only child, Killian St. John, Viscount Locksley.

The physical attraction between the two is immediate and visc
Jessica Grogan
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Viscount and the Vixen by Lorraine Heath

This book literally kept me awake at night trying to finish it because it was so good!

Viscount Locksley swore to never marry a woman he could grow to love after growing up with a father driven mad by his wife's death. When Locke first meets Portia Gadstone and assumes her to be a fortune and title hunter bent on taking advantage of his father, he decides he could never love her and marries her instead.

Portia only agreed to marry Locke's father out
Jan 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was very angry at the heroine in this book. She did something very deceptive. SPOIELR SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER
S...................When heroine arrives to marry the hero's father, she's already pregnant with another man's child. She knows she is pregnant. She lies to the hero and tells him the child is his. Hero is so happy. Then he runs into the heroine's former protector/lover who tells him she was his mistress for two years. Hero
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read - emotional and touching prose, extremely likable and at the same time complicated characters and well developed plot, with enough time for both story and character development. This is my favorite book of the series and it might be my favorite HR this year. Highly recommend!
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Booklover, Indianapolis
(Feb) I really enjoyed this book, as I knew I would. Locke is the quietest and to me the most damaged of the Havisham Hellions. His two best friends are blissfully wedded, Locke appears content to stay in the wilds of Havisham Hall, caring for his father, who is somewhat mad. One day a woman appears with a signed contract - she plans to marry the Mad Earl, age difference not mattering to her in the least. Locke, who fears love as losing his one true love is what drove his father mad, does not tr ...more
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Also writes Young Adult under Rachel Hawthorne, Jade Parker, and with her son as J.A. London)

Lorraine Heath has always had a soft spot for emotional love stories. No doubt because growing up, watching movies with her mom, she was taught that the best movies "won't half make you cry."​​​​​​​

She is the daughter of a British beauty (her mom won second place in a beauty contest sponsored by Max Factor

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  • Falling Into Bed with a Duke (The Hellions of Havisham, #1)
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