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The Viscount Made Me Do It

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I enjoy slipping into one of Diane Quincy’s historical romances and was delighted to return to the Clandestine Affairs series with the second novel; The Viscount Made Me Do It. Read on to see why I found an Arab female bonesetter and a sexy, outcast Viscount so enchanting. A touch of suspense, culture and swoons await you.

In 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.
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Diana Quincy’s The Viscount Made Me Do It (Clandestine Affairs Book 2) is an engaging and interesting story that kept my attention from cover to cover.

Hanna Zaydan, the daughter of Arab merchants has worked hard to become London’s finest bone setter. Thomas Ellis, Viscount Griffin, rumored to have killed his own parents since he was a boy seeks to find his parents killer. A tip leads him to Hanna who is fascinated by him and he is equally captivated by her. Convinced Hannah is a fraud, still Griff cannot stop the feelings that he has for her.

This is a well written, fast-paced, steamy story of two people misjudged by society,  who finds themselves irresistibly drawn to one another. There’s lots of angst, secrets mistrust, romance and a bit of mystery to hold the readers attention.

I liked the characters from the start. Hannah was strong yet  vulnerable and Griff thought he had long since buried his feelings and ability to love and trust.  

The dialogue is good, the plot is intriguing and the story takes on a life of its own. The chemistry between Hanna and Griff is off the charts. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by Diana Quincy.

Thank you so much Ms. Quincy for this entertaining love story.
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Fantastic peek into history that isn't typically covered in historical romance. Hanna is a bonesetter- a profession I was completely unfamiliar with prior to reading this, and a woman doing basically medical sets her apart from the more comfortable, nobility that historical heroines occupy. Griffin is a wonderfully tortured hero who is suspicious of all but the one closest to him. Feeling like his family abandoned him, and blamed him for his parents' death reads as cliché, but Quincy turns the trope on its on head and works beautifully to create dramatic conflict.

The villain is predictable though the motives were a twist I wasn't expecting. Tracking the breadcrumbs adds to the story and is in no way distracting from the story. Rather they' help build the story and made my experience as a reader all the fuller. The happily ever after is incredibly satisfying, not sticky sweet and sugary-  justice is served and Hanna and Griffin save each other.
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When Thomas Ellis, Viscount Griffin, sees his mother's necklace on a young Arab woman in a tavern, he decides to use her bonesetter services for himself and find out more about her.  He thinks that Hanna Zaydan is a quack and will not cure him of his pain but he means to find out if she had anything to do with the death of his parents, especially since everyone believes that he murdered them.
As they work closely together to restore Griff to his former self, he begins to believe in her abilities and that she might also help him find out what really happened to his family.  As time goes by and they get to know each other better, they are both drawn toward one another.
An interesting take on the historical romantic mystery that has an unusual background that shows the medical, class and ethnic bigotry of the day.
Thank you Avon and NetGalley for this e-galley of "The Viscount Made Me Do It".
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I really liked this one! 

Our hero AND heroine are prickly, to say the least, and mistrust each other pretty much from the jump. Watching them let their guards down and seeing a woman do her job well despite all the reasons not to in a historical? A solid read and I look forward to more of Quincy’s work.
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4.5 Stars - Top Pick

This is the first book that I have read by this author. I found the book very entertaining and I loved the main characters. I enjoyed the historical detail and authenticity of language. She drew me into the story with Hannah’s knowledge of bonesetting. I loved the diversity of the characters. It isn’t often you see an Arab heroine in a historical romance. I learned a lot reading this book. It would have been nice to have a translation of the Arabic phrases used in this book. I looked up the phrases on Google translate to no avail. The romance and mystery wrapped in a wonderfully told story had me turning the pages.   

First, we meet the Thomas Ellis, Viscount Griffin, who is grieving the loss of family as he tries to solve the mystery of their demise. I felt like he was just lost wondering around in life while ignoring his title and the duties that came with it. He took notice of a certain bonesetter wearing a piece of jewelry from his mother and wanted to know how she came to own it. His search took him to Hannah Zaydan’s townhouse. There she helped him with his injury and they began to be better acquainted with each other.

Hannah Zayden has taken over her father’s bonesetting practice. She’s a strong woman who knows what she wants out of life and damn the people and life circumstances that try to hold her back. I liked the dynamic between Hannah and her grandmother. Her grandmother is a little set in her ways and I laughed at some of her sayings.

I also enjoyed the push and pull of Griff and Hannah’s relationship. Their interactions are steamy and left me wanting more. And I couldn’t put the book down when Griff discovered that things he thought he knew about his family weren’t so. It was a great twist to the story. All through this book I was rooting for Griff and Hannah.

The Viscount Made Me Do It was a great read and I look forward to reading more books by Diana Quincy. I found her writing informative and romantic, with a touch of action and mystery, and a slight twist at the end. And that combination drew me in. 

~ Brooke
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This book combined some of my favorite themes — the place of women in the Regency, a look at a culture outside the aristocracy, a broken hero, a mystery and a truly awful villain. Diana Quincy weaves it all together in a wonderful love story. This is the second book in her Clandestine Affairs series, taking us into Regency Arab London and reminding modern readers of the diversity of cultures and lives in our favorite time period. Hanna Zaydan is a bonesetter, a healer. She has fought to build her career, learning at her father's side, even in the face of family opposition and amid a culture where a woman's place was firmly in the home. When she begins treating a new patient, Thomas Ellis (Viscount Griffin in disguise), her carefully constructed world is threatened. He is there to track a mysterious necklace she wears -- it was his mother's -- and he doesn't believe she can heal him. His injuries have resisted the best doctors, after all. To his surprise, not only is there an instant attraction between them, her treatment is working. Their subsequent relationship and efforts to solve the mystery of who killed the viscount's parents combine for an engrossing tale. This was a one-sitting read; I picked it up and couldn't put it down. (I received an ARC from NetGalley; opinions mine).
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The Viscount Made Me Do It by Diana Quincy is a historical romance following Hanna is the daughter in a family of Arab merchants who is currently working as a professional bonesetter in London. After Hanna helps a former soldier named Griff when he is injured, he discovers she is wearing a necklace that he recognizes as his mother. Griff then sets his mind on seducing Hanna to discover her secrets so he can figure out why he is wearing his dead mother's necklace and if she knows about his mother's killer. However as Hanna helps nurse Griff's arm back to health they find themselves getting closer, but will all their secrets push them apart?

I have never heard about a bonesetter, but learning about this historical profession was so intriguing! Hanna is an independent character who is self-possessed and confident in her abilities. I loved how she handled the doctors that did not take her seriously, especially when she was able to help her patients in cases where the doctors had failed. I would have loved to see more about Hannah's family and their history since their culture and merchant background sounded interesting. 

Griff started off as a prickly character that was a bit condescending and arrogant towards Hanna. However I loved that Hanna never backed down, which added to their chemistry. However much like the romance, Griff develops slowly into something more. I appreciated that the romance was a bit of a slow-burn since it allowed you to feel more connected than an insta-love romance. 

A big chunk of the novel was focused on the mystery killer of Griff's mother and how Hanna was involved. Surprisingly, this part of the plot was slower than I thought with clues slowly leading to the killer. Given how forcefully he was came towards Hanna, he seemed much more cautious as the book progressed. However I appreciated that the mystery element was more complex than I originally thought it would be in a romance. This book also touched on so many topics such as prejudice, classism, healthcare historically, which made this novel even stronger in my opinion. 

Overall this was a well-written novel that would be perfect for readers who want both romance and a murder mystery. Absolutely perfect as a summer beach read!

Many thanks to the publisher Avon and Harper Voyager, and Netgalley for the ARC in return for an honest review.
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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 ⭐️ | 4 Flames 🔥 | Added bonus for the historical accuracy and of course the epilogue 😉
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This is Book 2 in the Clandestine Affairs series and it was really enjoyable! From someone in the medical field, I loved the unique story of our heroine, Hanna, being a bonesetter. Because of her profession, she meets Griff, a Viscount who visits her regarding his arm that he injured in the war and that has caused him constant pain for two years. While Hanna repairs Griffs arm, the attraction between them grows hotter and hotter. But, Griff learns that there may be a connection between the murder of his parents and the beautiful bone setter that he is attracted to and cant get out of his mind.
This book was sexy, romantic, unique, mysterious,  and overall so much fun to read! I look forward to more in the series!
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She's a fierce bonesetter, he's a viscount...

Channelling his best batman impression. I really liked the character of Hanna. She is a bonesetter who has to deal with everyone thinking she is a quack or worse. That includes Thomas, Viscount Ellis. He thinks she's a whore. That is the word the author used, not me. He sees her for two reasons, to fix his arm that has been injured for two years and more importantly, to find out why she's wearing his mother's jewelry. After fourteen years, his parents' murder still haunts him and now he's suddenly finding clues to what happened that night. Pretty steamy with a mystery to solve.
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I did not expect the mystery that we got along with Hanna and Griff's story. But I enjoyed all of it. Seeing a woman who is not the usual heroine was great. Hanna is of Arab descent, practices a healing skill, and she is a strong woman. 

Hanna Zaydan is a bonesetter.  A skill she learned from her father. She enjoys helping people feel better even though her family might not be exactly thrilled about it. Her new patient seems a little skeptical about what she can do for him. 

Viscount Griffin has been seeking to find out who killed his parents. A tip leads him to the bonesetter. He sees a necklace that belonged to his mother around her neck and uses his injury as a way to get close to her.

When he confesses his initial reasons for seeking her out Hanna decides to help him. They scour her father's meticulous notes to see who paid with the stolen jewelry. And of course the more time they spend together the stronger their attraction grows.


Thanks so much to the author,  Avon, and Netgalley for this ARC  to review.
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London  -  1816

Thomas Ellis, Viscount Griffin (Griff) Injured his arm and shoulder when he fell from a horse during the war.  The ensuing pain has cost him sleep and enjoyment of life.  Griff’s parents were murdered some years ago at their home, Ashby Manor.

While in a cafe, Griff sees a woman who had been called to help someone in pain.  She is Hanna Zayday, 26, and a bonesetter.  The medical field tends to look upon bonesetters with suspicion, calling them frauds.  Griff also notices her wearing a necklace that had been torn from his mother’s body the night she was murdered.  So, two-fold, he decides to call upon Hanna to see if he can learn more about the necklace and to see if she can help with his pain.  After several visits with Hanna, she has not only relieved his pain, but he has become quite enamored by her.

Hanna’s family are Arabs and they want Hanna to give up being a bonesetter and get married.  However, she is determined to help as many people as she can.  When Griff continues to call upon her, their attraction is ignited.

Griff has not returned to his family home since his parents were murdered.  So, when he learns that there may be a journal there with the answer to who could have murdered his parents, he decides to go and Hanna agrees to go as well at the request of his sister.  Can they find what he is looking for?

This book has several plots going at the same time which helps make it more interesting as just the relationship between Griff and Hanna isn’t enough to really grab the reader’s attention.  All in all, I feel that I learned something about bonesetters in London. 

Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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This one was such a good read and it came at just the right time. I’ve been struggling with getting into historicals these past few months and this book reminded me of why I love them so much! Hanna is a bonesetter who’s passionate about what she does. Despite the pushback she faces for her profession, and doing her profession as a woman, she never falters in her mission to heal people. Griff is someone who has suffered in for two years and no doctors, even his own guardian who was a doctor, could figure out how to fix him. The second they meet we get the chemistry sizzling on the page. There’s a lot of intrigue in this one involving murders, a necklace, and betrayal! Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty!

What I loved:
-Hanna is considered a fraud as bonesetters are not respected by others in the medical profession, and I loved how she dealt with this! Especially the very first scene she’s in!
-Griff is in extreme pain when we’re first introduced to him and I loved getting to see his character transform as he slowly gets his body back. It felt like a wonderful portrayal of chronic pain and just how detrimental it can be to someone’s life.
-The tension between them in those scenes where she’s tending to his injury is so good!
-This read like an old school historical in the best kind of way. The shifts we get in POV between Hanna and Griff remind me so much of authors like Elizabeth Lowell and Iris Johansen, who use the POV shifts as a way to immediately get you into the characters head you need to be in! I love books like this and this one was executed perfectly.
-Hanna’s dynamic with her family is beautiful and I loved getting to read a romance where family is at the forefront instead of in the background. Even for Griff family becomes a big thing in who he is going forward in his life.

What I didn’t love:
-The big thing for me was how much was going on in this book. There were so many threads in the plot to keep up with and I personally would have preferred it if it had been a bit more simple. It took away from the romance and made it more confusing than it needed to be. Other than this though, it was an amazing read!

This book has amazing Arab representation in Regency England with Hanna and her family! It shows traditions and how they get passed down by family like Hanna’s profession as a bonesetter, and emphasizes how important familial relationships are in this culture. While Hanna does face racism/prejudices because of who she is and what she does, it never feels icky like it sometimes can in historicals. 

This is a book to have on your TBR list if it isn’t already! 

*I received this ARC through NetGalley and voluntarily read this book. my thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you NetGalley, Avon, and Harper Voyager for giving me the chance to read an advanced copy!*
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Hanna is a bonesetter who's helping her father with his business. Thomas, Viscount Griffin, is a former soldier dealing with a damaged shoulder no one has been able to fix. When he sees Hanna, he thinks she's a fraud...and that she may know who killed his parents (thanks to a necklace she's wearing). Can Hanna convince him she's for real?

Interesting historical mystery. I like Hanna, who is the daughter of Arab immigrants. She's trying to be the best at her chosen profession. Thomas has been through alot, so he's understandably more standoffish and less trusting. Despite their differences, the two seem to work well together. The storyline is intriguing as well. There's a mystery, danger, lies and subterfuge, interfering family, prejudice, class differences, lightly steamy love scenes, and ultimately a well-deserved happily ever after. Definitely worth reading.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. My thoughts and opinions are my own and without bias or favor or expectation.
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This romance shows a different part of London than the typical historical. I knew very little about the view of "bonesetters" in England before reading this book. The heroine, Hanna Zaydan, works in this already fraught career, despite being a woman and being of Arab descent. She is in a very difficult position. Even the hero thinks she is a fraud at the beginning. This added some great layers to the novel, which had a mystery on top of everything else. 

The heroine is simply awesome. She works hard and is so smart. So it made some of her actions with the hero seem a bit unlikely, given her heritage and how hard she had worked for her goals. The hero is okay, if a bit boring. I found him frustrating at times, particularly in his unwillingness to have a conversation with his sisters. The mystery plot overshadows the romance at times, so keep that in mind. 

This book is definitely worth the read for the variety it provides. I do not think you need to read the first book to follow this one. 

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the publisher and Net Galley in return for a fair review.
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This book takes place in the same beautiful world I fell in love with in the first book. We got to dive deeper into the background Viscount Griffin ( who is my absolute favorite character I've read about lately ). Learning about his background made me love his character even more. Hanna is also a fascinating character because she is a bonesetter. It is very uncommon to read about a well written female character who is in a profession that is not considered a "female profession". It was such a beautiful book and I cannot wait to read more from Diana Quincy.
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This is so different from other romances I’ve read lately. 
The characters are interesting, the plot intriguing and the romance so passionate! 
I dived into this completely blind. I did not get a chance to read the first book in this series but this read fine as a standalone. 
Hanna and Griff are flawed characters from the start and I enjoyed watching them develop and grow throughout the story. I think I would have liked a bit more time devoted to them as individuals but it didn’t ruin the story for me. 
Overall a very enjoyable historical romance with an interesting plot and sizzling romance.
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This book was fun and a little different! Hanna is Arab comes from a line of bonesetters; masters in the art of healing joints and bones in a time of limited Western medical knowledge on the subject. She happens to run into Griff, member of the nobility and owner of a badly injured shoulder and wrist. Griff has his own secrets and reasons for getting close to Hannah, but eventually sparks fly between the pair as they team up to end the rumors of Griff's involvement in his parents' deaths.  

Hanna was the definite bright spot in this story. Her family members are arguably the best part (especially the grandmother character) and the book is sprinkled with details of her Arab background through food, expressions, and dress. Griff, meanwhile, is not quite as interesting as the heroine, and the resolution to his dead parents subplot can be seen from a mile away. This is book 2 of a series and there is a brief cameo from the couple in the first book it can absolutely be read as a standalone. Overall I enjoyed this one and would recommend it! Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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4.25/5 stars!

When the hero noticed a piece of jewelry that he knows belonged to his late mother was on the heroine's body, he wanted answers. Injured from war, the hero went to the heroine, a bonesetter, to help with his pain but also feeling attracted to the heroine. The heroine is also attracted to the hero, but knows that their differences in social standing will be dangerous to her reputation. Add along the mysterious murder of the hero's parents, this book deals with a strong couple who is facing obstacles to their happy ending.

I enjoyed reading this Diana Quincy book. This historical romance book can stand alone but for a clear image of some secondary characters in this book, the first book of the Clandestine Affairs series should be read. Focusing on flawed but strong characters, I enjoyed the main couple focused on this book. Both characters showed vulnerability and strength throughout the book, and I found how they faced everything together and individually an entertaining read. There were some distinctive secondary characters that were supportive of the couple and there were some others who I wouldn't mind shaking them to their senses, which also included the hero until a pivotal point of the book. The author's writing style is exclusive and I enjoyed the story's vibe. Lastly, it was interesting to learn more about an occupation that wasn't approved in the medical field during this historical period. Overall, this book is an enjoyable read and I look forward to reading more Diana Quincy books in the future.

**Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the review copy. All opinions and thoughts in the review are my own.**
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