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The Viscount Made Me Do It

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Do you ever read those books that take you to mother place and time so thoroughly that you never want to leave? This book did that for me!

I had never read this author before, but I’m going to now go and read her previous books! Her characters were wonderful and I loved the story..
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I enjoyed this historical romance.  The character of Hannah is very interesting.  She is an bonesetter, a healer and a Arab woman, all things that don't make her popular in a field that is dominated by men.  She is a very strong willed woman, that is trying to help as many people as she can.  Griff is a viscount who comes to Hannah after encountering her and seeing she is wearing his late mother's sapphire pendant, which had been stolen on the eve of his parent's murders.  He comes to her to get her opinion and help with an old war injury that has been plaguing him for years.  He becomes more and more interested in her and wants to get to know her better, even though he knows that nothing can be b etween them.  Hannah helps him find out the truth of how the pendant came to be in her late father's keeping.  Between the two of them, Griff is able to find out the truth of who was responsible for his parent's murders and why.  Griff and Hannah do get their HEA with each other.
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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.
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The concept of bonesetting, let alone a female bonesetter was not something I was familiar with. I enjoyed reading the aspect of the book and learning about Hanna and her work. I loved that she was a strong, capable female that was able to live on her own and did not have to rely on anyone. I also enjoyed that she was Arab as I had no idea that there were Arab merchants and their families established in England at the time. For me, the romance was secondary to the characters. I also wanted to get the backstory on Hanna's cousin from the first book in the series and want to read the subsequent book about her brother as well.
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The premise of this story is terrific and it unfolds nicely if a little predictably. 

Hanna is an Arab bonesetter, trying to create a career for herself and Griffin is a Viscount with a bum shoulder, searching for his parent’s murderer. He goes to Hanna, under the guise as a potential patient, with strong doubts about her abilities, thanks to the traditional medical community’s point of view and his very biased cousin.

Hanna’s competence is one of the best parts of this book and soon Griffin is enamored!

There were some character choices that I questioned, such as how could Hanna be so ignorant of sex and her body when she had been studying anatomy her whole life? Also, I wish the author had used a more seamless way of incorporating Arabic into the story, either providing a glossary at the end of the novel or inserting the translation immediately. For me, wondering what an Arabic word or phrase meant took me out of the story multiple times.

That said, this book was sweet and entertaining. I appreciated the interracial and inter-cultural romance and I would love to see more of this in historical romances in the future.
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Diana Quincy is the master of historical romance with characters that have been missing from the genre. The Viscount Made Me Do It is the perfect historical summer read. I know it will be a hit with HR readers. 

In the last book we met the Duke’s best friend, Viscount Griffin (Thomas Ellis). Rumors have circulated that he killed his parents years ago. They were murdered in their home when Griff was fifteen and supposedly slept through the incident. After many years he receives a package with his mother’s stolen ring and is able to trace it to a post office. When he goes to a nearby tavern he finds a women wearing his mother’s stolen necklace. She is revealed as a local bonesetter and Griff uses his war injury as an excuse to visit her.

Hanna Zaydan is a bone setter. She comes from a large family in London of Arab descent. She learned how to set bones from her father before her. It is a goal to set up her own practice outside her family’s home. At the time, Bone setters were looked upon as quacks. So from the start Hanna has quite a few odds against her. 

I loved this book and couldn't put it down. I love that Hanna is a bonesetter. It is always fascinating to learn about medical practices and I loved getting to peak in on her at work. I loved the dynamics between characters. In someways Hanna is a heroine with views from our century, but Griff juxtaposes that in a complex way. The mystery is great in this one. I was very invested in finding out every last detail! Can’t wait for the next in series!

I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

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This book is so great!! Diana Quincy does such an amazing job of exploring intersections of race, class, and gender in this historical moment while also writing fabulous relationships and super steamy romance. She has become an auto buy author for me, and this book is no exception!
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Oh how I love this book, let me count the ways! Hanna Zaydan is an unforgettable heroine: all she wants in life is to open her own clinic in London as a bonesetter, a heavily stigmatized profession that the aristocracy dismisses as fraud. But when veteran Viscount Griffin shows up at her door with a painful war injury that traditional medicine hasn't been able to treat, she makes a powerful ally in her quest. But is Griffin only interested in Hanna for an end to his chronic pain, or does his arrival have something to do with the ugly murders of his parents many years ago? This book is full of intrigue, chemistry and fascinating medical history. It is a true original.
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This book was great!  I had not read anything from Diana Quincy before.  She is well-liked, so I knew that there was a good chance I would enjoy her work.  I didn't appreciate what a different spin she would bring to the world of historical romance and I loved it.  Hanna is an independent woman working as a bonesetter.  Viscount Griffin becomes particularly interested in her when he sees her wearing his mother's pendant that was stolen on the evening of his parents' murders.  An old injury that plagues him provides the perfect excuse for him to visit Hanna's practice and see if he can learn what she may know abut who killed his parents.

I really enjoyed so much about this book.  I loved that Hanna was independent and fought for her right to practice bone setting while remaining loyal to her Arab family and their traditions and expectations.  More than any other historical romance I have read, I really felt for how trapped she felt by society's expectations.  I loved that Griffin honored and respected that and, even when he felt very torn, always tried to do the right thing.  While the writing felt somewhat stiff at times, I enjoyed their discussions about their backgrounds and hopes for the future and the way they grew together.  The plot was predictable but intriguing and kept the pages turning until the end of the book.  This was a fast and enjoyable read and has me wanting to visit the author's backlist.  While this is the second in a series, I never felt lost reading it and believe that it does stand on its own.   I look forward to the next book for sure.
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I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Hanna Zaydan is a bonesetter whose skills are constantly questioned because she is a female on top of no one taking her profession seriously. Thomas Ellis, Viscount Griffin, encounters Hanna at a coffee shop and sees that she has something from his past that could hold a clue about who killed his parents.

I am already a big Diana Quincy fan, and I really enjoyed this one a lot. I loved Griffin and Hanna. While this one isn't overly steamy, I did feel a lot of connection from this couple not just physically but emotionally. I thought the story was interesting enough to keep me reading, but it was easy to guess who was the bad guy. I wish there was a little more mystery and it wasn't so easy to guess, but I'm just being picky. It was a fun read!

I'm very much looking forward to the next one!
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This is a highly entertaining unique story. Hanna learned to be a bonesetter from an early age by assisting her father. After his passing she has dedicated her life to helping others in following in his foot steps. Griff is a viscount who is haunted by the past and looking for answers when he sees Hanna wearing his mother's necklace that she was wearing the night she was murdered.... I really enjoyed the characters in this one especially Hanna she is smart, strong, confident, and fearless. I'm eagerly excited for book three, but I'm also hoping for Raif's story. Thank You to Avon & NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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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.
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I loved this book, it is super original and unique!! 

Hanna is a female bonesetter that loves to help people with the abilities that she learned from her father, defying all circumstances that are not on her side for being a woman and an Arab.
She and Griff met when he, an injured soldier, come to her consult with much more than his hurt arm, he thinks that there he can find more about his parent's murderers.
What none of the MC have in mind was the immense attraction that they were going to feel... An believe me, they have it!

What I loved the most about this book was the fact that Hanna was THE BEST at her profession, I love to see working woman in historicals that challenge and overcome all difficulties that are presented to them. 
Also, I really liked (and swoon) when Griff defended Hanna when needed and he supported and encouraged her to follow her dreams.

Thank you Avon for the eARC
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** Thanks to Avon & NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! **

I have been meaning to pick up Diana Quincy for a while now (cough cough Her Night with the Duke staring me down from my bookshelf), and am so glad I finally did! This is a fun historical romance that focuses on Hannah, an Arab bonesetter, and Griff, a viscount trying to find answers about his traumatic past). The characters and plot set up felt very unique to me (especially since I’ve read some many HRs this month and some of them are starting to blend together). I loved the glimpses we got into medicine, and the ways in which things have drastically changed over the years. As a bonesetter (a position that was considered pseudoscience by many at the time), Hannah faces so much judgement and hate from virtually everyone around her yet maintains her composure and proves everyone wrong. I liked that she was an independent professional from the start, and that the eventual romance didn't take away from this or make it feel like she was compromising a part of herself to be with Griff. 

However, I can’t help but be a little disappointed with this because I just wanted so much MORE. There were multiple subplots going on (ie., Griff’s parents’ murder, Hannah’s bonesetting practice being in jeopardy), however I don't think each plot was given the proper time to be fully developed which resulted in a lot of it feeling very surface level to me. Hannah’s petty jealousy felt VERY immature and drove me crazy, especially with her being the intelligent professional that she is. Especially considering how important her family and culture is to her, I felt like a lot of it was told to us rather than it being on page. 

Regardless, I very much enjoyed Diana Quincy’s writing style and general characterizations, and would definitely pick up more from her in the future (especially since Brandon’s book is next and I  loved the glimpses we got of him in this). Also, I definitely have to pick up a copy of this when it's released on July 27 because this cover is STUNNING.
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Bonesetter Hanna struggles to make a living when the medical establishment considers her profession to be nothing more than chicanery. The fact that she's a woman, and of Arab descent, makes it even more difficult in London's hierarchical society. Viscount Griffin seeks her help under false pretenses but is stunned when she's able to heal an injury that's plagued him for years despite the advice of the best physicians in London.

They end up working together to save her practice, and to solve the decade-old mystery of his parents' murder. They can't help falling in love, but social expectations make a marriage between them impossible. Can they find a way to be together?

This is a smart, engrossing, well-constructed novel. Hanna and Griffin are a strong couple who clearly belong together. The author did a brilliant job of interweaving the romance and mystery storylines. The plot was well-paced and never lagged. Highly recommend!

Thanks, NetGalley, for the ARC I received. This is my honest and voluntary review.
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I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley and am voluntarily posting a review. All opinions are my own. 

The Viscount Made Me Do It is the second in Diana Quincy’s Clandestine Affairs series. It can be read as a stand-alone, but I did also enjoy the first book, so I would recommend it as well. 

I really enjoyed meeting another Arab heroine in Hanna, and the fact that she’s a bonesetter added to her appeal. I’ve read before about how physicians who went through university looked down on apothecaries, bonesetters, and basically anyone else in the medical field who acquired their knowledge through other  means (such as apprenticeships), and I appreciated the portrayal of that prejudice here, especially given that it overlaps with the very sensitive issue of cultural prejudice against Arabs, which while different contextually back then than today, still existed.

 I appreciated how Hanna valued her profession and would not give it up for anyone, even if she married, which would have been expected of her. I did wonder why she constantly said that if she married, she would be expected to marry an Arab, as this was never shown to provide justification. Another man whom she works with approaches her brother to ask for her hand, and he does not express any misgivings for this reason, and there’s the fact that her cousin Leela (the heroine of book one) is both the product of an interracial Arab/English marriage and recently married a Duke herself, so further clarification would have been appreciated. 

I also really enjoyed Griff as a character. He is trying to resolve what happened to his parents, and who killed them, and a clue is what brings him to Hanna. I truly felt for him due to the way the murders were pinned on him and how his perceptions of what he knew changed with every revelation. 

The romance does feel a bit unbalanced at times, with him leaning on her a lot due to all the twists and turns and his discoveries about his family, and her pulling back from committing due to her reluctance, but as historical romance relationships go, it’s one of the more endearing, and they do work well together. 

This book is a refreshing take on the historical romance genre, and combines the core passionate romance with social commentary and a compelling mystery with ease. If you love historical romance, I definitely recommend picking this up.
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A bonesetter is a fantastic vocation for a woman in Regency England. I really like that about this series. Characters who are not the norm is a real draw. Hanna was such a great character who was to be respected and really wanted to help others. Enter Griff, a skeptic who learns she knows her stuff. This is where I had a bit of a problem. I was not enthralled with Griff. I won’t go into it but let’s just say that he was kind of wishy washy. There is a little mystery but it does not distract from the remaining of the story (I would have liked more information). I am not sure why they got together. I hate that I did not love this book because I absolutely loved the first book.
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My first Quincy and I was delighted. I loved the setting of this book. A viscount dealing with past trauma and a bonesetter who is Arab. I had never heard of a bonesetter and it felt refreshing in a historical romance. I love a good working woman and a gentleman. I think Quincy writes the perfect balance between the tension of the romance and the storyline of the mystery. I think it is always good when I want to read both the romance part and the main storyline. I think this had a different feel with the medical side and the two different cultures. It made for a fun page turning read! I was curious about the title and really felt it didn't fit the story but it was not that big of an issue.
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The Viscount Made Me Do It is book 2 in Diana Quincy's series, The Clandestine Affairs and it features the story of the mysterious Thomas Ellis, Lord Griffin (aka Griff) and an English born Arab woman named Hanna Zaydan who is also an incredibly gifted bonesetter.

This story starts off with a very exciting and promising bang... Hanna shows up to aid a young man's wrist that he claims was put out. When she arrives, she realizes very quickly he and his bros are doing it under the guise to expose her as a fraud and make advances... so she puts his wrist out for him. Griff is there at the same teahouse and is naturally taken by her (she's of course pretty) but what really catches his eye, is the fact that she is wearing a sapphire necklace that belonged to his mother - she was wearing it the night she & Griff's father were brutally murdered.

I thought the premise was so fascinating - so much detail in Hanna's work, and the mystery of who killed Griff's parents - but the story as a whole fell short for me. Griff was so plain and boring, almost nothing about him grabbed me. He also seemed to be quite daft... Hanna was fantastic, until she wasn't. She was adament about avoiding scandal and impropriety to preserve the validity of her bonesetting practice and her desire for her own dispensary in which to treat her patients in private. Griff of course shows up, skeptical as hell, to have her treat a years old war injury that no doctor, not even his awful uncle, could fix. Hanna helps him and essentially cures him. Griff being fascinated with Hanna seemed so surface level, their romance wasn't believable to me at all. And Hanna throws all her goals and dreams out the window the second Griff comes around for some kisses on the sly. 

Also - the villain seemed so obvious to me right away, and Griff being so obtuse was a giant source of frustration, though I do slightly understand why but.. man, QUESTION PEOPLE. You're a grown man!

I enjoyed book 1 more than this one, even though this story initially grabbed me more. I can tell Ms. Quincy is gifted, but the relationship was sorely lacking for me. She of course has me even further intrigued by Hanna's brother Rafi & Griff's childhood friend Selina, as well as Hanna's cousin, also Leela's (book 1) brother. I'm absolutely intrigued by the story, the class differences, the race & religious differences, which to me felt more hashed out and interesting and though provoking than the relationship itself. 

Thank you to the publisher & NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review
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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.*
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