Vying for the Viscount (Hearts on the Heath, #1)
When a strange man appears to be stealing horses at the neighboring estate, Bianca Snowley jumps to their rescue. And when she discovers he's the new owner, she can't help but be intrigued--but romance is unfeasible when he proposes they help secure spouses for each other. Will they see everything they've wanted has been there all along before it's too late?

Vying for the Viscount (Hearts on the Heath, #1) Details

TitleVying for the Viscount (Hearts on the Heath, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 4th, 2020
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764235252
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Regency, Christian Fiction, Fiction, European Literature, British Literature, Clean Romance, Christian Romance, Historical Romance

Vying for the Viscount (Hearts on the Heath, #1) Review

  • Randi Annie Framnes
    January 1, 1970
    Vying for the Viscount by Kristi Ann Hunter is the first book in her new series Hearts on the Heath, published by Bethany House Publishers. The story is set in Newmarket, Suffolk 1817 and is about Hudson, Viscount Stildon, who has just arrived from India where he was born and raised. Having listened to local gossip he finds himself in an extensive group of bachelors hoping to court one of the country’s most eligible single women who has a prize winning stallion as her unofficial dowry. He meets Vying for the Viscount by Kristi Ann Hunter is the first book in her new series Hearts on the Heath, published by Bethany House Publishers. The story is set in Newmarket, Suffolk 1817 and is about Hudson, Viscount Stildon, who has just arrived from India where he was born and raised. Having listened to local gossip he finds himself in an extensive group of bachelors hoping to court one of the country’s most eligible single women who has a prize winning stallion as her unofficial dowry. He meets volunteer horse trainer and neighbor Bianca Snowley who shows up every morning to exercise one of his horses. Hudson hires Miss Snowley to help him learn how to move about in society without making a fool of himself.Main character Hudson, Viscount Stildon, is knowledgeable about horses but confused about the ins and outs of English society and customs. He seems a likeable character who is able to look past social prejudices to view each person’s individual merits. Much like we would today.Secondary character Bianca Snowley has a difficult relationship to her stepmother reminiscent of Cinderella. I felt sorry for her, but I was pleased to see she stood up to her stepmother more as the story progressed. Bianca was my favorite character of this story.I found the plot rather unique, as I have not read a story which centers on horses like this one. Main ideas of the plot is what people are willing to do to gain better positions by wealth or inheritance and deals with class distinction and social prejudices relating to children born out of wedlock.I love the light hearted and funny writing style with a friendly bantering dialogue and great atmosphere. I felt each character was very well thought out, beautifully described and perfectly placed into the plot. I loved that the story included characters from Kristi Ann Hunter's Uncommon Courtship, book 3 in Hawthorne House Series.My favorite part of this story was Holden’s adjustment to English society and the romance development between him and Bianca. It started with easygoing, bantering friendship. Romance was developing slowly between them when they were looking the other way.My least favorite part of the story was how Bianca was treated by her stepmother. A terrible, conniving character that would make Cinderella’s stepmother seem almost kind hearted.Back in India, Hudson felt God was distant from his life and he didn’t attend church. He starts attending church sermons and reading the Bible and reflects on his faith more and he gradually comes to trust God’s plan. Vying for the Viscount (Hearts on the Heath #1) is the unique story set in horse racing environment with great character building and light hearted and bantery writing style. I would recommend it to anyone, and I eagerly await next installment. Readers of historical romance fiction would enjoy it too. Similar authors to explore might be Sarah M. Eden or Julie Klassen.Thank you to Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for this eARC which gave me the opportunity to share my honest review. All opinions are completely my own.
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  • Paula Shreckhise
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, how good it is to get back into the Kristi Ann Hunter world of Regency England. We even get to see a few appearances by characters from her other series. Hudson Stildon has become a Viscount at the death of his grandfather. He knows horses but knows nothing of England since he grew up in India. When meeting his neighbor, Bianca Snowley, she mistakes him for a horse thief. When she realizes her blunder, she muses: “If the new Lord Stildon did make an appearance tonight, she needed to be ready Oh, how good it is to get back into the Kristi Ann Hunter world of Regency England. We even get to see a few appearances by characters from her other series. Hudson Stildon has become a Viscount at the death of his grandfather. He knows horses but knows nothing of England since he grew up in India. When meeting his neighbor, Bianca Snowley, she mistakes him for a horse thief. When she realizes her blunder, she muses: “If the new Lord Stildon did make an appearance tonight, she needed to be ready to apologize. What was the appropriate outfit for a woman to wear when she grovels?” Bianca has taken joy in exercising the horses on the Stildon estate but that may be short lived, since her stepmother seeks to marry her off. The motive is to set her own daughter up for an advantageous match. Bianca’s thoughts: “Her dislike was not based on the action, but the man himself. Even more reason to avoid her stepmother’s machinations. Listening to the man speak made her hope he somehow stabbed himself in the lip with his fork.” And “The desire to chuck her plate at her stepmother raged through Bianca, but contrary to what the other woman seemed to think, she was too much of a lady to follow through on the act... This time... Next time? Who was to say?” I love her inner snarky voice. Ms. Hunter injects much fun into her storytelling.This was an enjoyable story with elements of forgiveness and what it means to truly love someone, whether that is a potential spouse or a family member. The story also showed that to be a true friend, you need to first show friendship. I liked the way Bianca and Hudson each sought the will of God instead of societal norms of the times. One of my favorite tropes is friends to something more, and one of my favorite authors is Kristi Hunter. Her novels showcase Regency to perfection. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Sarah Monzon
    January 1, 1970
    I readily admit I was the horse-crazed girl with horse toys and horse posters who watched Wild Hearts Can’t be Broken a million times. The first story I ever wrote was about a horse. When I was 11 I answered an ad in the paper and mucked our stalls to pay for riding lessons. I saved birthday and Christmas money to buy my own horse when I was 13. So, I think it’s pretty safe to say that I related to the heroine here, who let the wind on her face atop a galloping horse blow her troubling thoughts I readily admit I was the horse-crazed girl with horse toys and horse posters who watched Wild Hearts Can’t be Broken a million times. The first story I ever wrote was about a horse. When I was 11 I answered an ad in the paper and mucked our stalls to pay for riding lessons. I saved birthday and Christmas money to buy my own horse when I was 13. So, I think it’s pretty safe to say that I related to the heroine here, who let the wind on her face atop a galloping horse blow her troubling thoughts away. This is a friends-to-lovers story...sort of. That is, they become friends first then realize feelings run deeper. Kristi Ann Hunter is always a genius when it comes to here characters, and this book is no exception. And we even get to see beloved characters from past series. One I’m especially excited to see gets his own book in 2021!I read this book in a day y’all. That should tell you how much I enjoyed it.
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  • Amanda Geaney
    January 1, 1970
    I became a fan of this author while listening to Book 1 in her Haven Manor series. One book was all it took to hook me into reading 5 additional titles... with Vying for the Viscount being my 6th. While this story felt lighter than the Haven Manor series, it still possessed the same strong writing, fabulous (often witty) dialogue, and the sprinkling of faith I've come to expect.There are many reasons I'm drawn to Kristi Ann Hunter's stories with the foremost being the remarkable ability she has I became a fan of this author while listening to Book 1 in her Haven Manor series. One book was all it took to hook me into reading 5 additional titles... with Vying for the Viscount being my 6th. While this story felt lighter than the Haven Manor series, it still possessed the same strong writing, fabulous (often witty) dialogue, and the sprinkling of faith I've come to expect.There are many reasons I'm drawn to Kristi Ann Hunter's stories with the foremost being the remarkable ability she has for making me love her characters. In this story, there were three characters who I adored: Hudson aka Viscount Stildon, Aaron Whitworth, and Miss Bianca Snowley. Hudson is a man who had been groomed his entire life to take the reins of his grandfather's estate and stables. I admired how he entered English society and the way in which he adapted to the customs that were so different from those in which he had been raised. He showed remarkable humility by expressing to his stable manager, Mr. Whitworth, when he was out of his depth. Hudson's willingness to take Aaron into his confidences and to allow the man to see his weaknesses led to a warm camaraderie between the two men. (Fans may recall Aaron from Defense of Honor.) Long before the Vycount arrived on the scene, Bianca Snowley had made an agreement with Mr. Witworth which allowed her to become a regular fixture in the Hawksworth stables. Over the course of the book, this horse-loving neighbor goes from accusing Hudson of horse thieving to wishing she could steal his heart. Vying for the Viscount would be a great addition to any Regency or horse lover's bookshelf. Book 2 in the series has already been announced and I look forward to reading Aaron's story when Winning the Gentleman releases next April. I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    Vying for the Viscount is a charming opener for the Hearts on the Heath series.The Viscount in question, Lord Hudson Stildon, is a newcomer to Suffolk after growing up in India. He doesn’t know much about society in England, but he does know about horses. Soon after his arrival at his family estate, he meets Bianca Snowley, whom the former Viscount had allowed to ride his prize-winning horses. Bianca is an expert herself on horses, and she also has the knowledge of society that Hudson lacks. The Vying for the Viscount is a charming opener for the Hearts on the Heath series.The Viscount in question, Lord Hudson Stildon, is a newcomer to Suffolk after growing up in India. He doesn’t know much about society in England, but he does know about horses. Soon after his arrival at his family estate, he meets Bianca Snowley, whom the former Viscount had allowed to ride his prize-winning horses. Bianca is an expert herself on horses, and she also has the knowledge of society that Hudson lacks. They decide that they can use the acquaintance to mutual benefit, as Hudson finds himself in a bit of a competition for a society darling’s hand in marriage, and Bianca finds herself at the mercy of her mercenary stepmother’s marriage machinations. What neither of them expect is that societal pressures don’t quite match their ideas of a happy ending. Added to this mix is a possibly dangerous uncle, a bit of a mystery surrounding a mutual acquaintance, and delightful visits from a few faces from previous books. I adored all of the historical details, too, from riding horses to social calls to assemblies, and dancing, it’s all just a lot of fun.The tone is lighthearted overall, but still has some lovely moments of depth, particularly with Bianca coming to some self-realizations that she’s been somewhat of a bystander in her own life. Riding horses may be her passion, but she realizes there is more to life than riding. Aaron Whitworth is my favorite secondary character, and I love that he is one of the main characters in the next book in the series. I’m looking forward to being in this story world again. I happily recommend Vying for the Viscount to fans of historical fiction.I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher; a positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Vying for the Viscount is the start to Kristi Ann Hunter's new series and it was a delightful read! I loved the characters and found Hudson especially fascinating. It was intriguing how he was raised in India and just now moved to England...having to learn all the things.I loved the heroine's love for horses. It was wonderful and felt genuine. I also enjoyed how the characters related to each other. Some moments were humorous and I loved that.All in all, Vying for the Viscount was definitely wor Vying for the Viscount is the start to Kristi Ann Hunter's new series and it was a delightful read! I loved the characters and found Hudson especially fascinating. It was intriguing how he was raised in India and just now moved to England...having to learn all the things.I loved the heroine's love for horses. It was wonderful and felt genuine. I also enjoyed how the characters related to each other. Some moments were humorous and I loved that.All in all, Vying for the Viscount was definitely worth the read and I recommend it. I am eager to read the next book. ;)*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
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  • Kathryn Voss
    January 1, 1970
    Sigh. This book was just...Sigh... Ok, I loved it. Every inch of it. Kristi Ann Hunter definitely delivered another outstanding read in her latest novel Vying for the Viscount. Set in the Regency period full of lords, ladies, ranks, and all the drama that comes with it, societal expectations and hilarities fill the pages. Hunter sets her readers up for a heady experience centered around a viscount newly arrived from India seeking to salvage the horse racing estate he inherited. As he struggles t Sigh. This book was just...Sigh... Ok, I loved it. Every inch of it. Kristi Ann Hunter definitely delivered another outstanding read in her latest novel Vying for the Viscount. Set in the Regency period full of lords, ladies, ranks, and all the drama that comes with it, societal expectations and hilarities fill the pages. Hunter sets her readers up for a heady experience centered around a viscount newly arrived from India seeking to salvage the horse racing estate he inherited. As he struggles to figure out the new society he finds himself in, he learns more about family and love than he bargained for.Hunter is always a delight to read, but this new series promises to be even better than the previous one. I am already itching to read the next instalment. Witty dialogue, remarkable characters, humorous prose, and a riveting plot holds your attention the entire way through. I did not want to put this one down, and I am sure you will feel the same!I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Robin Hatcher
    January 1, 1970
    It has been way too long since my reading has taken me to Regency England. This novel begins with a perfect "meet cute," and from that moment on, I was fully invested in Bianca's and Hudson's romance. Hudson was a fish-out-of-water in just the right way. Not that I didn’t want to knock him up alongside the head when he turned his attentions in the wrong direction. But all’s well that ends well. The entire book was a delight.Note: I listened to the audio version of the book, and the narrator help It has been way too long since my reading has taken me to Regency England. This novel begins with a perfect "meet cute," and from that moment on, I was fully invested in Bianca's and Hudson's romance. Hudson was a fish-out-of-water in just the right way. Not that I didn’t want to knock him up alongside the head when he turned his attentions in the wrong direction. But all’s well that ends well. The entire book was a delight.Note: I listened to the audio version of the book, and the narrator helped transport me to Regency England. Very well done.
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  • Toni Shiloh
    January 1, 1970
    Kristi Ann Hunter is back and bringing historical romance readers a new series! Vying for the Viscount is the first book in the Hearts on the Heath series. We're introduced to the new Viscount Stildon, aka Hudson, who was born and raised in India with an expectation of stepping into the titled position back in England.I loved that Hudson was out of sorts and had to bumble his way through the tons expectations. It also made for a clever way to enter an agreement with his neighbor Miss Bianca Snow Kristi Ann Hunter is back and bringing historical romance readers a new series! Vying for the Viscount is the first book in the Hearts on the Heath series. We're introduced to the new Viscount Stildon, aka Hudson, who was born and raised in India with an expectation of stepping into the titled position back in England.I loved that Hudson was out of sorts and had to bumble his way through the tons expectations. It also made for a clever way to enter an agreement with his neighbor Miss Bianca Snowley.What I liked the most about this book was seeing old friends pop in and a peek at the hero of book 2 who I have been waiting FOREVER to get his story. Okay, maybe not forever but in book years, it feels that way.Vying is written in Ms. Hunter's signature style and sure to delight her fans and gain her new ones.*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley. My review was not required nor influenced.
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  • Kristine Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    Kristi Hunter's Vying for The Viscount Gets her new series Hearts On the Heath off with a bang! I love her characters and the fact that she involves them in fantastic plots that make you want more. She has the amazing habit of involving characters from past series as part of her new story. This book will definitely be joining Kristi's other books on my all-time favorites shelf! So grab a pot of English breakfast tea and enjoy Bianca and Hudson's story!I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley Kristi Hunter's Vying for The Viscount Gets her new series Hearts On the Heath off with a bang! I love her characters and the fact that she involves them in fantastic plots that make you want more. She has the amazing habit of involving characters from past series as part of her new story. This book will definitely be joining Kristi's other books on my all-time favorites shelf! So grab a pot of English breakfast tea and enjoy Bianca and Hudson's story!I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley.com with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsA light-hearted historical romance with a light smattering of Christian faith. I loved all the horse details but did not love the dashes of "romantic heat" that popped up in the story. I did appreciate that it's a lot lower level of "heat" than a number of Hunter's other books! I'd give an average appropriate age rating of 16-18+ on this one.Bianca and Hudson have a pretty quick bond as he finds her in his stables giving his horses exercise. Then she teaches him a few things to survive 3.5 starsA light-hearted historical romance with a light smattering of Christian faith. I loved all the horse details but did not love the dashes of "romantic heat" that popped up in the story. I did appreciate that it's a lot lower level of "heat" than a number of Hunter's other books! I'd give an average appropriate age rating of 16-18+ on this one.Bianca and Hudson have a pretty quick bond as he finds her in his stables giving his horses exercise. Then she teaches him a few things to survive in a polite drawing room, especially how to dance. Since Hudson has been in India all his life, he doesn't know about many of society's little things; she starts it out, but other friends have to go through with things like teaching him popular card games. (I'm glad to see that one of his friends, Aaron, will star in the next book.)The overall tone of the story is a light, humorous one. I would have liked to see the secondary characters a little better developed, because many of them seemed more wooden than anything, but that didn't keep me from liking the leads. There were several characters mentioned from other Hunter novels, but an error hopped out at me: Trent and Adelaide are said to have "married for love" but an entire novel was previously devoted to their marriage of convenience and their awkward attempts to find love. Also a couple anachronistic words like "dad" hopped out at me. Otherwise I like the story and the historical feel of it.Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for a free reading copy. A favorable review was not required.
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  • Kailey
    January 1, 1970
    This was such an enjoyable read! I have loved all of Kristi Ann Hunter’s books before this one and loved this one just as much! There was several scenes that had me laughing out loud. I truly loved seeing familiar faces in this story. I enjoyed getting to know Hudson and Bianca. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series! I sincerely hope that Aaron gets a happily ever after.I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expresse This was such an enjoyable read! I have loved all of Kristi Ann Hunter’s books before this one and loved this one just as much! There was several scenes that had me laughing out loud. I truly loved seeing familiar faces in this story. I enjoyed getting to know Hudson and Bianca. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series! I sincerely hope that Aaron gets a happily ever after.I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Hunter is the master of this genre! Characters with strong personalities, and a dynamic relationship that develops quickly (only a few weeks) everything feels perfectly balanced and natural. Bianca and Hudson are new to her readers, yet this story is embellished by old favorites, and others that we've met before, and are reader to delve a little deeper into. This book sets up the series nicely and I am looking forward to anticipation for Aaron Whitworth's story. Vying the Viscount is set in the Hunter is the master of this genre! Characters with strong personalities, and a dynamic relationship that develops quickly (only a few weeks) everything feels perfectly balanced and natural. Bianca and Hudson are new to her readers, yet this story is embellished by old favorites, and others that we've met before, and are reader to delve a little deeper into. This book sets up the series nicely and I am looking forward to anticipation for Aaron Whitworth's story. Vying the Viscount is set in the world of horse racing, at Newmarket. I loved how every aspect of this book felt fresh and new, the uniqueness of the plot will be appreciated in a genre flooded with authors and books to choose from. Kristi Ann Hunter consistently writes a well-rounded and, often, humorous story. I received a complimentary copy and this is my honest review.
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  • Marilee
    January 1, 1970
    Bianca Snowley is not like the other women. She would rather be in the stables than in the parlor but doesn't realize how lonely she is until a new friend arrives next door. Hudson feels lost and lonely himself after leaving India, the only home he has ever known, to claim his inheritance. After a rather eventful meeting, Bianca and Hudson decide to assist each other in finding spouses. What could possibly go wrong? I have enjoyed every book Kristi Ann Hunter has written and this one was no exce Bianca Snowley is not like the other women. She would rather be in the stables than in the parlor but doesn't realize how lonely she is until a new friend arrives next door. Hudson feels lost and lonely himself after leaving India, the only home he has ever known, to claim his inheritance. After a rather eventful meeting, Bianca and Hudson decide to assist each other in finding spouses. What could possibly go wrong? I have enjoyed every book Kristi Ann Hunter has written and this one was no exception. It was a great start to a new series. The pace was a little slow toward the beginning, but I enjoyed the original setting of Newmarket and meeting the new characters. Bianca and Hudson are new favorites of mine - I always love when characters are unique and not like the rest of society and I really liked how their characters became more complex throughout the book. There were some fantastic secondary characters; I particularly liked Aaron Whitworth and Lord Rigsby and hope we get their stories in the future. I also loved seeing familiar faces from previous books!If you are looking for a sweet regency romance with likable characters, a unique setting, and a fulfilling ending, this book is for you! I will eagerly be waiting for the next book in the series.I received an advance copy of this book but it in no way affected my review.
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  • Maia Reading
    January 1, 1970
    VYING FOR THE VISCOUNT (Hearts on the Heath) by Kristi Ann Hunter “Yes, choosing a wife was something he needed to see to - and soon, since he was the only person standing between his uncle and the title he’d wanted all those years ago. But would a wife make settling into a new country easier or more difficult?”.This is my first from this author and it will not be my last. Hudson is just at loss when he inherited his grandfather’s title as a viscount. He grew up in India so he has a lot to learn VYING FOR THE VISCOUNT (Hearts on the Heath) by Kristi Ann Hunter “Yes, choosing a wife was something he needed to see to - and soon, since he was the only person standing between his uncle and the title he’d wanted all those years ago. But would a wife make settling into a new country easier or more difficult?”.This is my first from this author and it will not be my last. Hudson is just at loss when he inherited his grandfather’s title as a viscount. He grew up in India so he has a lot to learn about the English society. Then comes Bianca. Oh Bianca just makes me laugh. She likes horses and is employed to ride one of Hudson’s horses. She is willing to help him learn how to dance. Oh that was hilarious! They come up with an agreement to help each other find a life partner. Their friendship blossomed but they have yet to realize they already have what they are looking for, especially Hudson.I like both Hudson and Bianca’s characters. They are respectable people but not the most sociable. Their conversations are funny and engaging. They both love horses and riding them. Aaron is such a good friend and I’d like to know what happens to him. His life has so much sadness but so many things to be thankful for. I didn’t expect the Gliddon family but they turn out perfect for the story. They are nice people too! I just enjoyed this book so much and it was a quick read too! 5 stars*Thank you #netgalley and @bethanyhouse for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Abigail Harris
    January 1, 1970
    Having heard mixed thoughts on Kirsti Ann Hunter's books I have been excited yet slightly nervous that there would be content I would dislike.Thankfully, there was not anything I disagreed with for the most part. Although there were mentions of an illegitimate birth in the past.The romance in the book was quite sweet and I enjoyed the fact that there was not overly touchy romance.Hudson and Bianca are not the usual regency couple you expect to find in a regency romance, which was a sweet surpris Having heard mixed thoughts on Kirsti Ann Hunter's books I have been excited yet slightly nervous that there would be content I would dislike.Thankfully, there was not anything I disagreed with for the most part. Although there were mentions of an illegitimate birth in the past.The romance in the book was quite sweet and I enjoyed the fact that there was not overly touchy romance.Hudson and Bianca are not the usual regency couple you expect to find in a regency romance, which was a sweet surprise! They were different from most in that they are more honest, they had different backgrounds, and they were not truly looking to marry for the normal reasons.I am looking forward to reading more from Hunter and reading some of her previous books.I voluntarily received and reviewed a complimentary e/copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher/review company. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
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  • Lyssa
    January 1, 1970
    As much as I love this author (one of my favs), this one just wasn't my cup of tea. I didn't connect with the two main characters or their romance. While a lot of the "friendship" between them crossed the lines of propriety, the whole setting-each-other-up-while-really-pining-for-each-other thing has been done and overdone before, and I have trouble buying it in general. To be fair, Hudson seemed completely unaware of his feelings, but I also had trouble believing this. And as much as I love cam As much as I love this author (one of my favs), this one just wasn't my cup of tea. I didn't connect with the two main characters or their romance. While a lot of the "friendship" between them crossed the lines of propriety, the whole setting-each-other-up-while-really-pining-for-each-other thing has been done and overdone before, and I have trouble buying it in general. To be fair, Hudson seemed completely unaware of his feelings, but I also had trouble believing this. And as much as I love cameos by former main characters, I am growing tired of these ones. It's not a quick mention or cheeky reference, but full assist to the main plot. We're 11 books in now. They don't all need to be interconnected and friends.Ms. Hunter is still one of my favorite authors, however, and nothing can deter me from anxiously awaiting her next novel.
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  • Kav
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, my heart!!! I'm a sweet dithering mess of swoonalicious goo! Gather all your Regency accoutrements (fainting couch, smelling salts, fans) because you're going to need them! What a rapturous start to a new Kristi Ann Hunter series.I love her Regency world building. I feel like I've fallen into an Austen novel only the heroines are a bit more...spunky? (No booing from the Austen crowd!) and the secondary characters are just as alluring as her main characters. In fact, there are a couple of gen Oh, my heart!!! I'm a sweet dithering mess of swoonalicious goo! Gather all your Regency accoutrements (fainting couch, smelling salts, fans) because you're going to need them! What a rapturous start to a new Kristi Ann Hunter series.I love her Regency world building. I feel like I've fallen into an Austen novel only the heroines are a bit more...spunky? (No booing from the Austen crowd!) and the secondary characters are just as alluring as her main characters. In fact, there are a couple of gentlemen that better star in their own stories (pointed hint to the author.) I'll expire if she doesn't! Cue a graceful swoon onto my fainting couch.Ohhhhh -- and speaking of swooning!!!! Hudson!!!!!!! He is so out of his element when he arrives in England. He's lived in India his whole life, but always preparing for the time he would take his place among the English aristocracy. He's had tutors aplenty and constant instruction from his father but there are holes in his education and that leaves him floundering.Cue the horse-mad girl next door. Bianca has had free reign of the Stildon stables in the absence of a Viscount. Her first encounter with Hudson is hysterical!!! And really showcases their personalities. Sheer brilliance! So these two set up a friendship of sorts and agree to help each other source out suitable spouses...and you know how that's going to go, right?Into drawing rooms and ballrooms and early morning rides chock full of cutting dialogue. Oh, my, how this author knows how to wield a witty turn of phrase! Makes for a delicious read.There's even a bit of danger -- and an evil (well, almost evil) stepmother to contend with. And a lot of soul searching to do as Hudson and Bianca struggle to find their own personal version of a happily-ever-after. I love the way Hunter has included a gentle, but significant faith thread as both hero and heroine discover the joys -- and fears -- that come with sacrificing their will in favor of seeking out God's plan for their lives.I listened to the audible edition of this book narrated by Anne Marie Gideon who did a fantastic job of bringing these characters to life. I'm still grinning madly and might just have to give this one a relisten -- especially since book two, Winning the Gentleman (yay, one of my hero requests!) doesn't release until April 2021!!!!!!!!Oh...oh...ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh....I forgot to mention that there are a bunch of exciting cameos from characters of previous Hunter books in this one. It was so much fun to spot them...I might have squealed a time or two. Love fun bonuses like that.
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  • MJSH
    January 1, 1970
    "It isn't the comfort that makes the love good. It's the life that makes their love good."Kristi Ann Hunter will never disappoint in bringing her readers a beautifully created Regency world full of high society and romance, laced with humor, wit, and delightful characters and wrapped with melodic, lyrical prose. Vying for the Viscount is a fantastic start to her newest series Hearts on the Heath and it brings us to Newmarket where horse-racing is king and horse-breeding the talk of town. I must "It isn't the comfort that makes the love good. It's the life that makes their love good."Kristi Ann Hunter will never disappoint in bringing her readers a beautifully created Regency world full of high society and romance, laced with humor, wit, and delightful characters and wrapped with melodic, lyrical prose. Vying for the Viscount is a fantastic start to her newest series Hearts on the Heath and it brings us to Newmarket where horse-racing is king and horse-breeding the talk of town. I must admit it took me longer than usual to finish this book because I wanted to savor every word written on every page and hold on to the sumptuous experience of lingering on in the conversations and thoughts. The author's novels are known to draw you in to the characters' lives and have you live within them but this book grabbed a certain part of my heart and soul from the very beginning. If you are a fan of Regency romance, this is a must-read book for you. Our hero Hudson is absolutely adorable and lovable in his naivete and innocence about the traitorous and convoluted English high society which is so different from India where he grew up. His loyalty, sense of humor, humility, and thoughtfulness garner him friends as he learns to navigate the horse-breeding and racing culture that he's inherited from his grandfather. Bianca is an unconventional, outspoken, funny horse-loving gentlewoman who is being forced into a "profitable match" by her stepmother. Bianca's tender and compassionate heart encourages friendship with her lost and confused neighbor Hudson and even has her guiding him in society and functions to acquire the proper wife but they're not prepared for what their friendship will lead to.I also enjoyed seeing the characters from the previous series again - so much fun!I received a copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
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  • Ashlee
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! I love every chapter, every reference to a previous Kristi Ann Hunter book, and the glimpse into life at Newmarket and horseracing in Regency England. I laughed so much and now I'm having withdrawals. I might need to go binge her other ten books to get over it.Bianca Snowley and Hudson, Viscount Stildon, don't realize they're both lonely. After a somewhat disastrous meeting, they come to rely on each other along with the stable manager, Aaron Whitworth, to navigate the unexpected and early Wow! I love every chapter, every reference to a previous Kristi Ann Hunter book, and the glimpse into life at Newmarket and horseracing in Regency England. I laughed so much and now I'm having withdrawals. I might need to go binge her other ten books to get over it.Bianca Snowley and Hudson, Viscount Stildon, don't realize they're both lonely. After a somewhat disastrous meeting, they come to rely on each other along with the stable manager, Aaron Whitworth, to navigate the unexpected and early influx of society to Newmarket. Hudson is trying to make a name for himself with his grandfather's legacy and Bianca has decided to set her cap for a husband.While the romance is delightful, I do love a heroine that can stand on her own two feet and does not let life simply happen to her. Bianca "once thought she wanted nothing in life but peace and access to horses. Now it would seem that she was discovering, possibly too late, that there might be something in her life more important than riding. And that something just might be herself."The meet-cute is hilarious. The setting is vividly portrayed. The supporting cast has echoes from the two previous series and a new set of characters to adore and despise. And all of it is tied together with an enjoyable plot.Thank you, Bethany House, for the advanced copy! All thoughts in this review are my own.
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    From the moment Bianca hit Hudson with her boots, to Aaron introducing himself with "I am illegitimate", I laughed. And I was reminded why I love Kristi Ann Hunter's books.And as we bumped into other familiar faces or at least the mention of them, I was also reminded how quickly they become endeared to me. More than just a fun read, Hunter's books are thoughtful and rich in wisdom.Hudson, Viscount Stildon, grew up in India always knowing he'd one day have to go back to England. When the time com From the moment Bianca hit Hudson with her boots, to Aaron introducing himself with "I am illegitimate", I laughed. And I was reminded why I love Kristi Ann Hunter's books.And as we bumped into other familiar faces or at least the mention of them, I was also reminded how quickly they become endeared to me. More than just a fun read, Hunter's books are thoughtful and rich in wisdom.Hudson, Viscount Stildon, grew up in India always knowing he'd one day have to go back to England. When the time comes, however, the journey to becoming a proper viscount while surviving English ton and weather has Hudson almost considering the month-long journey back to India. Almost. Not quite.Because he's always known England was supposed to be his home, not India. And he does not want to fail the memory of his father. To the point that he will accept the help of his obstinate and quirky neighbor, a shunned stable master and all of his workmen in order to have the proper number needed to learn the waltz.As Hudson and Bianca seek to think matters into their own hands to design their destinies, they might discover the truths engraved within them goes deeper and has been transforming them before they were even aware.I am very much looking forward to the next installment. And if we continue to bump into familiar faces, I would not mind ;-)*I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Book one in a new series, this is a great Regency romance that takes place in the unique setting of Newmarket, a town famous for its horse races. Bianca Snowley loves to rides horses more than anything. Hudson is the new Viscount Stildon and owner of the neighboring stables where Bianca rides. The two have a less than cordial first meeting (she thinks he’s a horse thief!) but a more successful second one. Hudson is not just adjusting to his new title and responsibilities, he’s also adjusting to Book one in a new series, this is a great Regency romance that takes place in the unique setting of Newmarket, a town famous for its horse races. Bianca Snowley loves to rides horses more than anything. Hudson is the new Viscount Stildon and owner of the neighboring stables where Bianca rides. The two have a less than cordial first meeting (she thinks he’s a horse thief!) but a more successful second one. Hudson is not just adjusting to his new title and responsibilities, he’s also adjusting to life in England having been born and raised in India. Bianca agrees to help him navigate society and win a bride, while he agrees to steer eligible bachelors (preferably with horses) towards her. What could go wrong? The answer is plenty! It was fun getting to know these characters. I thought the story was original and the writing was engaging. I loved the appearance of Lord Trent Hawthorne and Adelaide (if you haven’t read Hunt’s Hawthorne series, I highly recommend it). I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.Thank you to NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for the ebook to review. A positive review was not required and all opinions are my own.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    There is nothing better in this world than a good Regency story which of course includes Lords & Ladies,horses, balls & assemblies, family drama, match-making mamas, sparring language, some mystery, and of course a satisfying romance. Kristi Hunter’s new book Vying for the Viscount is all that a Regency story should be plus it is filled with Ms. Hunter’s wonderful wit and explores the faith journey of the main characters Bianca and Hudson. I can not tell you the last time I enjoyed such a wonder There is nothing better in this world than a good Regency story which of course includes Lords & Ladies,horses, balls & assemblies, family drama, match-making mamas, sparring language, some mystery, and of course a satisfying romance. Kristi Hunter’s new book Vying for the Viscount is all that a Regency story should be plus it is filled with Ms. Hunter’s wonderful wit and explores the faith journey of the main characters Bianca and Hudson. I can not tell you the last time I enjoyed such a wonderful Regency story. I was transported to Regency England where I loved learning about horse racing, and fell in love with the main characters Bianca and Hudson. Both are love-able, interesting, and awkward enough to endear them to you forever. Bianca’s family will keep you guessing throughout the story on whether you should love or hate them. Truly a great read that Regency lovers do not want to miss. I highly recommend Vying for the Viscount. I was given a copy of the book by the publisher and not required to write a review.
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  • Lucinda
    January 1, 1970
    This is a Regency variation of a slow burn romance. Bianca loves horses and loves riding, and she's not looking to get married yet. But then she learns that her stepmother wants her daughter (Bianca's half sister) to make a good match, and intends to settle Bianca with a man she doesn't particularly like. Hudson was born and spent all his life in India, but with the death of his grandfather, he returns to England to assume his role as heir. Everything is strange to him (weather, food, customs), This is a Regency variation of a slow burn romance. Bianca loves horses and loves riding, and she's not looking to get married yet. But then she learns that her stepmother wants her daughter (Bianca's half sister) to make a good match, and intends to settle Bianca with a man she doesn't particularly like. Hudson was born and spent all his life in India, but with the death of his grandfather, he returns to England to assume his role as heir. Everything is strange to him (weather, food, customs), and the only thing he's sure of is horses. He soon makes a plan to marry a certain lady whose father has a prize winning stallion. Bianca and Hudson form an easy friendship as she comes to his stable to ride his horses and decide to help each other find a spouse for the other. I really liked how their friendship slowly developed into something more, as they realized it was each other they wanted. I also liked the cast of secondary characters and the way Bianca and Hudson interacted with them. I'm looking forward to the next book, hopefully about Aaron or Lord Rigsby. I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars! This was a really cute book. I loved all the talk of horses because I am a huge horse fan. It was also interesting to get a glimpse of an Englishman that had grown up in India trying to acclimate to the English nobility. I loved seeing a little glimpse of the Hawthornes from a previous series. Bianca and Hudson were both easy to like and root for. So many side characters that I grew to love that I want to learn more about their story-- I hope there are many more books to come in this 4.5 stars! This was a really cute book. I loved all the talk of horses because I am a huge horse fan. It was also interesting to get a glimpse of an Englishman that had grown up in India trying to acclimate to the English nobility. I loved seeing a little glimpse of the Hawthornes from a previous series. Bianca and Hudson were both easy to like and root for. So many side characters that I grew to love that I want to learn more about their story-- I hope there are many more books to come in this series!
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  • Lynda Edwards
    January 1, 1970
    The Regency has been one of my favorite historical settings since the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice premiered. I have read numerous books on the time period, and many, many more novels set during that era, and I usually find something new in each one. But Hunter has really outdone herself in this novel, with a depth of research and a fascinating fish out of water story that educates almost as well as she entertains.Hudson is new to England and, despite his late parent's efforts, finds The Regency has been one of my favorite historical settings since the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice premiered. I have read numerous books on the time period, and many, many more novels set during that era, and I usually find something new in each one. But Hunter has really outdone herself in this novel, with a depth of research and a fascinating fish out of water story that educates almost as well as she entertains.Hudson is new to England and, despite his late parent's efforts, finds himself completely out of his element. His heritage and tutors have not adequately prepared him for living in this new country, and he needs someone to trust. Even more, intrinsic to his character, he needs a place to belong, a people to belong to. He has lived alone too long, always the outsider. I know I could relate, and I think many others who read his story will, too.The author really immersed me in the time period. I learned several new details while reading this novel, all within the context of the storyline, so it never felt like a history lesson, nor did it throw me out of the story. Part of this is due to Hudson's newness to England, but even the dialog and phrasing of sentences kept me firmly rooted in the time, and the descriptions of the weather, the reasoning behind some of the customs and sayings that have always seemed awkward to me were explained.I enjoyed the characters immensely. Hudson is a strange, realistic mix of humility and pride, but his kind heart and willingness to admit when he’s wrong makes him loveable. Bianca is a woman who knows herself better than most, but then she finds all of her plans disrupted by the desires and demands of others; again, I could relate, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.This is a great novel and I enjoyed the characters, their story, and my mini-vacation to the Regency era. I highly recommend it for those who like fish out of water stories, and especially for anyone with an interest in Regency novels, though those new to the setting will find this a good place to start, given the amount of information to help the characters, and therefore the reader, understand what’s going on. I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher but was under no obligation to post positive remarks. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
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  • Winnie
    January 1, 1970
    Kristi Ann Hunter is off to a great start with her new book, Vying for the Viscount, the first story in her Hearts on the Heath series. With an interesting setting in Newmarket in Regency England and populated with endearing, delightful characters, this charming and witty story drew me in and kept me turning the pages. I adore Hunter’s sense of humor and fun that shines throughout her writing.“You mean to tell me that all English food is that bland?” “We make up for it with saucy women who attac Kristi Ann Hunter is off to a great start with her new book, Vying for the Viscount, the first story in her Hearts on the Heath series. With an interesting setting in Newmarket in Regency England and populated with endearing, delightful characters, this charming and witty story drew me in and kept me turning the pages. I adore Hunter’s sense of humor and fun that shines throughout her writing.“You mean to tell me that all English food is that bland?” “We make up for it with saucy women who attack men in their own stables.” “I think, given the choice, I’d rather have bland food than boring company.”Hudson (newly titled Lord Stildon and recently arrived from India) is lovable, slightly insecure, and needing to learn about his new country and station in life. Bianca Snowley is a spunky, horse-loving heroine who is willing to help him out. I thoroughly enjoyed their camaraderie and banter as they got to know each other. A sweet message of the importance of seeking God’s approval instead of man’s approval gave depth and a spiritual dimension to the story. Cameo appearances of characters from previous Hunter stories added to my enjoyment of this tale. I’m looking forward to the rest of this series from one of my favorite authors. 4.5 starsI voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy through Bethany House Publishing on behalf of the author. All opinions are my own.
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  • Aminata Coote
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed reading this story. I wasn’t happy by how the villain was dispatched but suspect that has more to do with the fact that this is the first book in the series and the author is setting him up to pop up in later books. I look forward to see what happens in the rest of the series as I’m curious to learn what happens to some of the minor characters.Bianca and Hudson were relatable characters--two people who were lonely until they met each other. They developed a strong friendship with each I enjoyed reading this story. I wasn’t happy by how the villain was dispatched but suspect that has more to do with the fact that this is the first book in the series and the author is setting him up to pop up in later books. I look forward to see what happens in the rest of the series as I’m curious to learn what happens to some of the minor characters.Bianca and Hudson were relatable characters--two people who were lonely until they met each other. They developed a strong friendship with each other throughout the story and also found some good people who made great friends and gave them the support they had been craving. There was a strong theme that God’s plans for our lives are far superior than ours for ourselves. Both Bianca and Hudson had to realize that they had to trust God to work out His will for their lives.I liked that the characters were honest about their faith even as they struggled to figure out what it meant to walk with God. They read their Bibles, prayed, attended church and thought about the lessons God wanted to impart to them.I received an advanced reader’s copy from the publishers through Just Read Tours and NetGalley; a positive review was not required.
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  • Emily Flynn
    January 1, 1970
    Hudson and Bianca are self-described idiots. They decide to help each other in their marital challenges. Hudson because he has lived his life in India and knows nothing, Bianca because she is feeling pressure from her evil stepmother. Though she is not characterized that way, it is clear early on that she only has her own interests at heart.What follows is a beautiful tale of friendship as well as a path of self-discovery and trust in God for each of our main characters. What I love is that they Hudson and Bianca are self-described idiots. They decide to help each other in their marital challenges. Hudson because he has lived his life in India and knows nothing, Bianca because she is feeling pressure from her evil stepmother. Though she is not characterized that way, it is clear early on that she only has her own interests at heart.What follows is a beautiful tale of friendship as well as a path of self-discovery and trust in God for each of our main characters. What I love is that they are far from being the only option for each other and they do spend time with others who are worthy of love and companionship themselves, so while you are cheering for Hudson and Bianca you are also meeting others that you would gladly cheer for. I am glad that this is the first in a series so I can come back to this world at a later time. It is one of those worlds I could visit again and again. I would recommend this book to those who love Regency or Christian FictionI received an eARC of this book through NetGalley and this is my review.
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  • Haley Resseguie
    January 1, 1970
    I always love Kristi Ann Hunter's books so I was really excited for this release and the beginning of a new series. One thing I love about Hunter's characters is the lack of pretense. Bianca is not your typical gentleman's daughter, much preferring horses and stable talk to the polite conversations of society. And Hudson is schooled in all things English, but learns that knowledge and living it are two different things. When the two offer to help each other, I love how their banter and ease with I always love Kristi Ann Hunter's books so I was really excited for this release and the beginning of a new series. One thing I love about Hunter's characters is the lack of pretense. Bianca is not your typical gentleman's daughter, much preferring horses and stable talk to the polite conversations of society. And Hudson is schooled in all things English, but learns that knowledge and living it are two different things. When the two offer to help each other, I love how their banter and ease with one another shines through in every encounter, even when they are out with another! And to get to visit with old acquaintances from previous books is an added bonus! Altogether a great start to a new series with a wonderful cast.
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