4 star

The Viscount Needs a Wife

Company of Rogues, Book #17

By Joe Beverly

IBSN: 9780451471901

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Brought to you by OBS reviewer Una


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Since being widowed two years ago, Kitty Cateril has been trapped in her late husband’s home, where she is expected to mourn forever. Desperate to escape, Kitty will consider any option—even a hasty marriage to a stranger with no intention of abandoning his bachelor ways.

London life suits Beau Braydon, especially his work keeping Britain safe. So when he inherits the title of Viscount Dauntry, he has no intention of resettling on a rural estate. He can’t resist the opportunity to marry a sensible widow who can manage Beauchamp Abbey for him—until he realizes Kitty is more than he bargained for…

Before Kitty and Dauntry can adjust to each other, a threat to the royal family takes them to London. Soon someone is determined to prevent Dauntry from exposing the villain, and secrets in Kitty’s past threaten their growing love…


I love Historical Fiction and The Viscount Needs a Wife does not disappoint. With a good flow to the story and well developed characters the author had me engaged from page 1.

Kitty is interesting. In her early 20’s and widowed she is forced into continuous mourning by her late husband’s family. Frantic to get out of the situation she takes a friend’s suggestion to marry a complete stranger. After all, how hard could it be and anything would be better her present situation – Kitty would manage the household, her husband would be away most of the time in London, and she would bring up any children. Having tolerated an abusive past relationship with a sickly husband she just hopes that the Viscount would be kind.

Beau has come upon the Viscount title suddenly and not through proper succession. He needs a wife to manage his newly acquired rural estate. With that in place he can continue his life in London. When he meets Kitty life becomes complicated and he doesn’t foresee his growing need for her competence and loving ways.

Their pasts come into play and their subsequent love is threatened.

Joe Beverly weaves an intricate plot and keeps the story moving at a good pace. She shows how women in these times could have power and intelligence and use it to their advantage to better their lives.

A great quick read for these cold winter nights.

*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*