For Hudson, the newly titled Viscount Stildon, moving to England from India where he was born and raised was already an arduous enough endeavor. When he learns the fate of the racing empire he inherited along with his title depends upon him getting in the good graces of another stable owner, he's even more at a loss.
The stable at the neighboring estate has been Miss Bianca Snowley's refuge for years, and when a strange man appears to be stealing the horses, she jumps to their protection without a second thought. Upon learning Hudson is actually the new owner, she can't help but be intrigued by the area's newest eligible bachelor.
Any thought of romance is quickly set aside, however, when Hudson proposes they work together to secure suitable spouses for each other. As their friendship grows, Hudson and Bianca begin to reconsider what they truly want in life. But will societal expectations and the weight of their responsibilities keep them from pursuing their true desires?
Finding a husband or wife in the early 1800's was not an easy thing and marrying for love instead of advancing your social status was just not done. Vying for the Viscount is a story of two people who meet and attempt to find matches for each other, not realizing that they are what is best for one another. This was a delightful romance of learning to listen to your heart instead of just the societal norms.
Both characters, Hudson the new viscount and Miss Bianca are likable and unique. Bianca really went at her own pace in life, loving horses, riding them, and trying to stay out of the watchful eye of her stepmother. Unfortunately, it was past time for her to marry and she does not particularly like who her stepmother is setting her up with. I liked that Bianca was willing to marry, but she was going to pick her own man out.
After a rather hilarious first encounter with each other, Hudson and Bianca become good friends. Bianca decides to help the newly arrived viscount from India take his rightful place in society. She agrees and only till he asks a much more difficult task of her does she realize he is capable of destroying her dreams.
These two became such good friends. And when Hudson finally realized that Bianca was the one for him, well watch out. He was determined to woo and court her properly. The development of their romance in a time where everyone seemed to be living in a reality game of contest and conquest of marital partners, was a refreshing look at true love and what it is. I look forward to Aaron's story.
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
About the Author:
Kristi Ann Hunter (www.kristiannhunter.com) is the author of the Hawthorne House and Haven Manor series and a 2016 RITA Award winner and Christy Award finalist. Kristi graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in computer science but always knew she wanted to write. She lives with her husband and three children in Georgia.