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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 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?


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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 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?

30 review for Vying for the Viscount

  1. 5 out of 5

    Randi Annie Framnes

    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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    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.*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Fordham

    This book gets the award for most memorable "meet-cute". I have been super busy (thanks to my kids being home ALL the time) and have been a slow reader but every night I looked forward to the chapters I was able to sneak in of Vying for the Viscount. Very enjoyable, light hearted story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Monzon

    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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    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.*

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Geaney

    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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    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.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    Such a delightful read! I loved that this novel was set in the world of Newcastle racing. Take an out-of-place heir arriving from India, and a woman who's been content with a small life. Throw them together as he tries to establish his place in English socity. What could possibly go wrong? Quite a bit actually. This story has heart, the characters have death, and I loved every page. Perfect for lovers of Regency romance.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This story gets ALL the stars!! I absolutely adored Vying For The Viscount and I can not wait for the rest of series. This story has so many great characters from Bianca, Hudson, Aaron, Rigsby, and even cameos from beloved characters from Kristi's earlier books which helped make the book so so good. Another favorite element for me was the humor, Kristi's known for her humorous books but in this one the humor was some of Kristi's best!(and I say that as a reader who has laughed her way through AL This story gets ALL the stars!! I absolutely adored Vying For The Viscount and I can not wait for the rest of series. This story has so many great characters from Bianca, Hudson, Aaron, Rigsby, and even cameos from beloved characters from Kristi's earlier books which helped make the book so so good. Another favorite element for me was the humor, Kristi's known for her humorous books but in this one the humor was some of Kristi's best!(and I say that as a reader who has laughed her way through ALL of Kristi's books. This is truly one of Kristi's best books and it's going to rank at or very near the top of my favorite Kristi books. The story moved well and was exciting and interesting with the hose racing angle and Hudson trying to acclimate to England after being raised in India. What a unique and fun story line. Yep, this book has it all and it ranks up there with the first couple Hawthorne stories as my favorite Kristi books. Do not miss out on this one!! I received this book as part of the launch team and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own. *I did purchase the Audible version and the narration is lovely.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Voss

    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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)

    Looking for a story with unconventional friendships, a condescending stepmother and an uncle seeking to claim what isn’t his? You’ll want to place Vying for the Viscount at the top of your to-be-read pile! Fans of regency romance with absolutely enjoy this book! I enjoyed it! It was a cute, witty read with a really sweet romance! I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, Winning the Gentleman, due out in April 2021. Vying for the Viscount by Kristi Ann Hunter is available now! Visit Chri Looking for a story with unconventional friendships, a condescending stepmother and an uncle seeking to claim what isn’t his? You’ll want to place Vying for the Viscount at the top of your to-be-read pile! Fans of regency romance with absolutely enjoy this book! I enjoyed it! It was a cute, witty read with a really sweet romance! I’m looking forward to the next book in the series, Winning the Gentleman, due out in April 2021. Vying for the Viscount by Kristi Ann Hunter is available now! Visit Christian Book or Baker Book House to purchase! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley. A positive review was not required. Opinions expressed are completely my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Robin Hatcher

    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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Toni Shiloh

    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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kristine Morgan

    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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    3.5 stars A 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 stars A 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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Regina Jennings

    A English Viscount who has never been to England? Poor Hudson. When he becomes Viscount Stildon and moves to England for the first time in his life, he finds that his Indian education has left him lacking in the skills he needs to navigate through English society. Enter Miss Bianca Snowley. Her step-mother has pointed out her mistakes for so long, that she knows a thing or two about etiquette, even if she doesn't always follow it. Having helped herself to the long-absent lord's stables for years A English Viscount who has never been to England? Poor Hudson. When he becomes Viscount Stildon and moves to England for the first time in his life, he finds that his Indian education has left him lacking in the skills he needs to navigate through English society. Enter Miss Bianca Snowley. Her step-mother has pointed out her mistakes for so long, that she knows a thing or two about etiquette, even if she doesn't always follow it. Having helped herself to the long-absent lord's stables for years, she could at least help him get established in society. When they make a deal to find perfect spouses for each other, they have no idea the complications that will ensue. Vying for the Viscount is a wonderful Pygmalion tale filled with humor and heart.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kellyn Roth

    4.5/5 Full review to come. For now: Lovely story that really hit home for me in so many ways (particularly thematically). I also relate to Bianca. This almost NEVER happens in these kinds of books, so I was thrilled. I don't think I've ever read a novel where the struggles of the characters both felt relevant to me AND I related to the heroine. One of my pet peeves ("okay") and some inaccuracies as far as horse care goes were my only complaints. Oh, and the ending felt a bit rushed, but hopefully b 4.5/5 Full review to come. For now: Lovely story that really hit home for me in so many ways (particularly thematically). I also relate to Bianca. This almost NEVER happens in these kinds of books, so I was thrilled. I don't think I've ever read a novel where the struggles of the characters both felt relevant to me AND I related to the heroine. One of my pet peeves ("okay") and some inaccuracies as far as horse care goes were my only complaints. Oh, and the ending felt a bit rushed, but hopefully book 2 and so on with expand on the couple's story. I actually liked Trent here, too. He's so delightful. *sad sigh* Anyways. I'll review it in more detail later! For now, that'll have to do.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kailey

    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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Harris

    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.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    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.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marilee

    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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    maiaisreading

    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.*

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "He took a deep breath and reminded himself that he was the same capable, knowledgeable man he'd been in India . . . . . The only difference was that instead of one or two things changing, everything had changed." Returning to his English roots, newly titled Viscount (Hudson) Stildon is at a loss; navigating the British aristocracy is proving much more difficult than he had imagined, especially when his casual attire draws the ire of a young lady presuming him to be stealing horses from his own s "He took a deep breath and reminded himself that he was the same capable, knowledgeable man he'd been in India . . . . . The only difference was that instead of one or two things changing, everything had changed." Returning to his English roots, newly titled Viscount (Hudson) Stildon is at a loss; navigating the British aristocracy is proving much more difficult than he had imagined, especially when his casual attire draws the ire of a young lady presuming him to be stealing horses from his own stables. A rather awkward boot attack ensued. Bianca Snowley begins nearly every day on the back of a horse. Not her own horse, mind you, but one that she borrows from a neighboring estate. After Bianca's first encounter with the new property owner proves rather embarrassing, she and the viscount actually form a bond of friendship, vowing to assist each other as they pursue their own version of matrimonial bliss. What a complicated web of expectations await them. Surprisingly, readers may feel more like spectators than participants in this story, which may dramatically slow down the bonding process with these most likable characters. Fortunately, the author's intentions are very forthright; conundrums of our own making are not outside the realm of God's providence, we simply need to ask for His help. "Lord, help my unbelief. Not my belief in my own capabilities but my belief that you've got a plan for me and I should follow it, even if it doesn't make sense."

  24. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    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.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    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!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Hallie Szott

    4.5 Review to come.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lyssa

    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.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    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.

  29. 5 out of 5

    LisLovesReading E.Espinoza

    With grace and beauty, author Kristi Ann Hunter has written a novel that is as charming as it engaging. Vying for the Viscount, the first book in the Hearts on the Heath series, is an historical romance that is well-written and utterly endearing. From the pastoral scene in the lovely cover art, to the appealing story contained within, Vying for the Viscount is a novel that captured my attention and kept me enthralled. As it combines elements of history, suspense, action, faith, and romance, it r With grace and beauty, author Kristi Ann Hunter has written a novel that is as charming as it engaging. Vying for the Viscount, the first book in the Hearts on the Heath series, is an historical romance that is well-written and utterly endearing. From the pastoral scene in the lovely cover art, to the appealing story contained within, Vying for the Viscount is a novel that captured my attention and kept me enthralled. As it combines elements of history, suspense, action, faith, and romance, it reveals a uniquely satisfying Regency story. With its stables full of horses, wide open meadows, and impressive country manors, this novel’s early 19th century English setting is captivating and very inviting. Within this setting, the well-crafted elements of plot and characterization come together artfully to create a truly enjoyable reading experience. The intriguing plot of this novel is clever and refreshingly original. The brief scenes of action and suspense are entirely satisfying and compelling. The romance is clean, genuine, and sweetly portrayed. The characters are well-developed and experience authentic growth as the story unfolds. Truly, Ms. Hunter's remarkable talent as a writer is fully displayed through her charming characters. Not only are they sympathetic in their insecurities, but they are also deeply relatable as they struggle to overcome their doubts, pursue their dreams, and develop their faith with sincerity and humility. Like a vibrant, rolling grassland stretching to the horizon, the characters and their experiences are welcoming and memorable.   Vying for the Viscount is a story of faith, courage, perseverance, and love. With each carefully chosen word and phrase, Ms. Hunter has succeeded in composing an uplifting story that is undeniably thoughtful and meaningful. With great skill, thorough research, and heartfelt insight, Ms. Hunter has crafted an inspiring story that is entertaining and touching. I recommend it wholeheartedly to all readers. *I was given a copy of this novel by the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.

  30. 4 out of 5

    MJSH

    "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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