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The Viscount and the Witch

Narrated by: Mark Norman
Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
3.5 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Viscount Rhys Hadley has no idea that the young woman he's about to rescue from a ridiculous lawsuit is the one woman who can change his life forever. And not just because she has a set of unique talents he's never imagined....

Lady Alice Giddenhurst has fled London Society, preferring the quiet of the country where she can heal the occasional broken limb or injured animal without occasioning comment. This lawsuit, however, threatens to compromise her peace of mind, so she welcomes the assistance of a Viscount.

It only takes a moment for them both to realize they're on the edge of the greatest magic of all... love! But there are secrets and dangers lurking near Alice - and for Rhys it's a battle to keep her safe until he can make her his, permanently!

©2015 Sahara Kelly (P)2015 Sahara Kelly

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The candles were such fun!

What a fun book I just loved it! I loved the magical parts and such a quick and wonderful attraction these two characters had made for a great read. This is not just a romance but also a mystery and you will be surprised at the ending. Mark Norman did a fabulous job narrating the tale. I highly recommend this cutie. I did receive a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.

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Enjoyable

I truly enjoyed this story. The connection between Rhys and Alice is wonderful. I liked that there was no drama between the two of them. They were open and honest about their feelings and they both had the goal of marriage in mind. I liked the exploration by Alice (which seemed ahead of her time in social etiquette). This story had love, passion, and a mystery to solve with a bit of magic and treasure thrown in. My favorite character is Aunt Millie by far...so spunky!

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Supernatural Regency

This book is a clever combination of Regency romance, supernatural witchery, and mystery. Lady Alice Korte-Giddenhurst is suspected of being a witch and has decided to live by herself in the country in order to avoid the gossip. Viscount Rhys Hadley is sent by his Uncle to aid Alice in a lawsuit involving an inheritance of land. When the two meet, sparks fly and instant love occurs.

Alice does seem to have some special gifts that can't be easily explained away, but Rhys isn't intimidated by her in the least. Instead, he proposes marriage. Yes, the instalove is a little much, but in a short book, it can be excused. The characters are wonderful and their repartee is great. Ms. Kelly always manages to give her characters more than you would expect from a Regency romance.

This book is a little different than a lot of Regency romances, focusing on the mystery and supernatural aspects more than the normal fashion and balls of the Ton. There are a couple of mildly steamy sex scenes and the listener needs to be aware of this if listening in public.

The narrator does a good job and most of the characters have distinctly wonderful voices. His pacing was perfect and his performance makes a good book even better. I was given the chance to listen to this book through a book review club and chose to review it.

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Not my favorite book by this author

I really enjoy books by Sahara Kelly. This one was not my favorite at all. It was just ok for me. I am not sure what was lacking...whether it was the story itself or the narration of the story. There were things I did enjoy in the story though. It was written well it just didn’t capture my attention the way her other books in the past have. I will continue to read or listen to her books. The narrator was ok. I felt like he was lacking something as well. He did bring some character to everyone.

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Light-hearted historical romantic mystery!

The Viscount and the Witch is a light-hearted historical romance with a touch of mystery thrown into the mix. Written by Sahara Kelly, the story begins with a conversation between Rhys, Viscount Hadley, and his uncle about a woman who is involved in a lawsuit over an inheritance in a small Hampshire village. Lady Alice is the woman in question and the daughter of an old friend. When Rhys arrives, Alice acts as though she known him. In truth, Alice is blessed with the gift of “sight” and healing. Rhys is mystified by Alice’s charms and he can’t resist the immediate and powerful attraction he feels toward her. Rhys also doesn’t hesitate to help resolve the lawsuit. It thankfully doesn’t take long before the pair begin a new lifelong adventure with each other.

I listened to the audiobook of this story narrated by Mark Norman. He did an admirable job using a variety of voices for each character (I do think that production should have been able to clean up some of the swallowing noises though). Regardless, I thought this was enjoyable listen that runs about 5 hours.

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Fun ADULT Historical Romance💕and Mystery


I enjoyed the book which has paranormal 👻elements, of course, but the narration not so much. Maybe the microphone was too close to the narrator's face? I could hear him breathing, swallowing, and kicking his lips, which was extremely annoying to me. It would have been much worse if I had listened with headphones! I did enjoy his separate voices for each character, though.

The audio book was provided to me as an ARC by Candid Book Reviews📚.
Opinions Expressed are entirely my own.

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Love at first sight

Love this!!! Its hilarious. Rhys & Alice are so compatible & upfront without all the drama plus equally bold about their feelings for one another. Such a magical & heartwarming regency. Listened nonstop. Narrator does an excellent job with the many voices.

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Great Premise...Still Misses the Mark

This story is about a young witch living on the continent because in the past her family has been persecuted for exhibiting magical abilities. It has not been that long since witches were burned.

The story does begin with humor, a girl can't heal a kitten without attracting notice. The Viscount is reminded, that the young woman is a Witch, that supposed to run in families don't you know. I really thought this would be a light hearted book with a bit of romantic passion.

But I think the Heroine is either not very bright or is deliberately dense, and there is a difference.

This is something of a spoiler: The Witch"s psychic power gifts her a vision of the Viscount. Evidently her powers do not rise to the level of clothing the man, which is fine, except she doesn't seem to care that there might be more to the man than looks. Good characters also have good stuff between their ears as well as other places.

My point is the characters were shallow, there is no tension in the magical trope, I was irritated enough to stop listening. Even sex cannot make boring people interesting.

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So-So story. Terrible narration..

I’m having a tough time rating this book. Part of it’s a 1 star, part of it’s 2 and part is a 3. The 1 star comes for the most disgusting word ever, pussy, when describing a woman’s private parts. The 2 is for Rhys being in love with Alice the next day and wanting to marry her, and her feeling the same way. Talk about insta-love. That’s waaaay to fast for falling in love. I know this is only has 177 pages but the love didn’t have to come that fast. And 3 comes from the mystery of the book. I do hate, hate, hate nothing but love stories BUT I also hate mysteries without a romance. AND since I hate the word that I mentioned before I can’t see myself reading this author again for that reason. If she used it in one book I figure she uses it in all he books. She only used it once but that was enough warning for me.

I did like the banter between Rhys and Alice, and Jilly, and then when Aunt Millie came around. I was left up in the air as to who the bad guy was: Piers Trethwarren or Lord Vincent Fairmont, or someone completely different.

Oh, and there wasn't very much witchy things going on, and that's the reason I got this book.That, too, was disappointing.

There was a little semi-sexual tension but then they had sex and it wasn’t real explicit and their sex talk was really kind of silly. The sex wasn’t very good at all. And the swearing was nothing but damn and hell a few times.

As to the narrator: Wow, what can I say? He was always making swallowing sounds so I sped him up to 1.5 to see if that would help, and it did a little. His voice for Rhys was terrible. Rhys sound like an idiot sometimes and even more feminine than Alice, in the way the narrator read his words. And Lord Trethwarren’s voice was even worse, he seemed to be screeching most of the time. And Jilly’s was just too masculine for a maid.

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  • Maria Tippett
  • 01-09-16

God awful

I didn't even get past the third chapter. Narration was horrible, hero sounded like a young boy who's voice was cracking and changing. Within in the first few moments they were at each other like rabbits. And with his squeaky voice very off putting. Will not be reading or listening to either the author or this narrator again. What a waste of money.