by Shirl Henke

October 2004
ISBN: 0-8439-5243-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Leisure Books
Mass Market Paperback

Turn of the 20th Century, London, England

Former Rough Rider Joshua Cantrell, a self made Texas millionaire, has been summoned back into service by his former commander, now President of the United States, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt. Roosevelt wants Josh to accept the title his long lost English Earl uncle wants to bestow on him by masquerading in polite English society as the newly named heir. In truth Josh would be seeking out answers to the conspiracy by the Russians to assassinate the British Japanese liaison. Raised in a Texas bordello, Josh can be lewd and crude, and quick thinking on his uncle’s part brings in a staid British schoolmarm to help Joshua polish his manners, one Miss Sabrina Edgewater.

Sabrina cannot believe what she has been practically blackmailed into teaching! What polite society has dubbed the “Texas Viscount” to Sabrina is more like the “Texas Visigoth”! How will she ever make a gentleman out of this loud obnoxious Texas barbarian? The task is almost impossible, but there is something hidden beneath Josh Cantrell’s good ole boy act, and Sabrina begins to find herself drawn in to the mystery and drama that comes along with falling hard and fast for this cowboy with a heart as big as the state he calls home.

Shirl Henke’s spin on Pygmalion comes in this last installment of her American Lords series, Texas Viscount. I was immediately drawn into the mix of factual history within the fictional love story. Texas Viscount starts off very promising but somewhere along the way Josh’s Gomer Pyle act started to grate on my nerves. Sabrina is starchy and overbearing at first glance, but once she lets her hair down so to speak she changes into a very daring heroine that I got a kick out of. The overall chemistry between Josh and Sabrina is one hot commodity!

Reviewed in October 2004 by Bonnie.

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