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WARNING: Not recommended for readers who aren't comfortable with explicit love scenes, whipping, and sexual assault When Isabelle Beaumont’s father betroths her to a dreaded roundhead for economic gain, she vows to find a way to thwart the marriage, no matter the cost. Believing her only recourse is to break the terms of the betrothal agreement, Izzy plans to sacrifice her WARNING: Not recommended for readers who aren't comfortable with explicit love scenes, whipping, and sexual assault When Isabelle Beaumont’s father betroths her to a dreaded roundhead for economic gain, she vows to find a way to thwart the marriage, no matter the cost. Believing her only recourse is to break the terms of the betrothal agreement, Izzy plans to sacrifice her virginity before her wedding day dawns. Her scheme is simple enough. She’ll join the villagers in their May Day celebrations, and there she will choose the man who will take her virtue. Ramsay Maitland is on a crusade to prove his betrothed an unsuitable bride. Despite the political advantages of the match, he has no intention of taking a royalist courtier as his wife. His objective is diverted when, at a May Day festival, he meets an alluring woman who appears more than willing to fall into his arms… and into his bed. Passion ignites when Ram discovers his mystery maiden is the one woman he swore he’d never desire… his betrothed. Determined to master the woman who has stolen his heart, Ram will chase his elusive bride from the lush landscapes of Cornwall to the debauched court of Charles II. In a bid to claim her as his own, he vows to bind her to him with sensuality and desire. But can enemies become lovers when past secrets and court intrigue threaten to destroy their new-found love?


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WARNING: Not recommended for readers who aren't comfortable with explicit love scenes, whipping, and sexual assault When Isabelle Beaumont’s father betroths her to a dreaded roundhead for economic gain, she vows to find a way to thwart the marriage, no matter the cost. Believing her only recourse is to break the terms of the betrothal agreement, Izzy plans to sacrifice her WARNING: Not recommended for readers who aren't comfortable with explicit love scenes, whipping, and sexual assault When Isabelle Beaumont’s father betroths her to a dreaded roundhead for economic gain, she vows to find a way to thwart the marriage, no matter the cost. Believing her only recourse is to break the terms of the betrothal agreement, Izzy plans to sacrifice her virginity before her wedding day dawns. Her scheme is simple enough. She’ll join the villagers in their May Day celebrations, and there she will choose the man who will take her virtue. Ramsay Maitland is on a crusade to prove his betrothed an unsuitable bride. Despite the political advantages of the match, he has no intention of taking a royalist courtier as his wife. His objective is diverted when, at a May Day festival, he meets an alluring woman who appears more than willing to fall into his arms… and into his bed. Passion ignites when Ram discovers his mystery maiden is the one woman he swore he’d never desire… his betrothed. Determined to master the woman who has stolen his heart, Ram will chase his elusive bride from the lush landscapes of Cornwall to the debauched court of Charles II. In a bid to claim her as his own, he vows to bind her to him with sensuality and desire. But can enemies become lovers when past secrets and court intrigue threaten to destroy their new-found love?

30 review for Virtue and Vice

  1. 5 out of 5

    KatieV

    I'm not going to rate this, because I honestly did too much skimming to count it as a read. I picked this up because it was recommended as a bodice ripper written this decade (nearly unheard of) and it was available on Kindle Unlimited. Was this a bodice ripper? Yes, it was. It had the elements trigger/spoiler warning: (view spoiler)[The hero raped the h and there was another scene where the villain assaulted the heroine. He didn't rape her, but he was a sadist and beat and sexually assaulted her. I'm not going to rate this, because I honestly did too much skimming to count it as a read. I picked this up because it was recommended as a bodice ripper written this decade (nearly unheard of) and it was available on Kindle Unlimited. Was this a bodice ripper? Yes, it was. It had the elements trigger/spoiler warning: (view spoiler)[The hero raped the h and there was another scene where the villain assaulted the heroine. He didn't rape her, but he was a sadist and beat and sexually assaulted her. (hide spoiler)] Why I skimmed The heroine was one of the spoiled, foot-stomping types that I've never been extremely fond of. The type that never knows what she wants until it's too late and mostly just enjoys being willful for the sake of being willful. Plus, she wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer at times. Too much introspection on the hero's part. I don't need to know all your feels! YMMV, of course, but I'd rather experience the hero through his actions and the heroine's observations. Not have a bunch of navel gazing. Honestly, I think that's just a symptom of our times. Bodice Rippers are non-pc and bound to cause controversy, therefore I think those who do try to write them these days go to an extreme with showing the reader the inner workings of the hero's mind and all his feelings as a way to make him more palatable to the modern reader. I had the same issue with another modern BR (Claiming the Courtesan).

  2. 4 out of 5

    Phoebe

    I very rarely leave reviews but I'm leaving one for this novel because I think another reviewer's comments are crazy. Liking or not liking the characters or plot is one thing- everyone has differing opinions on these aspects of a book. But attacking the writing quality of this novel is nonsense. It is my understanding this is a debut novel and I thought the writing was superb. No grammatical issues, spelling problems, or mistaken word choices, which are so common in books today. The writing is s I very rarely leave reviews but I'm leaving one for this novel because I think another reviewer's comments are crazy. Liking or not liking the characters or plot is one thing- everyone has differing opinions on these aspects of a book. But attacking the writing quality of this novel is nonsense. It is my understanding this is a debut novel and I thought the writing was superb. No grammatical issues, spelling problems, or mistaken word choices, which are so common in books today. The writing is so descriptive and the dialogue flows in every conversation. I really enjoyed this novel. The characters were dynamic, the plot moved along quickly, and as I already mentioned, the author's writing is great. I highly recommend it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Duchess

    Im still buzzing from the wonderful feeling because of this book but don’t be fooled for this is a bodice ripper. But loving Ramsay and Izzy’s love story too much. Can be a bit frustrating because of all the pride and misunderstanding which normally happens when you have a strong minded and hoyden for a heroine. Love love love Ram though. Just my kind of Hero ❤️❤️. Story building is superb and even the secondary characters have their own happy endings. Will be anticipating another book from Kimb Im still buzzing from the wonderful feeling because of this book but don’t be fooled for this is a bodice ripper. But loving Ramsay and Izzy’s love story too much. Can be a bit frustrating because of all the pride and misunderstanding which normally happens when you have a strong minded and hoyden for a heroine. Love love love Ram though. Just my kind of Hero ❤️❤️. Story building is superb and even the secondary characters have their own happy endings. Will be anticipating another book from Kimberly Brody!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Booklovinglady

    There are two stories here, the main one about Isabelle (Izzy) and Ramsay (Ram) and the second one, a much shorter one, about Belinda (Izzy’s cousin) and Lucien (Ram's best friend).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Feel too long and repetitive. They were constantly fighting and there were a million misunderstandings, and I would have preferred if there were more periods when they actually happy together and building their relationship instead of just fighting again. I'm also never a fan of when the villain is a villain because they're into bdsm.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Izzy was such a manipulative scheming bitch I will hate her till the end of my days. Ram deserved SO MUCH better woman.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Em

    Another reviewer says this story includes “a bit of rape.” It’s a lot of rape. Mostly rape. Far more than the standard bodice ripper I read back in the 90s (I’ve grown out of them, but I can still appreciate a well-written alpha male story every once in awhile, as long as there is also solid character work and romance) . The characters in this book declare their love by the end, but there’s no evidence of that love-their relationship is largely physical/emotional/verbal violence and lust, and th Another reviewer says this story includes “a bit of rape.” It’s a lot of rape. Mostly rape. Far more than the standard bodice ripper I read back in the 90s (I’ve grown out of them, but I can still appreciate a well-written alpha male story every once in awhile, as long as there is also solid character work and romance) . The characters in this book declare their love by the end, but there’s no evidence of that love-their relationship is largely physical/emotional/verbal violence and lust, and their primary personality traits are aggressiveness, pride, conditional loyalty (aka disloyalty), jealousy, and spitefulness.. I did not get a clear picture of who the characters are outside of these combative situations) or what they love about one another (the love was very “tell-don’t-show.”) A selection of scenes that activated my gag reflex -the story opens with the heroine being beaten with a switch by her father because she does not want an arranged marriage & instead wants to marry the boy she has loved from childhood —later in the story, her childhood love blackmails her, ties her down, beats her with a switch, rapes her with his fingers, presses the end of the switch against her threatening to penetrate her, and hits her in the face. —childhood love also forces a kiss on a secondary character and violently gropes her. -when the “hero” overhears the heroine lie about her lack of virginity, he watches her father hit her (and wishes it was him doing it instead of intervening). He then brutally rapes her while calling her a whore. There’s bodice ripping, there’s blood, she weeps and begs. Of course he feels immediate regret but it doesn’t last because -his next move is to pressure her endlessly for sex and ignore her begging for an annulment or peace. There’s no consideration or caring or even liking between them, and there’s no thought of consent. -he has rough sex with her from behind insisting she can fantasize about her childhood love, intending to degrade her. Again, she cries after sex. -he has sex with her and then calls her a whore and not worthy of being his wife, and tells her he agrees to an annulment. She cries after sex yet again. I am not even including the scenes in which they say vicious things to one another (he favors shaming her for the same sex acts he participates in, she throws her childhood love in his face to make him jealous). The heroine spends 3/4 of this book manipulating, scheming, and lying to get out of this marriage (not that I blame her), so there’s hardly time for them to interact, let alone fall in love. There’s no redemption arc, other than the “hero” tending her when she is sick and the heroine debasing herself out of guilt for manipulating him out of the marriage. This is a tacked on scene at the end, and we don’t get to see how their new dynamic plays out. If the usual well-written bodice ripper is 30 percent bodice ripping and combativeness, 70 percent romance and plot, this one is about 60-40. Go elsewhere for your rape fantasy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rosa

    I liked this a lot. there were a couple times where either izzy or her cousin Belinda called out the sexism that was an unfortunate part of life at that time and that always makes me happy. You don't always see that. a fair amount of angst, when one thing gets cleared up another thing takes its place. there is a bit of a rape which stinks, but it isn't a prolonged scene. And I won't make excuses for the perp but I was okay with the resolution. I liked the writing style. I was hoping to see Belin I liked this a lot. there were a couple times where either izzy or her cousin Belinda called out the sexism that was an unfortunate part of life at that time and that always makes me happy. You don't always see that. a fair amount of angst, when one thing gets cleared up another thing takes its place. there is a bit of a rape which stinks, but it isn't a prolonged scene. And I won't make excuses for the perp but I was okay with the resolution. I liked the writing style. I was hoping to see Belinda with her own book but. it looks like that's all we'll see of her story.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cordelia Linder

    Goodness Gracious, Me Five 🌟 is not enough, but since it is the highest ranked, I had to select it, but it deserved more. I was captivated by this sizzling sexy story. Not your run of the mill historical romance, but your hot 🔥and bothered kind. First time reading this author, but it will not be the last. Every time I think of the hot lovemaking, which is often, I get the butterflies in my belly feeling. Thank you for a wonderful story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Exol

    I started reading this book cuz I was bored and as I read it my boredom got worse. I kept questioning the Female lead and her decisions. Her thought process really had me itching to slap some sense into her. The Male lead was fine and she honestly didn't deserve him. Everytime he tried to be understanding she would ruin it by pining over another guy who didn't give a shit about her and she was the only one that stopped herself from being happy

  11. 4 out of 5

    Aušra

    A bit repetitive how the main characters both make the stupidest mistakes and are cruel to each other beyond any measure while speaking about undying love the other. I get how the author tried to bring a bit of BDSM into play...but it just looked like part of total idiocy...on the other hand I did love the general descriptiveness and historic feel of the story.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jello

    I totally loved this book. Though the heroine is probably the dumbest heroine ever.

  13. 4 out of 5

    michele e davidson

    Izzy finds love Excellent historical novel that keeps you guessing! I found my self rooting for the characters to get together despite all the odds.

  14. 4 out of 5

    bibliolatry

    I did not want this book to end. It was VERY well written. The plot was very engaging and though the story did take a (enjoyable) length of time to culminate to a very satisfactory conclusion, the story was not overly drawn out. The writer keeps the action and dialogue flowing wonderfully. I have read a lot of historical fiction, and found that Ms. Brody can explain things to modern readers without making it a pompous history lesson. She writes with wisdom and intelligence. Having read some serio I did not want this book to end. It was VERY well written. The plot was very engaging and though the story did take a (enjoyable) length of time to culminate to a very satisfactory conclusion, the story was not overly drawn out. The writer keeps the action and dialogue flowing wonderfully. I have read a lot of historical fiction, and found that Ms. Brody can explain things to modern readers without making it a pompous history lesson. She writes with wisdom and intelligence. Having read some serious works of historical fiction from this time period, I decided to read this book because I didn't want to leave this era yet. I was afraid it would be too frivolous with a lot of gratuitous sex, but it wasn't. There was plenty of sex, but it serve a definite purpose--not titillation. For the reader to understand the extraordinary relationship between the hero and heroine--their passion had to be described/demonstrated to be believable. It would not be enough to say, "They had a rare physical chemistry." Reviewer(s) have commented on the immaturity of the heroine, but that was the whole point. Her character and behavior was the catalyst for the ensuing mishaps and misunderstandings. Ms. Brody's characters were multi-dimensional and very believable. I loved the hero. He was a man of his time (not ours), but he had so much compassion and integrity. Other reviewer(s) commented that the hero has too many soliloquies. I TOTALLY disagree! Not to be disparaging of other writers, but try reading a Collette Cameron book. Practically the entire book is spent inside the character's minds (She barely uses quotation marks--just italics) and yet that is not mentioned in the reviews of her books. Overall Virtue and Vice is a book that has everything: humor, a great plot, interesting and intelligent dialogue, great characters, a rich historical setting, and a wonderful ending. I LOVED this book and hope to read more in the future by Ms. Brody.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Leiera Monae

    Title: Virtue and Vice Genre(s): M/F, historical romance Setting: 17th century England POV(s): Third person omniscient, which gives readers generous glimpses into the thoughts and feelings of the two main characters Lead Male Character: Ramsay “Julian James” Maitland, Viscount Royston, and (much to his chagrin) blindly betrothed to Isabelle Beaumont Lead Female Character: Isabelle “Izzy” Beaumont, blindly betrothed to Ramsay Maitland, Viscount Royston Plot: Neither of the betrothed wishes to marry th Title: Virtue and Vice Genre(s): M/F, historical romance Setting: 17th century England POV(s): Third person omniscient, which gives readers generous glimpses into the thoughts and feelings of the two main characters Lead Male Character: Ramsay “Julian James” Maitland, Viscount Royston, and (much to his chagrin) blindly betrothed to Isabelle Beaumont Lead Female Character: Isabelle “Izzy” Beaumont, blindly betrothed to Ramsay Maitland, Viscount Royston Plot: Neither of the betrothed wishes to marry the other. Prior to the marital agreement, the two have never met. Izzy sets out to be deflowered, as this is a stipulation of the marital agreement with Viscount Royston, that the bride be a virgin on the wedding night. Because of the reputation of the members of court, Ramsay is convinced that his wife-to-be is not a virgin, and looks forward to proving it and having the marriage annulled. In the meantime, he plans to sow his royal oats with a willing woman (or women) at the May Day festival. The two meet; Ramsay gives Izzy the alias of “Julian James.” She refers to herself only as “Izzy.” They are both dressed below their stations. An affair ensues where the two of them engage in numerous sexual encounters. However, Ramsay learns the true identity of his bed buddy, and decides to withhold the ultimate act from her. NOTE: The author provides a warning about sexual assault. This may be a trigger for some readers. If so, then this may not the read for you. (view spoiler)[On the wedding night of Ramsay and Isabelle, she attempts to tell him that she is, in fact, a virgin after he came to believe otherwise following an altercation she had had with her father. Upon the initial penetration, he realizes that she had been telling him the truth all along, and he stops the assault. The second incident occurs between Isabelle and her previously adored childhood love named Paul. This one is more of the acts of a sadist exerting his control with sex toys, against the will of the heroine. (hide spoiler)] My Thoughts: First, the two above-mentioned incidents did not bother me. So I can't really speak to those in this review. But I can say that as a debut novel, this is a great read. The writing style flows smoothly. There were very few editing errors, as are common in self-published works. At times the inner monologue of the two main characters got to be a bit much. Additionally, I have personally grown tired of the ex-drama literary trope, so the details about Louisa Hanover got old with me pretty quickly. But I found the overall read enjoyable nonetheless. The author says that there will be another book in this series about Belinda, Isabelle's cousin, and Lucien, Ramsay's best friend. A bit formulaic, pairing the wallflower with the sexy, promiscuous rake, but I liked this first book enough to want to delve into the second.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Daneesha

    A gut-wrenching page turner filled with deceit, insults, betrayal, jealousy, and spicy love scenes! I had to put it down at times because of the anguish...Izzy, the heroine, was HORRIBLE. I didn't like her at all. Her husband, Ram, did some horrible things too, but I felt that he was truly remorseful and attempted to make things right. Enjoyed this and read it 1 day!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nevrsleep

    It's the characters that make this a five star story. Yes, it's what I consider a spicy read. One that you don't want to leave open on your tablet where kids are around. But it's Izzy and Ram that keep the pages turning. Even the supporting cast gets fleshed out but Izzy and Ram are just so... human. The most interesting people aren't always likeable but they're always compelling. Izzy and Ram certainly earn the happily ever after that they eventually get but by then, I felt like they deserved i It's the characters that make this a five star story. Yes, it's what I consider a spicy read. One that you don't want to leave open on your tablet where kids are around. But it's Izzy and Ram that keep the pages turning. Even the supporting cast gets fleshed out but Izzy and Ram are just so... human. The most interesting people aren't always likeable but they're always compelling. Izzy and Ram certainly earn the happily ever after that they eventually get but by then, I felt like they deserved it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Verna Malone

    Good book. Looking forward to more stories from this writer Overall a good read. However, the way that Izzy viewed Paul during about 70% of the book was a tad unrealistic seeing as they hadn't have history enough for such a strong bond and loyalty. I would say that the plot is a bit deeper than the average romance novel. I'm looking forward to reading about Belinda's story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Krishele

    Frustrating...and not in a good way Izzy is the most silly, dimwitted, self-centered, idiot of heroins. While I would not go as far as saying she necessarily deserved all that happened to her.... I found it difficult to be overly sympathetic.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lizette

    I absolutely loved this book. I love when the characters go through hell before they get their happily ever after. And Kimberly Brody dragged them through hell and back! It was awesome.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Free

  22. 4 out of 5

    Clare

  23. 4 out of 5

    Emily Stephenson

  24. 4 out of 5

    K.T.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sally

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bella

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  28. 5 out of 5

    Annie Hill

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

  30. 5 out of 5

    Beth Albamonti

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