Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater are travelling on horse back down a road one day, when they're called out to by an elder woman. She needs help evicting a nude man whom she has found in her barn. Hadrian volunteers, though Royce is apprehensive about it, and they both agree to do the work in exchange for a hot meal and something for the horses. They go inside the barn and soon find that the woman's task is not as easy as it might have earlier seemed.
I was lucky enough to win a free eBook copy of The Viscount and the Witch by Michael J. Sullivan through a blog giveaway. Though getting a free copy, these are my honest thoughts on the story. I have not read any other books by this author before now. It was a reasonably interesting story. There was a lot of information presented, that I assumed plays greater relevance in the rest of the series and other books of the author.
Thinking of it as a standalone (it does say that it's a standalone in the description of the book, here on goodreads), it doesn't really turn out terribly well. The book kind of relies on character information, various references and settings that obviously have not been presented within these pages. There isn't much in the way of an ending, either; it simply finishes after the major plot has been completed. There's no real interesting point, for me, in the book and it all has pretty much one tone throughout.
Overall, it's a reasonable story. I'm not particularly impressed, but it wasn't terrible either. I guess, as an opening door to a series, for me, it has a reasonable amount of information. The prior information I'm missing out on simply must be part of the earlier story in the series. My rating might change if I ever get around to obtaining and then reading any other of the books in the series.