Regal, poised, and elegant, Sophie, Countess of Monmouth, is everything that a highborn lady should be. But Sophie is hiding a past that is far from royal. When Patrick, Earl of Coulter, realizes that her story doesn’t add up, he resolves to find out the truth of what Sophie and her sister-in-law are concealing. Although Sophie has every reason to avoid him, the handsome and charismatic Patrick awakens something wicked deep within her soul . . . a powerful need that Sophie must stifle in order to protect her place in society.
Despite Sophie’s humble background, the raven-haired beauty has won Patrick’s heart. But what Sophie needs now is an ally. Viscount Myles Dumbly, the disgruntled former heir of Monmouth, is determined to expose Sophie as a fraud to recapture his lost inheritance. Soon Patrick is drawn into a fight for both their lives. Somehow he must find a way not only to rescue Sophie from poverty once and for all, but to keep her in his arms forever.
Brilliant! I adored this book! It was so adorable, one of my favorite historical romances!
I just love the idea of a Cinderella story and this one was so well done. It didn't have that cheesy quality that some Cinderella stories have. It was tastefully and wonderfully done, quite a masterpiece.
Sophie was one hell of a heroine. Her background is a little strange. I don't want to reveal such a big spoiler, but I will say that it was interesting and unique in the world of historical romance. Though she constantly fears someone discovering her less than noble background, she is strong in facing society. And she was strong in dealing with the situation that arises when someone in her past comes back to haunt her. She was a wonderful heroine.
Patrick was so adorable, I just adored him. Though he is suspicious of her motives at first, he quickly realizes his feelings for Sophia. And, from then on, he was such a sweetheart. He was protective, strong, sweet, just the perfect hero. Not to mention delightfully good-looking. He and Sophia were so sweet together, with a huge appetite for each other. I loved them as a couple. And I especially loved Patrick ;)
Speaking of delightful heroes, I also adored Patrick's friend, Stephen, Lord Sumner. He was so adorable and his comments had me cracking up. He gets a little romance with Amelia Pette, Sophia's friend and they were so cute together as well.
The plot of this book was one of the best I've seen in historical romance. It interested be from the first page and kept my attention. The ending was so sweet, just perfect.
I loved The Reluctant Countess. Anyone who likes historical romance should definitely read this book!
Thanks to Netgalley for a copy!
Today, I have the VERY spicy book A Faerie Fated Forever by Mary Anne Graham. Go forth and get it for free!
A faerie curse promises that one perfect love awaits Laird Nial Maclee.
To claim its passionate promise, he must find his fated lady while avoiding the traps, snares and schemes of females lured by his position, looks, charm and the blasted legend. A single misstep will condemn him to his father's fate - a lifetime of craving the love he can never have nor ever forget. Despite his vow never to face that fate, Nial knows that a laird must put the needs of his clan first, even if it means wedding the wealthy heiress and daughter of the only rival clan on the Isle of Skye, "Heather the Hag."
To save the Clan Maclee and secure its future, he should marry the dowdy lass even though she won't "set the claws of passion" to his manhood, as the curse provides, so she can't possibly be his faerie fated forever.
Before his solution to the dilemma sent Heather fleeing to transform herself for launch on the marriage mart in London, Nial should have recalled that faeries sometimes make the impossible the inevitable.