Thursday, November 14, 2013

Finessing the Contessa by Wendy Soliman

Finessing the Contessa (The Forsters, #3)
Release date: November 18, 2013
Publisher: Carina Press
Genre: Historical (Regency) Romance
Series: The Forsters #3

England, 1815

Lord Robert Forster hopes to meet his match—on the chessboard. He jumps at the chance to cross rooks with the renowned Sicilian widow, Contessa Electra Falzone. However, the lovely foreigner's bold opening gambit raises concerns about her politics when she finds her way into his bedchamber, not with seduction in mind, but to steal state secrets.

Electra Falzone has always avoided scandalous liaisons, until blackmail forces her to turn thief and risk her reputation in the arms of the handsome Lord Robert. If her manipulators were threatening only her, she would confess all to her fellow strategist. But given who will suffer if she fails, she can't afford to take that risk.

Drawn to the exotic contessa, Rob won't allow her to be used as a pawn by an unscrupulous schemer. But if Electra is determined to play this dangerous game for reasons of her own, nothing Rob can do will stop her.

Meet Rob's siblings in Compromising the Marquess and Beguiling the Barrister.

My Rating: 5 Roses

Another lovely book in the awesome Forsters series, Finessing the Contessa was absolutely wonderful. The romance was sweet, the thrills were constant, and I enjoyed every bit of it.

Electra hasn't had the easiest time and, to make it worse, now she's being blackmailed into turning spy and stealing secrets. But, she handled it all and proved how strong she really was. She was intensely loyal to her loved ones and she would do anything to protect them. I really liked her. I thought she was a great character.

Rob was SO sweet. Like Electra, he was very loyal to his loved ones and, when that grew to include Electra, nothing was going to stop him from keeping her safe. He was very strong, clever, and sweet. I just adored him.

The romance was lovely. Electra and Rob were really sweet together. Their feelings developed slowly and it was sweet to see. And, I appreciate that neither of them was in denial about it. They both admitted it and that allowed their relationship to develop. And, there was definitely chemistry between them, right from the moment they met. There was some steaminess going on there. I thought these two were perfect together.

The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. All the action and mystery was thrilling. The whole issue of Electra's father-in-law and Rob's stepmother and the Forsters's old foe and how they were all connected was brilliantly done and had me riveted. I really enjoyed the story and I thought the ending was brilliant. I can't wait to see more of the Forsters!

Finessing the Contessa was a fantastic historical romance. I really enjoyed reading this fabulous book. Lovers of romance, you have to read this.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

1 comment:

  1. I agree, romance and espionage go great together :)