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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Review: The Reluctant Countess by Wendy Vella

The Reluctant Countess by Wendy Vella
Publication date: January 14, 2013
Publisher: Random House LLC Loveswept
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This was a fantastic read with endearing characters and a very engaging plot. From start to finish I was absolutely in love with the leads, Sophie and Patrick.

When Sophie, the newly widowed Countess of Monmouth takes London ballrooms like a storm, every male is enchanted by her beauty and offset by her cold demeanor. She's not who she seems to be, and Patrick, the Earl of Coulter, has decided to uncover all of Sophie's secrets while trying to deny his blinding attraction to her...he couldn't.

Every aspect of this novel, from the characters to the plot and the romance, was superb. They sexual attraction between Sophie and Patrick is enough to melt these pages, yet they are both loyal and caring characters. Sophie is very strong, coming from a unique background and hiding her identity to protect those important to her. Beyond her tough exterior, however, is a fragile heart of gold that Patrick vehemently protects.

Patrick did not initially appeal to me, as his lust took over his brain a few times. However, how he begs for forgiveness from Sophie endears him to me, as a flawed yet conscientious hero, fitting to be with Sophie's flawed yet caring self.

There's also a side romance between Sophie's friend Amelia and Patrick's friend Stephen, that provides great entertaining for the story. The ending with these four characters is also very well done, and packaged together is a story of acceptance and everlasting love.

Rating: 4 tulips 
*I received an ARC from NetGalley.

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