Friday, February 18, 2011

ARC Review: The Countess by Lynsay Sands

Series:  Madison Sisters, Book #1

Genre:   Historical Romance

Release Date:  January 2011

Publisher:   Avon

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Format I Read:  ARC ebook

Pages:  222 (Nook pgs)

Source Net Galley

Reading Challenge Historical Romance Challenge

Read an excerpt
Book Blurb
The fairy tale courtship did not turn into a happily ever after…

Not until her husband dropped dead, that is. He had been horrible enough to Christiana during their short marriage, and she was not going to allow the traditional period of mourning to ruin her sisters’ debuts as well. So Christiana decides to put him on ice and go on as if nothing’s happened…

Until the real earl appears. Richard Fairgrave had every intention of confronting his villainous twin who robbed him of his name and title…only to discover that he’d died. Quietly assuming his identity, Richard must now deal with a maddening desire for his ravishing inherited “wife”—certainly a gold digger and possibly a murderess. And Christiana must deal with an unwanted new “husband”…and they both must figure out what to do before the ice melts!

“I assure you, you are welcome to anything in my home,” he said, straightening with dignity, and then added in a lie, “I just did not wish you to drink the whiskey out of anger.  I’m quite sure you would never have consumed it under normal circumstances, and it’s very strong.  It would have gone right to your head.”

Obviously not appeased by his explanation, she said dryly, “Yes, well now it’s gone to my bosoms instead.”

My Thoughts
First of all Lynsay Sands is quickly becoming one of my favorite romance writers because I have enjoyed every one of her book that I have read.  Her stories never contain super complicated story lines, but easy plots and likable characters that always find themselves in humorous situations.

The Countess is the first, but certainly not the last, historical romance that I have read by Ms Sands.  The beginning of the story had me raising my eyebrows and wondering if I wanted to continue.  I had already decided that I didn’t like the imposter husband, or the way he treated his wife.  Normally, disliking one of the main characters turns me off to a book, but thankfully, the fake husband was killed off and the real husband’s attempt to take his life back made the story more interesting.

Despite their rocky start, I knew there was an instant love connection between Richard and Christiana.  Their back and forth struggle to figure out if their growing attraction was real or if they were simply staying in the marriage to avoid scandal made me turn pages very quickly.  I was really rooting for Richard to win over Christian and her family so that the two could have a happy ending.

I loved Suzette and Lisa, Christiana’s sisters.  They were a handful and more than ready to issue a beat down to anyone they thought was abusing their sister.  I also loved the fact that they were willing to help off their brother-in-law just to make their sister happy.  

Overall The Countess was a fun read and I look forward to reading future books in this series.


Four flowers of love, very good and a recommended read

Other Books In This Series:
The Heiress, Book #2 (February 22, 2011)

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