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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    In lust not in love

    Steamy romance between a, you guessed it, proper countess and a rakish duke. Isobel is seeking some fun in her otherwise cobstricting and dull life and she finds it in elicit rendezvous with a duke who doesnt recognize her by day. Never really got the feelig the two were in love so kuch as they both enjoy a good romp now and then. Still, Isobel is intriguing and her maudlin storyline kept me reading.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

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    A Romance with Potential & Pitfalls

    Secrets of a Proper Countess is the debut historical romance by author Lecia Cornwall. The story revolves around a not so merry widow, Lady Isobel Maitland, who lives under the protection and dominance of her late husband's family who uses her son as emotional blackmail to keep her and her money under their absolute control. The story has a great set of characters, including the heroine and the numerous villains, whom you just love to hate. I especially thought that the character of Isobel was well written. You could feel her despair, her desire, and desperation to break free if only for a few stolen passionate moments. I just wish that I felt that I knew as much about the hero as I felt I knew about the heroine. A hero can make or break a romance for me and Phineas Archer was, in my opinion, a bit of a quandary. The reader is told that he is an agent of the crown and that he often plays a "role" while in the presence of the ton that is different than his own personality. However, I didn't feel that the persona that he presented to the Ton was any different than the person he was when he was with Isobel, whom he was supposedly himself with, which was a problem for me. Really, the whole agent of the Crown aspect of the story didn't really work for me. If this would have been a story about a Rake, a Widow, and a deviously and really vile controlling in-laws, I think I would have liked Secrets of a Proper Countess much much more than I did in the end. Not to say that I didn't like it, just that I felt it would have been a better story without the distraction of the plot involving the kidnapping of the French King. I mentioned earlier in the review that The Secrets of a Proper Countess has a great cast of villainous characters...and it does, almost too many of them, but in the end they all get what they deserve. Matter of fact their fate is all tied up in a pretty, almost over the top, bow. However, I do feel that a more fitting ending to her in-laws would have been public humiliation and the poverty that they feared that led to their greedy and possessive behavior, but that's just me and my vigilante justice :) I also feel though that this would have allowed Isobel to finally confront her mother in law with all of the terrible things that she did to suppress and manipulate Isobel all for her own gain and greed. Because Isobel didn't get her moment of glory and triumph in a face to face confrontation with her mother in law, in essence owning her passions and personality and claiming all that is hers, I felt she was shortchanged and that her mother-in-law's demise was too unsatisfying. Overall, I felt that The Secrets of a Proper Countess had amazing potential, and had a heroine that I absolutely loved. She was complex and presented with situations that seemed insurmountable. It had really vile villains that I thought were so deliciously bad you couldn't believe all that they went to the lengths that they did. But the hero usually makes or breaks the story for me, and in this book I didn't think Phineas was worthy of his task as an agent, nor was he worthy of Isobel and the chances she took to be with him. He was lackluster for me. However, it appears that I am in the minority with my criticisms of the story, because the book has received fairly positive reviews. This book was reviewed for Seductive Musings blog

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