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Countess of Scandal

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As children, Eliza Blacknall and William Denton ran wild over the fields of southern Ireland and swore they would be friends forever. Then fate took Will away to England, while Eliza stayed behind to become a proper Irish countess.
Years later, Will finally makes his way home-as an English soldier sent to crush the Irish uprising. When he spies the lovely Eliza, he is captivated by the passionate woman she has become. But Eliza's passions have led her to join the Irish rebel ...

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Overview

As children, Eliza Blacknall and William Denton ran wild over the fields of southern Ireland and swore they would be friends forever. Then fate took Will away to England, while Eliza stayed behind to become a proper Irish countess.
Years later, Will finally makes his way home-as an English soldier sent to crush the Irish uprising. When he spies the lovely Eliza, he is captivated by the passionate woman she has become. But Eliza's passions have led her to join the Irish rebel cause, and Will and Eliza now find themselves on opposite sides of a dangerous conflict.
When Ireland explodes in bloody rebellion, Will's regiment is ordered to the front lines, and he is forced to choose between his duty to the English king and his love for Eliza and their Irish homeland.

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Editorial Reviews

RomanceReadersConnection.com
"Laurel McKee's magical pen captivates you instantaneously! [A] a love story that will be forever etched in your mind."
RomanceJunkies.com
"Eliza's and Will's happy-ever-after, once reached, is both powerfully satisfying and forever engraved on the reader's mind and heart. Every word sings with unyielding intensity... Beautifully written, COUNTESS OF SCANDAL reads like a captivating love story of epic proportions. The ultimate page turner."
MyShelf.com
"Countess of Scandal delivers on all fronts. The story raced along, zigging and zagging from Dublin to the countryside, from uneasy peace to all out war. And the romance . . . very satisfying!"
AllAboutRomance.com
"COUNTESS OF SCANDAL has a strong sense of time and place. [T]his story of Ireland does justice to both the setting and the characters."
USA Today bestselling author Julianne MacLean
"An immensely satisfying and sophisticated blend of history and romance. I loved every gorgeous, breathtaking page!"
New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath
"Captivating and poignant! Laurel McKee wields her pen with grace and magic."
New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Boyle
"A hero to steal your heart!"
4 Stars
"McKee sets the stage for a romantic adventure that captures the spirit of Ireland and a pair of star-crossed lovers to perfection."
New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell
"Laurel McKee captures the excitement and magic of romance."
New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh
"My kind of story!"
From the Publisher
"McKee sets the stage for a romantic adventure that captures the spirit of Ireland and a pair of star-crossed lovers to perfection."—4 Stars, RT Book Reviews

"Laurel McKee's magical pen captivates you instantaneously! [A] a love story that will be forever etched in your mind."—RomanceReadersConnection.com

"Eliza's and Will's happy-ever-after, once reached, is both powerfully satisfying and forever engraved on the reader's mind and heart. Every word sings with unyielding intensity... Beautifully written, COUNTESS OF SCANDAL reads like a captivating love story of epic proportions. The ultimate page turner."—RomanceJunkies.com

Countess of Scandal delivers on all fronts. The story raced along, zigging and zagging from Dublin to the countryside, from uneasy peace to all out war. And the romance . . . very satisfying!"—MyShelf.com

"My kind of story!"—Mary Balogh, New York Times bestselling author

"COUNTESS OF SCANDAL has a strong sense of time and place. [T]his story of Ireland does justice to both the setting and the characters."—AllAboutRomance.com

"Laurel McKee captures the excitement and magic of romance."—Cathy Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author

"A hero to steal your heart!"—Elizabeth Boyle, New York Times bestselling author

"An unforgettable love story."—Lorraine Heath, New York Times bestselling author

"An immensely satisfying and sophisticated blend of history and romance. I loved every gorgeous, breathtaking page!"—Julianne MacLean, USA Today bestselling author"Captivating and poignant! Laurel McKee wields her pen with grace and magic."—Lorraine Heath, New York Times bestselling author

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446544788
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Series: Daughters of Erin Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 794,488
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.86 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurel McKee lives in Oklahoma with a menagerie of two cats, a Pug, and a bossy miniature poodle, and loves dance classes, collecting cheesy travel souvenirs, and watching the Food Network-even though she doesn't cook.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted January 11, 2010

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    a deep historical romance

    In 1790 in County Kildare, Ireland, teenagers Lady Eliza Blacknall and William Denton are falling in love. However, besides the gap of social status, he joins the English army while she remains passionate in support of an independent Ireland. They go their separate ways with Will becoming a major and she the Countess Mount Clare.

    In 1797, Major William Denton is sent to County Kildare to spy for the English military which is planning to put down an Irish revolt. He especially is to observe the activities of the widow Countess Eliza Mount Clare, who's believed to be an active supporter of a free Ireland. He detests the order, but is a good soldier so he goes to carry it out, but when he is injured her family takes him in to help him heal. As he recuperates, Will knows he still loves Eliza and is grateful to her family; he also believes he must atone for what he has done willingly to his people before he can express to his beloved how he feels about her.

    Using the real rebellion of 1798 as a backdrop, Laurel McKee provides a deep historical romance. The star-crossed lovers come across as genuine as she has a passion for her cause and he struggles between doing his duty as a dedicated soldier spying on family, friends, and especially his Eliza. In spite of a strong lead couple and a deep support cast especially her family, the tumultuous setting owns the tale as fans will want more romances in this time and place perhaps starring Eliza's sisters starting with Anna who gets the last word in: finding true love is rarer than marrying a prince.

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2010

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    Laurel McKee brilliantly creates love out of the tragedy of war

    With rebellion and war raging all around them can two lives that have been separated by time and upbringing be brought together again to find the true meaning of love and life? This is absolutely the case with Lady Elizabeth "Eliza" Mount Clare nee Blacknall and Major William Denton. These two people grew up together, explored the innocence of young love and survived being torn away from each other as teenagers when Will went to fulfill his commission as a soldier in the English Army. Yet once they are reunited with the backdrop of chaos and confusion surrounding the Irish Rebellion against England the love between them is still there and longing to be tapped into.

    But when they are reunited conflict comes between them as Will is defending England against the Irish rebels that Eliza is fighting to protect and shelter. But it seems that with a quiet whisper and a stolen kiss they can only remember the past and their feelings for one another regardless of the present or who it will affect the future. While they may have been physically apart that was never the case with them emotionally and that their love was forged with such a strong and deep bond that even though they are on different sides their bodies are as one and their heart beats with the same rhythm. But when Will is ordered to return to his childhood home to "spy" on the activities and keep an eye on Eliza it is then he starts to question the decisions he has made and whether everything that seemed so right can now be so clouded with distrust. When Will is seriously injured and it is Eliza's family that cares for him the truth of what has to be done becomes clear and the steps he takes to correct the past misdeeds is forged with danger and despair. But Will knows that with Eliza by his side nothing will be wrong and all he need to is convince her of what has to be done to make them safe and able to forge a life together.

    How is it possible to take such a devastating time in history and turn it into a heart-warming, tender love story - good question! The answer it appears is the writing ability of Laurel McKee and the talent to turn what could be seen as only sadness and despair into love and romance. This book gives you a history lesson that makes you understand how personal this fight was and help the reader understand how tragic the circumstance was but yet how two people that really love one another can make the best of the worst times. You have to learn to trust even when the person you love may be the one who is spying on you. Excellent Read!

    Mary Gramlich ~ ("The Reading Reviewer") ~ www.marygramlich.com

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2010

    Strong characters fighting for a cause...

    Loved, loved, loved it! As an Irish history and romance novel fan I couldn't have been more thrilled that the two were paired together. These strong characters with strong passions for their beliefs and each other will draw you in and leave you restless for more!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

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    A Must read!

    I was a little confised at the beginning, but once I got into it I couldn't put it down! This book made my insides tingle ;)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

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    Laurel McKee brilliantly creates love out of the tragedy of war

    With rebellion and war raging all around them can two lives that have been separated by time and upbringing be brought together again to find the true meaning of love and life? This is absolutely the case with Lady Elizabeth "Eliza" Mount Clare nee Blacknall and Major William Denton. These two people grew up together, explored the innocence of young love and survived being torn away from each other as teenagers when Will went to fulfill his commission as a soldier in the English Army. Yet once they are reunited with the backdrop of chaos and confusion surrounding the Irish Rebellion against England the love between them is still there and longing to be tapped into.

    But when they are reunited conflict comes between them as Will is defending England against the Irish rebels that Eliza is fighting to protect and shelter. But it seems that with a quiet whisper and a stolen kiss they can only remember the past and their feelings for one another regardless of the present or who it will affect the future. While they may have been physically apart that was never the case with them emotionally and that their love was forged with such a strong and deep bond that even though they are on different sides their bodies are as one and their heart beats with the same rhythm. But when Will is ordered to return to his childhood home to "spy" on the activities and keep an eye on Eliza it is then he starts to question the decisions he has made and whether everything that seemed so right can now be so clouded with distrust. When Will is seriously injured and it is Eliza's family that cares for him the truth of what has to be done becomes clear and the steps he takes to correct the past misdeeds is forged with danger and despair. But Will knows that with Eliza by his side nothing will be wrong and all he need to is convince her of what has to be done to make them safe and able to forge a life together.

    How is it possible to take such a devastating time in history and turn it into a heart-warming, tender love story - good question! The answer it appears is the writing ability of Laurel McKee and the talent to turn what could be seen as only sadness and despair into love and romance. This book gives you a history lesson that makes you understand how personal this fight was and help the reader understand how tragic the circumstance was but yet how two people that really love one another can make the best of the worst times. You have to learn to trust even when the person you love may be the one who is spying on you. Excellent Read!

    Mary Gramlich ~ ("The Reading Reviewer") ~ www.marygramlich.com

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2010

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    Countess of Scandal

    My Thoughts:

    If you love historical novels where the setting is paramount, the action intense, and the romance blends well with the first two, then you'll like Author Laurel McKee's new book, Countess of Scandal. As readers we're transported back in time to Kildare, Ireland in the 1790's, a time of rebellion, spies, and resistance. The two main characters, Eliza Blacknall and William Denton stand on opposite sides of a struggle between Ireland and England, which is about to explode. An old love coupled with tested loyalties provide enough conflict to keep these two moving through this story. On a down note, the excessive sexual content detracted rather than added to the reading enjoyment, for me.

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    ~ Death and blood, burning homes, screams. A lash flashing through the air. But how could he tell her that? Let her not hate him, just for a little longer. Let him not discover what she had been doing, either.

    A complimentary review copy of this book was provided by the author.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Irish rebel woes

    I had higher expectations. I actually skipped a feew pages here and there hoping for something better. The time period has always interested me and i was excited about the setting but it see,ed to be fluffed over. Sigh...

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

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    Wow, a spicy romance in historical fiction!

    If you like headstrong women and historical romance, this is a book for you. There was adventure, and fires brewing in the battlefield as well as the hearts of the characters. It was refreshing to hear two people stand up for what they believed in, and still find a way to rekindle a lost romance on another level in their consciousness. It made me remember just how much women has to lose if they broke the mold of stereotypes a hundred years ago.

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    good, fun, easy read

    a must for the beach. Great characters, loved the setting. I finished in 2 days by the pool. If you're looking for a steamy, romantic read, this is it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2011

    very good!

    It was a realy good book, but Idid not like the end, because it was too abrupt. It was not for the end, could be a five stars.

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  • Posted April 20, 2010

    Countess of Scandal

    I expected more from this novel. It wasn't bad -- I've certainly read much worse -- I just felt a little disengaged from Eliza and Will the majority of the time. Eliza is writing pamphlets for the Irish Rebellion; Will's task is two-fold: keep Eliza safe from and attempt to quash said Irish Rebellion without his commanding officer (or higher-ups) discovering he's in love with Eliza. Should be ripe for passion and tension and intrigue and drama, right? I didn't think so. At least it fell flat for me.

    Duchess of Sin (December 2010), featuring Eliza's younger sister Anna and the Duke of Adair might be more to my taste. Anna experienced bloodshed, death, and personal violence in Countess of Scandal, which I fear may have changed her forever. Plus, she's awfully attracted to the wild, mysterious Duke of Adair...

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  • Posted March 28, 2010

    countess of scandal

    This book is certainly worth reading but isn't among my favorites. I just didn't find myself in love with the characters, although the next book in the trilogy may be more engaging since I am already intrigued by my introduction to those characters.

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