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Posted June 10, 2013
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***
The Reluctant Countess by Wendy Vella
Publication Date: January 14, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Ecopy provided by the publisher
***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers***
Summary (from Goodreads):
From rising romance star Wendy Vella comes a Cinderella story of whirlwind passion between a dashing earl and a beautiful countess—and the secret that threatens to tear them apart.
Regal, poised, and elegant, Sophie, Countess of Monmouth, is everything that a highborn lady should be. But Sophie is hiding a past that is far from royal. When Patrick, Earl of Coulter, realizes that her story doesn’t add up, he resolves to find out the truth of what Sophie and her sister-in-law are concealing. Although Sophie has every reason to avoid him, the handsome and charismatic Patrick awakens something wicked deep within her soul . . . a powerful need that Sophie must stifle in order to protect her place in society.
Despite Sophie’s humble background, the raven-haired beauty has won Patrick’s heart. But what Sophie needs now is an ally. Viscount Myles Dumbly, the disgruntled former heir of Monmouth, is determined to expose Sophie as a fraud to recapture his lost inheritance. Soon Patrick is drawn into a fight for both their lives. Somehow he must find a way not only to rescue Sophie from poverty once and for all, but to keep her in his arms forever.
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: The Escape Diaries, The Devil’s Thief, and The Magic.
What I Liked:
OH MY GOSH I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH! AHHHH!!!!!
Seriously though. Nowadays, I rarely have the time to re-read books. But this book? I have read and re-read it like, LITERALLY, 10 times or more. The whole thing. One to a few days in between each read. I love this book THAT MUCH.
Let me start with the story itself. The plot is so simple, but it gets pretty twisty and interesting as the reader goes on. Right from the start, we know that Patrick and Sophie have some serious chemistry, but we also know that Patrick suspects something of Sophie. That is basically the first half of the book. The second half of the book deals with what Patrick suspected of Sophie, and how that situation is handled. Trust me, that sounds boring and silly, but I loved the plot of this book. I could probably tell you what happens in every scene, in order. This book is addicting.
The characters - Sophie and Patrick. I really like Sophie; she is sweet and down-to-earth, but she fits in well in society. She plays her role as an artistocratic lady well, and yet she remembers her place that she held before she came upon the position she holds. I really, REALLY like Patrick. He is everything that an alpha male is, and if not, should be. He is handsome (hot!), swoony, brooding, tempermental yet gentle, protectice, oh-so-ripped, and a perfect gentleman. I think he is an excellent hero, and a perfect complement to Sophie. They are such a great couple!
So, love triangle? No. Not in the serious sense. Sophie and Patrick are the primary couple.
You all know how much I LOVE historical fiction, especially historical romance. Well. THIS is exactly why I love historical romance. This book is definitely one of my favorite (if not, my FAVORITE) historical romance books I have read.
The ending is SO PERFECT. For those of you who like happily-ever-afters (like me!), you will enjoy the ending of this book. Actually, you will enjoy the entire book!
What I Did Not Like:
Honestly, the second half of the book was not as enticing and interesting as the first half. After Patrick and Sophie, um, get together (I don't want to ruin anything for anyone!), there is a certain point in the book where it is still amazing (really! I promise!), but it's not the same high-level quality in terms of the romance, and in a way, the events of the plot. I love the first half of the book. I like the second half of the book. But that's my only complaint. And it is not that big of a deal. Did I mention how many times I re-read this book? Ten plus, and counting.
I am also not a huge fan of the cover, but that is not really up to the author. I'm just saying.
Would I Recommend It:
YES YES YES! You would be doing yourself a favor if you bought this book and read it. Seriously, any of you romance, historical fiction, and/or historical romance lovers out there will LOVE this book. Trust me!
4 stars. I really, really liked this book! Historical fiction and romance is usually a great combination, and this author pulled off her story superbly.
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Posted December 10, 2012
No need for smelling salts for this fresh Regency Romance! Wendy Vella has taken her paintbrush to a popular, often-done genre and colored it hot, fresh, amazing!
Sophie, Countess of Monmouth, a young widow with a toddler takes London by storm with her beautiful face, cool demeanor and the mystery surrounding her background. Patrick, Earl of Coulter, is instantly attracted, yet repelled by this woman who no one has ever heard of.
The electricity is sharp between these two strong personalities, neither willing to give an inch in their battle of wills. Sophie has much to lose if her secrets are ever discovered. Patrick wants to know everything about the first woman to truly steal his heart.
Unlike so many Regency Romances, the heroine is not running willy-nilly, muddling things in an effort to be independent. Sophie faces everyone and everything head on with dignity and strength, well, all but anything regarding Patrick! Patrick, in turn, is not a wild rake running amok until he rushes headlong into Sophie. His conquests are not legion, and although he feels the need to protect Sophie, he doesn't go overboard.
This is probably going to be one of my all time favorite historical romances, especially since 'the love stuff' was resolved before the last page, leaving time for the 'bad stuff' to play out in great detail and surprise! I absolutely loved the side story involving Sophie and Patrick's best friends, too!
This ARC copy of The Reluctant Countess was given to me by NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group - Bantam Dell in exchange for an honest review. Publish Date January 14, 2013.
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Posted June 2, 2013
Posted February 23, 2013
A Wonderfully Heated Historical Romance
The Reluctant Countess by Wendy Vella is a wonderfully hot new historical romance that takes places during Regency England. This book is a mixture of everything from romance to adventure to mystery. If you like Downton Abbey or historical romance or even just adventure this book is for you.
Sophie, the Countess of Monmouth, comes off to all of London’s society as an ice princess with all the men falling at her feet trying to get her attention. Sophie however is a great actress because she is faking her way through society and her only defense is being cold and distant to protect herself and her “son”. However, Patrick, the Earl of Coulter, sees right through her and they start a heated relationship. Unfortunately, Sophie’s past doesn’t stay in the past for very long and the reader sees why she is such an ice princess. How can she continue with Patrick with her past being what it is? Will they make it?
This book is action-packed with a deliciously handsome Earl falling in love with an ice princess regardless of her desire to keep him away. Every page has some new problem that needs to be faced and the reader won’t want to put it down until the very end. This is a definite must read!
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Posted February 8, 2013
Posted January 14, 2013
"The Reluctant Countess" is from the upcoming new Author, Wendy Vella, who definitely makes a great and memorable entrance into the regency historical romance genre . I fell in love with her writing style and the characters she wrote in "The Reluctant Countess". Wendy actually made me feel like I was back in that time frame and how I wish some guys from this era would take notes from how men should treat women. (*just saying*)
Sophie, Countess of Monmouth, is trying everything to keep her secret from coming out, but it is kind of hard when you have the sexy Earl of Coulter, Patrick, always there asking questions and making her feel flustered. Sophie has a deep secret and with the help of her sister-in-law, she is trying everything to have it from coming out during the season. The Earl knows something is up with the Countess and it is up to him to find out what it is....although in the meantime, he is finding it is hard to resist Sophie and when the truth finally comes out, he wants to be there for her and protect her.
Sophie is not only dealing with keeping her secret from coming out, but trying to keep her brother and herself safe from her past. She also has the Viscount to worry about, who he feels he was tricked out of getting what he deserved.
"The Reluctant Countess" takes you into the world of where romance can overcome anything, especially when two characters come from different classes. Wendy gives you a different kind of Cinderella story that will have you wanting that happily ever after for the characters and wanting to find out who wants Sophie killed.
I loved Patrick for his determinedness to win over Sophie even when he found out the truth. He definitely loved her from the beginning, but just took him a minute to find it out for himself. Sophie had a little trouble trusting Patrick, but she had her reasons for what she went through.
I also enjoyed Wendy's secondary characters who kept a very interesting storyline for themselves as well.
I look forward to reading more books from Wendy Vella in the near future. This regency romance will have you wanting your own Earl of Coulter...at least I know I do now. =)
I received a complimentary copy of "The Reluctant Countess" from Netgalley (courtesy of the publisher) in exchange for an honest review.
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Posted January 14, 2013
The Countess of Monmouth, Sophie, is known for being somewhat of an ice princess. Perfectly proper, never letting emotions show, she has been the talk of the season. Incredibly beautiful, she has captured the eye of many possible suitors but when the Earl of Coulter, Patrick, takes an interest in Sophie the ice begins to crack.
Patrick, the Earl of Coulter is captivated by the widowed Countess of Monmout...but something deep inside tells him her story isn’t everything that it seems. Determined to discover Sophie’s secret he is relentless as he pursues the Countess. During his hunt, he discovers he’d much rather win her affections.
Sophie soon discovers that her secrets may be crumbling around her and she must trust everything including her secrets to Patrick. Without Patrick’s help, Sophie might not only find herself in social ruin but her very life may be at stake.
What a wonderful, beautifully written historical romance. Melting with the chemistry between Patrick and Sophie, I was pulled right into their story. Watching the struggles Sophie faces every day, makes your heart hurt for her desire to give her family a better life. Patrick is an amazing hero to have come to your rescue, from a difficult past you route for him all the way. With a spectacular core group of friends that surround them you can’t hope that we see more of these fabulous characters. The Reluctant Countess gets 5 Stars for this charming historical romance.
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Wonderful as always and always your books are one I never want to put down even in the wee hours of the night. Wonderful Delightful and a pleasure to read what you write. Worth every penny and more, so if you are looking to read this book then sit down relax and enjoy. Ms.D from bronx,NYWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 2, 2013
I'd never read a book by this author, but am a fan of this genre. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I like it when you are given the thoughts of both the hero and the heroine. Moved/started a bit too quickly. But I could easily get passed that. Periferal characters were also good. The story lacked some depth, but was still entertaining. A quick read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 26, 2013
Sophie was trying to help the people she loved. Patrick thought he would expose her secrets until he got to know her. This was a really good book and I am looking forward to reading more by this author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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I enjoyed the book but couldn't decide between three or for stars. For me, a book I've rated with either four or five stars is one i would definitely read again. When I rate one or two stars, I definitely would NOT read it again. The stars to me means it was enjoyable reading and I might read it again but would choose one of my for our five star books over it. That's why I would have liked to give this three and a half... I would pick it over other three star books. I liked the characters but their actions were pretty much what i expected so I guessed ahead of time a lot of what was going to happen. Nonetheless, I would recommend the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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