His brother's untimely death leaves him with an Earldom and a fiancée. Too bad he wants neither of them...
Theodora Lawton has no need of a husband. As an independent woman, she wants to own property, make investments and be the master of her destiny. Unfortunately, her father signed her life away in a marriage contract to the future Earl of Stonemere. But then the cad upped and died, leaving her fate in the hands of his brother, one of the renowned Lustful Lords.
Achilles Denton, the Earl of Stonemere, is far more prepared to be a soldier than a peer. Deeply scarred by his last tour of duty, he knows he will never be a proper, upstanding pillar of the empire. Balanced on the edge of madness, he finds respite by keeping a tight rein on his life, both in and out of the bedroom. His brother's death has left him with responsibilities he never wanted and isn't prepared to handle in the respectable manner expected of a peer.
Further complicating his new life is an unwanted fiancée who comes with his equally unwanted title. Saddled with a hand-me-down countess, he soon discovers the woman is a force unto herself. As he grapples with the burden of his new responsibilities, he discovers someone wants him dead. The question is, can he stay alive long enough to figure out who's trying to kill him while he tries to tame his headstrong wife?
About the Author
She is a longtime lover of historical romance, having grown up reading Johanna Lindsey and Judith McNaught. Then she discovered Thea Devine and Susan Johnson. Holy cow! Heroes and heroines could do THAT? From there, things devolved into trying her hand at writing a little smexy. Needless to say, she liked it and she hopes you do too!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well, what a swoon worthy book, it is HOT! The lusty Lords series name might give it away but if not I am hereby warning you! I definitely need a cold shower now whilst I want for the next instalment!
His Hand-Me-Down Countess took me by surprise. I read the blurb--I'm pretty sure--but not all that closely, apparently. (You'd think the series title--Lustful Lords would have clued me in, but still...) So...there was a little bit of taken abacked-ness on my part when the book began with--well, a bang (it is definitely not SFW) and reading it did require a bit of an adjustment. Once I was thoroughly engrossed in the story, though? Whoa. I loved Theo and Stone (sorry, though, I just can't use his actual first name or its shortened version, I'll go with her nickname for him instead) and their scenes together are off-the-charts HOT. I really wanted them to get to their HEA, and almost didn't notice when they did so without resolving Theo's latest problem with his high handedness (the land? her man of business? or did I just miss that part in my hurry to see them happy together at last? It's not totally outside the realm of possibility, but I don't think I did...) Ultimately I ended up really enjoying this story and absolutely cannot wait to read book two, Connor's story. You just know that anyone who's been so adamant about how love is not for them is going to have one heck of a comeuppance coming ;) Rating: 4 stars / B+ I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
His Hand-Me-Down Countess' by Sorcha Mowbray is the First Book in the New Series called "Lustful Lords". This is the story of Theodora Lawton and Achilles Denton, the Earl of Stonemere. Achilles and his friends are called the "Lustful Lords' by society and they have lived up to that name. Achilles older brother, Odysseus has died and now he is the Earl of Stonemere. Achilles never thought to take the title but now he has it. Along with the Title is seems he has his brother's future bride. Achilles knows he has to marry to carry on the Title for his family and he might as well marry Theo as another women. Theo is very smart and with her Pin Money has bought land and worked some business deals. Although Theo doesn't want to get married she knows it will open her up to more freedom for her endeavors. Theo and Achilles have met and shared a few society dances but neither really knows the other. Theo knows that she is attracted to Achilles but when it comes closer to their time to actually marry, she ask him if they could not get to know each other better. Achilles finds Theo shy and somewhat attractive at first but when he starts to get to know her, her mind and her temperament he finds she is irresistible. But she would be shocked at his physical needs...or would she? In addition to their hot romance there is someone trying to kill Achilles which is adding to the story line in the book. This is my first book by Ms. Mowbray but I plan on reading more books as soon as I can! Lustful Lords: Who are they?, Achilles Denton, the Earl of Stonemere Robert Cooper the Earl of Brougham Matthew Derby of Marquess of Flinshire Grayson Powell, Viscount of Wolfington Marion Thomas, Baron Linolnshire I hope to read their story soon!~ "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read." https://www.amazon.com/gp/profil