Please welcome my guest, Angela, who brings you today’s review of…
Romancing the Countess
Author: Ashley March
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Genre: Historical Romance
Format(s): Paperback (320 pgs), e-book
Book Source: Publisher
Sebastian Madinger, the Earl of Wriothesly, thought he’d married the perfect woman-until a fatal accident revealed her betrayal with his best friend. After their deaths, Sebastian is determined to avoid a scandal for the sake of his son. But his best friend’s widow is just as determined to cast her mourning veil aside by hosting a party that will surely destroy both their reputations and expose all of his carefully kept secrets…
Leah George has carried the painful knowledge of her husband’s affair for almost a year. All she wants now is to enjoy her independence and make a new life for herself-even if that means being ostracized by the Society whose rules she was raised to obey. Now that the rumors are flying, there’s only one thing left for Sebastian to do: silence the scandal by enticing the improper widow into becoming a proper wife. But when it comes to matters of the heart, neither Sebastian nor Leah is prepared for the passion they discover in each other’s arms….
What Ang is talking about:
I love a good romance one in which there is foreplay, intelligent conversations, witty banter and an opportunity to get to know the characters. Ashley March did a fabulous job of giving me all these elements in her book Romancing the Countess.
Leah and Sebastian are strong willed, determined people who dealing with the rules of Victorian England and their spouse’s deaths and affair in very different ways. Ways that could cost them both everything unless something drastic happens. It is on this path to the drastic that we watch them fall in love. March captures the pain of self realization and of learning to give oneself wholly to another beautifully and she does it with wit and banter reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice. The people surrounding our characters are the perfect accent, the scenery is wonderful and sets the perfect backdrop for our characters and their story, the verbal foreplay is delicious and the lovemaking well worth the wait.
My only complaints are that I wish we would have gotten to know more of Sebastian and his inner workings as we did Leah. In addition, I felt that the language at the end of the novel seemed completely out of place for the time period and for our characters. Had those things been tweaked I could have given this 5 stars instead we must settle for 4.
It was a delightful afternoon escape to another time and place with characters that made me laugh, tear up and yell at them. Any book that can illicit that strong a reaction from me must be shared with others.
Enjoyed – strongly recommend (A-)