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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.
Oh, Loveswept..what would I do without you? I know I can always count on you to give me a great and well written book! I devoured this book. The Reluctant Countess is the debut offering for Ms. Vella. I can see a bright future ahead for her.
This is a neat take on the Cinderella story. Once you find out what secret Sophie holds, you have to admire her for doing what she did, especially when it helped to protect Timmy and her sister-in-law. Sophie and Patrick are a couple that you find yourself rooting for from the beginning. Despite believing that Sophie is up to no good, Patrick finds himself attracted to her. Once he gets to know her, the attraction quickly turns into a deep caring and a fierce need to protect. Sophie doesn’t feel that they can ever have a HEA, so she avoids him at all cost. This makes for some amusing scenes. I loved them together.
We are also treated to a cute side romance. My only regret is that Amelia and Stephen didn’t get their own book. I would have loved to see more of their story. I highly recommend this book to any lover of historical romance. It has adventure, humor and a sigh-worthy and very steamy romance. Who could ask for more?
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