Review: An Unexpected Countess by Laurie Benson

An Unexpected Countess 
by Laurie Benson 
The Blurb 

‘Dash it, Miss Forrester, what are you doing up here?’

The Earl of Hartwick delights in scandalising the Ton with his behaviour. But it’s his turn to be scandalised when, on one of his escapades, he bumps into Miss Sarah Forrester—in the rain, at night, on a rooftop!

Sarah is hunting for a diamond, and the last thing she needs is the infuriating Hart distracting her. But he’s looking for the jewel too! They might be rivals, but the sparks between them are uncontrollable. And soon Sarah finds herself longing for another treasure—becoming Hart’s countess!

The Review

Our hero, The Earl of Hartwick, Hart, is a charming and disarming Lothario, a philanderer, “…There was nothing like the thrill of finding alternative ways to escape the town houses of his female companions…” Seemingly nothing but “a rakish buck!”

But this is pure and simply a mask, an un-penetrable shield, to protect his heart from ever feeling the touch of love again… 

Hart seeks the night time attention of women but only those whose hearts (or loyalty) lie with another and therefore no risk of loosing his heart. Until he meets Sarah, the wonderful Miss Forrester, our heroine. 

Sarah is the daughter of the American Minister to the Court of St James and she “…Enjoyed unnerving people with her candour.” Sarah is spirited and open-minded. She has wonderful views on life and just how to live it! 

The message that stayed with me and I wholeheartedly agree is that: ‘you’ determine who you are, not your ancestors, not even your own past, yesterday was yesterday, ‘today’ become the person you want to be, the person you truly are. 

The chemistry between this pair crackled with heat from the get-go! They danced to each others tune emotionally, intellectually and spiritually and I adored them. 

“You’re a smart woman. I’m a smart man. Let’s match wits.” Sarah and Hart truly did match wits throughout this story with witty dialogue and clever writing. Writing that firmly places you into Sarah and Hart’s world. 

An unexpected Countess is a romance that will grip you from the get go with it’s sizzling dialogue, fast pace and unexpected plot twists. But be warned, it will leave you howling when it’s over. I wanted to stay in Hart and Sarah’s world and see them through to old age! 

An Unexpected Countess is Book #3 in the Secret Lives of the Ton and I read it as a standalone. But I cannot wait to read the other two books in this series. My first Laurie Benson title but it certainly will not be my last. 5/5 stars from me!


Review: Falling for the Rebel Princess by Ellie Darkins

Falling for the Rebel Princess 
by Ellie Darkins 

The Blurb

From princess to rock-star royalty!

Self-proclaimed “black sheep” Princess Charlie of Afland has worked long and hard to be taken seriously in the music industry, managing to keep her royal obligations, and her secret heartbreak, under the radar. Until one night in Vegas changes everything…

Rock star Joe Kavanagh gets more from his Vegas gig than he’d bargained for…a princess bride and a PR story to die for! As the initial attraction, which led them down the aisle, turns into something deeper, keeping their marriage strictly business proves increasingly difficult…

The Review

The blurb tantalises and teases, without me going into too much detail, but oh my, what a ride!

Our heroine,Charlie of Afland, is a party-girl princess with her finger firmly on the self-destruct button; hell-bent on living her life her way and damn the consequences! That is, until a rock-god conquers the demons at her heels…  

Our hero, rock-star, Joe Kavanagh is smooth, solid and delectable. Swoon worthy enough to make me want to scream in the stands of any of his make believe gigs. 

Our Heroine, is equally as delightful. She is a fierce heroine, with spunk and class; haunted but determined. The central romance between this musical pair is a journey both tender and sensual. But somehow cheeky and funny whilst being heartfelt. 

“Did she remember the kiss? The shivers? The way that she could still feel the imprint of his mouth on hers, as if the touch of skin on skin had permanently altered the cells?”

This story is a vault of complexity… The characters are sassy, classy, bad-ass and sexy; whilst being believable in a paparazzi world with plenty of dazzle and shine. 

Ellie Darkins has hi-jacked ‘The Marriage of Convenience’ Trope and taken it to another level! Superb writing, with a sassy flair and quick wit. What a ride! Brilliant read. 5/5 stars from me!

Released on May 1st 2017, Pre-Order it here: Falling for the Rebel Princess by Ellie Darkins

Bound by Their Secret Passion (The Scandalous Summerfields, #4) By Diane Gaston

Bound by Their Secret Passion 
By Diane Gaston 

The Blurb

A forbidden attraction… A hidden desire!

Years ago, penniless Lorene Summerfield wed for duty, giving her siblings the chance to marry for love. But now the generous-hearted countess finds herself widowed…and the man she’s loved in silence for years is falsely accused of her husband’s murder!

Although he closed his heart to love long ago, the Earl of Penford has always found Lorene irresistible. Their newly ignited passion may be scandalous, but now he’ll stop at nothing to clear his name and win Lorene’s hand!

The Review

This story all seemed to linger on a kiss… But what’s in a kiss? I felt the prelude to the first kiss between our hero and heroine highlighted just how deeply they were hiding their true feelings and emotions from society least they be condemned for acting on them. 

Dell & Lorene’s romance, I thought captured the angst, yearning and longing for the forbidden… The proverbial ‘forbidden fruit,’ just within reach but just one bite could bring certain disaster. 

This Historical Romance has had mixed reviews but I really enjoyed it. Granted I would consider it a ‘slow-burn’ but I thought the characters had an incredible depth. 

“… Tension swirled through the room like the morning mist through the woods.” This quote aptly sums up how this book was written. Some parts left me breathless whereas others were a delightful slow-burn. 

The story had lows and highs but had a constant tension. 4/5 stars from me.