The Reluctant Countess by Wendy Vella
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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.
Sophie, Countess of Monmouth, is referred to as an ice princess because of her seemingly cold demeanor. She uses her frigid attitude to keep her past a secret and protect the ones she loves. She comes into the society scene with her sister in law, who became her sister in law by way of a sketchy death bed marriage. Patrick, Earl of Coulter, suspects that Sophie is a charlatan, and he vows to uncover her secrets. He sees beyond the mask she keeps in place for the noble people she circulates with and the ice princess begins to thaw. The two share quite an attraction, and while Patrick learns her secrets, he also falls in love with her. Her secrets become his to protect and he wants to make Sophie his forever.
The story was good, the romance spicy, and there was an added splash of adventure as Sophie fought for her life more than once. Patrick wanted to protect and save her, but Sophie was quite able to take care of herself. She helped rescue a family member, and even fought and escaped a band of kidnappers. There was also a romantic storm brewing between Sophie's best friend and Patrick's best friend that was entertaining as well. I enjoyed this novel.
I was given a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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