Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Romancing the Countess by Ashley March

Goodreads Description:

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....

My Rating:  3 out of 5

My Review:

The story over all was good.  Sebastian and Leah's interactions are awkward and are suppose to be so.  I appreciate Leah's heart break, her drive to be different from how she was raised and how she was as the dutiful wife.  I can put myself in her shoes and think I'd do the exact things she did.  I felt for Sebastian and his heart breaking realization that his wife wasn't who he thought she was and his best friend wasn't really a friend.

I thought the middle of the book was a bit daunting and slow.  I caught myself skimming paragraphs looking for quotation marks.  I'm sure you have done the same when trying to make it go faster and to get to better parts.

The ending was great.  I loved it and I loved how it was written.  It redeemed the book.

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