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Product Details

  • Series: Matchmaker Trilogy (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402284020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402284021
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It isn’t easy finding a wealthy woman to wed when most of society believes you are crazy. Michael Layward, duke of Wyverne, discovers this particular axiom when he arrives in London, only to find that everyone in the town still thinks of him as “Mad Michael.” Unfortunately, if Michael is to have any hope at all of saving his duchy from ruin, he needs to marry a lady with buckets of money. Fortunately for Michael, Caroline Graves, countess of Stratton, is willing to help him rebuild his reputation despite the fact that he almost destroyed hers 11 years ago. There’s only one problem with Caroline’s plan. Each lady Caroline introduces to Michael seems to have all the necessary qualities he needs in a wife except one: she isn’t Caroline. The latest in Romain’s (It Takes Two to Tango, 2013) Matchmaker trilogy will wow readers with its perfectly imperfect protagonists and emotionally compelling plot. With this superbly written novel it is easy to see why Romain is one of the rising stars of Regency historical romance. --John Charles

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"So charming and endearing... " - Sonya's Stuff

"Utterly charming plot and sprightly dialogue... The intelligence of the writing, coupled with well-drawn and appealing characters, pulls readers into a love story that is not just enchanting, but joyous. 4 ½ Stars " - RT Book Reviews

"Romain's characters are raw and honest... Amazingly refreshing." - Emma's Miscellaneous Maunderings

"The writing is good, the plot is original, the characters are engaging and I enjoyed reading every page." - LaDeeta Reads

"The latest in Romain's (It Takes Two to Tango, 2013) Matchmaker trilogy will wow readers with its perfectly imperfect protagonists and emotionally compelling plot. With this superbly written novel it is easy to see why Romain is one of the rising stars of Regency historical romance." - Booklist

More About the Author

Historical romance author Theresa Romain pursued an impractical education that allowed her to read everything she could get her hands on. She then worked for universities and libraries, where she got to read even more. Eventually she started writing, too. She lives with her family in the Midwest.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mary @ *Buried Under Romance* on May 6, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
With a set of sublimely crafted characters, magnificently plotted story, and an intensely poignant romance set in a Regency England filled with rich historical details, Theresa Romain has gained a perpetual place on my auto-buy list with To Charm a Naughty Countess. None of my praises are given lightly, and even those are insufficient for the amount of depth, feeling, and wit in this story, not in the least between our protagonists, Caroline and Michael.

The widowed Countess of Stratton, Caroline Graves, is the reigning queen of the ton. With beauty, allure, and social stratagems, she has no lack of suitors, and rather relishes the freedom her widowhood allows. She is adept at managing suitors, artfully maintaining a balance between all, yet that is all a clandestine attempt to conceal her lingering emotional attachment to one man - Michael Layward, the brilliant and reclusive Duke of Wyverne.

Michael inherited a dukedom that grew increasingly short of funds as nature - the Year Without a Summer (1816) - played havoc on his lands and crop yields, leaving him with but one method to save his deteriorating estates - marry an heiress. To do that, he must again brave the suffocating ballrooms of London, confronting those who still thought him "mad," and once again be reminded of his last visit, eleven years ago, when he and Caroline crossed paths and was never the same again. But when Caroline refuses his marriage bargain, instead offering to help him find another heiress, will they realize that their old flame was never extinguished, but was merely waiting for another spark to blaze into an inferno?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judge Tabor on May 12, 2014
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Having never read a book written by Ms. Romain, I wasn't sure what to expect. From the very first, we clearly understand that the heroine of the book, the Countess of Stratton, Caroline Graves is a "sleep-around" widow - certainly a different type of heroine than is found in most books of this genre.

I loved our Main Guy - Michael, Duke of Wyverne. He is a reclusive man whose interests run quite the opposite to most gentlemen of his day. Rejected by his libertine father and not understanding how to go about in society, Michael was never comfortable in any environment except the ducal country estate. He is a tinkerer, loving to dismantle stuff to figure out how and why things work. Because his father was a wastrel, spending all his money on gambling, women, etc., Michael has spent the years since his father's death attempting new ideas and technologies in order to get his estate out of debt and into profitability. Finally, he runs out of funds due to a year of extremely cold weather - conditions which make it impossible for him to continue on without bringing some major funds into his estate. Thus, his steward tells him, he must consider marrying an heiress... Very. Soon.

Michael reluctantly travels to London, where eleven years previously, he had attempted to become part of Polite Society with very little success. He never fit in and wasn't comfortable in the least - in fact, he has been accused of "madness" by some. Plus, he left behind a lovely woman, Caroline, who he has been unable to forget. For Caroline's part she has since been married to an elderly earl and is now widowed all before the age of thirty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Wen on June 4, 2014
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We've all read a lot of romances featuring a virgin heroine and rakish hero, but To Charm A Naughty Countess features a street-smart, sassy heroine who is, ahem, definitely not a virgin, and a brilliant-but-possibly-crazy hero who most definitely is. Throw in a year without a summer, some sparkling, witty dialogue, and a few Carcel lamps, and you've got this charmer of a romance.

Caroline, the aforementioned Naughty Countess, is a beautiful young widow who moves with ease amongst the ton, who knows what she wants and knows how to get it, with one notable exception: Michael, the rumored-mad Duke of Wyverne, who's run into financial trouble and needs to find a wife pronto in order to preserve his dukedom. They bump into each other at a ball, and Caro, still vexed by what happened eleven years ago, decides to take Michael under her wing and find him the wife he needs.

Michael is one of my favorite romantic heroes because he's so atypical: he suffers from social anxiety and extreme introversion, has zero patience for the social games of the ton, and prefers to spend his time figuring out the inner workings of mechanical devices (the scene where he dissects a lap at a party is one of my favorite scenes from anything, ever). Watching Caro gently draw him out of his shell is a thing of beauty.

I've read all of Theresa Romain's books, and this one ranks as one of my favorites! Thanks for a wonderful read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Salvagin La Deetda Reads VINE VOICE on May 6, 2014
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This is a really good read. Theresa Romain has come up with some very original facets in this novel. Michael is saddled with sever social anxiety, which doesn’t bode well for finding and wooing a young woman to be his wife. But he desperately needs a wife and she better be wealthy because his estates are near bankrupt. Caroline loved him back in the day about eleven years ago, but there was some scandal and Michael ran off to his country estate. Now he is back and she agrees to help him in finding a wife but the more they are together the more she knows she is still in love with him.

Ms. Romain has given us a very flawed man and he is also a virgin which is not too often found in the Historical Romance genre. Caroline is a widow and is actually the perfect Yin for Michaels’ Yang. There are some humorous moments as we watch Michael bumble through some regency style meet-and-greets.

The writing is good, the plot is original, the characters are engaging and I enjoyed reading every page.

I received this book free for review from the publisher.
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