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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra; 1 edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420114832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420114836
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,400,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"In her latest sublimely sensual Regency historical, Kelly delivers wit, a tightly knit plot, a refreshingly different hero, and a realistically complicated heroine, who could give Scarlett O'Hara a good run for her money."  -- Booklist (starred review)

"Kelly's well-written and powerful love story will keep readers entertained with a captivating plot. The strong protagonists, deep emotional intensity and rising sexual tension all make the fast-paced romance memorable." ~ RT Book Reviews - 4 1/2 Stars

A finalist in the RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Regency Historical Romance

About the Author

Vanessa Kelly is an award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the "New Stars of Historical Romance."  Her Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance.  My Favorite Countess was nominated for an RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Regency Historical Romance.

More About the Author

Vanessa Kelly is an award-winning author who was named by Booklist, the review journal of the American Library Association, as one of the "New Stars of Historical Romance." Her sensual, Regency-set historical romances have been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her second book, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Her third book, My Favorite Countess, was nominated for an RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Regency Historical Romance.

Vanessa's next series, The Renegade Royals, is due to hit the shelves in December with an introductory novella, Lost in a Royal Kiss. Book One in the series, Secrets For Seducing a Royal Bodyguard, will release in January, 2014.

Vanessa spends most of the year in Ottawa, Ontario with her husband, but she's lucky enough to spend some of the winter near lovely Amelia Island, Florida. When she's not dreaming of plots for her next Regency historical novel, she's writing USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance with her husband under the pen name of V.K. Sykes.

You can find Vanessa at www.vanessakellyauthor.com or at www.vksykes.com. She's also a member of Rock*It Reads, a group of bestselling traditional authors like Pamela Clare, Elisabeth Naughton, and Erin Kellison, who are also self-publishing. You can find the Rock*It Reads authors at www.rockitreads.com.

Customer Reviews

I kept turning the pages to see what she'd say next.
Isis R
Bathsheba starts out as a heroine you love to hate, but by the end one can't help but love her.
heather
This is one of the best historical romances I have ever read.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By LAS Reviewer on May 3, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
My Favorite Countess explains in a delightfully awesome manner why a woman from a previous story was such an unbearable and nasty harridan and how she ends up deserving the love and acceptance she gets in this book. Once I realized who this book was about I was all excited with anticipation and the author met every one of my hopes as the plot unfolded.

Lady Randolph, Bathsheba, truly earned the title of heroine. She's a woman of her time who has been dealt with an overabundance of bad luck, sadness and victimization. As a woman with a noble title she's not expected to have to worry about much and it's acceptable for her to grace the parties and the dress makers in fashion and with attitude. All of it is a front. What a reader will find out is that Bathsheba is a woman driven to desperation and she will do anything she has to in order to protect her family. She has tried it in the past and fortunately failed. She can't fail in this book and a reader comes to understand how much is riding on the success of her personal sacrifices. A reader feels her wounds, her worry and her crushing fears of failure. She's a truly tortured heroine and it's going to take a special kind of man, a genteel warrior, to reach her heart and the terrified woman hiding within.

Enter Dr. John Blackmore. He needs more patience than patients. I couldn't resist saying that. But it's also very true. Bathsheba has the poor guy dancing down an emotion-filled path filled with thorns, potholes and honeyed candy. He's a smart, educated and intelligent man who would do Sir Sherlock Holmes proud. He watches, observes and sees what everyone else has failed to see and benefits from the insight he gains. He applies it to his practice with the poor and he applies it to the heroine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By April A. Renn on June 9, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
RATING: 4.5)MY FAVORITE COUNTESS by Vanessa Kelly is an exciting historical romance set in 1817 London and 1817 Compton Manor,Yorkshire. It will written with depth and details.The characters are not only enchanting,charming but also obstinate,demanding at times,difficult at times and quite fierce. When Bathsheba meets Dr. John Blackmore she never expected to feel not only a sensual pull toward the good Dr. Blackmore but to also,dare I say, fall in love with him.For, Bathsheba,the Countess of Randolph, is in desperate need of a rich husband since her dead husband left her near penniless. She must support not only a household but also her sister,who is hidden away due to her illness. The now Lord Randolph,who is her ex-husband's cousin is not good with money.So Bathsheba feel she has a responsibility to them,even if it means her unhappiness. Dr. Blackmore is not only handsome,sexy,but he can't keep his eyes off of Bathsheba when they first meet and she him.What follows can only be sensual tension,while they both come to grips with their new found lust for each other.In the meantime Dr. Blackmore,also is on staff at one of the finest hospitals in London and he is working toward helping the less fortunate citzens of London. While the money isn't good he is in his own right weathly.Together, Bathsheba and Dr. Blackmore will surrender not only their bodies but also their hearts. This is a fast paced,page turning story that will leave you in awe of the differences between the upper and lower classes of Regency London during the 1800's,the sacrifices some make,and the differences some can and do make during this era. This is a must read. My Favorite Countess will become your favorite also. This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Zebra Book, published by Kensington Publishing Corp. and My Book Addiction Reviews.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Isis R on June 19, 2011
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Bathsheba is not your typical, cookie-cutter heroine and this is why I absolutely loved her! This book was a breath of fresh air for me. Sheba is gorgeous, but she's also quick-witted and sharp-tongued. I kept turning the pages to see what she'd say next. John, who is also not the stereotypical hero, is a brilliant match for Sheba, drawing her out and reeling her in. I couldn't wait for them to work through their issues because they both deserved a happy ending.

This book is beautifully written with fantastic descriptions and situations. I truly enjoyed it from start to finish!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. R on June 16, 2011
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The hero in this book was wonderful. He's gentle, perceptive, handsome, solicitous--everything one could hope for! I thought he handled the heroine, who has quite a bit of emotional baggage, superbly. He really draws her out of her shell in scenes that are sweet and tender. The heroine was likable for the most part--she's got real sass and though her life was falling apart, she gave as good as she got. The supporting cast were excellent. I'm now inspired to read the stories of Lady Silverton and Lady Trask. And the love scenes were blazing, as previous reviewers have pointed out.

The problem was that I just never fully related to the heroine's dilemma. This book is very character-driven, since there's not much plot going on. So if the heroine is struggling with a mad sister, why not show her interacting with the sister, instead of only merely letting her talk about Rachel incessantly? I didn't see the source of this stubborn loyalty to a character we never meet nor understand why she would choose duty over her own happiness. I know how powerful family loyalty can be, but in this case, it felt contrived. Her constant Jekyll and Hyde act got a little tiresome--she desires him, flirts with him, boldly engages him, then becomes timid and indecisive and annoyingly bitchy. It's apparent that the author wanted moral courage, or her lack thereof, to be a central theme. But we only saw lots of instances of her being cowardly--sometimes to the point where she was repulsive rather than sympathetic. There was not really a final act of great courage that showed her growth as a character, especially compared to the wealth of the hero's moral courage. I concede that she showed SOME courage in the book's climax, but it was not for the sake of the hero, which felt like a letdown.
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