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A Scandalous Countess: A Novel of the Malloren World Mass Market Paperback – February 7, 2012

3.8 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
Book 12 of 13 in the Mallorens Series

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Jo Beverley is widely regarded as one of the most talented romance writers today. She is a four-time winner of Romance Writers of America's cherished RITA Award and one of only a handful of members in the RITA Hall of Fame. She has also recieved the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Born in England, she now lives with her husband and two sons in Victoria, British Columbia, just a ferry ride away from Seattle, WA.

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Product Details

  • Series: Malloren World (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Original edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451236041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451236043
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jo Beverley is one of today's top authors of historical romance, and one of only twelve members of the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. She sets her bestselling novels in her native England, and has a degree in English history.

Her 40 novels have won just about all the awards in romance , including 5 RITA awards, the top award in romance, and 2 career achievement awards from Romantic Times. Reviews regularly include words like masterful, thrilling, and even sublime.

She writes historical romance novels and novellas set in her native England in the middle ages, the Georgian period, and the Regency, often with mystery and adventure elements, and sometimes with a little magic. Readers have been known to argue about which of her main series is best --the Malloren series, set in the 1760s, or the Company of Rogues books, set in the Regency. The Company of Rogues series begins with An Arranged Marriage. The Malloren series begins with My Lady Notorious. Most of her novels can be enjoyed as stand-alones.

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I read mass market HRs partly for the historical background but probably more for the romance. Jo Beverley used to supply both elements in spades in her books, with my particular favorites her Malloren series from the late 1990s and early 2000s. The Marquess of Rothgar, his siblings, his love Diana, Countess of Arradale, in books such as Secrets of the Night or Devilish transport the reader to Georgian England and provide sensual romance at the same time.

Unfortunately, I haven't found Beverley's recent additions to the Malloren world to be of the same caliber. Yes, the authenticity of period is there but the stories are a bit blah and the romances are tepid. I reacted to this new one more or less the same as I had to the previous AN Unlikely Countess: A Novel of the Malloren World. In other words, impressed by Beverley's knowledge of the times but left wanting more. Again I felt schooled by her but not very entertained.

The story here is about Georgina, widowed Countess of Maybury. Married at 16 to her 19-year-old friend and neighbor, the two were very young, immature, fun-loving and irresponsible in their lifestyle. Although faithful to her husband, Georgie didn't hesitate to flirt, have ciscibei, and behave somewhat scandalously in the beau monde. When her husband is killed in a duel and his killer flees the country, the ton snub her, believing her to have been unfaithful to Maybury and, thus, the cause of the duel.
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Jo Beverley is one of my automatic buys and will continue to be so in the future, but this book fell flat.

I actually liked the heroine, Georgia. She was a breath of fresh air, completely different from many leading ladies that I usually admire. She was young and sheltered, naive and worldly, vain and caring, honest and mischievously playful. I liked her. I was wishing that Lord Dracy had a bit more fire to him - but for the most part Jo Beverly is more cerebral in portraying her characters fires and attractions than physical.

But despite my "likes", the story lacked the depth that I've come to expect from this author. I didn't feel that Georgia wanted Dracy enough and that he was a too eager puppy - though I'm sure it was supposed to be more portrayed as faithful suitor. I didn't like any of the secondary characters, at one point her own father leered at Georgia in supposed commiseration over her attractiveness - yuck. Georgia's brother was close to likable - but there wasn't enough f him to get a grasp on how I really felt either way.

All in all it wasn't awful - I don't know if Jo Beverley is capable of awful - but I didn't truly enjoy it either.
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If I could head out the door this minute and go anywhere I wished, I'd be off to Italy. Or Ireland. Or, if it were possible, to Malloren World.

Jo Beverly has created an entire universe populated by captivating people (not all of them in the Malloren family), with interesting dilemmas, and rich historical detail from the Georgian era in England. This entry, for example, features the difficulties of the London water system and the introduction of decorative tobacco plants to gardens of the time.

The countess of the title, Georgia, was not my favorite of Beverly's characters. Georgia was married at 16 to a 19-year-old neighbor. The two of them had independence and great wealth handed to them when they were too young. They acted like teenagers, which they were. The stunningly beautiful Georgia seemed shallow, spoiled,and quite unable to foresee the consequences of her actions. However, she had good qualities, and after her husband's sudden, scandal-producing death, she has a year of rustication in which to begin the process of becoming more mature. That transformation continues throughout the book.

The hero is a baron named Dracy (As a Jane Austen fan, I kept reading that as "Darcy," although the two men are nothing alike). Dracy was a naval lieutenant who has now come into a minor title and decrepit estate. One side of his face is badly scarred. He seemed far too good for the self-centered flirt of a heroine through most of the story. I hope we will see them, however briefly, in the third book of this trilogy. Their HEA didn't seem like a sure thing. Georgia could make Dracy happy or absolutely miserable.

This isn't the best excursion into the Malloren World, but with Beverly as tour guide, the trip is worthwhile.
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I am surprised that Jo Beverly's writing is less than average for this book (2.5 Stars because we had to endure the words beau monde in each and every chapter). I won't go into the storyline of this book, because in reality there was no action, suspense or a nicely played out drama. Basically, this Countess is rumored to have been involved in an affair with the man that killed her husband in a duel. Enter our hero (Ex-Naval and deeply scarred officer) and he is stricken madly in love with this widow Countess to the point of assisting her to clear her good family name. He puts together possible scenarios as to what could have actually taken place, with only a letter to go by and works alongside the heroine's brother, who happens to work for the Justice Office, to clear up the family name from the horrific scandal. Mind you, this brother had already been investigating and offering rewards in order to determine the whereabouts of the alleged lover, but it only took our hero to come into the picture and offer potential scenarios to get the wheels turning again; PA-lease.

I very much liked this hero, but truly disliked the heroine. She is extremely shallow, only interested in the latest fashion, flirts with all the men and tells our hero that she cannot lower her status by marrying a mere earl such as him. This heroine continues to claim that she cannot live without her comforts, dresses and parties while our hero is stuck trying to rebuild his impoverished estate and proving how much she needs a man that can bring out the loving and caring person that she truly is deep down inside (uh?). Her family even schemed into getting our hero earl to meet their scandalous daughter and award her as our hero's prize for winning the Town's esteemed horse race (Come on!).
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