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My Favorite Countess Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2011
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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 a USA Today Bestselling 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 romanceshave been nominated for awards in a number of contests, and her secondbook, Sex and The Single Earl, won the prestigious Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Find her on the web at vanessakellyauthor.com
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The hero isn't an Earl or a Duke. He doesn't even have a title. He's a doctor, in today's terms, an obstetrician. Kelly takes us into the gritty world of the very poor, showing us their very real plight through the eyes of a man who cares deeply for the people he treats. He risks his life and his reputation to save society's throwaways. It is precisely his gift as a doctor, his ability to read people's expressions and body language to understand and diagnose them, that enables him to see past the aloof, arrogant exterior of the heroine. He is the only person who sees the scared, vulnerable woman beneath the shell. He is the perfect match for the heroine, in every way.
The love story between these two complex characters is incredibly emotional and riveting. There are so many layers to these characters and they are so compelling that I still can't stop thinking about them even after finishing the novel. In spite of all the baggage and secrets both characters have, the resolution of the conflict does not rely on any gimmicks or frustrating misunderstandings. The author resolves each conflict realistically, using the hero's keen sense of understanding of human nature to help him see the truth, rather than let silly assumptions stand in the way between the characters.
If you enjoy deep, emotional, complex characters and an original plot with two unusual characters, you will love My Favorite Countess. This is one of the best historical romances I have ever read.
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. She's truly got some interesting problems that were worth exploring. I just felt the execution was a little clumsy.
Also: I really can't recommend naming a heroine Bathsheba. It made me want to giggle during all the sex scenes! :)
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