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His Rags-to-Riches Contessa: A Regency Historical Romance (Matches Made in Scandal Book 3) Kindle Edition
"Falling in love is easy, but building an enduring marriage takes work, care and, above all, a deep abiding respect of the other, and that is at the heart of this marvelous story." - Happy Ever After --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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- ASIN : B07BRT2DXS
- Publisher : Harlequin Historical (October 1, 2018)
- Publication date : October 1, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1206 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 369 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0263933121
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,694,442 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The prologue sets the stage when The Procurer is introduced once again. We’ve met her in the two previous books in the series, FROM GOVERNESS TO COUNTESS and FROM COURTESAN TO CONVENIENT WIFE. Once again, someone not wealthy or part of the elite society will be playing a major role. Luca and Becky have immediate chemistry when they meet at his home in Venice after she travels from England to fulfill her agreement. They are ill-suited due to their backgrounds though. We learn about the characters a little at a time as their layers are pulled back.
The vivid descriptions of Venice: its darker side, the Lido,the beach, the gondolas, and the palazzos were so vivid I felt like I was there. And the details about the food, dress, masks, and costumes only added a richness to this wonderful romance. Luca’s mom plays an important role throughout as she befriends Becky but also tries to get her to do her bidding. There is some closure and a happily ever after, but too much is left to chance, and the book ended too abruptly for me. An epilogue would have given me the closure I look for. I loved the cover and the backdrop of Venice. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, A SCANDALOUS WINTER WEDDING.
Ms. Kaye is one of my favorite historical authors. I never know where she’ll take me next. The Historical Note at the back of the book was interesting and helped give some background to the story.
I rated the book 4.5 but rounded up.
Becky isn’t like any other woman Luca has ever met. A woman from London’s worst rookeries, Becky has pulled herself up by the literal bootstraps until she can fit into any level of society she pleases - even the very highest. Posing as his cousin, half Venice’s elite are quickly convinced she’s his intended bride. Instead, she’s honing her skills to take down his worst enemy, the man who stole a fortune which didn’t belong to him and then murdered Luca’s father.
The thing I liked best about Becky was that she had a very steady moral compass. Clear and unwavering, once she’d made up her mind what was right and wrong she didn’t deviate. And Luca, for one of the most aristocratic, wealthiest members of Venice’s elite, was a lot more respectful of Becky’s morals and her abilities than I expected - probably lot more than any real member of Venetian high society of that era would have been. But then, reality is often cruel, and we turn to fiction to escape.
I’m not sure I’ve ever read another Regency romance set in Venice, and it was genuinely fascinating to immerse myself in the glittering world the author drew for us on the page. Impeccably researched and intricately detailed, this is a jewel of a historical romance, with characters to fall in love with and some really intriguing, unique storylines. I loved every bit of it from beginning to end. Five stars.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review from the author.