SECRETS OF A PROPER COUNTESS
ISBN # (13)9780062018939/(10) 0062018930
March 29, 2011
Rating : 5 cups
Lady Isobel Maitland, Countess of Ashdown, is squashed by her late husband’s family due to the strictures set by his will. If she even went so far as to come out of mourning dress, her malicious mother-in-law and son could take Isobel's only son from her. But Isobel is no wilting flower. Driven by a passionate nature, she wears silk beneath her drab clothing and licks of fire dance across her flesh at the thought of the rake, Blackwood, seeing them.
Phineas, Marquess of Blackwood, is living a complicated dual life. By night he is a society rake, known for his hedonistic love of women and parties. But the rake hides the spy working by order of the crown. When a mysterious lady tweaks the fascination of both personas, he is driven to uncover her name and her tempting skin.
With undercurrents of smuggling, treason, and a full web of lies, these two multi-layered characters have much to reveal. But the priority, each time they meet, shifts quickly to passion and feelings that quickly burn out of control behind the mask of proper behavior.
When a lady of substance and a constant picture of matronly virtue is all a mask for a sultry and fiery nature, the unveiling of her true personality is bound to be a fun frolic. Add a confused marquess who hides his intellect under a carefree rake, and the recipe jumps a notch to spicy. The author managed to top off this delightful dish with truly disagreeable enemies and a well rounded plotline to deliver a story with a punch and pizzazz sure to pleasure any lover of erotic historicals. In a word... delightful!
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance and More