Saturday, December 11, 2010

Review: A Countess by Christmas

A Countess by Christmas (Harlequin Historical)A Countess by Christmas by Annie Burrows

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After her elderly adopted mother loses all her money, our heroine (the adopted daughter) accompanies her to beg the generosity of her senior relative--an Earl (3 points!)--at a Christmas house party. The hero is a tormented man, haunted by the death of his late wife, and unable to trust the women around him; he thaws only slowly in the presence of the heroine, who remains unsure of his love until the last minute. This was much more like a traditional Regency in feel, although there is some mild sensuality at the end (which seemed somewhat out of place, actually, leading me to wonder if there is some contractual obligation for authors in this line to include a sex scene). I did like this book, very much.

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