The fairy tale courtship did not turn into a happily-ever-after....
Not until her husband dropped dead, that is. He had been horrible enough to Christiana during their short marriage, and she was not going to allow the traditional period of mourning to ruin her sisters' debuts as well. So she decides to put him on ice and go on as if nothing's happened....
Until the real earl appears. Richard Fairgrave had every intention of confronting his villainous twin who had robbed him of his name and title - only to discover that he had died. Quietly assuming his identity, Richard must now deal with a maddening desire for his ravishing inherited "wife" - certainly a gold digger and possibly a murderess. And Christiana must deal with an unwanted new "husband"... and they both must figure out what to do before the ice melts!
©2011 Lynsay Sands (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
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I'm with the majority on this book....I thought it was funny and entertaining. It was romantic with just enough silly humor to keep me smiling. It is a good escape when you need some silly in your life. I realize everyone has a different sense of humor but if you enjoy silly romantic fun then you will enjoy this! If you enjoy only serious romances all the time then you probably need a good laugh. Try laughing sometime its good for you!!
mainly read romances and books for a book club that take me all over the map.
Yes, I will almost certainly be listening to this one again. It is so funny and entertaining. When I sought out this book it was just the perfect comedic touch I needed on a rough day.
Get your daily dose of laughs.
I guess humor like many things is all relative. I thought this book was hilarious, verging on slapstick. I could just imagine the shenanigans in my mind. It is farfetched and silly, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you take everything literally, maybe this isn???t your cup of tea, but if you want escapism and some laughs this is it.
Silly but enjoyable just the same. Nasty husband dies. Heroine and her sisters try to cover it up so they won't have to go into mourning because the sisters need to marry rich husbands quickly to pay off father's gaming debts. Identical twin brother who is the real earl shows up although he's supposed to be dead. The dead body gets moved around. Fun listen.
Probably. Very entertaining.
When Richard showed up at the ball.
Love scene with Dickie's body in the bed.
At first, the narrator was a bit of a distraction with a strong accent, but I changed my mind and found her to be a delightful reader. I enjoyed her very much....she was especially great with her change of voice for each character.
Some parts I found quite "steamy". Loved it. Kept my mind off of my everyday worries.
I listen to audio books and knit. Usually at the same time.
So far, The Countess has no comparison. I did not expect a historical romance to be so laugh-out-loud funny. I have never had that experience before. I hope to find other books like it.
Sarah Coomes is like the William Shatner of historical romance narration. Her pacing tends to the over-dramatic, with oddly-timed, suspenseful pauses in her phrasing. She was perfect for this book! So much of the humor was in the delivery, and Sarah Coomes was spot on.
I laughed so many times, which was wholly unexpected. Even laughed on a second listen. I snorted and guffawed enough that my husband couldn't believe I was actually listening to a historical romance. He thought I must have chosen a new genre. Now he wants to listen to this book too!
I never expected a screwball comedy in a historical romance novel. It was such a pleasant surprise! No matter how the characters were described, in my mind all I could see was Cary Grant and Claudette Colbert. This was a delightfully funny, farcical romp that was well worth the credit. Excellent work, Lynsay Sands!
This is by far one of my favorites of the many many many regency era London romances! I laughed so hard I had tears running down my cheeks and cried with wry smile.. It's a fun book!!! Its a hilarious ride with a dead body in tow, several love and (gasp) erotic subplots and several who dunits all rolled together with a promise of fantastic fun!
Hm... tough question. I love this genre and had stumbled upon it while being entralled with a different author of fantasy / fantasy romance who had also written a couple historic romance I thought I'd try. I was hooked! My point being that I have been delighted with so many that I often find a realllly good one and this one is at the top of that list. I love regency london. And the hilarity is truly hilarious and the romance romantic. It encompasses the best of each with abandon!
Oh thats a hard question... I can't choose! There are just too many.
As I already stated most imfatically YES! I LAUGHED to the point that people in the next room came to see what was so funny, I rarely laugh out loud with such volume! I cried so hard my eyes were red. But its a lark... and at no point does it take itself seriously unless seriously fun is what is meant!
I didn't get mad at any point. Those books that I would throw if it were paper it is not! Really, if you want seriousness and that frustrated anger that some books en cite then this one isn't for you... but if you want a go get it whodunit mystery of the hysterical sort then this one won't disappoint you!
Of course Sarah Coomes rules again! She is so great and when she performs as a guy its pretty convincing! At one point, Christiana is drunk and hilarious, I don't think it would have been as funny if I would have been reading it.
I think my favorite part of this book was when Christiana and Richard meet at the Ball. I was dying laughing!
The plot was funny and very entertaining...I could not put it down.However one thing that always erks me is how all the women of London society always lose there head and can't seem to keep there virginity in tact after being kissed or touch by a man lol.....is there one book where the women of that period does not go all stary eye after a mere kiss.Or maintain her virginity without the man being the one to have the sense or is gentleman enough to stop before her reputation is destroy... the regency period is a good break from the paranormal which I have been stuck in lol....
I truly enjoyed this story. All the characters are enjoyable and the story flows and is not boring. Very light, funny and entertaining story. Enjoy.
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