Fact: Drawing under a male pseudonym, Maggie is known as Lemarc. Her (his!) favorite object of ridicule: Simon Barrett, earl of Winchester. He's a rising star in Parliament - and a former confidant and love interest of Maggie's who believed a rumor that vexes her to this day.
Fiction: Maggie is the half-Irish harlot who seduced her best friend's husband on the eve of their wedding. She is to be feared and loathed, as she will lift her skirts for anything in breeches. Still crushed by Simon's betrayal, Maggie has no intention of letting the ton crush her as well. In fact Lemarc's cartoons have made Simon a laughingstock... but now it appears that Maggie may have been wrong about what happened years ago and that Simon has been secretly yearning for her since...forever. Could it be that the heart is mightier than the pen and the sword after all?
©2015 Joanna Shupe (P)2015 Tantor
"Steady pacing, delightful characters and an ability to build steamy sexual tension make for a lively love story." (RT Book Reviews)
A good story and well developed characters. I do admit that this book was not as exciting as book one. In addition, the style of writing was very similar to book one and there is again a "bad guy" who can be picked predictably by readers. Knowing all that I was drawn to the book time and time again. I STILL wanted to read the rest and know what happened next. Not great literary work but entertaining.
This was another good story by Joanna Shupe. I liked Maggie the heroine, she was so snubbed by the ton at her debut but years later she overcame it and became a very strong, smart, beautiful character. Simon was great too, handsome, smart, strong and a rich Earl. The chemistry between them was good, the sex was good. There was less sex in this book than the last book by far. But it was still hot and steamy and well written.
I liked the story line and plot. It was good, easy to follow along with a bit of villainy thrown in.
There is lots and lots of dialogue through out the entire book. Love lots of dialogue and it was good too.
The characters were well developed and the characters from the previous book make an appearance. There was not a lot of angst or misunderstandings, just a little so that was a bonus for sure. But things get cleared up quickly, since there is dialogue and the actually communicate and don't just read each others expressions and assume a bunch of BS. LOL
As for the narration. I was okay, better than some. I say Carmen Rose definately needs to work on her male voices sounding so high pitched and the reading voice is still a bit robotic but that does seem to be getting better. She does throw in emotion by could work on that too a little. She is not the best but not the worst I have listened too.
So far I have enjoyed these first two books and will be starting on the last one in this series. They are very enjoyable.
I'm an avid reader of Romance and a true romantic at heart. I also read and review in other sub-genres as well. Happy reading!
I am so glad I found this amazing series. I read the first book and had to immediately purchase the second one. The Harlot Countess pulled me into the glittering world of Regency England with the vivid descriptions of the attire and setting.
Maggie, the widowed Lady Hawkins, is an artist known as Lemarc. Her drawings depict members of society in less than favorable light, especially Simon Barrett, the eighth Earl of Winchester, a man who wants to become prime minister someday.
The last thing Simon needs is for his peers to remember his reckless youth, but Lemarc is determined to sabotage his efforts to gain political support for a bill he wants to pass in Parliament, a bill that is near and dear to his heart. Never mind his goals to become prime minister.
When circumstances place him in the path of the woman who broke his heart many years ago, he has to decide whether revenge or love is more important. Can he trust this woman, or should he crush her?
This is a fast-paced, exciting read with great characters, even though, at times, I struggled to like the hero. Ultimately, he is a character I love to hate. He truly fought his feelings to the bitter end, holding onto his firm belief in Maggie’s perfidy. Even when faced with the true, he still wanted to hold onto his resentment. It may sound like I didn’t enjoy Simon, but I truly did. He’s deliciously flawed in the best way.
Maggie is also a flawed character. She is definitely feisty and independent, but while I understand she was deeply hurt when Simon turned his back on her without even giving her a chance to explain what really happened, her grudge against him seemed a bit too over the top. What about the blackguard who caused her ruination? She left him alone until he comes back into her life. Whether I truly fell in love with her character, I found her deliciously complex.
I listened to the audio version and the narrator is fantastic. I will definitely be looking for other books performed by Carmen Rose. She reads with a great deal of passion without becoming too dramatic, and she does an outstanding job on the male voices. She is a true delight to listen to.
If you like a romance with plenty of angst and passion, then you will enjoy The Harlot Countess as much as I did. This is a great series, so glad I found it. Happy reading!
STORY: This is a WONDERFUL book!
HEAT FACTOR: Roaring, scalding, scorching....
Baby of the 60's, Mother to 4 grown children and 2 little grand-daughters! Starting reading romance novels while babysitting in the 70's.
a few bad reviews and how the hero won at everything and that the poor woman was so set upon by the hoards against her! BUT that is NOT how this story plays out. It again is a very wonderful unusual story and it definitely could happen in the time period! The heroin has her champions also and is able to fight her own battles very handily and in a witty way! Characters from the first book are very present in this book which keeps the wonderful friendships going and their good humor! Don't listen to the nay-sayers who have issues and give this book a try!
I AM SSSOOooo Happy I didn't pass this book by due to those reviews! I bought both the 1st and 2nd books at full price and I am glad to have done so!
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