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The Countess Misbehaves Mass Market Paperback – 18 May 2001

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 377 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books (18 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551665913
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551665917
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.6 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,854,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tempestuous, sizzling and heartwarming [Nan Ryan] spins a memorable tale of love".-- Romantic Times

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Oct. 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This novel moves you through an historical romance set across two Continents. The story contains romance, passion, cultural settings and a neat twist at the end. A good entertaining read!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
In true Nan Ryan form...HOT! 1 Aug. 2000
By Barb H - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was not disappointed by The Countess Misbehaves. Nan Ryan always delivers with a fast paced, hot sizzling romance that you've come to expect from her. This one was no exception!
You'll find Maddie to be your typical heroine that Nan does so well, pampered, strong willed and determined to resist the hero, in this case Armand. Armand has other idea's though and sets out to seduce Maddie at every turn. The heat that's generated between these two will have you glued to this book from beginning to end. I did not find Maddie to be self-centered at all but very loving and considerate towards everyone. It was her determination to resist Armand that made this coupling so entertaining. And when she finally gave in that much more satisfying. This is a scorcher and one I loved as I do all Nan Ryan books.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
What a fun story 10 Aug. 2000
By K. Lininger - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Countess Madeline Cavendish is on her way to live with her Uncle and marry the man she thought she loved. During her vogage to New Orleans she meets a handsome stranger who makes her blood boil. The ship she is on gets hit by a raging hurricane and knowing she only has hours to live she spends them in the arms of the handsome and seductive stranger. She is rescued but the stranger is not.... Going to her new home to see her Uncle and Fiance she trys to forget the blissful hours she kept with the stranger. As fate has it, he too was rescued and wants to continue where he left off........
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Liked him, hated her... 4 July 2000
By Debra Hunter - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am sorry to say that I cannot recommend "The Countess Misbehaves". I had a hard time with the heroine in this book. Maddie is self-centered in the extreme - and yet everyone loves her. She is supposedly an intelligent woman - but she is the only one who does not guess at the identity of the villain (we readers figure it out pretty early in the story). Maddie is a very proper English countess who DESPISES men like our hero, Armand - yet she quickly jumps into bed with him when she learns the ship they are on is sinking. When there is a chance of Maddie's rescue, she does not hesitate to leave Armand to "go down with the ship" while she is saved. Maddie was VERY hard, no, she was impossible to like. When she came into some danger later in the story, I actually hoped something might happen to her, so that the hero (whom I DID like) could find the kind of woman that he deserved.
As I read this book I found myself saying "hmm..." quite often - this is one of those stories where things happen a LITTLE too conveniently. For example, the strong man from a traveling circus shows up at Maddie's door one day to become her bodyguard, simply because, as he explains it, "I had a dream that told me to come here". The hero, Armand, falls in love with Maddie at first sight, even though he is a playboy and even though he knows nothing about her (and as he says "she isn't even the most beautiful woman he has met". Hmm...).
There were some things that I liked about the book. I do think Ms. Ryan has a nice style of writing. The general plot wasn't bad, and I enjoyed the setting. And I did like the character of Armand - think Rick from Casablanca transplanted to New Orleans (in other words, the noble scoundrel). I will probably try another of Ms. Ryan's books, as she has gotten good reviews for her writing, but I would recommend that you skip this one.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable read 2 Jun. 2000
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In 1856 English aristocrat Lady Madeline Cavendish sails on the SS Starlight bound for New Orleans where her fiancé expatriate Lord Donald Chilton lives. Armand de Chevalier, an upper crust Creole, sees and wants Madeline, but she rejects his advances. Madeline feels Armand is a copy of her late womanizing drunk of a spouse. When a hurricane threatens to sink the ship, Armand and Madeline have no way to escape to safety. Instead, she decides to make love with the scoundrel. A steamer rescues her while he is left to nobly die.

Feeling a bit guilty, Madeline is stunned when Armand shows up at a party and keeps arriving at the same spots Madeline attends. Before Madeline can deal with her growing love for Armand instead of her intended, her uncle mysteriously dies and his will is missing. With her world in near collapse, Madeline turns to Armand to help her determine whether foul play is involved.

Award winning Nan Ryan is renowned for her passionate historical romances. Her newest tale THE COUNTESS MISBEHAVES is as hot as her previous stories. This talented best-selling author brings Antebellum New Orleans to life. The lead characters are an intriguing duo whose sizzling relationship makes for fun reading. The support cast provides the distinct flavor of New Orleans while propelling the exciting story line to a breathtaking conclusion. Sub-genre fans will want Ms. Ryan to provide more entertaining novels like this one.

Harriet Klausner
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
did Nan Ryan watch "Titanic" before writing this novel? 25 July 2000
By Nicole Spino - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I agree: I loved him, hated her. I am a true fan of Nan Ryan. I have read nearly all of her books. I must say that this is not her best work. I did like it though. I finished the book in two days time. It had a well-planned plot, and it flowed well. The wording, as in any Ryan novel, is wonderfully poetic. However, the rest of the book was far from original. I understand that with so much literature out there, it is hard to reach any level of "originality". But, it seemed like she just finished watching "Titanic" and became inspired to write this novel. (Jack and Rose/ Armand and Maddie, a few similarities could be seen). Yet, this novel is not even original for Nan Ryan herself. Nan Ryan's "Silken Bondage" has a similar beginning, where our heroine beds the rouge hero immediately. This book even resembles Ryan's "Sun God", (my all time favorite read!) where we see Luiz go beyond his limits to seduce Amy, as Armand does with Maddie. But one must keep in mind, though we may dislike her, and feel that poor Armand could have done better, that means that we have been effected. Ryan created characters that moved us, inspiring us to choose who we sympathize with, despise etc. And besides Nan Ryan gives the reader a bit of fanciful hope: if a woman as self-centered as Maddie could win the heart of a handsome, charming aristocrat-rogue, I guess we could too.
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