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To Catch a Countess Mass Market Paperback – 25 Jun 2004


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra Books (25 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821774735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821774731
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,711,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautiful though she is, Victoria Douglas's reputation for reckless behaviour has put her marriage prospects at risk. Infuriated to discover that her family has betrothed her to a stranger, Victoria nevertheless finds herself deeply attracted to her future groom...Alexander Emerson is on a quest to find his real father, and to right the wrongs brought about by his stepfather against the Douglas family. A match to wed the youngest daughter, Victoria, and restore the family fortune seems a suitable arrangement. Even more so when he finds himself enchanted by his irrepressible bride-to-be. But their pursuit of a future together is threatened when Alexander's enemies conspire to bring ruin to the couple- as scandal and surprises collide in a game of desire and deceit that can only be won by true love itself.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jun. 2005
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A fantastic read. I am not a humorous person but I laughed a lot while reading this book. The female lead character Victoria was dyslexic and the book adresses the challenges she faces as a result. She is refreshing. Very steamy and pasionate scenes as well. I look forward to reading more of the author's books
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By Kindle Customer on 12 April 2014
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I laughed, I cried. Did not want to finish the book. Loved it. Well written and can not wait for more.
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By vegasValley on 18 Dec. 2014
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very very good story
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This is the first Patricia Grasso novel I read 16 July 2004
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm not going to recap the whole storyline of this novel since it has already been done by other reviewers. I can understand why some people were annoyed in the beginning by the male behavior in the book. I don't think her brother inlaws behavior was really all that bad I mean family members tend to tease each other. I hate to say it but her betrothed's behavior at the beginning of the book was probably a more accurate account of how men viewed and treated their wives during the regency period. I think the author could have explained more about what happened between his father and Victoria's father to make it a more stand alone book. Obviously one must read the other two in the series to find out what went down. I have to say though once I got to the middle of the book when his illegitimate children begin to show up I couldn't put the book down. I ended up staying up most of the night to finish it. I can't wait to go back and read other Grasso novels.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Hero is over the top controlling and prideful 20 Sept. 2010
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you like heroes who are demanding and secondary characters that are mean spirited, a heroine who vacillates between childishness and subservience, well this novel is for you. There is very little to recommend in Ms Grasso's story, To Catch a Countess. I came to despise many of these characters.

Heroine Victoria is dyslexic. This is a secret shame she has dealt with her entire life, her sisters are aware of her disability and they read to her from the paper so she can keep up on the latest on dits, etc. I was not certain how well Victoria processed information, she initially did not seem intellectually curious. (Fortunately she does try to improve her reading skills but it really took wanting a mate's approval for her to seek out help.) Victoria has been betrothed for a year but she is unaware of the agreement and when her fiancé visits she is encouraged to meet with him and practice her flirting skills. She becomes enamored with him but does not let on that she has a difficult time reading and distinguishing her left from her right. (Her family puts an L and an R on the soles of her shoes but I am not sure how much this would help as an L only refers to left and she is unable to differentiate her left foot from her right.)

Fiancé Alexander likes Victoria and feels after just a kiss that they will be well suited. He notices though that Victoria has a temper and he disciplines her in front of her family when they are only engaged. He is demeaning and treats her like a father and not an equal. This man is no prince, he is less than honest about his past and he expects a pass on his many misdeeds because he is a man. Loyalty is not one of his strong suits either unless its a blood relative, then he is loyal to a fault.

Much of this novel revolves around Victoria keeping her secret from Alexander. Her sisters are empathetic to her plight but her brother-in-laws are anything but compassionate. They tease her and cheer on Alexander when he needs to "put Victoria in her place". To their credit they do redeem themselves toward the end of this novel.

Victoria is really upset by her disability but she is afraid to confide in Alexander. She is also naïve and way too willing to please Alexander who is unapologetic and very prideful. Victoria has to withstand Alex's disdain and his family's machinations far too long and I never felt he was worthy of Victoria.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Oh please! 6 Aug. 2005
By T. Raabe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I hated this book! The hero is a total jerk and treats the heroine like crap. I don't see how anyone could get into this unless they enjoy seeing someone demeaned and having love withheld for the entire book. Are we suppossed to believe that they will live "happily ever after" based on the way they have been the entire story? When I read romance I want to read about love, not emotional abuse - I won't be reading this author again.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not very good! 20 Dec. 2008
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Ah...this could have been great. A heroine with a learning disability is uncommon in an historical romance. I realize Victoria was treated as an immature girl partially due to her disabiliy and partially due to the ignorance of all those around her who thought she was lacking. She was thought mature enough to marry, but treated as an immature, spoiled child. She was thought mature enough to be betrothed, but not mature enough to be told. Too inconsistant! Alex treated her poorly and I couldn't stand him as the hero. What's with the threatened spankings? Even in historical books, I find them too much. What's with the ingnorance to his sister's and her friend's evil? He was intelligent, yet ignorant to their plans? Unrealistic! The reason I gave the book 2 stars instead of 1 is that the courtroom chapter and the last chapter are redeemed it somewhat. The courtroom chapter is especially good.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
One stars to much 13 July 2005
By Trina Elaine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I enjoy Patricia Grasso, but this was a dismal failure. The heroine, or in my opinion the whipping post, of the story had no redeemable qualities at all. She let everyone and everything walks all over her, and then she thanked them for it. She is supposed to have dyslexia but it seemed like her real problem was a complete lack of both intelligence and maturity. Who in their right mind would let someone this ill prepared marry? I kept waiting for the scene where she stands up for herself or someone in her family does. It never came. The only thing this book was good for was a lesson in frustration and what not to read.
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