A Scandalous Countess (Malloren World) Mass Market Paperback – 19 Apr 2012
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About the Author
Jo Beverley is widely regarded as one of the most talented romance writers today. She is a four-time winner of Romance Writers of America's cherished RITA Award and one of only a handful of members in the RITA Hall of Fame. She has also recieved the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. Born in England, she now lives with her husband and two sons in Victoria, British Columbia, just a ferry ride away from Seattle, WA.
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Set in the 1760's, as are her Malloren books, this novel is about the young, beautiful, flirtatious Lady May. Married at 16 to a neighbour, Lord Maybury, who is only 19, Lord and Lady Maybury move to London and become the ton's darlings. As she is married, Georgia can safely flirt with men without actually going beyond that. She loves Dickon, without actually being in love with him and he loves her; he's her friend. Then at aged 19, Georgia tragically becomes a widow, when the easy-going Dickon for some reason becomes embroiled in a duel with Vance. Georgia is devasted by Dickon's death. Part of that devestation is for the purely selfish reasons that with Dickon's death she loses his houses, money, lifestyle and place in society, however her grief for him is genuine. Unfortunately, those who didn't approve of her flighty ways are quick to believe the rumours that Dickon challenged Vance because she and Vance were lovers.
Georgia's family whisk her away to their Worcestershire estate for the duration of her mourning. There she meets ex-naval officer, and impoverished Baron, Lord Dracy. However, materialistic, practical Georgia has decided that a rich Duke is what she needs for a second husband. Back in London at the end of her mourning, she finds that the gossip and scandal hasn't died down and new fuel is being added to the fire. Can Lord Dracy and her friends find out who is spreading the malicious rumours and why?
Fun, fiesty, if initially shallow young heroine, who enjoys spending money on new clothes and entertainments (and who doesn't!) and strong hero, with good secondary characters. A good Beverley read.
With lyrical prose and sparkling witty dialogue, Jo Beverly paints a landscape of 18th century Georgian England in which intrigue, lust and romance culminates in a life lesson Georgia Lady Maybury will never forget. Once enchantress to the elite of the beau monde and eager to shed her widow's weeds, she has first to clamber from the fall of scandal and dip her toes in the waters' of the upper echelons of society: long before any hope of her former position as that of darling to the beau monde can be visualised or for that matter, regained. But another lesson, a lesson in love is to be learned along the way when a man, not of her intended station, steals her heart, her breath and poses the greatest dilemma of her life. A Scandalous Countess is a delightful fun read, and the hero Lord Dracy, although deadly sexual remains honourable throughout: if a tad wicked!