I recently finished reading a new release by Wendy May Andrews, The Countess Intrigue. Check out this great book and my review.
During her second Season, Lady Elizabeth Castleton is found in a compromising situation with Lord Justice Sinclair, the Earl of Heath. Despite her attraction to him, she is dismayed to find herself betrothed to the man who is rumored to have killed his first wife. Her parents refuse to lend credence to the rumors, so she is soon married and on the way to her husband’s estate.
She cannot decide what to make of the handsome earl but after an attempt is made on her life, Elizabeth is terrified that history is about to repeat itself. She determines to find out once and for all if she is married to a murder.
Can she stay alive long enough to find her happily ever after?
Here’s my review:
This was a page-turner. I love Regency Romance, and this one is sweet and clean. Lady Elizabeth is caught in a compromising position with the Earl of Heath and she must marry him in order to save her reputation. In this period of time, all it takes is being found in a room alone with a man to create a scandal. Elizabeth’s character is delightfully complex, and the inner war with her emotions is perfectly described. The best portion is a sequence of thoughts where she considers how much she likes the Earl and how attractive he is. She thinks to herself that he may actually be a good husband…if not for that little possibility that he killed his first wife. She has to decide what’s fact and what’s fiction with a man ready to offer her everything, but who has a possibly dark past. I enjoyed Justice’s character a lot and I would have liked his perspective to be as well fleshed out as Elizabeth’s. There were a few things I thought he should have been considering in his thoughts that he did not, and I also wanted there to be a confession of love between Elizabeth and Justice at the end. All in all, this book was hard to put down and the mystery of what happened to his first wife keeps the reader in suspense for Elizabeth to find the truth.
Here’s an excerpt:
The evening had already been harrowing with the abduction of her dearest friend from that very ballroom mere moments earlier, but it already felt like eons. After she had left it in the Duke of Wrentham’s hands there had been nothing she could do to help. She had no desire to stand about wringing her hands so she was making every effort to remain calm, keeping up appearances in order to prevent Rose’s absence from becoming common knowledge, in an effort to preserve her reputation. The last thing Elizabeth needed was to be seen conversing with the controversial earl. But despite every instinct shrieking for her to leave the man’s presence on the instant, she forced herself to meet his eye as she bade him good night.
His handsome face always made her blink. Well defined, with a sharp jaw and angular cheekbones. His skin looked smooth, as though he had just left the ministrations of his valet. His wide set eyes were a unique color, somewhere between blue and green, and leant an air of watchful intelligence to his beauty. She wondered if he found it amusing to be constantly faced with wide-eyed women or if he had become immune to it. Perhaps he took it as his due, Elizabeth thought absently, before she refocused her attention. She ought to be keeping her wits about her. Exhaustion from the evening’s turmoil was dulling her senses.
Wendy May Andrews has been reading whatever she could get her hands on since the age of five. She has been writing for almost as long but hasn’t been sharing those stories with anyone but her mother until recently. Wendy lives in Toronto with her own real-life hero. When not writing or reading, they love to travel wherever the mood takes them.