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    Secrets of a Proper Countess (PDF) Summary Secrets of a Proper Countess At a masked ball Lady Isobel Maitland lets herself free for the first time with a well known rake Phineas Archer Maruess of Blackwood with the mask Isobel can be free to do what she wants for one night Of course she doesn't count of Phineas not forgetting her taste but Phineas has his own mask to hide behind that of a spy whom works for the British government as a rake no one will give him a second look but w

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    Secrets of a Proper Countess (PDF) If Lady Isobel Maitland is caught even speaking to an incorrigible rogue like the Maruess of Blackwood she stands to lose everything she holds dear Strict rules in her husband's will ensure that if she remarries or even forms friendships her mother in law does not approve of then she will never see her young son again But one night in a dark garden at a masuerade ball Isobel gives in to temptation and lets an innocent

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    Secrets of a Proper Countess (PDF) I bought this novel based on the reviews on All About Romance where it got a B and The Romance Reader where it got 5 out of 5 hearts so I had great expectations The novel has a promising plot a beautiful lively a

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    Secrets of a Proper Countess (PDF) In Lecia Cornwall’s charming debut the elegant ballroom setting of Regency England may be familiar but Cornwall’s unusually poignant heroin

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    Summary Secrets of a Proper Countess Summary ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Lecia Cornwall Lecia Cornwall ´ 5 Read 10 stars for this incredible bookThis book was so steamy and hot from the beginning The angst throughout the book was so good I couldn’t wait for Phineas to discover who his mystery lover was If you don’t like steamy explicit love scenes

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    Summary Secrets of a Proper Countess Lecia Cornwall ´ 5 Read Secrets of a Proper Countess (PDF) When considering my reaction to this book in general overall I'd have to say enjoyment was found At the end of the story I admit freely I was fascinated by the characters I found the plot to be readable The dialogue was b

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    Summary ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Lecia Cornwall Lecia Cornwall ´ 5 Read Summary Secrets of a Proper Countess A man who's been playing the rake for so long he wonders if he still remembers who he really is and a widow trapped by the love of her child and the cruel terms of her dead husband's will into a family that controls her and despises her utterlyThis is another I wished for a three and a half star rating plot wise there's not a lot

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Summary Secrets of a Proper Countess Secrets of a Proper Countess Read & Download × PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Summary ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Lecia Cornwall In the smart sensually captivating style of Lorraine Heath and Elizabeth Hoyt tells the story of a shy retiring lady who lets her passions run wild while masked and. What a great adventureDebut author Lecia Cornwall has written a winner The plot of Secrets of a Proper Countess is an old one traitors spies hidden identities a heroine wanting excitementbut the writing in this book is above the norm and we even have some unexpected curves in the roadI have to say right up front that book was full of well written three dimensional characters even the villains And we are allowed to see their flaws which is a nice change from the omnipresent wise best friendsmatchmakersolder brothers in other books In fact some of those flaws made for some very amusing scenes later on in the book one in particular had me chucklingand I congratulate Ms Cornwall on her great visual comedy writingI loved both the heroine Isobel and the hero Phineas By the way great name for a hero Now normally I don t care for disguise stories but this one sucked me right in And let me tell you I felt terribly sorry for the heroine and the dilemma she found herself inand this is one of the tense parts of the bookhow was her dilemma going to be solved And you are going to hate her familyPhineas was one of those rakes that doesn t see it coming his character wasn t written uite as strongly as Isobel s however I just loved him A uibble approaches I had a small problem with the love story part of the book The sex was mighty steamy and the lead couple could not keep their hands off of each other at least when Isobel was in disguise However I didn t uite see why they fell in love with each other Minor uibbleWhile we are on the subject of minor uibbleauthors be careful with slang The term getting laid was used It popped right out at me from the pages and for a moment only a moment I wondered if we were visiting Sex in the City instead of a Regency ballroom However I was enjoying the book so much I continued to read I did go back after I was finished with the book to check it out I couldn t find too much on it except that it probably wasn t used to signify having sex until the 1930 s in America Yes there are references in the Bible to lie with herhim and even if that is from the same family of words it wasn t used as such until later At least according to my sources However who knows maybe some rake did say it in the 1800 swho s to say There were also moments of if I d have written this I d have done thatbut that s just me and then it would be my book not Ms Cornwall sS o o I could not put this book down I stayed up really late reading Secrets of a Proper Countess It was fast paced with humor adventure villains suspense and likable characters Oh it s not perfect and there was what could have become a TSTL moment however it turned into a nail biting adventureand I have to say welcome Ms Cornwall job well done

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Secrets of a Proper Countess

Summary Secrets of a Proper Countess Secrets of a Proper Countess Read & Download × PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Summary ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Lecia Cornwall In the arms of an infamous rakish Maruess a brief yet achingly romantic encounter that forever changes the rogue who vows to find and unmask his mystery dream lover. When considering my reaction to this book in general overall I d have to say enjoyment was found At the end of the story I admit freely I was fascinated by the characters I found the plot to be readable The dialogue was believable The external drama was interesting and well written But there were some issuesFrom the beginning of the novel to the end I found the leading characters in the story to be very much grounded in reality One of my biggest criticisms of a book forms itself when the people within a story are flat and without life In Secrets of a Proper Countess while I have other criticisms this is not one of such Both Blackwood and Isobel are given distinct personalities which form themselves very well and allow for the sense that these two are real people with real feelingsHowever with compliment comes criticism Firstly while the above holds true for the hero and heroine it does not hold so for the secondary characters Along with the two antagonists of the book whose on screen viciousness is only truly depicted at the end of the book thereby making them seem less of a threat throughout the story I likewise found the secondary protagonists Adam and Marianne to be TSTL The Too Stupid To Live designation holds for Marianne considering her actions and out of place reactions to her predicament with Isobel at the story s close made her seem vapid which drastically contradicted the tone of the story the author was so obviously trying to create Adam though was of a placeholder character for Blackwood seeming to play the External Doubt for him in a very awkward and spastic way The plot of Secrets of a Proper Countess holds as much merit as criticism The story did fascinate me however since the high drama finality of the book was unexpected Largely Isobel s struggles throughout the story focuses on her internal conflict in coping with the role she plays in her family specifically with her in laws The danger she courts by dallying with Blackwood plays out like suspense rather than true conflict since it is largely emotionally based All changes dramatically by the end of the story the nature of the story transforming from internal to a very hard hitting external conflict Which sadly didn t lend itself well to the story This is so because frankly the author handled such transformation by not handling it Instead of threading the transformation throughout the story providing intrigue with drama and suspense Cornwall instead decided to slap the reader with this change by giving us an 89 page climax Yep that s right Very very heavy grit your teeth suint your face because you re kept in a constant state of Holy Shit What Now is elongated over an absurd amount of time Starting on page 274 and not ceasing until page 363 the fate of the primary characters are unknown for a ridiculous amount of time While high drama is okay for a climax and almost expected really it is not okay when it is used simultaneously for a story s turning point as well as its closing Final Problem Big big no no for meAside from drawing out the drama to an unnecessary degree Cornwall also disappointed me in another big area the romance Fundamentally I am reading a romance and with that fundamental reality comes the fact that while I enjoy danger intrigue and mystery as much as the next reader I still want my romance One of my biggest criticisms of this book is the fact that the hero and heroine go from Lusty Pants to Love Lovey with no emotional framework in between Frankly there was so much plot to this book that such rudely shoved itself in between the romantic development Isobel and Blackwood needed in order to make their romance and HEA believable Such development was so nonexistent that by the time the couple was proclaiming Love Lovey Loveness I was excessively irritated because it came across as painfully dull and fake What s the hero considered Isobel to be a traitor and murderer not a few pages prior to deciding that he loved her Our gallant hero instead claimed it was Adam s fault for making him doubt Isobel Yes three exclamation marks were indeed necessary So yeah big problem thereSo overall this book Yep Its got issues big issues However at no time was I so disgusted with the story that my hands ever itched to throw it against the nearest wall Likewise regardless of the Big No Nos within the novel was entirely readable I did connect with the characters despite wishing they d connect with one another I did enjoy the plot despite feeling as though it s conclusion was longer the President Bush s presidential term And overall I did like this book Big No Nos aside But as with any novel if it s written well enough it can endure in spite of itself

Lecia Cornwall ´ 5 Read

Summary Secrets of a Proper Countess Secrets of a Proper Countess Read & Download × PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Summary ✓ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Lecia Cornwall Lecia Cornwall a brilliant new voice in historical romance fiction makes a truly spectacular debut with Secrets of a Proper Countess This Regency Era delight written. If Lady Isobel Maitland is caught even speaking to an incorrigible rogue like the Maruess of Blackwood she stands to lose everything she holds dear Strict rules in her husband s will ensure that if she remarries or even forms friendships her mother in law does not approve of then she will never see her young son again But one night in a dark garden at a masuerade ball Isobel gives in to temptation and lets an innocent flirtation turn into seductionPhineas Archer the notorious Maruess of Blackwood may hold the reputation as the worst rake in London but as a spy for the crown he merely plays the role of a fool to learn the most closely guarded secrets of the tonAs a new threat to England s success in the war against Napoleon emerges Phineas must foil a plot to kidnap the exiled Bourbon heir to the French crown Every clue seems to lead to his mysterious lover but while Phineas can spot trouble a mile off and see through the cleverest of disguises he cannot find any trace of his elusive femme fatale No man alive would imagine the prim widow Maitland could be his dream lover But behind the mask and the secrets Isobel is everything Phineas has ever desiredMy MusingsSecrets of a Proper Countess is the debut historical romance by author Lecia Cornwall The story revolves around a not so merry widow Lady Isobel Maitland who lives under the protection and dominance of her late husband s family who uses her son as emotional blackmail to keep her and her money under their absolute control Our heroine was married at a young age to a man and family that despised her and her heritage but coveted the money that she could bring to the union The only joy to come from the marriage was Isobel s young son whom she loves dearly yet lives in constant fear of losing She is strong yet demure out of necessity than by nature and is constantly trying to live down her mother s notorious behavior as well as come to terms with her own mother s abandonment at a young and tender age Every aspect of her life is ruled by her dead husband and her in lawshow she dresses who she is allowed to socialize with and it goes without saying that she is forbidden to form any new attachments have love affairs or consider marriage again in fear of never being able to see her son again However the one thing that her in laws can t control are her thoughts and her secret desires and she secretly desires the worst rake in LondonOur hero Phineas Archer the Maruess of Blackwood is from an illustrious family and is in line to inherit a dukedom He is in his prime and his grandfather feels that he has had enough time to sow his wild oats and it is now time to retire his Rake status and start a family But he has secrets of his own he is an agent for the Crown and his Rake persona is not who he feels he truly is and longs to just be himself with someone therefore he has decided to retire from being a spy after one last assignmentSecrets of a Proper Countess has a great set of characters including the heroine and the numerous villains whom you just love to hate I especially thought that the character of Isobel was well written You could feel her despair her desire and desperation to break free if only for a few stolen passionate moments I just wish that I felt that I knew as much about the hero as I felt I knew about the heroine A hero can make or break a romance for me and Phineas Archer was in my opinion a bit of a uandary The reader is told that he is an agent of the crown and that he often plays a role while in the presence of the ton that is different than his own personality However I didn t feel that the persona that he presented to the Ton was any different than the person he was when he was with Isobel whom he was supposedly himself with which was a problem for me Really the whole agent of the Crown aspect of the story didn t really work for me If this would have been a story about a Rake a Widow and a deviously and really vile controlling in laws I think I would have liked Secrets of a Proper Countess much much than I did in the end Not to say that I didn t like it just that I felt it would have been a better story without the distraction of the plot involving the kidnapping of the French KingFor instance Phineas plays an agent of the crown yet he spends time trying to discover the identity of his secret lover than uncovering the plot involving the King He assumes that the two are connected but on very circumstantial evidence which made him seen almost amateurish in his agent skills He takes most things at face value and something that left me somewhat baffled was his discovery of a will during a reconnaissance mission at Isobel s home that could have set Isobel free without the fear of losing her son early on in the story yet he doesn t reveal it or confront her about this until the very end of the story He has no real reason to hide the information especially when she refuses to marry him for fear of retribution from her family You would have thought that he would have revealed this information to her so that she could keep her son and be with him without retribution but he doesn t It left me very confused because you realize that he had to have known this earlier because what good agent would steal important looking documents and not read them at the first opportunity so why does he do nothing until the point where it no longer matters Of course it fits better in the plot this way with the King kidnapping but otherwise I thought it made him seem like an incompetent agent as well as an unconcerned and less than caring lover He always seem to accept things at face value and never once uestions Isobel as to why she just doesn t lead her own life regardless of what her family by marriage believes since she is a supposedly wealthy widow It made his relationship with her seem very superficial about lust and mutual desire than caring and falling in love with Isobel As you can see I had some issues with Phineas as a hero worthy of the risks and sacrifices Isobel should suffer if their relationship were to be discoveredAnother aspect to the story that I wish would have been explored was Isobel s relationship with her mother Her mother left her at a very young age to be with her lover and is led to believe by her father and her in laws that she left her daughter without looking back and never trying to contact her Isobel fears becoming her mother who was infamous for her lusty behavior and vows to be a good mother to her sonsomething that she doesn t feel she had from her own mother This history played a major part in who she has become the choices that she has made and how she presents herself to the Ton During the course of the story Isobel discovers that her mother didn t completely abandon her like she was led to believe Her feelings are somewhat resolved but I wish I would have known definitively if Isobel and her mother were able to reconcile after so many years apart There was a hint in the story that her mother may have already died but I was never uite sure so this part of the story felt a little bit unfinished Since it played such a large part in her development I expected this discover to have a larger impact than it didI mentioned earlier in the review that The Secrets of a Proper Countess has a great cast of villainous charactersand it does almost too many of them but in the end they all get what they deserve Matter of fact their fate is all tied up in a pretty almost over the top bow However I do feel that a fitting ending to her in laws would have been public humiliation and the poverty that they feared that led to their greedy and possessive behavior but that s just me and my vigilante justice I also feel though that this would have allowed Isobel to finally confront her mother in law with all of the terrible things that she did to suppress and manipulate Isobel all for her own gain and greed Because Isobel didn t get her moment of glory and triumph in a face to face confrontation with her mother in law in essence owning her passions and personality and claiming all that is hers I felt she was shortchanged and that her mother in law s demise was too unsatisfyingOverall I felt that The Secrets of a Proper Countess had amazing potential and had a heroine that I absolutely loved She was complex and presented with situations that seemed insurmountable It had really vile villains that I thought were so deliciously bad you couldn t believe all that they went to the lengths that they did But as I said before the hero usually makes or breaks the story for me And in this book I didn t think Phineas was worthy of his task as an agent of the Crown nor was he worthy of Isobel and the chances she took to be with him He was lackluster for me Add in the subplot with the kidnapping of the King which I thought could have been left out to the benefit of the story and it made a potentially great story into one that disappointed me in a few important ways However it appears that I am in the minority with my criticisms of the story because the book has received fairly positive reviews If you ve read The Secrets of a Proper Countess I would love to know your thoughtsRatingsOverall 35 stars Though it appears that I am in the minority with my criticisms since most other reviews give this book 4 5 starsmaybe I was in a nitpicky mood when reading itSensuality level 325 stars a few passionate but brief encounters pretty straight forward sexin that is sure to satisfy some and leave others wanting

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 371
  • Secrets of a Proper Countess
  • Lecia Cornwall
  • English
  • 06 March 2020
  • 9780062018939