Published: January 14, 2013
From rising romance star Wendy Vella comes a Cinderella story of whirlwind passion between a dashing earl and a beautiful countess—and the secret that threatens to tear them apart.
Regal, poised, and elegant, Sophie, Countess of Monmouth, is everything that a highborn lady should be. But Sophie is hiding a past that is far from royal. When Patrick, Earl of Coulter, realizes that her story doesn’t add up, he resolves to find out the truth of what Sophie and her sister-in-law are concealing. Although Sophie has every reason to avoid him, the handsome and charismatic Patrick awakens something wicked deep within her soul . . . a powerful need that Sophie must stifle in order to protect her place in society.
Despite Sophie’s humble background, the raven-haired beauty has won Patrick’s heart. But what Sophie needs now is an ally. Viscount Myles Dumbly, the disgruntled former heir of Monmouth, is determined to expose Sophie as a fraud to recapture his lost inheritance. Soon Patrick is drawn into a fight for both their lives. Somehow he must find a way not only to rescue Sophie from poverty once and for all, but to keep her in his arms forever.
Tags: Romance, Historical, Suspense, England
Time Frame: Georgian England
Heat Level: 3
REVIEW RATING : 5 stars
REVIEW BY LEE ANNE:
I loved this book from the very beginning. Wendy Vella had me hooked from the very first sentence. “If only she had a small imperfection.” It was obvious that someone mesmerized Patrick and Stephen. I soon found out it was the Countess of Monmouth. Patrick was sure she was an imposter, a charlatan. He was determined to find out her secrets and expose her. He couldn’t believe she was married to his long time friend who died several years before.
Sophia does indeed have secrets and she’ll do anything to protect those secrets. Her life depends on it, as does the life of her son and her friend. If her secrets are discovered and exposed, it will all fall apart and they’ll be left with nothing and no one to take care of them.
Society calls her the ice queen. She comes across as being aloof and unapproachable. Little does society know, she’s reserved out of necessity. Society sees her beauty and quiet reserve as a reason for gossip and distrust.
As Patrick sets out to discover Sophia’s secrets, he realizes there is more to her than he originally thought. He slowly comes to care for her and would do anything to protect her. He still wants to know her secrets, but this time so he can protect her. He no longer has any desire to expose her.
When Sophia finds herself in danger and the life of her son in danger, she turns to Patrick and asks for help. He does indeed help her but in doing so, he learns her secrets. Will he still care for her once he knows everything?
This was a wonderful story. It’s full of passion, romance, danger, and intrigue. It has all the elements of a wonderful story and Wendy Vella delivers on that promise! I laughed, I cried, I snickered and I cheered through the entire story! Sophia is a wonderful heroine. She’s strong, determined and imperfect. Patrick is her perfect counter-part. He’s sexy, determined, protective, and imperfect. When he messes up, he knows it and is not too proud to apologize. They get mad at each other, argue, storm off, but they always come back to each other. Neither one of them lets their pride get in the way. I loved it!
Wendy Vella is a new to me author and I am so glad I picked up her book to read. I’m looking forward to more stories from her.
**At the time of review this book was available from Amazon for $2.99**
ABOUT THE REVIEWER:
I am a happily married mother of three very busy children. Most of my time is spent chauffeuring my kids to their various activities. I cram reading into any spare moment I have. Some days I can have an hour or two and others I’m sneaking in quick reads while waiting on the kids to finish their soccer or gymnastics practice. I like to read a wide variety of genres but I definitely prefer romance. I can’t really pinpoint a favorite author as it changes on a regular basis. I absolutely love finding new authors and giving their stories a chance to be heard. We all have a voice in our heads writing stories and those voices should be given a chance to be heard.