My Favorite Countess by Vanessa Kelly

Title: My Favorite Countess

Author: Vanessa Kelly

Redonk Nutshell: Hardened widow falls for a romantic doctor

Official Synopsis: She is difficult, demanding, and at times, quite fierce. And Dr. John Blackmore can’t take his eyes off her. The Countess of Randolph is the most striking woman he has ever seen…and the most infuriating patient he has ever tended. Mired in responsibility, Bathsheba doesn’t have time to convalesce in the country. She should be in London, hunting for a wealthy new lover to pay off her late husband’s vast debts, not dallying with a devastatingly handsome doctor. But it is only a matter of time until the good doctor and the obstinate countess will have to contend with the sparks that fly between them. And once their bodies surrender, their hearts may follow…

It’s killing me that I can’t remember which blog I initially heard about this book.  My Book Pimp offered to hook me up with it, and I accepted because of the review this person wrote.  UGH! BAD RAUNCHY RYAN! I’m smacking myself for not remembering…anyway, on to what I thought about this book.

My Favorite Countess by Vanessa Kelly is the story of Bathsheba, The Countess of Randolph, and her battling attraction to the enigmatic and passionate Dr. John Blackmore.  The kicker of this book is that our heroine, Ms. Bathsheba is really, really very hard to like.  Okay…she’s an uptight BYATCH.  The things she says…yikes.  She’s harsh, she’s bitter and she’s tough as nails.  Bathsheba is most likely the antagonist in a typical romance.

So it was interesting to watch her tough and antagonizing shell melt away around John.  Blackmore has the patience of a frickin saint.  Bathsheba doesn’t pretend to be something she’s not – at least, she knows her faults and doesn’t try to hide them.  She presents her bad-ass side as a facade to hide her deep hurt and deceit from her previous (and deceased) husband.  Blackmore excavates her burrowed emotions and manages to coax her, very slowly, out from behind her mask.

But he gets bitten many, many times.

I was intrigued with this book, but it didn’t rock my world.  This is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Kelly. My Favorite Countess was more sultry than a typical historical romance with many WHAM BAM scenes that left a little smile on my face.  I was curious about the history of medical care in the regency time period, and this was an interesting, if not horrifying, look into it.   Overall, My Favorite Countess was a fun, fluffy read.

Rating: C

Romance: 3/5          Raunch: 4/5

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