Monday, 6 June 2016

How To Capture a Countess (The Duchess Diaries #1) by Karen Hawkins

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Eternal (7 May 2015)
  • ASIN: B00S53JFC8
The Duchess Diaries are sure to delight: a dazzlingly romantic, sexy, and Scottish spin on fairytales.
At seventeen, Rose Balfour fell wildly in love with Lord Alton Sinclair, nicknamed 'Lord Sin' for his notoriously wicked ways. When an illicit kiss led to Rose humiliating the rake in front of his laughing peers, she was forced to escape to the obscurity of the Scottish countryside.
Six years later, Sin is intent on revenge. Convincing his aunt, the Duchess of Roxburghe, to invite Rose to her annual ball, he plans on making her the laughing stock of high society. But he didn't expect Rose to have bloomed into an alluring woman with the power to turn his nefarious plans upside down.
As Sin and Rose enter a fiery battle of the sexes, it becomes more heated and passionate at every turn. Eventually, one will have to surrender ... but to vengeance, or love's deepest passion?
Cover: A pretty standard Regency Romance romance cover, that I neither love or hate.
I love Regency romance.  It's a big guilty pleasure of mine.  
And I really enjoyed The Oxenburg Princes series, that I've started.  That was the first books of hers I read, and she instantly became a new favourite author.
So I had to delve into another one of her series.  The Duchess Diaries.
And this was such a cute read.  Rose meets Sin when she was just 16.  New to being out in Society, but she has a little crush on Sin.  She meets him at a ball and wants to keep him interested in talking to her, and Sin doesn't realise her age, thinking she's a much more sophisticated and experienced than she really is.
So when he kisses her, she panics and ends up pushing Sin into a fountain.  Leading to humiliation for Sin.  When he tries to track her down- she's disappeared.  He thinks he did it on purpose.  So when they're reunited at his Aunts house party, he plans to seduce and ruin her for revenge.
I love Rose and Sin.  They were perfect together.  
A super sweet regency novel and a great start to the series.  I look forward to delving into more of this series.
5/5 stars
Read from May 19 to 21, 2016

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