Friday, September 30, 2016

Courting the Countess by Donna Hatch {Blog Tour Review with Giveaway}

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Courting the Countess by [Hatch, Donna]
Courting the Countess
by Donna Hatch
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 388 pages
October 5th 2016 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc

When charming rake Tristan Barrett sweeps Lady Elizabeth off her feet, stealing both her heart and a kiss in a secluded garden, her brother challenges Tristan to a duel. The only way to save her brother and Tristan from harm—not to mention preserve her reputation—is to get married. But her father, the Duke of Pemberton, refuses to allow his daughter to marry anyone but a titled lord. The duke demands that Elizabeth marry Tristan’s older brother, Richard, the Earl of Averston. Now Elizabeth must give up Tristan to marry a man who despises her, a man who loves another, a man she’ll never love.

Richard fears Elizabeth is as untrustworthy as his mother, who ran off with another man. However, to protect his brother from a duel and their family name from further scandal, he agrees to the wedding, certain his new bride will betray him. Yet when Elizabeth turns his house upside down and worms her way into his reluctant heart, Richard suspects he can’t live without his new countess. Will she stay with him or is it too little, too late?

My Review: 5 Stars

When I was younger, I used to wonder what it would be like if my parents just arranged my marriage--then I wouldn't have to worry about finding the right guy. However, I really can't imagine how hard that would be! Can you really find love when thrown together that way? 

Elizabeth has a big secret and it's one that leaves her at the hands of her abusive mother. She hasn't had a safe environment to grow up in and has issues that stem from that, although it's all kept quite hush-hush. It's no wonder that she latches onto the first man to pay her romantic attentions, but he's got quite a reputation as a rake. Found in a compromising position with Tristan, Elizabeth's father has no choice, but to marry her off--to his older brother, Richard. And there you have it--the arranged marriage.
I adore the way this story thrusts the reader back into Regency England. I felt like I was there, experiencing the sights and sounds of London during this time. My attention was captured and never released. There's more than just a lovely romance to this story and I enjoyed those key elements, as they really added to the flavor and gave some meat to the book.

Of course, the romance is my favorite part and with some smouldering looks, touches that ignite, and swoony kisses, all clean of course, this book almost made me feel as if I were the one being courted and I loved it immensely!

Content: mild violence (abuse); mild romance (kissing). Clean!

*I received a copy through Prism Book Tours in exchange for an honest review*

Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty five years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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  1. Congrats on your new book! and congrats on your move to the PNW. I didn't realize it was my favorite place to be until I tried others! I'll be back someday!

    1. Thank you, Renee. I really love our new area and am so glad to be here. I hope you get to come back "home" soon!

  2. Thank you so much for hosting me on your beautiful blog!

    1. Hi Donna--you're very welcome! I enjoy your books so much!

  3. Thank you so much for hosting me on your beautiful blog!

  4. I am so excited to read this book! I have enjoyed (and pimped) all of Donna's books. :)

    1. Canada, I hope you get a chance to read it soon! It's great. :) I enjoy all of her books as well.