The earl’s secret bride…
Emma Carmichael is shocked when she sees who she’s waitressing for at a lavish party—Jack Westwood, the new Earl of Redminster. Her new life comes crashing down when Jack announces to the world that they’re married!
Jack has never forgotten his first love despite the tragedy that tore them apart. When the paparazzi cameras intrude, he proposes they live as man and wife until the fuss dies down. Emma feels like Cinderella, masquerading as his countess…only, behind closed doors, their marriage feels tantalisingly real…
A quick, simple reunion story between two people who got married too young, with an earl as the hero, the blurb of A Countess for Christmas reads more like historical rather than contemporary romance.
The Romance line is the shortest and sweetest of the Harlequin lines, but this fits well with the Christmastime setting. I was in the mood for a contemporary book set in London, so this fit for me.
I do think that the hero and heroine’s conflicts were a little more suited to the historical genre, however. There is absolutely no way the 2010s hero could have gone six years without hearing anything from home. And the main conflicts were more suited to class differences in the nineteenth century – the relationship was already a foregone conclusion as hero and heroine are already married, and his being an earl today is hardly the same as being an earl in the past.
I did like that the author gave us a whole lot of positive female characters – major points to her for that. It is not common in this sort of book for the heroine to be surrounded by supportive, genuinely kind women. I really liked that, even if they seem to be there so they can be introduced as future heroines in the series.
This is a simple, fast read. If the description interests you, go for it.
Review copy provided by NetGalley.