The story was shallow, the characters flat (and the two are interchangeable). I'm not against sex or erotica in my reads, I in fact like it, but IMHO there needs to be some sort of feelings, passion, SOMETHING other than bodily actions or else it's just porn. She didn't sleep with Rupert, but Chris didn't know that. All she cares about is sex. Some reviewers claimed they HAD to read the next book because this one is a cliffhanger because we don't know if she is pregnant or if they will marry.
His father gets Countess Meredith du Chevalier(35) to introduce him into the "dutys" of a man so that Chris can make an advantageous marriage. She is invited to his house for tea and befriends Chris, on the pretense of getting her conservatory redesigned she invites him to stay. When the Notorious Countess is invited to tea by his mother Chris is bewildered but when Meredith kisses him and invites him to her estate he knows what will happen. I felt kinda cheated when the book ended, but I started reading The Countess Lends a Hand immediately and their story continues.
Lord Richard Whitby has come to the infamous Madame la Comtesse de Chevalier for help. He believes she can make a real man out of his son, Christopher, who is twenty-five and has never been with a woman. If the Madame seduces Christopher, Lord Richard hopes that his son will take the women of the Ton by storm and perhaps seduce a few beauties. Christopher is floored, but there is something about this lovely widow that makes his heart pound and certain parts of his body to throb. THE COUNTESS TAKES A LOVER is a near perfect romance, and any fan of an older woman seducing the innocent younger man should definitely pick this one up.
For one thing the "older woman and widow" is just 6 years older than the male virgin, which quite cancels the May/December aspect. Why does it have to end with a baby after the woman is barren for a decade?
I love Meredith and Chris's relationship. There are very few books which portray such devotion, love, and connection two people feel towards each other. In my religion, it is forbidden and a sin to say, "God will never forgive you." My respect for Bonnie Dee has risen because of this sentence. Obviously, in the book, Chris will be gentle to her and care about her discomfort.
Meredith and Chris were two characters I was immediately drawn to. By the end of this deliciously enthralling tale, I was left wanting a Chris of my own. The Countess Takes a Lover is a sexy historical romance I Joyfully Recommend!
Despite going into this with just a plan to introduce an awkward young man into the ways of the flesh, she began developing deeper feelings for him while denying it was happening and I felt this was very believable. I really believed in the love they had for each other and felt the hurt both felt when Christopher discovered the real reason why a charming beautiful woman took notice of an awkward young botanist.
Oltre a questo, che già l'avrebbe classificato come un mediocre romanzo, la caratterizzazione dei personaggi è a dir poco ridicola, stupida, e si perde un'infinità di tempo a descrivere le acrobazie sessuali di questi due quando si sarebbe potuto approfondire la loro "affinità elettiva" piuttosto che quella carnale, farli conoscere meglio e più profondamente anziché perdersi in ripetitive scene di amplessi da circo.
Feelings had to grow between them, although the hero, Christoper, fell in love quicker than the heroine, Meredith, but that was to be expected considering her past.
I still have a story printed on yellow legal paper in second grade about a ghost, a witch and a talking cat.