Friday, April 18, 2014

The Accidental Countess by Michelle Willingham

Release Date: February 1st, 2010

Publisher: Harlequin

Author Info: Goodreads, Twitter, & Website

Age Group: Adult

Pages: 288 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating: 4 stars

When Stephen Chesterfield, the Earl of Whitmore, awakes to find a beautiful woman berating him, he knows he is in trouble. He cannot recall the past three months of his life, never mind having a wife. What's more, someone is trying to silence him before his memory returns.

Emily Chesterfield is trapped in a marriage of convenience with a man who doesn't remember her. Stephen clearly thinks she is the most unsuitable countess, but she is falling for her enigmatic husband.

Can they find trust and love before it is too late?

When Steven woke up he remembered nothing about the past few months of his life. Not the tattoo that has magically appeared on his body, the injuries he has suffered, or the woman in front of him who claims to be his wife. He is determined to find out the truth, a desire that seems to only bring danger his way. Trying to protect his wife, who he is developing feelings for, he ends up hurting her time and again. 
I enjoyed watching the relationship between Steven & Emily evolve, while they both searched for what had happened the past few months. I hated how his family treated her, as if she were nothing, and how they kept pushing for a divorce and trying to get him to move on to someone more "appropriate" in their opinions. It further annoyed me that Steven did absolutely nothing to stop the way Emily was treated, not just by his parents but by everyone in society. In fact, his behavior actually made things worse & although he claimed to be trying to protect her, he seemed to just hurt her more. Despite the fact that he was often a first-class jerk, I did want the two of them to fall in love and stay together. The twists & turns of the mystery behind what happened to Steven definitely will keep the reader guessing! The only reason I couldn't give this story 5 stars was because it seemed to be missing something that I couldn't put my finger on.

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