Monday, October 1, 2012

Book Review-How To Capture A Countess

How To Capture A Countess
The Duchess Diaries (1)
Karen Hawkins
Avon Romance
E Book
Published Sep 2012
384 Pages
Historical Romance
Urged by her favorite nephew, the intimidating Duchess of Roxburghe agrees to transform a thorny Scottish rose into a lovely bloom. But even she isn’t prepared for fiery Rose Balfour.

At seventeen, Rose fell wildly in love with Lord Alton Sinclair, known as Lord Sin for his wicked ways. Stung by his indifference, the starry-eyed girl tried to win an illicit kiss, but then panicked and pushed the notorious rakehell into a fountain. Leaving Lord Sin floating among the lily pads to the mocking laughter of his peers, Rose escaped back to the obscurity of the Scottish countryside.

Six years later, Sin convinces his aunt, the Duchess of Roxburghe, to invite Rose to her annual house party, where he plans to get revenge by making Rose the laughingstock of polite society. To his astonishment, he finds she has become an alluring woman who threatens to turn the tables on his nefarious plans. Thus Sin and Rose begin an epic battle of the sexes that becomes more passionate at every turn. Eventually, one will have to surrender . . . but to vengeance? Or to love’s deepest passion?
My Review
When Rose was seventeen, she was very innocent and impulsive, and kissed Lord Sinclair, but overwhelmed by the sensations, ended up pushing him into a fountain and fleeing the scene and hiding from everyone inculding him, and leaving him to face the consequences, and Lord Sinclair has been wanting revengefor six years, and has found her again and is determined to get back at her, only he never thought he would fall in love with her. Rose, regretting her foolish act six years ago, has lived in the countryside taking care of her father and sisters, but when she is invited to a house party by her godmother (also Lord Sinclair's Aunt), she knows she has no choice but to except, especially for her sister's sake. However when she bumps into Lord Sinclair, she is shocked to see him again, but she starts to feel alive whenever he is near, and even though they are in one wager after another, she starts to fall in love with him again, but doesn't know if she can truly trust in their love and in Lord Sinclair......

The Hero ( Alton Sinclair )
Ever since that dreadful night six years ago, Sin has lived up to his name, living in a life of debauchery. He suffered the consequences of the scandal years ago, and still suffers from it, and now that he has found Rose again he plans on revenge, but he never expected that Rose would have grown into such a beautiful and capable woman. As he pursues her in a very sensual way, but she starts to worm her way into his heart, and he knows he couldn't do anything to hurt her.....

The Heroine (Rose Balfour )
Rose, when she was young fell in love with Lord Sin, charmed and intrigued by his wicked way, only to ruin  both her and her sisters' futures in the process, and has suffered in guilt ever since. Even though her family has never blamed her, she has suffered just as Lord Sin only in a different way. When she see's him again, she has no idea how to handle him, and when he kisses her she knows she is lost and doesn't know how she could protect herself from falling in love with him again.....

My Thoughts 
How To Capture A Countess is the first of a new series "The Duchess Diaries" by Karen Hawkins. Karen Hawkins has been one of my favorite authors, and I just loved the energy of this new book, it definitely had Hawkins spark and flair, and the story had the same feeling of fun and humor that I have always seen in the past. Lord Sinclair, just cracked me up especially in the beginning, especially his attitude toward life, and women, and I loved the playful interaction between Lord Sin and Rose. I also loved the spirit of Rose Balfour, at first she seems timid and reserved, but as the book progresses she comes out of her shell into a playful and full of life heroine, that you just want to cheer her on......a beautifully written romance filled with passion, zest and humor that will definitely enthrall you for more!!! A Must Read!!! 

My Grade On This Book 
5 Blossoms 


  1. Okay, that sounds really good! And I haven't read Karen Hawkins in a long while!! SO I'm going to put this on on my shopping list!
    Thanks for the review.

  2. I haven't read any of her books, but this one looks great!



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