The Countess by Lynsay Sands

*Review By Danielle* (@lush26)

Due out Jan 25, 2011

From: Avon Books

The fairy tale courtship did not turn into a happily ever after…

Not until her husband dropped dead, that is. He had been horrible enough to Christiana during their short marriage, and she was not going to allow the traditional period of mourning to ruin her sisters’ debuts as well. So Christiana decides to put him on ice and go on as if nothing’s happened…

Until the real earl appears. Richard Fairgrave had every intention of confronting his villainous twin who robbed him of his name and title…only to discover that he’d died. Quietly assuming his identity, Richard must now deal with a maddening desire for his ravishing inherited “wife”—certainly a gold digger and possibly a murderess. And Christiana must deal with an unwanted new “husband”…and they both must figure out what to do before the ice melts!

The Countess is not only funny and intriguing, but it’s also sinfully sexy.

When Christiana’s cruel husband Dicky Fairgrave drops dead suddenly of what they assume are natural causes, she and her sisters decide to put him on ice (literally) and go on as if life hasn’t changed except for the better.  The first night of Dicky’s death Christiana decides to go to a ball with her sisters. With Dicky being dead and all you could only imagine their complete utter shock when they see Dicky at the ball.

Richard Fairgrave has just come back from America to confront his twin brother who has stolen his identity as well as married under his name. When Richard meets his “wife” at the ball he finds her to be a little less than he expected. But with some time and whiskey on Christiana’s part, he soon finds that he really wants to keep his “wife”. Now he will have to earn her trust to get to the bottom of her and who murdered his bother.

In my book Lynsay Sands can do no wrong. I loved the way the story was written and told. The characters are very much likable and enjoyable. The attraction between Richard and Christiana is just phenomenal and they fit perfect together. You also get a good look not only into Christiana’s life, but her sisters as well. The story flowed so well I didn’t realize I was turning the pages faster and faster wanting to know what was going to happen and who killed Dicky. Then having to slow down because I really didn’t want it to come to the end. It kept my attention throughout the whole story and that is a huge plus.

The romance was absolutely outstanding. I couldn’t get enough of how deep their emotions ran for each other. Suzette intrigued me so I am really looking forward to reading about her. Lynsay Sands just keeps you wanting more. And more do I want.

Overall this book was fantastic, it was funny at times which I wasn’t really expecting in a historical romance. The book wasn’t all romance, it had mystery twist which I loved. This is truly a must read for not only Lynsay Sands fans, but romance fans in general.

Danielle give The Countess by Lynsay Sands 5 stars!


  1. Hi Danielle!
    I enjoyed your review of this book, even though I dissagreed with it. I like reading oposing views. It keeps it all in a perspective, as well as on my toes 🙂

    Happy Reading,

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