Friday, February 5, 2010

Countess of Scandal By Laurel McKee

Countess of Scandal 
By Laurel McKee
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About The Book:
As children, Eliza Blacknall and William Denton ran wild over the fields of southern Ireland and swore they would be friends forever. Then fate took Will away to England, while Eliza stayed behind to become a proper Irish countess.

Years later, Will finally makes his way home-as an English soldier sent to crush the Irish uprising. When he spies the lovely Eliza, he is captivated by the passionate woman she has become. But Eliza's passions have led her to join the Irish rebel cause, and Will and Eliza now find themselves on opposite sides of a dangerous conflict.

When Ireland explodes in bloody rebellion, Will's regiment is ordered to the front lines, and he is forced to choose between his duty to the English king and his love for Eliza and their Irish homeland.

My Thoughts: If you love historical novels where the setting is paramount, the action intense, and the romance blends well with the first two, then you'll like Author Laurel McKee's new book, Countess of Scandal. As readers we're transported back in time to Kildare, Ireland in the 1790's, a time of rebellion, spies, and resistance.  The two main characters, Eliza Blacknall and William Denton stand on opposite sides of a struggle between Ireland and England, which is about to explode.  An old love coupled with tested loyalties provide enough conflict to keep these two moving through this story. On a down note, the excessive sexual content detracted rather than added to the reading enjoyment, for me.

Teaser Snippet:
~   Death and blood, burning homes, screams. A lash flashing through the air. But how could he tell her that? Let her not hate him, just for a little longer. Let him not discover what she had been doing, either.
 
A complimentary review copy of this book was provided by Hatchett Book Group

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