Monday, March 20, 2023

The Countess by Sophie Jordan - ARC Review

New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan kicks off her amazing new high concept series, The Scandalous Ladies of London, which chronicles the lives of a group of affluent ladies reigning over glittering, Regency-era London, vying for position in the hierarchy of the ton. They are the young wives, widows, and daughters of London’s wealthiest families. The drama is big, the money runs deep, and the shade is real. Life is different in the ton.

“My husband is a good man… just ask all the women he has bedded.”

Wealthy society maven Lady Gertrude knows how the world works. If her husband is less than faithful, it’s an acceptable price to pay for her coveted position at the apex of London’s most fashionable set. No exclusive soirée or lavish ball is complete without her and her group of decadent, well-connected friends. And this Season promises more excitement than usual: Tru is launching her daughter into Society, helping her navigate the cutthroat Marriage Mart, complete with fortune hunters, jealous debutantes, and malicious gossips.

As skilled as Tru is at playing the high-stakes games of the ton, she never expects to meet her match—until Jasper Thorne begins to court her daughter. Jasper needs a titled bride, but when he meets Tru, all his carefully laid plans go up in smoke. The attraction between Tru and Jasper is undeniable…and unacceptable. To indulge in an affair with her daughter’s suitor would be ruinous. If it becomes public, she’ll never survive the scandal. Especially as it becomes clear that he wants more than one night…he wants the impossible. He wants forever.

A sizzling story of scandalous ladies, irresistible temptation, and the dangers—and joys—of being true to yourself.

I'm a sucker for a forbidden romance. I read this blurb and saw that it was about a married woman who has an affair with her daughter's potential Regency England and I couldn't sign up for this ARC quickly enough.

Jasper and Tru have an instant connection that is only heightened by the fact that there should be nothing between them at all. I loved their first meeting, although it was a little predictable that it would happen, it set the expectation for what was to come nicely.

I loved their connection. I loved that while her husband was vile, it wasn't really used as any type of justification for her behavior

The only thing missing, and this is a thing for me, is a bit of a spoiler so I won't get into it...suffice to say for a romance to check all the boxes it needs to have certain things and this was missing just one...which admittedly isn't even an issue for a lot of readers and didn't ultimately keep me from enjoying the book.

I enjoyed and recommend this title and I'm going to be keeping an eye out for the next in the series.

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