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Courting the Countess by [Hatch, Donna]
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When charming rake Tristan Barrett sweeps Lady Elizabeth off her feet, stealing both her heart and a kiss in a secluded garden, her brother challenges Tristan to a duel. The only way to save her brother and Tristan from harm—not to mention preserve her reputation—is to get married. But her father, the Duke of Pemberton, refuses to allow his daughter to marry anyone but a titled lord. The duke demands that Elizabeth marry Tristan’s older brother, Richard, the Earl of Averston. Now Elizabeth must give up Tristan to marry a man who despises her, a man who loves another, a man she’ll never love.

Richard fears Elizabeth is as untrustworthy as his mother, who ran off with another man. However, to protect his brother from a duel and their family name from further scandal, he agrees to the wedding, certain his new bride will betray him. Yet when Elizabeth turns his house upside down and worms her way into his reluctant heart, Richard suspects he can’t live without his new countess. Will she stay with him or is it too little, too late?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 774 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (5 October 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01L5RLX4I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,997 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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I am a sucker for happy endings all the way around, but at the end of this book, there was still one character who was left heartbroken. I hope there is a companion novel to tell her story of finding love.

A popular conflict in romance novels is emotional struggles. Poor girl began to fear that she had an inconstant heart because of her mixed feelings between the brothers. She thought that she had loved one brother but began to grow feelings for the other. Poor boy feared making attachments because he felt that they would all abandon him in the end.

It is sad to see how abuse has far reaching harmful effects. Whether it be from physical harm or emotional neglect, the effects are not easily overcome.

I really liked the character development. It teaches about second chances and forgiveness. With a belief in these two things, anything can be overcome.
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By Petmac TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 December 2016
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Loved the characters and the way the relationships develop. A great storyline. I really hope Donna writes a sequel about Tristan.

FYI - a clean read with a HEA
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 62 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clean reading at it's best! 4 January 2017
By TJ Mackay - Published on Amazon.com
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4.5/5.0
Close to clean regency perfection! If not for just a couple of unbelievable stretches, it would be a resounding 5 stars! The storyline employs some very creative and unique twists - something rare these days with the plethora of regency offerings out there - that make this lovely story absolutely delightful reading.
Those glitches? The fact that Richard and Elizabeth didn't consummate their marriage for MONTHS after the marriage was a bit of an impossible stretch, especially after their problems had been resolved. A story really can stay clean while still allowing a normal marital relationship flourish. That and the slight eye-rolling thread that kept Elizabeth pining after Triston although she had only known him 5 days. Otherwise Ms. Hatch has created a pitch perfect romance!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much 23 November 2016
By rachelm - Published on Amazon.com
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While I liked the characters, the continued misunderstandings just got annoying. The H and would decide to make an effort and the something would change their mind again and again and again.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite 21 November 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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It's clean there's intrigue, confusion, and some deception, ask the makings of an exciting romance... However, the main characters being married but in love with other people for most of the book...just not my favorite. I like some of her other stories better, the drama in this one seemed very forced and kind of stupid.
3.0 out of 5 stars Written by an author I usually really like, but main characters are too stupid to live 20 July 2017
By Amazon Customer PatH - Published on Amazon.com
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I usually really like books by Donna Hatch but this one was a little too maudlin to be enjoyable.

Spoilers Ahead-Don't Read if You Don't Want to Know***************************************************************

At a summer house party the h is caught in the garden with a young man with a reputation for being a rake and her brother saw them kissing. All of a sudden there is a duel threatened, her father and mother are raging at her for being so stupid, the young man she thinks is in love with her has not volunteered to marry her, and her reputation is ruined by all the gossip that the party goers will spread as soon as they return to London. The rake's brother, the H who is an Earl, tries to intervene to save his brother's life. He has lost everyone in his family except his brother and he can't bear to risk loosing him too. The h's father is a Duke and he would rather have an Earl for his son-in-law than a second son with a reputation as a rake so he will only call off the duel if the Earl marries his daughter.

The Earl feels honor bound to agree to marry the girl. Unfortunately the h thinks she is in love the brother who is a rake and that he loves her too. She doesn't even know the Earl. The Earl thinks he is in love with the girl he has planned to marry since they were children, and she is definitely in love with him. So their marriage can only cause heart break for all four of the people involved. Also, the Earl's mother left him and his brother when she walked out on his father when he was only a child. Therefore he doesn't trust anyone to not leave him just as his mother did.

The h's mother is actually her step-mother but her father has kept it secret since she was born because her mother was actually his mistress who he loved; she died shortly after the h was born and his wife had a stillborn at the same time so he switched the babies. His wife has hated her all her life and beat her regularly with horse whips, telling her she was stupid, and other insults until the h believed her. And that is just the beginning of the story. Whew!

The rest of the book is a heart wrenching story of guilt and blame. Can the H learn to trust his brother and his wife? Will he ever believe they aren't having an affair? Every time the h and the rake are in the same building the H thinks they are either sneaking off to have a tryst or just returning from one. The H doesn't want to let himself be hurt so he refuses to fall in love with his wife but he has to fight against temptation so much he has to ignore her for days!!!! The poor h is so confused; he is warm to her one day and the next several days he won't even allow himself to be in the same room with her. They don't even consume their marriage for months.

There is a lot more to the story and some good side stories, but overall this is a melodrama that IMHO can be skipped. If you like stories about characters who wallow in self-flagellation this book might be for you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not To Miss 22 February 2017
By Patiotoole - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book sat on my reading shelf for over a month before I finally got started. However once I did start I could not put it down. This is a great book. I love Richard and I love Elizabeth although there were times that I was frustrated that the constant misunderstandings along the way. Ultimately, however, this really is a great story with bad guys, a mystery, and perhaps a character who could be headed toward having his own story line at some point.

My only wish would have been for the H/h to have a bit more of their story after resolution and their ultimate acknowledgement of love - even an epilogue would have been great. However, I still urge others Not to miss this truly great romance.

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