Thursday, April 12
Title: The Runaway Countess*
Author: Leigh LaValle
Genre: Historical Romance
Date/Year: March 2012
Reviewed by: Andrea
*This book was provided to the reviewer by the author in exchange for an honest
Summary from the publisher:
As the reader, I was left in the dark as to Mazie’s secrets and motives. That brought on some frustration and confusion at times. The games and deception Mazie orchestrated fell flat for me, they weren’t witty or intriguing. I wish they had been more interesting because that would have added another layer to the beginning of the novel. The games got monotonous at times and I kept thinking that her big secret had better be good, or I would be angry about being kept in the dark.
All of the deceptions were accompanied by the developing attraction between Mazie and Trent. I did enjoy that part. The progress of their relationship was a little slow but completely understandable given their circumstances. All of this leads them into a hot, intense and consuming transition from lust to love which felt genuine. When I read a romance I want to feel the emotions of the characters. I felt the pain of betrayal and the joy of acceptance with them. The romance was perfect and a complete success for me.
Other aspects of the story did not work quite so well. I never got to know and love the characters as individuals. Even at the end, I still cannot say that I really know Trent or Mazie. Some of Mazie’s reactions to situations were strange, I can’t imagine a real person reacting the way she did. The final reveal of Mazie’s big secret was enough to satisfy my curiosity, but it was a little rushed and I wanted more details.
While there were some problems with the execution of the story, it was still quite good. Not very many authors can write a romance which I feel this emotionally connected to. That alone is enough to impress me and make me come back for more. I guarantee I will read another book by Ms. LaVelle and if it is Roane’s story I will be thrilled.
Overall: 3.25 (Loved the romance but too many issues with the execution to love the entire novel)
Sensuality level: 3
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