4 stars · Kensington Books · Regency · Romance

The Harlot Countess (Wicked Deceptions #2)

★★★★½

22715901[1]By Joanna Shupe

Maggie, Lady Hawkins, had a debut she’d rather forget—along with her first marriage. Today, the political cartoonist is a new woman. A thoroughly modern woman. So much so that her clamoring public believes she’s a man…

FACT: Drawing under a male pseudonym, Maggie is known as Lemarc. Her (his!) favorite object of ridicule: Simon Barrett, Earl of Winchester. He’s a rising star in Parliament—and a former confidant and love interest of Maggie’s who believed a rumor that vexes her to this day.

FICTION: Maggie is the Half-Irish Harlot who seduced her best friend’s husband on the eve of their wedding. She is to be feared and loathed, as she will lift her skirts for anything in breeches.

Still crushed by Simon’s betrayal, Maggie has no intention of letting theton crush her as well. In fact, Lemarc’s cartoons have made Simon a laughingstock…but now it appears that Maggie may have been wrong about what happened years ago, and that Simon has been secretly yearning for her since…forever. Could it be that the heart is mightier than the pen and the sword after all?

My review

I read the excerpt of this book at the end of “The Courtesan Duchess” and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read the book, Maggie’s situation seemed hopeless and Simon, whom I liked very much in “The Courtesan Duchess” behaved not in a nice way. Torn between being scared of having Simon disappoint me and curiosity to find out what had happened, I waited a while before curiosity won. The author has a great skill in characters coming to life, their actions and thoughts stayed with me even when I was not reading (a bit annoying when trying to work), always wondering what would happen next. The story line, the background, the main and side characters all felt realistic. Definitely recommended!

 

Links

Goodreads: The Harlot Countess (Wicked Deceptions #2)

Amazon.com:The Harlot Countess (Wicked Deceptions)

Amazon.ca:The Harlot Countess (Wicked Deceptions Book 2)

 

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