Title: The Earl’s Countess of Convenience (Penniless Brides of Convenience, book #1)
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Marguerite Kaye
Publisher: Harlequin Historical, May 1, 2019
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5
Violence Rating: 0
Description from Amazon.com:
A countess in name only…
…tempted by a night with her husband!
Part of Penniless Brides of Convenience: Eloise Brannagh has witnessed firsthand the damage unruly passion can cause. Yet she craves freedom, so a convenient marriage to the Earl of Fearnoch seems the perfect solution! Except Alexander Sinclair is more handsome, more intriguing, more everything than Eloise anticipated. She’s set her own rules for their marriage, but her irresistible husband might just tempt her to break them!
Penniless Brides of Convenience miniseries
Book 1 — The Earl’s Countess of Convenience
Book 2 — A Wife Worth Investing In
Book 3 and 4 — coming soon!
This is the first book in a new series for Marguerite Kaye. It starts off, necessarily, with a lot of “telling” by Eloise and Alexander. They are trying to get to know each other to see if they would suit for marriage. They assure each other that this is to be a platonic arrangement. Both have their reasons to avoid an emotional entanglement. There are few obstacles until they both start having feelings for the other.
The characters are well developed with introductions to Eloise’s sisters and aunt who will probably figure prominently in future books in the series. I enjoyed the obvious naivety of Eloise and even Alexander. I thought the beginning a bit of a slow start but once the marriage took place it became a page turner.