The Countess is an erotic regency romance. This is exactly what I was expecting for this book, so it was a little bit of a shock for me. I did immediately feel a connection to Cordelia's character, she is level headed and tries to find the good in her situation. Cordelia's inner strength constantly shines through. Several time hops happen in the book that made me feel like important moments were missed in Cordelia's growth. For example, the story begins with Cordelia at the Convent and then we jump three years forward to where Cordelia's father marries her to the Earl, another two years to when the Earl dies and then yet another two years till when Cordelia is established in her matchmaking business. Within these time hops there are great characters that are introduced who are never seen again. There is also a lot of growth on Cordelia's end that must be assumed instead of seen. I think there was a real missed opportunity in the last time hop to see Cordelia grow in confidence and character as she struck out on her own and began her own matchmaking business. Once Rhys enters the picture, the heat index rises quickly, if you like regency romance with a lot of steam, the last half of the book will keep you warm and tingly. Cordelia and Rhys' relationship became hot and heavy very quickly with talk of love after two days. I do wish the tones of the relationship weren't forceful on Rhys' part, however I am happy with how everything turned out for Cordelia.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.