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DNF at page 120.As most of my goodreads friends know, I m a HUGE fan of Claire Delacroix and her work I ve read almost everything she has ever written and I ve grown to like herwith her newer series.That said, this is an older book I ve liked other books in the Bride Quest series, but it has been inconsistent loved The Princess but didn t like The Damsel I m very much a character centric reader The plot can be nuts, but if I like the character s and find them to be believable even if DNF at page 120.As most of my goodreads friends know, I m a HUGE fan of Claire Delacroix and her work I ve read almost everything she has ever written and I ve grown to like herwith her newer series.That said, this is an older book I ve liked other books in the Bride Quest series, but it has been inconsistent loved The Princess but didn t like The Damsel I m very much a character centric reader The plot can be nuts, but if I like the character s and find them to be believable even if their circumstances are not, I can still really enjoy the story From the outset, I was excited about The Countess Eglantine is a tough as nails woman who lives in a time when women had no choices She has married and buried two husbands, both of whom were a disappointment, and she refuses to bow to the will of her times and let her daughters suffer the same fate as she So, she packs up her family, goes to the wilds of Scotland, and lays claim to the only property still left to her that her feckless husband hadn t lost all so her daughters can have a shot at happiness Loved this She was cool, collected, and willing to sacrifice all for her family I was really excited for the story and to see what hero Delacroix had lined up This woman deserved a man who would recognize her strength and fight for her cause.And thenDuncan comes on the page My enjoyment deflated Heavens, the man was a huge jerk He assumed everything wrongly about Eglantine, touched her when she clearly DID NOT welcome his advances, and he interfered in how she handled her daughters It was just too much Usually, Delacroix s heroes are tough but they recognize the value of their heroines early on and do everything they can to win them I love that chivalry element However, in this, while perhaps he develops it later on I didn t want to read to find out , Duncan just manipulates the situation and immediately can only think of bedding her while at the same time assuming she is a useless waste of space since she is a noblewoman What I think was supposed to be a battle of the sexes just looked like a bout of bullying not what I ve come to love about Delacroix s heroes And Eglantine The strong woman was still there, but even as Duncan abused her, she was still attracted to him Ugh how I hated this After how the woman fought against overbearing men, it seemed wildly out of character for her to be so tempted by yet another bully, especially with all that was at risk for her daughters.Overall, not what I expected and not something I wanted to finish I didn t believe in the romance between the leads which is my main reason for always reading romance I think I ve become pickier with time so perhaps 10 years ago I would have enjoyed this But Delacroix has excellent work out there For those curious about her work, start on her Champions of St Euphemia series or the Jewels of Kinfairliethose were excellent [[ DOWNLOAD KINDLE ]] ☜ The Countess ⇲ Be mine for a year and a day and I will possess your heart forever Driven from her late husband s estate, Countess Eglantine de Crevy fled to wildest Scotland to claim a castle, only to find a ruin and a clan chieftain standing guard Kinbeath was hers, she declared, vowing to rebuild the manor and launch a bride quest so her daughters could marry for love But Duncan MacLaren had devised a bride quest of his own, swearing to win the land and the fiery countess in a war of sweet seduction Eglantine declared she would never be captured by this barbarian Yet Duncan awakened passions she had never known before She promised to fight him with every weapon at her command even as he vowed to woo her for a year and a day and make her his pagan bride Each thought Kinbeath the prize the most desired, a prize to be won at any price Until passion turned to love, and the chieftain found himself fighting for the heart and hand of the woman he was born to possess I have read all the other books in the Brides Quest series and have thoroughly enjoyed them all That s part of the reason The Countess was such a disappointment The writing was just as good, the storyline was interesting The problem narrowed down to one thing and it was a book breaker Eglantine is written as a strong, courageous, woman of high values and the will to accomplish them She takes charge of her family and flees to an unknown land with nothing but a deed, bravely confronting I have read all the other books in the Brides Quest series and have thoroughly enjoyed them all That s part of the reason The Countess was such a disappointment The writing was just as good, the storyline was interesting The problem narrowed down to one thing and it was a book breaker Eglantine is written as a strong, courageous, woman of high values and the will to accomplish them She takes charge of her family and flees to an unknown land with nothing but a deed, bravely confronting whatever challenges beset her, all for her passionate commitment to see her daughters virtue protected and their opportunity to find love and a better life for themselves Then, less than TWO days after their arrival, she succumbs to the man who is fighting her for the land and jumps into bed with himWHAT What happened to her strength, her moral fiber, her example, everything we learned and have come to love about her That is such a HUGE breach of character that it actually stops the book Because of it, nothing can be really believable afterward It just doesn t work This was a truly delightful tale about a young woman who comes into her own and then fights like a lioness to protect her daughters and see them happily married In order to do so, she moves their entire household to a remote estate in Scotland after her husband s death and all but stumbles over the one man who would be her perfect match, a highland chief I loved their chemistry, her two year old s tantrums, the loyalty that slowly develops between the Scots and the outsiders as well as the f This was a truly delightful tale about a young woman who comes into her own and then fights like a lioness to protect her daughters and see them happily married In order to do so, she moves their entire household to a remote estate in Scotland after her husband s death and all but stumbles over the one man who would be her perfect match, a highland chief I loved their chemistry, her two year old s tantrums, the loyalty that slowly develops between the Scots and the outsiders as well as the fact that her evil stepdaughter reveals herself as simply another young woman, who has been dealt a harsh fate A wonderful story about love and loyalty, friends and family Highly recommended I love the romance Its written in a way that you can see things happening A light, entertaining read Passion is very descriptive so be prepared I was surprised at this, not expecting it at all 3,75 starsABOUT THE BOOK Release Date ecember 28, 2014 Be mine for a year and a day and I will possess your heart forever Driven from her late husband s estate, Countess Eglantine de Crevy fled to wildest Scotland to claim a castle, only to find a ruin and a clan chieftain standing guard Kinbeath was hers, she declared, vowing to rebuild the manor and launch a bride quest so her daughters could marry for love But Duncan MacLaren had devised a bride quest of his own, swearing to win th 3,75 starsABOUT THE BOOK Release Date ecember 28, 2014 Be mine for a year and a day and I will possess your heart forever Driven from her late husband s estate, Countess Eglantine de Crevy fled to wildest Scotland to claim a castle, only to find a ruin and a clan chieftain standing guard Kinbeath was hers, she declared, vowing to rebuild the manor and launch a bride quest so her daughters could marry for love But Duncan MacLaren had devised a bride quest of his own, swearing to win the land and the fiery countess in a war of sweet seduction Eglantine declared she would never be captured by this barbarian Yet Duncan awakened passions she had never known before She promised to fight him with every weapon at her command even as he vowed to woo her for a year and a day and make her his pagan bride Each thought Kinbeath the prize the most desired, a prize to be won at any price Until passion turned to love, and the chieftain found himself fighting for the heart and hand of the woman he was born to possess REVIEW 3.75stars THE COUNTESS is the fourth installment in Claire DeLacroix s BRIDE QUEST historical romance series This is Countess Eglantine De Crevy, and Scottish Clan leader Duncan MacLaren s story line.Told from dual third person perspectives Eglantine and Duncan THE COUNTESS focuses the building relationship between Countess Eglantine De Crevy a twenty eight year old, twice widowed mother of three, and Scottish Clan chieftan Duncan MacLaren a man who is determined to claim Eglantine as his own Following the death of her second husband, Eglantine discovered she had been left destitute, and without any source of help but for a legal deed claiming her husband owned property in the wilds of Scotland Fearing for her daughter s life, betrothed to an abusive and violent man, Eglantine headed to Scotland to claim what she believed was rightfully hers Enter Duncan MacLaren the man who would steal her heart but not before a series of mishaps befall Eglantine s travelling party.The relationship between our leading couple begins acrimoniously as Eglantine claims rightful ownership of the land that Duncan claims to belong to his Clan There back and forth rivalry consumes a good portion of the story line, as does the struggle to survive against someone who wants Eglantine gone The ex scenes are intimate without the use of graphic sexual language or imagery.There is a large number of secondary and supporting characters including Eglantine s three daughters, her large ensemble of servants, vassals and support staff We are also introduced to Duncan s Clan a group of rough men who live off of the land.THE COUNTESS is an entertaining story line a tale about two people pushed together by circumstance who must battle one another s strengths and weakness on a path towards their happily ever after The premise is enlightening the characters are colorful, animated and energetic the romance is sensual and passionate.Copy supplied by the author This book is a hard 3.75stars Romance, highland men, an excellent story descriptive scenes that make you feel apart of the story Duncan is amazing, hot and every women s fantasy Eglantine horrible name took some getting used to Now I commend her on putting her children first and even understand her hesitation to trust men to a point, but when Duncan proves over and over how honorable he is with not just words but action and she still didn t trust him Let s just say she got on my nerves c This book is a hard 3.75stars Romance, highland men, an excellent story descriptive scenes that make you feel apart of the story Duncan is amazing, hot and every women s fantasy Eglantine horrible name took some getting used to Now I commend her on putting her children first and even understand her hesitation to trust men to a point, but when Duncan proves over and over how honorable he is with not just words but action and she still didn t trust him Let s just say she got on my nerves causing me to deduct stars Had our h beentolerable then this would have been solid 4 4.5 read, sadly her name and character with Duncan not her kids she is an excellent mom ruined that rating Still a good read to anyone who loves some Scottish historical romance No cliffhanger and HEA A little slow and long winded I liked the characters and the story, but I found myself skimming through parts and not missing much. Another winner I don t know how she does it, but book 4 in the bride quest series is as entrancing as the first 3, and yet, totally different In the Countess, we have a woman of sterling character, who was promised in marriage at her birth to one of her father s dearest friends As he was 30 at that time, it was not a young girl s dream come true, but at 14, she was married, and a mother at 15 Unfortunately she had a daughter, and her husband was displeased He died choking on a chicken bone Another winner I don t know how she does it, but book 4 in the bride quest series is as entrancing as the first 3, and yet, totally different In the Countess, we have a woman of sterling character, who was promised in marriage at her birth to one of her father s dearest friends As he was 30 at that time, it was not a young girl s dream come true, but at 14, she was married, and a mother at 15 Unfortunately she had a daughter, and her husband was displeased He died choking on a chicken bone When she tried to aid him, he refused and demanded a male servant Too bad he didn t get there in time Her stepson tossed her out of the house before the funeral Her second husband was her own choice Unfortunately, she didn t choose wisely He gave her a snow job and rushed her to the alter No sooner did she confess that she loved him, than he began spending her money on drinking and gambling, until there was nothing left He died of illness ignored, telling her that he had gambled away their home, which in fact wasn t his, but granted to him by his brother in law to administer He did offer her a property he gained in another riotous evening, located in Northern Ireland, but he knew nothing of it Her daughter had been promised by her first husband to one of his cronies She determined to escape with her household and head for Ireland, to spare her daughter what she had been through Perhaps you can guess some of the rest But remember, the path of true love rarely runs smoothly The CountessThis was a good book about the different ways of the French and the Scottish The way the people live and how they were treated was very well written The families of some were better off than others but still managed to survive in the country they traveled too This was a story of how one woman moved her family to unknown territory and kept them alive and well She kept her daughters from being used and abused by older men and gave them a better life than she had This is my review The CountessThis was a good book about the different ways of the French and the Scottish The way the people live and how they were treated was very well written The families of some were better off than others but still managed to survive in the country they traveled too This was a story of how one woman moved her family to unknown territory and kept them alive and well She kept her daughters from being used and abused by older men and gave them a better life than she had This is my review and mine alone Norma Gorrill