Friday, April 3, 2015

The Harlot Countess by Joanna Shupe

Lady Margaret Neeley had been betrayed ten years ago by the one man she loved, Simon Barrett, the Earl of Winchester.  Now, she is back in the fringe of society as the Half-Irish Harlot, hosting wild parties and Simon is still drawn to her.  Maggie is stunned when she runs into Simon at a print shop.  Simon was in the shop because the artist Lemarc is humiliating him by calling him Lord Winejester.  There is still a spark between them and Simon will do anything to have Maggie.

I was thrilled because this was Simon's book.  When I read "The Courtesan Dutchess", I fell in love with Simon as much as Nick.  But, there was a point in "The Harlot Countess" that I wanted to reach in and strangle Simon.  How could he abandon the woman he loved and not find out what really happened?  Did he need to go on a three day bender in the whore house?  He deserved everything Maggie dished out at him.  But, as the novel progresses, Simon starts to realize that he had wronged her and is devastated when he discovers the truth.  Maggie was another strong character.  She made the most of her unwanted marriage and when her husband died, she discovered herself.  

Again, I loved this book so much that I pre-ordered it.  Joanna Shupe is an amazing writer.  I was hooked from the first chapter and didn't put this novel down until I was done.  It was smoking hot in the right places.  When I was done, I wanted to go back and re-read it. 

I received this novel as an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher, Kensington Books, in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you very much!

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