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5+ stars for Captivated by His Countess by Kathy L Wheeler #regency #romanticsuspense #bookreview



Title: Captivated by His Countess

Author: Kathy L Wheeler

Genre: Regency Historical Romantic Suspense


Book Blurb:


His work as a dangerous spy was nothing compared to the antics of his bride...


The Countess of Huntley, Gabriella, aspires to help less fortunate women gain independence from unfortunate circumstances. But her impulsive nature triggers one scandal after another.


The Earl of Huntley’s new wife is as unpredictable as she is lovely. And when a woman of questionable character disappears, and a man of the peerage ends up on the wrong end of a blade, the trail leads directly to his wife.


Huntley will do all in his power to protect Gabriella from the blackguard who is not thrilled with her good works. Difficult, when she doesn't show the slightest care for her own ruin or... safety.


My Review:


What do you get when a romance is so much more than a love story? Pure bliss! Captivated by His Countess is an unexpected story about one woman’s mission to help those less fortunate, a spy caught in the snare of marriage to a woman who confounds him, countless scandals, and falling in love with someone who is your spouse. Sounds like a rip-roaring good time, eh?


What drives this romance is quick-witted dialogue between Gabriella and Huntley. The banter between these two had me whipping through the pages. I love witty banter, especially in historical romance.


The world-building and descriptive narration work together in the book. The narration is immersive, so the reader’s attention is right with the characters. Every emotion, bit of clothing, food, setting, and more is detailed. It’s a feast for any historical romance reader. The world-building is realistic while also historically accurate. I could envision everything that was happening.


The characters are such fun to read. Their antics, actions, emotions are cleverly written so the reader can connect with them. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing life in this era through the eyes of Gabriella. She’s such a caring and impulsive heroine.


The romance is slow burn. These two have an instant attraction yet circumstances prevent them from falling in love at the beginning. Their love grows over time. I liked this approach to romance. It allowed me as the reader to root for this couple while laughing at their escapades.


This is my first book by this author and I can admit I absolutely adored every minute of it. Kathy L Wheeler writes unforgettable historical romance readers crave. Keep an eye on her for she’s a true gem to the romance community.


My Rating: 5+ stars


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Author Biography:


Kathy L Wheeler loves the NFL, the NBA, musical theater (don’t ask how her how many times she’s seen Phantom of the Opera (13); or Wicked (7), travel, (Europe, Grand Cayman, Mexico, All over the US), reading (practically a book a night), writing (35 published books and counting) and karaoke (well… what can I say). She assists other authors in critiquing, formatting, and creating covers for their publishing dreams. She is a mentor in RWA’s Pen2Paper program and currently serves as Ethics Director on the Regency Fiction Writers Board.


She writes contemporary and historical stories where the heroines save themselves and the heroes who honor their courage with suspense and humor.


She is thriving in the Pacific Northwest with her musically talented, lawyer husband and her adorable dog Angel who lives up to her name (…mostly).


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Reviewed by: Nancy

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