I'm sorry to say I really didn't enjoy this one, especially since I absolutely loved DARE TO BE A DUCHESS. (Seriously, I may actually purchase that one in hard copy.) TO COVET A COUNTESS, however, really didn't work for me. First, there's insta-love, which I really don't like. DtBaD had that, too, but it worked there because the heroine grew up with the hero as her sort of big brother and one day he realizes he's attracted to her. So they had a lot of emotional connection to base their attraction on. Here, Sania and Nicholas literally JUST meet-- and they meet while she's trying to break into Lara's and Wolf's house (she's Lara's cousin). Their meet-cute is her holding a dagger to his throat. Which-- don't get me wrong, that's why I bought the book-- is a total mood, but then they go right to puppy rescuing and making out? Nuh-uh.
Apparently, the third book in this series is coming out in December and I am VERY excited for that. And I would also 100% recommend DARE TO BE A DUCHESS, which is probably one of my favorite contemporary romances I've read since Amalie Howard's BEAST OF BESWICK or Meredith Duran's DUKE OF SHADOWS. It was almost a perfect read for me and I'd gladly recommend it to anyone. Sadly, this one... wasn't.
1.5 to 2 out of 5 stars