The witty banter, fiery passion, and vivacious characters made The Reluctant Countess a stunning, electric read. Giles Renwick, the Earl of Lilford, is serious, strict, and overbearing. Lady Yasmin Regnier is flirtatious, beautiful, and sensual. These two opposites clash into a fiery connection that will tear down all their barriers.
Even though Giles’ personality was off-putting, I liked him. Giles was battling a dark past and strove for perfection before happiness. Giles had to learn to let go and choose what was best for him, not what was expected. Giles has quite the transformation, and I loved watching it unfold. Yasmin has a tragic past and wields her beauty and sensuality as a weapon against unscrupulous suitors. I admire Yasmin’s ability to see into the heart of a matter. She always had empathy even when it wasn’t deserved.
I enjoyed the premise and the writing. The push and pull between Giles and Yasmin gave me whiplash at times; the couple’s on-again, off-again dynamic went to extremes sometimes. However, I loved the volatile dynamic between Giles and Yasmin. The secondary characters, especially the grandfather and sister, added depth to the story.
The Reluctant Countess is the second book in the Would Be Wallflowers series. I felt this was a solid addition to the series, which was so different from the first book. Eloisa James creates characters I care about and romances I can invest in. I feel this series boasts unique storylines and undeniable passion. This is a must-read book!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through Netgalley and the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Release Date: November 29, 2022