The Countess (Madison Sisters, #1) by Lynsay Sands

The fairy tale courtship did not turn into a happily-ever-after . . .

Not until her husband dropped dead, that is. He had been horrible enough to Christiana during their short marriage, and she was not going to allow the traditional period of mourning to ruin her sisters’ debuts as well. So she decides to put him on ice and go on as if nothing’s happened . . .

Until the real earl appears. Richard Fairgrave had every intention of confronting his villainous twin who had robbed him of his name and title . . . only to discover that he had died. Quietly assuming his identity, Richard must now deal with a maddening desire for his ravishing inherited “wife”— certainly a gold digger and possibly a murderess. And Christiana must deal with an unwanted new “husband” . . . and they both must figure out what to do before the ice melts! (from Goodreads)

I love Lynsay Sands.  I started reading her vampire books originally and did not realize she wrote historicals until a year or so ago.  I think they are even better than the vampire ones.

Having said all that, this is not one of her best books.  There were way too many places where a complete suspension of belief was necessary.  Also, I felt that too much of the book was obviously a setup for the sequels.  There are three sisters, so the sequels are necessary, but the first book was fragmented unnecessarily.

Will this keep me from reading the next book?  Not a chance.  Even if this book is not one of her best, I can depend on Lynsay Sands to make me laugh out loud at some point.

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