Sunday, 5 July 2015

The Harlot Countess (Wicked Deceptions #2) by Joanna Shupe

From Goodreads
Maggie, Lady Hawkins, had a debut she’d rather forget—along with her first marriage. Today, the political cartoonist is a new woman. A thoroughly modern woman. So much so that her clamoring public believes she’s a man…

FACT: Drawing under a male pseudonym, Maggie is known as Lemarc. Her (his!) favorite object of ridicule: Simon Barrett, Earl of Winchester. He’s a rising star in Parliament—and a former confidant and love interest of Maggie’s who believed a rumor that vexes her to this day.

FICTION: Maggie is the Half-Irish Harlot who seduced her best friend’s husband on the eve of their wedding. She is to be feared and loathed, as she will lift her skirts for anything in breeches.

Still crushed by Simon’s betrayal, Maggie has no intention of letting the ton crush her as well. In fact, Lemarc’s cartoons have made Simon a laughingstock…but now it appears that Maggie may have been wrong about what happened years ago, and that Simon has been secretly yearning for her since…forever. Could it be that the heart is mightier than the pen and the sword after all?
My thoughts
My thanks to the Publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this story in exchange for an honest review.

Maggie, Lady Hawkins has a far reaching notoriety and reputation as a hussy. Her notorious debut into society is one that she'd rather forget and led to her making a marriage that with hindsight she might not have made. She is now a talented artist and her career as a political cartoonist is done using the pseudonym of Lemarc who everyone presumes is a man. Lemarc is a mysterious individual, his political cartoons are notorious and finding out his true identity is one of the main aims of Simon Barrett, the Earl of Winchester he is one of Lemarcs favourite subjects.

Maggie and Simon have a chequered past, dating back to prior to her debut. Maggie has never forgotten his betrayal and the fact that he believed a rumour told him at the expense of believing her version.

As Maggie and Simon's paths cross again and they become reacquainted, has Maggie got things wrong about Simon? Did he really believe the rumour all those years ago? Does he still have feelings for her that match the feelings that she still has for him? Only time will tell.

This is the second story in the Wicked Deception series by Joanna Shupe. Not having read the first in the series, I found that this read very easily as a standalone as all the stories, while they have returning characters they are all based on different main characters. It's a well written historical erotic romp and I commented to the Author via Twitter that her erotic passages are far better written than the erotic passages in that notorious 50 Shades of Grey trilogy. Take note E.L.James that less can be more!!

I loved the relationship between Maggie, she's a feisty woman who rather than prove that her character is far less notorious than people would believe and that of Simon, her friend from yesteryear.

I thoroughly romped through this hstorical romp and found myself engrossed in their lives, wishing for everything to come right for them in the end.

I will be looking to read the other stories in this series at some point in the future. 
I gave this an 8/10.

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