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    Delicious

    I read the first book in the series The Courtesan Duchess and I enjoyed it. I was eager to read Simon’s book as I thought he was dashing and handsome with the right amount of honor and roguish charm. I dived into The Lady Hellion with high expectations. I was satisfied yet I was not satisfied. It is very weird to feel like this about a book. I mean I loved it. Loved Miss Harlot, the way she thumbed her nose at Society after their terrible betrayal. Maggie was unconventional, strong, sassy, and a kind, gentle lady. Her character was wonderful and I loved her from the minute I met her. :) Yet I was baffled as to why Simon was the butt of her jokes in her controversial cartoons. Yes I understood he broke her heart, but the man more culpable for the ruination of her reputation was not even featured in one of her drawings, nor was he ever the target of her revenge. Errrm no! The bounder was not even on her radar until he tried to blackmail her. And I adored how she dealt with him, unflinching and courageous. Anyhoo, so Maggie directing her ire only on Simon baffled me, and there were several times I kept thinking if they had a serious conversation many issues would be solved. I feel as if there were important conflicts that needed discussion, such as to why he was in a brothel for three days after she wedded Lord Hawkins. I did understand the push and pull, the doubts and anger, so I understood why she didn’t just unburden to Simon, though it frustrated me. Simon also presented different in his own story. He had seemed so daring himself when he appeared in the first book, so understating and supportive of Julia, hence when he was so judgmental of Maggie and was not able to see behind her façade it threw me. I thought he was ridiculous for the anger he felt at the man who tricked him into abandoning the woman he loved when society scorned her. Hello…you loved her so desperately but someone else was able to sway you. The only person to blame was his blasted self. And that is what is so wonderful about this book, it frustrated and captivated me in equal parts. Simon was still a scrumptious and wonderful hero, who loved Maggie so completely I felt it. He was willing to give up so much for her, and it cannot get better than that. ;) The writing was delicious, the plot wonderful, and the characters enjoyable. I would recommend.
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    The Harlot Countess is a great read.

    I am quickly becoming a fan of Joanna Shupe. I have only read two books of hers so far, The Courtesan Duchess and now The Harlot Countess. Ms. Shupe's brand of historical romance is funny, entertaining and at times in emotional. The Harlot Countess is the story of a young woman finding her footing in a society that blackballed her in the past and ruined her chances of finding a good match. Didn't help that the man she fell for betrayed her by having so little faith in her word of honor. Now she wants revenge. The Harlot Countess is a great read. Received an ARC of this book for an honest review.
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