Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

As children, Eliza Blacknell and William Denton enjoy the luxuries of youth and indulge in frivolous puppy love. The two constantly steal away together and share innocent kisses. They don’t look further than the present and swear the loyalty of friendship that young children often do. As they grow and mature, they find that they must fulfill their duties to their family and their countries, leading them into completely separate directions. Eliza is married off to become a proper Irish Countess and William leaves for England to join the military.

Years later, Eliza is a widowed Countess and William has become a major in the military. William has returned to Ireland to quell the uprising natives and Eliza has joined the rebel cause to bring back the truth and simplicity which is Ireland. The two meet up and wishfully dream of a time when things were simple and carefree, a time they know they cannot return to. Eliza finds that she still loves William, but is torn between what she believes to be right and what William stands for, as well as the reason he is back in Ireland to begin with. Both William and Eliza are confused as well as full of lust for each other, but can their lustful reunion ever blossom into something more meaningful?

Countess of Scandal is primarily a typical romance novel. There is the action and suspense of an uprising and beginnings of a war, but we are constantly brought back to the struggle of our main characters and their inability to deny the lust as well as the love they have for each other. They are stubbornly firm about the stance they have taken during these difficult times in their country, but are constantly confused and rethinking their beliefs. (I will warn you; if you’re squeamish about sex scenes, this book is not for you. This is a romance novel after all and there’s plenty of “romance”.)

Laurel McKee is an excellent author and has blended her romance and action well. Countess of Scandal is a book you won’t want to put down and you’ll find yourself wishing the best for Eliza and William. The characters are so lovable, you can’t help crossing your fingers for the two. I was always hoping that things would work out and they will at last be able to stay together forever and fulfill their childhood dreams.

Rating: 4/5

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 cats, and 2 dogs. She is a full time mom and likes to blog and write short stories and poems in her spare time. She also likes anime, reading books, and playing video games.

This book was provided free of any obligation by Forever Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.