The Countess's Groom
Author: Emily Larkin
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, Flirt
Release Date: 9 September 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 65 pages
Rose, the Countess Malmstoke, is trapped in a marriage from hell. Escape seems impossible—until her horse groom Will Fenmore offers to help her find a way out.
Will has loved Rose since she was brought to Creed Hall as a new bride, but their relationship has only ever been that of mistress and servant. Born worlds apart, Will knows he could never be her husband, but maybe he can be her salvation.
As they plan her escape to the American colonies, Rose learns to trust Will with her life and her heart, but trusting him with her body is another matter. Can she conquer her fear of the marriage bed? Is the future she dreams of—being Will’s wife—possible?
Rose, the Countess of Malmstoke, is married away at a young age to a controlling and cruel husband who keeps her sequestered away at Creed Hall. She's so relieved when he leaves to visit the West Indies, but all too soon his return is very imminent. Will Fenmore is a footman at Creed Hall and is in love with its beautiful mistress, although he knows he won't be anything but a servant to her.
When word reaches Creed Hall of the Earl's early return, Will and Rose's relationship changes and he promises to help her escape to America. They become friends and confidantes, but Rose has to learn to trust Will with her body and heart before they can become something more.
I loved reading Will and Rose's story. In The Spinster's Secret, the heroine uses Rose's journal as a basis for erotic writings. You can see why, because Will and Rose have a very passionate love.
Will has always loved Rose, but has never been able to tell her that, as he is so far beneath her. But that doesn't matter when they start to plan how to escape from Creed Hall together. Will is such a sweet man, he's gentle and loving, but also strong. Plus, can you imagine how gorgeous he would be, with white blond hair and blue eyes!
Rose may have been beaten and humiliated by her husband, but she's not broken. She has to learn how to trust Will with herself, but his love is exactly what she needs to heal.
This is a short and sweet story, and is filled with warmth and love. I really liked it and I'm so glad that the author wanted to write Rose and Will's story!
*I received a review copy from the publisher, for my honest opinion. Thank you!