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The Corrupt Comte (The Bourbon Boys Quartet #1)

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  195 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Gaspard Toussaint is known throughout 1820 French society as the “molly comte”, a foppish throw pillow of an aristocrat. But his entire life is a twisted mass of secrets and lies as a spy for the Crown. His final covert act will have him fleeing his broken country forever…but before he can escape, he needs the power and safety that only money can provide. And no one has ...more
Kindle Edition, 262 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Samhain Publishing
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Tammy Walton Grant
Well, here were two protagonists I'd yet to meet in a historical: the Hero was a spy, whoring himself out to men who would sell their secrets for sex and the Heroine had a crippling stutter.

This novel is dark in tone, explicit in its manner and would have been immensely satisfying if I'd had more of a sense of connection between the H/h. There was a bit of an "insta-love" thing happening, and while I normally will swallow that whole without complaint, in this case I felt there needed to be a bit
May 06, 2016 Mei rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
This is actually a 4 and 1/2 stars rating!

It was an excellent read, but I had a smal, tiny, teeny complaint.

The hero, Gaspard, is a truly damaged person. Pretending, with all that implicates (gasp!), to be a homosexual is a heavy burden indeed! If you add to that that he was forced to be a sex slave by a superior officer for years is staggering! How he was half as sane as he was is a question I asked myself often while reading... poor guy...

The heroine, Claudia has her burden to bear too. Refuse
Andrew Shaffer
Aug 28, 2013 Andrew Shaffer rated it it was amazing
Great finger-banging scene in the third chapter. Highly recommended.
Ivy Deluca
Jun 19, 2015 Ivy Deluca rated it really liked it
Gaspard Toussaint is known as a molly (homosexual) comte, when in reality he’s a spy biding his time to be free of his obligations. Claudia’s determined to find a husband before her nasty parents arrange a marriage for her. In her quest for a husband, she connects with Gaspard. Then incredibly hot sex and romance happens.


Points for novel premise : It’s not every day you get a hero living as a homosexual in France and a heroine who isn’t a lofty peer, but a perfumer’s daughter with a pronounced
FV Angela
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My first read by Edie Harris was historical western romance named Wild Burn, which I read earlier this year. It was such a wonderful story that I was reminded how much I enjoy a well written, sexy western. Ever since then I’ve been stalking her Goodreads page in anticipation of her next release. When The Corrupt Comte came up for review I snapped it up and couldn’t wait to see if she would wow me ag
Mandi Schreiner
Aug 22, 2013 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it
A very well done erotic historical. The passion in this book took me by surprise. The hero was sexually abused while a soldier by his commander. He escapes by becoming a spy. He is still perceived by the public as preferring men, although he very much prefers women.

The heroine was never held or touched by her parents. She has a very bad stutter.

Their passion is so intense and well done.

My only complaint is the wonderful build-up with the evil bad guy all came to a somewhat luke warm conclusion
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Sep 25, 2013 Ƥʋиʏα [Punya Reviews...] rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: for a sexy and beautiful love story...
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Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)

As a newbie to Edie Harris’ writing, I was intrigued when so many fellow reviewers fell in love with this novel. So I decided that I needed to read it too. Right away, it felt reminiscent of Anne Stuart’s House of Rohan series. Sexy and seductive while also paying attention to detail, Harris’s voice is very eloquent and free-flowing. The descriptions are what make this book so incredible.

When Gaspard Toussaint first sets his eyes upon Claudia, a lot is circulating in his head already. There is
I really liked this book. I won't rehash the plot but suffice it to say that though it takes place in post-Revolutionary France neither the H nor the h conform to what we expect in such tales particularly the H.
I think it most closely reminds me of Anna Cowan's "Untamed" in that the H is not exactly an ideal man as far as societal standards by design & fate of the Hero himself and yet the author without prettifying or excusing the behavior makes us believe in the the deserved HEA that the co
Apr 23, 2015 April rated it really liked it
#1 in "The Bourdon Boys" set in 1820 Parus, France. Filled with danger, oassion, bondage, abuse, secrets, murder, M/M encounter and romance. An intense, complex, interesting tale. An enjoyable read. The author made the reader feel comfortable with the sexual encounters, especially, the M/M sexual acts. A wild ride to be sure. Well written. A pleasurable, interesting and intriguing read.

* Received for an honest review from the publisher via Net Galley *

Rating : 4
Heat rating : Wild ride
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My Review:
My first encounter with Edie Harris’ writing was an awesome one! It’s been a while since I read a historical romance, and even longer since I read an erotic historical romance. I won THE CORRUPT COMTE months ago on Twitter and while other (review) books, contemporary romance books, kept pushing it down the reading list, it was never far from my mind. That’s why when I was looking for the next book to read in a short and temporary lull in review books to read, it sprang right to the
Very different setting and plot than is the norm for historicals!! I like it when I feel like I'm learning something along the way, and this presented a very different view of France after the fall of Napoleon, giving you a view into the corruption of the court/government and the tense atmosphere.

Gaspard presents himself as a "molly comte" - a foppish man whom everyone knows is homosexual, though no one comes out and accuses him of it. The truth is far more sordid, sadly. Entering the army at 1
Gaspard was an interesting and different hero. He pretends to be a homosexual in order to spy for his employer. He is tired of the spy game but is too poor to quit. He has his demons and his past is less then pretty. Claudia was emotionally abused as a child and had a stutter, making her a social outcast. She is attracted to Sabine, Gaspard's friend, and sees him as her escape from her horrible parents. The reader is thrown into their romance, the first sexual encounter occurs a few pages in. ...more
Britt Marczak
Positively enjoyed this. I'm usually hesitant to read historicals, but I couldn't resist the perfectly damaged, corrupt comte. Throw in some healthy D/s, and I'm a happy woman.

I LOVE that Claudia stutters, and is a strong woman. With some switchiness hidden in her, too! I like to think she experimented further with that in her and Gaspard's future.

And Gaspard -- ah, I cannot express how much I love my tortured heroes. I just want to give him a big hug! Like all damaged heroes, he has big flaws.
Mar 06, 2016 Allison rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reads
Probably more 3.5 stars. I really loved Claudia and Gaspard, they were both compelling characters and they made the book worth reading. But the story itself had some weaknesses that I can't overlook. Both the characters have seriously painful backgrounds and that wasn't dealt with in any meaningful way. Plus some of the scenes seemed a bit ... unnecessary. I'm glad I read it and I would read it again for Gaspard and Claudia alone.
Straight guy spends his life pretending he's as gay as a daisy, till he meets the love of his life and they MUST...HAVE...SEX...

Wow, this book gets the award for 'the most sex crammed into one book' that I have ever read in a historical romance. It is very very silly, with murky and unconvincing character motivations, but man does it have balls! Extra star just for sheer nerve.
This was fine. I read it all the way through. I didn't skim. It was easy to read and some of the sex was hot and that's it. It's not as bad as some of the books I've read but I will never read it again and it won't stay with me beyond the last word of this review. If you want an easy read which will keep you occupied and not do anything to really annoy you: this one's for you.
Sep 24, 2013 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2readseries

Really great HR. I was burnt out on HR until this book. Such a passionate, beautifully written story. So easy to invest in and love the characters. Will definitely be reading more from this author.
Sep 02, 2013 Sara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads
I just couldn't put it down and thought about it when I wasn't reading. I love how it all unfolds.
Sep 12, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what I was expecting when the blurb mentioned a molly comte. I have never read (and this is kudos to the author for even going there) about a male bedroom spy who unwillingly sleeps with other men for the good of his country. Because of this we find our anti-hero (he murders, steals, whores himself for secrets, etc) absolutely depraved of a normal stable life. All he wants is to get out of the spy game and settle with one woman, a wife to call his own and leave behind the rumored ...more
Secretly Reading
Originally reviewed for The Book Vixen

In a Nutshell: Excellent historical romance with a very unique hero that successfully turned an erotic romance into an emotional one.

Why I Read this Book: The synopsis had me at a hetro spy masquerading as a gay one.

What I Liked: This is a stellar romance. For me it’s rare that an author successfully turns an erotic romance into an emotional one but that’s what happens here. From the time Gaspard takes Claudia into the closet for an erotic game, I knew this
Julie Barrett
Apr 22, 2015 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it
The Corrupt Comte is a really unusual historical romance with intriguing characters and an interesting plot. Its leading characters are unique. They have both suffered abuse, albeit in different ways, and this has left them with mental scars. The heroine also has a severe stutter which has lead to her being extremely poorly treated by her parents, and to her being shunned and isolated by high society. The author has done a great job with the book, you are transported back in time to a completely ...more
Aug 29, 2013 Pam rated it it was amazing
Where to begin with this wonderful story? This is the first in the Bourbon Boys series and I will definitely be reading the next three. This has a very tortured hero who does not believe in himself anymore and a woman who has never known love, the two of them together are amazing as we go through a roller coaster of anguish and heartbreak before love.

Gaspard Toussaint is a spy for France in 1820, this is after Napoleon's reign and several years of strife. He is employed by the Duke of Evoque alo
Harris uses words with elegant skill, creating a rich sense of atmosphere that awakens the senses. She's also got a gift for creating layered and complex characters within only a few chapters. However, in this particular narrative the reader learns a great deal about the hero, but the heroine never feels as vividly alive. Little time is spent with her POV in the early chapters and overall the novel feels like a recounting of the hero's personal journey instead of a romance. The heroine would be ...more
Lani ⚔⚔  the Destroyer ⚔⚔
Quite a different Regency romance with the hero pretending to be gay to gain information as a spy, and I haven't read a Regency that has bordered on the erotic romance side (which was totally fine with me because it was hawt!).

Edie Harris touches on several tough subjects - sexual and physical abuse (of hero and heroine), rape, and the stigma of being different and ridiculed for it (the heroine's stutter) and did them really well. I enjoyed this book, but I felt there were loose ends left on th
Anne in VA
Mar 09, 2014 Anne in VA rated it really liked it
****More like 3 1/2 stars**** I liked this book. It was a new author for me and I'm interested to read more. I liked that this was a bit different than most books and it went a little dark. Reminded me a little of an Anne Stuart novel, who happens to be one of my most favorite authors.

I would not give this book a full 4 or 5 stars because I felt it was a little too choppy for me. It seemed the H/h only had conversations and interactions for sex. I really wanted to see them grow to care for each
Apr 05, 2016 Shannon rated it really liked it
There's a lot to unpack about why I liked this book. I loved that it wasn't a typical Regency setting, as it's mostly set in France. There's a lot in here about reclaiming personal pride and self-worth, and I love that both Claudia and Gaspard did that for each other.

I was hoping for a few more challenges of typical gender roles, but that's not what happens. Still, what I got was a lovely story in which both characters come to value and trust one another. I get the feeling that the HEA isn't wra
Aug 19, 2016 Lotta rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, historical, spies
I'm not sure when/why I aquired this book, but I started reading it on my holiday, thinking it was another book part of another series. This was kind of underwhelming, to be honest. Lots and lots of sex, insta-love/lust, very much misery in the respective backstories. I did like the main characters, and the spy best friend. When I compare this to The Forbidden Rose (which is also about 19th century British/French spies and which I also read recently) this does not compare favourably, possibly ...more
Aug 17, 2014 Karla rated it really liked it
This book was different and sexy, two things I look for in a historical. An heiress with a stutter is looking to escape her parents household through marriage and falls into the arms of a French comte, who is a spy. His cover in French society is that of a homosexual -- he uses sex to barter for information for the Crown. His sexual backstory was very compelling and made him a more complex character.

I did have to suspend disbelief on occasion as the language was too modern and the motivations of
Oct 23, 2013 Barbara rated it liked it
Shelves: books-2013
Four men who have been spying since Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo are sent on missions for the monarchists. Gaspard is a blacksmith's son who was given a title and estate in reward. Claudia is the daughter of French merchants who have migrated to England. Claudia has a stammer and her parents hate her. Two lost and lonely souls come together in a erotic story.

Good premise and interesting story. Will read the next although the writing should be less stilted and more descriptive when no concentrat
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Mar 04, 2015 12:25PM  
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Edie Harris is a Chicago-based author whose novels have been lauded by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and USA Today. Visit her website for backlist titles, contact information, and regular updates on upcoming projects.
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“Shh, kitten,” he whispered in English once more, nuzzling her temple, mouth open and hot against her ear. “Trust me.” His palms curved beneath her breasts, lifting them as his blunt fingertips tweaked her nipples expertly enough to have slickness gathering between her clenched thighs. “You are the most beautiful thing I have ever touched. Une ange, bébé.” He
groaned quietly as he caught her earlobe between his teeth. “Je t’adore,” he muttered, thrusting against her backside.”
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