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The Countess Takes a Lover (Countess #1)

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  145 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Who is learning more...the novice? Or the master?

Countess Meredith du Chevalier, a widow with a reputation for being sexually adventurous, is intrigued when she is approached by a gentleman who wishes her to "make a man" of his son. Sensing a passionate man beneath Christopher Whitby's reserved exterior, Meredith takes on the challenge, inviting the botanist to her country
ebook, 73 pages
Published May 6th 2008 by Samhain Publishing (first published May 6th 2006)
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Maureen Feeney
This book is a first for me, Son of a nobleman Christopher Whitby(25) the Hero is a 25 year old geeky virgin, a botanist that has never even been kissed!!!! His father gets Countess Meredith du Chevalier(35) to introduce him into the "dutys" of a man so that Chris can make an advantageous marriage. Meredith had a horrific marraige and now as a wealthy widow, she has certain privileges and lovers in London society. She accepts as she sees Chris as a challange. She is invited to his house for tea ...more
Lord Richard Whitby has come to the infamous Madame la Comtesse de Chevalier for help. He believes she can make a real man out of his son, Christopher, who is twenty-five and has never been with a woman. He has no experience with women in general and would rather keep his face in a book or go to lectures at the Botanical Gardens. If the Madame seduces Christopher, Lord Richard hopes that his son will take the women of the Ton by storm and perhaps seduce a few beauties. The Madame will only do th ...more
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I’m pretty new to this genre and so don’t have a lot to compare it too, but if many of them are like this – well then, it’s a genre I will certainly read more of. The story line was a bit less involved than Bone Deep, but then I figured that going in. Still Ms. Dee did a wonderful job in fleshing out both Meredith and Christopher and making this a very tender romance. Despite going into this with just a plan to introduce an awkward young man into the ways of the flesh, she began developing deepe ...more
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La Comtesse de Chevalier has received a most interesting proposition. In exchange for Lord Whitby’s support of a Parliamentary bill she wants passed, the sexually adventurous countess will “make a man” of his son. Intrigued by the offer and the sexily reserved Christopher Whitby, Meredith entices the botanist to her country estate with an offer to redesign her greenhouse.

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Cristina Contilli
Commento sulla lettura dell'anteprima...

L'idea di ribaltare i ruoli con un lui vergine e tutto preso dai suoi studi di botanica e una lei invece già esperta e smaliziata (una nobile mondana come si sarebbe detto nell'800) mi aveva incuriosito, però, l'idea che la madre di lui paghi lei per "svezzare" il figliolo che a 25 anni non si decide a interessarsi al sesso femminile l'ho trovata davvero poco romantica...
Steamy. Short and enjoyable reading.
This was pretty decent, but I sort of felt like this was straddling the historical romance and outright pornography categories. I understand that this works for some people, but I think with this book it just occurred to me that my smut must be contemporary...otherwise I have expectations of historical romance...and its just so weird to have a Victorian countess using the kind of language she was using... Still, I like the idea of a virgin hero and an experienced woman showing him what to do.
Over the past year or two, I have now read several Bonnie Dee books and this one continues to be a favorite. She has a fairly consistent theme of damaged or naive heroes with more experienced women. In this case, Meredith agrees to be a romantic and erotic "tutor" for withdrawn and scholastic Christopher. His awakening was hot and spicy, but it turned out to be a re-awakening for Meredith. Solid and interesting characters with enough back story and Regency period details to make it a delightful ...more
Positively delightful little romp, easy read. Sexy and romantic not filthy.

I enjoyed the story very much. Note it is short, not much detail and they fall pretty quickly, but that's ok.

Wish maybe there was a bit more detail about the Christopher character, it was hard to get a picture in my mind of him for some reason. I really liked the character of Meredith, the Countess.

HEA ended a bit abruptly.
I really enjoyed this Regency England tale about a widowed Countess and the love she finds with a akward, introverted and most importantly virgin young Lord. His Father has asked the countess to help his son overcome his basic nerdy nature. Instead the Countess is charmed and impressed by the younger man. I loved the excursions to museums and gardens and of course the romance!
Nel complesso non male, ma la storia si conclude troppo velocemente, tanta passione ma poco sentimento, o comunque sentimento male espresso... Non avevo letto nulla di questa autrice, ma non mi ha entusiasmato, la parte passionale non manca di certo, ma la storia non ha un grande svolgimento, nessun colpo di scena, tutto si risolve in troppo poco tempo e in troppe poche pagine.
Really enjoyed the novelty of having an experienced woman, tutoring a brilliant, if innocent botanist. This is my first book in the Rainbow Reading Challenge. Looking forward after the challenge, to continue with book 2 in this series, The Countess Lends a Hand.
This book was rather good but not Bonnie Dee's best work.

The plot was a little too easy and unexpected with a zest of unrealistic. I liked the characters enough and the hot and steamy sex scenes were great. But at the end, I was just feeling like..."yeah well, whatever".

I was so excited to start this book because I just love this author and was intrigued by the summary.
Bu alas, it was very flat. The story had potential but it never really gave me any thrills.
Carolyn F.
Short story. 73 pages. An experienced woman initiates an unexperienced man. Very sweet, loved that she was an older woman.
Karen Darling
I enjoyed this story, it was pretty good. I think this is my first Bonnie Dee novel, I'll be reading more.
This is the first "romantica" story that I ever read. I hate to admit how much I loved it, but I loved it.
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