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My Favorite Countess (Stantons #3)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  190 ratings  ·  36 reviews
She is difficult, demanding, and at times, quite fierce. And Dr. John Blackmore can't take his eyes off her. The Countess of Randolph is the most striking woman he has ever seen...and the most infuriating patient he has ever tended.

Mired in responsibility, Bathsheba doesn't have time to convalesce in the country. She should be in London, hunting for a wealthy new lover to...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Zebra (first published January 1st 2011)
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Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
My Favorite Countess explains in a delightfully awesome manner why a woman from a previous story was such an unbearable and nasty harridan and how she ends up deserving the love and acceptance she gets in this book. Once I realized who this book was about I was all excited with anticipation and the author met every one of my hopes as the plot unfolded.

Lady Randolph, Bathsheba, truly earned the title of heroine. She’s a woman of her time who has been dealt with an overabundance of bad luck, sadn...more
The unfortunately named sheep, Batsheba, is not verra accepting of his profession (Obstetrician). Per doctor's orders, nauti John can board my rusty ship & detonate me w/ his medically certified staff.
Manda Collins
Dec 07, 2010 Manda Collins rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of experienced heroines, physician heroes, Liz Carlyle
I loved this sexy, passionate story pitting a worldly widow, desperate to keep her family from losing everything, against an up and coming doctor/midwife who treats both the wealthy of Mayfair and the poverty-stricken of St. Giles. Bathsheba isn't an easy heroine to love, but the fact that she is all too human made her a refreshing change from the typical angelic historical heroine. She unrepentantly enjoys sex. She does not suffer fools gladly. And she speaks her mind. I loved that she had real...more
I was not, under any circumstances, going to purchase, never mind read, this story because I so hated Bathsheba from the previous book SEX AND THE SINGLE EARL, where Bathsheba nearly destroyed the relationship between Simon and Sophie. But...others who follow the blogs I follow seemed to think this was a wonderful story, so I relented and purchased a copy for myself - but I was determined only to read it for the sole purposes of placating my own feelings about Bathsheba...Well, I read it, and su...more
This book had an incredible good premise, very interesting and original characters, and some original conflicts.

Unfortunately the writing voice started to irritate me after a while, there were just so many adjectives... I mean, I do not particularly need to know that the hill of Sheba's palm is plump, and it definitely doesn't need repeating. Especially in the more steamy scenes, the adjectives were out of control.

The pacing seemed a bit off at times as well, especially in the last chapters, wh...more
RATING: 4.5)MY FAVORITE COUNTESS by Vanessa Kelly is an exciting historical romance set in 1817 London and 1817 Compton Manor,Yorkshire. It will written with depth and details.The characters are not only enchanting,charming but also obstinate,demanding
at times,difficult at times and quite fierce. When Bathsheba meets Dr. John Blackmore she never expected to feel not only a sensual pull toward the good Dr. Blackmore but to also,dare I say, fall in love with him.For, Bathsheba,the Countess of Rand...more
I really and truly highly recommend this book. Vanessa is really a fantastic writer. My Favorite Countess will draw you in from the beginning, so much so that you won't want to put it down. And, the sex scenes are absolutely RED HOT!!! This book will appeal to all readers that love Historical Romance. In 1817, Widow Bathsheba Compton cannot enjoy her new marital status as she cannot pay her abusive late husband's major debt, nor pay for the care of her mentally disturbed sister who she never see...more
Vina Raintree
Ceritanya mengalir dengan menakjubkan.
Vanessa Kelly termasuk pengarang baru yang diterbitkan oleh penerbit Indonesia. penerjemah yang menerbitkan buku ini melakukan tugasnya dengan baik dengan menyusun jalinan kata terjemahan menjadi satu buku tanpa celah. Sayangnya buku yang ternyata adalah edisi Straton buku ke-3 ini diterbitkan yang pertama. Sempat curiga saat baca ada kejadian kejadian tipikal hubungan buku sebelumnya. Tapi overall buku ini bagusss banget. !

Dimulai dari John Blackmore- seo...more
With an intriguing transformation of villainess to heroine and a doctor hero who captured this reader's heart--and her mind, Vanessa Kelly added another keeper to my library.

Look for my full review at Just Janga (March 10, 2011):
Apr 08, 2013 Krista rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Krista by: Heather
Shelves: historical, romance
I particularly enjoyed that the heroine is the one who starts off seeming like a [jerk] and the hero is a thorough do-gooder who helps her become her best self. I love me some bad boy heros, but I've read too many stories lately where it was the other way around so this was a great change of pace. I liked that the heroine becomes a better person without totally changing her personality. I also liked that the hero has a profession (doctor, and he specializes in what will become obstetrics) instea...more
This is actually my first Vanessa Kelly book. My Favorite Countess is a historical romance and a continuation of sorts from some of Vanessa's other books. I think you can feel a sense of this reading the book but it didn't interfere much with the story. Widowed Bathsheba is in a bad way. She's almost out of money and is struggling to maintain appearances as The Countess of Randolf. Her husband was killed and left her mountains of debt and two estates to maintain. She is full of secrets as well....more
Caroline The HEA Lover
(This review was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc)

My Favorite Countess was a difficult book to review for me. When I started re-reading the notes I took while reading the book, I started wondering if I was dealing with 2 different books. The first half of my notes were mostly rants about how I hated the Hero and the Heroine, the second half of my notes were about how amazing they were and how I loved the story. LOL see what I mean? Alright, let's start from the beginning...

When we meet Baths...more
My Favorite Countess
Overall, I enjoyed this book.
The hero is everything a hero should be........... need I say more!
However, I found the character of Bathsheba rather annoying,(she is so physically perfect and stunning!),and I didn't have a lot of sympathy for her to start with. As the book progressed, I began to appreciate her good qualities, though, and genuinely wanted things to work out well for her future.
She felt faint and weak so many times I actually thought she was pregnant, and was...more
Bathsheba starts out as a heroine you love to hate, but by the end one can't help but love her. An unparalleled beauty who is a remarkably deep and detailed character with a troubled past, a sharp tongue and a surprising vulnerable side.

John Blackmore is a doctor with a mission. A devilishly handsome man, he risks his life to help those who cannot afford proper medical care. Guilt over a past loss and an amazingly kind persona motivate him to run a medical practice that risks all he holds valua...more
Very good read, with few minor flaws.
It was fascinating to read about a doctor in Victorian era, especially about a man-midwife (accoucher). The characters had layers and were willing to compromise for each other which is always a big plus in my book.
The author managed to avoid some of the most horrible cliches in historical romances, and I really wanted to explore the world and the characters she described further.
John Blackmore, a physician, and not some rich corinthian in disguise rebelling a...more
Lena Diaz
This is my first Vanessa Kelly book, and it certainly won't be the last. This is not your traditional, predictable historical romance with balls and teas and carriage rides. This is gritty, real life and features two characters I would never have expected in a story with a Countess on the cover. The heroine is a widow who, at first blush, is extremely unlikeable. She's arrogant, sharp-tongued, and rude. The only reason the ton puts up with her is because she's so beautiful and because of her tit...more
This is a erotic novel with a great plot! Bathsheba needs to marry a fortune to settle her debts after her marriage to an abuser ends with his death in an accident.
Untitled John Blackmore is from an ancient moneyed family but Bathsheba doesn't know that. Doctors were not considered prestigious people at that time. Although both fight their attraction they give in every time only to have something else come between them. John wants to practice for free in the slums. Meanwhile there are jealous p...more
Amanda Ryan
It’s killing me that I can’t remember which blog I initially heard about this book. My Book Pimp offered to hook me up with it, and I accepted because of the review this person wrote. UGH! BAD RAUNCHY RYAN! I’m smacking myself for not remembering…anyway, on to what I thought about this book.

My Favorite Countess by Vanessa Kelly is the story of Bathsheba, The Countess of Randolph, and her battling attraction to the enigmatic and passionate Dr. John Blackmore. The kicker of this book is that our h...more
Bernadette Rowley
My rating for this is 3.5 Stars. I did enjoy the story but I felt it was too long. The prologue was not needed as this info could easily have been fed into the story later. I loved John Blackmore as the hero and also his interesting profession, doctor and obstetrician. I have to say I always enjoy historical heroes with occupations that were emerging or evolving in this era. Ms Kelly did a great job of really addressing all the issues a man like John might have had trying to perform his duties....more
Engaging story about the redemption of a woman who has made grave mistakes and earned people's dislike, although she has had to deal with some tragic situations not of her making. Bathsheba had a vile husband, she feels huge guilt over the fact that her mentally-crippled sister is in care (but not with her) and she is in severe financial difficulty. She decides that she has to nab herself a rich husband to solve her financial difficulties, but falls for an idealistic doctor instead.

Everything w...more
Judy Goodnight
I had a hard time getting this book started because I very much disliked the title character from the previous book in Vanessa Kelly's Stanton family series. Bathsheba wasa real bitch in that book and, even though we learn why she is in dire need of money at the start of the current book, she is still so unpleasant to almost everyone around her. It took a looming library deadline and a strong desire to get to the fourth book that finally made me just get on with it.

I did like the complexities of...more
Meh. Good but nothing spectacular. I liked that the hero is a doctor, a male midwife to be exact. He had a bit of a God complex which was getting annoying. He seemed to know exactly what was good for everyone else in the book. The heroine, Bathsheba (hate that name!) was just plain nasty, but we're supposed to feel sorry for her because her first husband was a kinky bastard. I would have liked a bit more humor. I don't know. It wasn't bad, just nothing note worthy.
Frances Fuller
Author did her best to make believable that a caring intelligent doctor falls into the pit of selfishness, stupidity, and lust over a beautiful woman and as a result, forsakes the desperate people in the stews of Regency London to practice medicine in the third smallest city in England. Argh
Diane Peterson
I really enjoyed this book! Vanessa Kelly is making great strides in her writing. The writing in her first book was truly weak. Her second improved. But this third book was a gigantic step forward. The characters were flawed and interesting. The story flowed nicely. A very good read!
Tami Montano
I received this book as a Free Giveaway. I loved the fierceness of the main character. I also loved the vivid detailed settings the author portrayed, it really transported you to the that era. I fell in love with story as it drew me into an era that I have always been fansincated with.
Bathsheba and John. He's a doctor. She's apparently the villain fro, a previous novel by the author. V. Steamy. I thought she was pregnant throughout, but apparently she's just naturally nauseous and woozy, prone to stress migraines or something. Used book store impulse buy.
A most self-sabotaging heroine, not to my taste. Vivid characters, good romantic ending, I liked the minor characters better, Miss Elliott and Matthew, the Earl of Randolph. Dr. John Blackmore is an excellent romantic lead, handsome, charming, and a bit single-minded.
Kellie Kamryn
This is the first book I've read of Ms. Kelly's and I'll definitely have to buy more. I loved the banter between the characters, the story was fantastic and I could identify with the insecurities of the female lead. Well done!
A very promising hero and an even luckier high maintenance countess (Bathsheba would be hard to have anyone fall in love with her) make this an interesting read.
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Vanessa Kelly writes bestselling Regency-set historical romance for Kensington Zebra. Her books have finaled in numerous contests, and she was named by Booklist as "one of the new stars of historical romance." Her second book, Sex And The Single Earl, won the Maggie Medallion for Best Historical Romance. Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard, the first book in her new Renegade Royals Series, rece...more
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