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The Earl of Bridgemere is happy to encourage his reputation as a curmudgeonly recluse if it repels the grasping females who usually attend his lavish Christmas parties.Helen Forrest is like a breath of fresh air, uninterested in his wealth and not cowed by his temper.

Bridgemere's seasonal duty suddenly becomes a pleasure as he sets about making Helen his countess--by Chris
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Paperback, Harlequin Historical #1021, 288 pages
Published November 16th 2010 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2010)
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Melissa
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Gail
I enjoyed this book a lot. The heroine is traveling with her 'aunt,' who has lost her money through a crooked business manager (shades of Madoff!), and must go throw herself upon the mercies of the family patriarch--who is not the oldest member of the family, but the highest ranked--an earl, and thus, probably the richest. He's considered something of a curmudgeon, who won't let any of his relations visit except at Christmas. When the hero (for of course, Earl Curmudgeon is the hero) and heroine ...more
Joy
After her elderly adopted mother loses all her money, our heroine (the adopted daughter) accompanies her to beg the generosity of her senior relative--an Earl (3 points!)--at a Christmas house party. The hero is a tormented man, haunted by the death of his late wife, and unable to trust the women around him; he thaws only slowly in the presence of the heroine, who remains unsure of his love until the last minute. This was much more like a traditional Regency in feel, although there is some mild ...more
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I think this is my favorite cover out of our Christmas themed books this year.

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Rebecca (everyday reader)
Helen and her 'aunt' are poor relations of the Earl and are going to ask for some fiscal support for Christmas. While Helen is a stubborn, no-nonsense, kind and witty woman, Sebastian is very reserved, untrusting, and has a cynical nature towards everyone. They fall for each other almost immedistely, and spend more and more time together, ignoring the rude family members. A charming Christmas tale with hostilities, over-coming class issues, dealing with mean people, and true love. Good read!!
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Annie Burrows “A Countess By Christmas”

Sebastian Bridgemere has money, gorgeous looks, and the title of an Earl. Once a year Lord Bridgemere throws a Christmas party at his home at Alvanley Hall and invites his close relatives. Its seems that his close relatives only come to Alvanley Hall for one thing, and that is to hound Lord Bridgemere for his money and his status as Lord Bridgemere is considered one of the wealthiest Earls in the Country.

Lord Bridgemere knows that this Christmas will be n
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Annie Burrows “A Countess By Christmas”

Sebastian Bridgemere has money, gorgeous looks, and the title of an Earl. Once a year Lord Bridgemere throws a Christmas party at his home at Alvanley Hall and invites his close relatives. Its seems that his close relatives only come to Alvanley Hall for one thing, and that is to hound Lord Bridgemere for his money and his status as Lord Bridgemere is considered one of the wealthiest Earls in the Country.

Lord Bridgemere knows that this Christmas will be n
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Margaret Metz
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Dragana
I picked A Countess by Christmas for a challenge at RRRC group. I needed a Christmas theme read so I searched for a book on Goodreads with a word 'Christmas' in tittle and from results I picked this one. I should have payed better attention to the rating of this book.
The idea is nothing new, you have probably read a historical romance with the same plot before. Love story is very shallow, attraction between characters is rationalized and thought over so much, that it does not seem like nothing s
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Gloriavirtutisumbra
This was different, and fun at the same time. A Christmas themed house party of relatives who dislike each other, where the protagonist and her Aunt come for help after a bank failure makes them destitute. It reads more like a regency from the 70s-80s, which for me is a good thing, sometimes you WANT those quick gentle little fairy tale romances. It had to go and ruin it with a baddaboom right at the end though, unfortunately, and which was unnecessary to the plot and could have been done withou ...more
Judith
This is my first book by this author, and I don't think I will be looking up other books by her. This book was tedious, drawing out the "misunderstanding" to fill up pages. Then midway through the book, you learn something about the hero's past, when it hasn't even been hinted at that there IS a past, and then nobody mentions it again or explains it. The heroine came across as rude, not assertive, (if that was the intent), and just petty in her complaints...I did not feel the attraction between ...more
Carrie Olguin
Good story. One sensual sex scene. Lots of family politics for the earl (our hero) to deal with. And the hero wasn't so obtuse that he was incapable of figuring out why she had refused his proposal - yeah, another one of those heroines who say, "I won't marry him because I love him." So common a cliche device in romance novels.

I will give her points for taking a full day to think about his offer before she refused him. She even thought about taking the risk that she could win his heart one day o
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Tiffany Day
A Countess by Christmas had all the potential in the world: mistaken identity, a house party, and a brooding Darcy-esque Hero. The problem is that it lacked Austen's character development and purposeful storytelling. The style was disjointed; to say Burrows was repetitive is an understatement. It felt like a short story padded out with pointless filler. Additionally, I wished the H and h had interacted more. The few times they were together were certainly the highlights of the book. On the plus ...more
Jessi
Helen Forrest was lucky to be taken in by her mother's, sister's, husband's sister when her parents died. No one else wanted her. But now her adopted aunt has lost her inheritance and has to go to the head of the family for help.
The Earl of Bridgemere only lets his family come at Christmas time. Otherwise the greediness and grasping makes him too sick to his stomach. The first meeting between the two does not go well. He thinks she's a paid companion and she thinks he's a footman.
His first marr
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Nenya
{from my text review file} By far my favorite Annie Burrows. Love the opening misunderstanding... rest follows through.
Calisto
A very weak two stars. So unless this is the only book you have when you are stuck in a deserted island, don't bother.

It actually started out really good. Assertive heroine. Dark brooding hero. Mistaken identities. But then the middle gets all maudlin. The hero's 'tortured past' comes out of nowhere, the heroine loses her spunk and the "Big Mis" keeps going and going...and going (think Energizer Bunny without the cool factor). So basically the biggest crime in storytelling was committed...it bec
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May
I liked this book enough to keep reading it but I could have done without all of the "misunderstandings". Seriously, could these characters not just sit down and had a adult conversation without one or both of jumping to the wrong conclusion every 5 minutes? I think this book would have been improved if it had been slightly longer because I got this feeling the that story had to chopped/rushed to meet Harlequin's guideline. Still, it had a good premise, fairly likeable characters and just the ri ...more
Lita Bouquard
It kinda sucked. Grabbed it by mistake thinking it was by a different author. I have been spoiled by Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Mary Balogh. A young woman and her "aunt" travel at Christmas to seek an appeal for help from the aunt's nephew. He appears cold, and cruel. His dysfunctional greedy family members all want something from him. He is pleased when the niece is mouthy to him. They both like each other but spend the whole book thinking the other doesn't. meh
Christine
This was a bit disappointing. It could have been cute, but it felt really awkward to me instead. And the pacing felt really off to me. I liked Helen, and I loved Aunt Bella, but Bridgemere just didn't do it for me. I see what the author was getting at with him, personality-wise, but she didn't do it very well. And then the stuff about his past (and the fact that he had some major event in his past that colored his present) came out of left field. I think this could have been a really adorable Ch ...more
Amy
I was disappointed. It was fairly predictable and got tiresome quickly. The beginning meeting of Helen and the Earl was great, but it started to fizzle out. So much could have happened but didn't. This could have been better if it was made into a longer story. There was much that could have been added to the plot to make it better if it had been so.
Bree
Good start, soft middle, dragging ending to the point where you no longer cared for the payoff. And my personal pet peeve, pages of internal monologue in the middle of what is supposed to be snappy dialogue. I need to stop reading the Harlequin historicals - the marketing blurbs are better written/edited than the books.
Vampire-lk
Awww!!! LOVED the wit & authentic ring of this regency romance Christmas themed novel!! Had to stay up all night!! Reminds me of Pride & Prejudice---strong willed & independent female with at times arrogant & cold aristocracy male!!! Best combo for a most delightful read!!!!!! ❤❤❤❤
Gemma
Dec 03, 2012 Gemma marked it as did-not-finish
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I expected to enjoy this, as I liked the novella THE RAKE'S SECRET SON found in Harlequin's ONE CANDLELIT CHRISTMAS collection. But the hero and heroine couldn't seem to spend 30 seconds together before they'd start fighting and assuming the worst about each other.
Deanna
A nice quick holiday read! The hero of the book is a recluse and the heroine brings out the best in him making him want to change his bachelor status!
Caro Kinkead
Charming. I'm a sucker for Christmas-set books and this one was a delight. A quick and easy read which was perfect for the season.
Claire
Not the best plot I've ever read, but not the worst. Although, I felt the writer was better than most.
Dancer
Of the Christmas themed books I read this season, this was one of my favorites.
Merry
A little slow at times, but an overall good read I grabbed from the library.
Joan
This was a fun holiday book. Like the story and the ending was great.
Bat713
Nothing new. I skimmed it after a few chapters to get it done.
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