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How I Met My Countess

(Bachelor Chronicles #6)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,400 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Lucy Ellyson, the improper daughter of an infamous spy, saves the life of the Earl of Clifton. He intends to make her his countess after the war ends, but when he finally is able to return to her, he finds that she′s vanished.

Meanwhile, Lucy is living a new life in the heart of Mayfair. But she′s as scandalous as ever, and when Clifton finally happens upon her, she′s lande
Mass Market Paperback, 342 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Avon (first published 2009)
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Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
Guh. Oh, man was this one not good.

This is one of those "we used to know each other, fell in love a long time ago, he left, and I had a crappy life" stories. But, instead of filling us in on their backstory a little at a time, a huge chunk of this book is a flashback. That drove me NUTS. She could have told us all we needed to know in a couple of paragraphs, not 200 pages.

Also, I hate that he called "BETRAYAL!" when he came back from war two years later and found out, after not having sent her a
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
A bit of housekeeping, first, and a minor quibble: this book starts a new chapter in the Bachelor Chronicles. Properly, it's The Bachelor Chronicles: The Standon Widows #1, and it *should* work as its own distinct series. That said, I'm not sure that it does; I have to wonder if some of the poor reviews I've seen of this title are because it does need that grounding in the previous books. All the familiar players are here from other Bachelor Chronicles (personally, I derived a great deal of enjo ...more
Aug 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-regency
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Aug 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2010, romance, own
How I Met My Countess by Elizabeth Boyle
Avon, 2010
345 pages
Romance; Historical; Series
4/5 stars

Source: Picked up cheap in a thrift store.

I've never read a romance that had so many chapters set in the past but it's necessary in order to fully tell the love story of Lucy and Clifton (His name appears to actually be Justin Grey but he's never called that.) Seven years earlier, he and his brother Malcolm arrived at her father's home to be inducted in to the world of spies. Along the way, they fall i
Feb 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Lucy era filha de uma condessa italiana aloucada e escandalosa e de um batedor de carteira, que se tornou um dos melhores espiões da coroa e também um professor para os que tinham intensão de entrar como espiões do reino.
Clifton era um conde arrogante e pomposo e ela no momento em que o viu não gostou de jeito nenhum dos modos dele. Ela era uma expert e ajudava a preparar os aprendizes as maneirices e vigarices (ensinadas pelo pai) a ele e ao irmão bastardo Malcon. No início o ignorava suas cham
May 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Regency spy romances are usually a great read. You have the intrigue, the noble cause, and the romances are unique from traditional Regency stories. The hero and heroine are thrown together in tense, urgent, or even dangerous circumstances and then we get to see how they reconcile or keep the relationship going after all the craziness is over.

I really enjoyed Boyle's writing. She's not a witty as Julia Quinn, or as devilish as Celeste Bradley, but there is something about her style that kept me
It took me a while to get into this novel. However once I got a third of the way I couldn't put it down. This is the sixth in a series but the first i read.

Clifton was training to be a spy when he met Lucy. His instructors daughter. They fall in love, and he promises to come back for her. 7 years later she is now a widow living a dowager house with a little boy (whom we assume is her bastard son)

want to know how it ends?
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Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romances
I wanted to like this book far more than I did. I enjoyed the flashback (which took up most of the book) quite a bit, but I really hated the framing story. I know, I know - she had to fit this book into a series rather than just allow a good stand-alone to hit the shelves - but it was so distracting and unnecessary. I read romances to follow a love story, not to read some ridiculousness about pet dogs and multiple entitled women who are dowagers of the same title. I could not have cared less abo ...more
Jan 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Some parts of this book were enjoyable. By far my favorite part was the camaraderie between the 3 widows.

I felt the book spent way too much time in the flashback (about 50%). That didn't leave much time for the present and it felt rushed and short. Nothing really happened once the book made it back to the present.
Le pondría tres estrellas y media porque esta es la primera novela romántica que leo desde hace semanas. Además es la primera que leo de la autora y no será la última.

Novela romántica histórica que nos explica la formación de los espías en la época de la regencia inglesa con las guerras napoleónicas de fondo. Lo original en esta novela, en mi opinión, es que se nos explica el entrenamiento preparatorio de los futuros espías ingleses. Normalmente en algunas novelas románticas se nos explica cómo
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
The preview I read of this was exciting and there were elements that I liked but overall the whole thing felt rushed. It began as a spy story but then that plot kept getting put on hold and of course the heroine never got near any real action, and then the whole three dowagers storyline could have been a fun one but jumping between the two just left both parts feeling underdeveloped.

At around the 80% mark I was wondering how all the plot threads could possibly be wrapped up in the space remainin
Shoshana G
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I liked the setting and the characters, but I didn't like the structure and thought the end was really rushed. I don't mind flashbacks usually, but I just found the timing odd. And the end was really, really rushed - it seemed like there was as much plot in the last few chapters as there was in the rest of the book.
Carmi M
So so

The story is sound, the book was a hurried tale. It is a quick read for sure. A quick romance, a short middle and a fast end.
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've only read two previous books from Elizabeth Boyle, but I've come to really like her writing style adn storytelling. This book follows Lady Standon, or the unconventional Lucy Ellyson, the daughter of a former infamous spy. She meets the Earl of Clifton when he comes to her father's place to train to go to spy in France. They fall in love, and he promises to come back for her. But in the two years he's away, life changes, and Lucy had to marry another. They don't see each other till seven ye ...more
This is the 6th book in the Bachelor Chronicles series.

While this can be a stand alone book, it helps the reader to read the other books in the series. Please be aware that this review may contain spoilers.

The book is about Lucy Ellyson Sterling, Lady Standon. Lucy has know Justin Grey, Earl of Clifton for several years. Lucy's father was a spy for England and he later trained men to become spies in an effort to defeat Napoleon.

Justin and his brother Malcolm were just to of the people that Lu
Beth Martin
Jun 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
How I Met My Countess delivered a romping story, but not the one promised on the back cover. For one thing, it's implied that Clifton (our Hero) is determined to marry Lucy (our Heroine). Spoiler: (view spoiler) Furthermore, you ...more
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, historical, 2013
I knocked off a star for the how weak everything gets once the story goes back to the present setting - aside from the setting up of the three dowagers in the house (friendships!!!) and Lucy and Clifton's spying stint, everything else was flimsy and contrived. In particular, (view spoiler) pissed ...more
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
To my knowledge, this is my first book by Elizabeth Boyle, and it won't be my last. Lady Stanton, a dowager Marchioness, accidentally runs into the Earl of Clifton just before she gets some news her life is about to change (money, widow's pension, etc.). She knew him 7 years before when she was just plain Lucy Ellison and he was completing his training to leave England to spy in France. They fall in love, but he doesn't come back for her and she has to marry someone else. From this moment in the ...more
Apr 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-during-2010
The Earl of Clifton intended one day to find the perfect countess ...

. . . then he met Lucy. The improper daughter of an infamous spy, Lucy Ellyson saved Clifton's life and taught him everything he needed to know about serving his country . . . even how to fall in love. He vowed he would come back and make her his unlikely countess, but the war kept them apart for too long, and when he finally returned, she'd vanished.

Lucy hadn't gone far—living a new life in the heart of Mayfair. But proper Soc
Nov 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
After not loving the last two books by Elizabeth Boyle I was a little apprehensive about reading this one and almost didn’t give it a try. I loved it! Ms. Boyle’s books are different. In HOW I MET MY COUNTESS the reader is taken back in time to when the two main characters met for the first half of the book and then move back into “present day” where the two characters are meeting for a second time. I loved how much we learn about this couple in the flash back. We get a glimpse that we wouldn’t ...more
Lita Bouquard
Oct 17, 2014 rated it liked it
The daughter of a famous spy helps train a new agents. Lucy and her sister charm 2 brothers who are planning to work undercover for the king. The girls are accomplished at various skills most young ladies don't have. They can open a lock, cheat at cards, develop codes, and defend themselves. While also charming they are not accepted into society because their mother is a notorious Italian countess who has affairs and inspires duels. The countess also sends them books of art with lovemaking. Malc ...more
Paqui Martinez
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una autora deslumbra por sus tramas, sus desenlaces, su ritmo, pero sobre todo por cómo narra las historias. Definitivamente, esta autora se ha ganado una nueva fan, ya que leer sus libros me proporciona un poco de descanso entre tanta fantasía, narrativa y distopías. Sus novelas románticas han hecho que me gusten y le deje un hueco en mi estantería. Después de empezar la serie con el segundo libro, que por cierto me gustó bastante, en vez del primero decidí empezarla como se debe: por el princi ...more
Lucy Sterling fell in love with Justin Grey, Earl of Clifton, when he came to her father to be trained as a spy. But then he never returned for her and she married the Marquess of Standon to become one of the three infamous Standon widows. Now that the head of the family, Duke Hollindrake, has married Felicity Langley ("Love Letters from a Duke,")the widows are being gathered together to stem the tide of gossip created by all three.
Lucy has a plethora of potential scandals. But now Justin is try
Jun 28, 2011 rated it liked it
It has been quite some time since I read ms boyle's books. But I remember I liked something about emmaline n love letters from a duke. I am a bit dissapointed with this one though.. Honestly, I skipped some paragraphs just because it was dragging on and on and on about the same thing. Ok, maybe I wasn't in my best moods but I was quite relieved when finishing this one.

I liked goosie much better when she was still living with her father n Mariana. I didn't like gilby especially when he meets her

Lucy Ellyson, the improper daughter of an infamous spy, saves the life of the Earl of Clifton. He intends to make her his countess after the war ends, but when he finally is able to return to her, he finds that she′s vanished. Meanwhile, Lucy is living a new life in the heart of Mayfair. But she′s as scandalous as ever, and when Clifton finally happens upon her, she′s landed in the sort of trouble that only a hasty marriage can solve. He′s more than willing to step in, but their future is all to

Lynne Tull
Oct 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: regency-romance
Continuing on "The Bachelor Chronicles"..."The Standon Widows". There are three of them: Elinor, Lucy and Minerva. This story is about Lucy. I have to admit that I skipped about 1/4 of the book. The author provided a flashback to bring the reader up to date. We started with today, went back to yesterday and then back to the present. I skipped a lot of the yesterday. The present day story was much more interesting. All this to say: "This was a really fast read for me:)" I really liked the part th ...more
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great fun,

Loved how the bulk of the story was told in flashback. I didn't solve the last mystery before the author revealed it. Lucy is a great character, full of spirit and fully deserved her happily ever after.

Lucy Ellyson, is initially an enigma, but her background becomes clearer as the book progresses.

The Earl of Clifton starts off as searching for a new life as a spy, working on his skills.

The two meet, clash, and fall in love, but their path to marriage is strewn with obstacles.

I can't w
Jun 06, 2015 rated it liked it
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Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
una nueva autora con una frescura que se agradece... los personajes son las dinamicos (Lucy es una mujer contemporanea, que lucha por lo que quiere y sabe lo que valen las cosas en la vida y el pasa de ser un arrogante de la nobleza a un heroe con sentimientos y ganas de vivir la vida con nuestra protagonista).. Me ha gustado mucho que el libro se divida en dos partes ( el pasado lleno de futuro y el presente como resolucion al pasado) y los personajes secundarios ( los respectivos hermanos y el ...more
Carrie Olguin
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Excellent series. I've been reading these out of order, but each one is a stand alone as well as part of a series.

The characters are enjoyable to spend time with. Plenty of plot and romance with a few sensual sex scenes.

Boyle understands the difference between love and lust, allowing the couple to fall in love with their similarities, accept their differences, and generate the passion that comes from two hearts meant to be as one.
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Elizabeth Boyle was an antipiracy paralegal for Microsoft before settling down to write full-time. Her first novel, Brazen Angel, which won Dell's Diamond Debut Award in 1996, also won the Romance Writers of America's RITA Award for Best First Book, and was a finalist for Best Long Historical Romance. She lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington. She is also the author of Brazen Heiress.

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