Witty and well-read, best friends Henrietta, Harriet, and Hero know that real love is rarely as simple as a fairy tale. But with the right partner, it can be sweeter—and even more satisfying. . .
A single woman of means generally does not choose the company of seven rambunctious children over the haut ton. Yet since the tragic loss of her sister and brother-in-law, the Honorable Harriet Mayfield has found purpose and pleasure in caring for her orphaned nieces and nephews. If her unorthodox views about how to raise the newly minted Earl of Sedwick and his siblings put her at odds with their strict grandmother, well, so be it. The children’s uncle, Colonel Lord Quinton Burnes, however, is a far more complicated—and charismatic—problem . . .
Accustomed to having his slightest word obeyed, Quint hardly knows what to make of the bewitching bluestocking who has taken on the role of guardian in his absence. Quint’s mother wants Harriet gone, the sooner the better. She has the perfect bride in mind for him—someone not at all like kindhearted, loyal Harriet. But if he and Harriet can only withstand meddling and misunderstandings, their unconventional attraction might yet come to a delightfully happy ending . . .
Counts's charming third Once Upon a Bride Regency romance (after It Only Takes a Kiss) begins when Col. Lord Quinton Burnes returns to England from France after the death of his brother and sister-in-law. He travels to Sedwick Hall to help raise his brother's seven children and mentor his 12-year-old nephew, Phillip, who must assume the mantel of the seventh Earl of Sedwick. But he soon clashes with the Hon. Harriet Mayfield, the children's maternal aunt, over how the children should be raised. Harriet, a progressive journalist who writes about the difficulties faced by mill workers, adores her nieces and nephews, and embraces her role as caregiver to the children despite hints from Quinton's mother that she has overstayed her welcome. Though Harriet and Quinton disagree over the children's schooling, they can't deny their mutual attraction, leading Harriet to make the somewhat abrupt decision to initiate an affair. Though the start of their relationship feels unearned, Quinton, who's used to having his commands followed, and Harriet, a fiercely independent norm-bucker, make an intense and exciting match. As the pair overcome a slew of misunderstandings, Counts keeps the pace at a gallop and the romantic tension sizzling. Series fans should snap this up.