The Count’s Last Mistress by Bess Greenfield
Genre: Historical Romance
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She set out to expose his true nature, but the secrets revealed were her own…
Paris, 1871. In the aftermath of war and revolution, cavalry officer Olivier Valencourt, the comte de Chaumenay, only wants peace. But his discovery of his deceased brother’s child in a Montmartre hovel leads to a battle of wills with the lovely but evasive American struggling to provide for him. Determined to gain custody of his nephew, Olivier sets out to win the audacious bohemian’s trust with patronage and patience, but her courage, wisdom, and innocent sensuality divert his agenda.
Painter Jeanne Delancy has good reason to despise the portrait-worthy count before she ever meets him. She believes he’s the man who seduced and deserted her friend long ago. Unfortunately, the talented and persuasive Olivier is hard to dislike or resist in person.
Conflicted by loyalty to her missing friend and her duty to the abandoned six-year-old she’s vowed to protect, Jeanne feels obligated to give the war hero the opportunity to prove he’s worthy of knowing his son. But the independent woman who thinks herself immune to temptation underestimates Olivier in many ways and reveals far more than she ever anticipates. While the strong-willed opposites struggle to reconcile their deepest longings, dangerous alliances and scandalous secrets threaten a tragic repetition of history.
What they’re saying about it:
“What a great read! I am an avid reader of this genre and many others. Greenfield’s book contains steamy scenes between well-developed characters against the backdrop of post-revolutionary France. It is the perfect balance of loving and learning. I have read many novels that are full of cliches and this book has none of them! It is a unique story and one that will stay with you after you (sadly) finish it.” (Amazon review)