The Corrupt Comte by Edie Harris

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The Corrupt Comte by Edie Harris
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (308 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/M, BDSM, Anal Play
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Plumeria

A word from her lips can bring him to his knees.

The Bourbon Boys Quartet, Book 1

Gaspard Toussaint is known throughout 1820 French society as the “molly comte”, a foppish throw pillow of an aristocrat. But his entire life is a twisted mass of secrets and lies as a spy for the Crown. His final covert act will have him fleeing his broken country forever…but before he can escape, he needs the power and safety that only money can provide. And no one has more money than English heiress Claudia Pascale.

The only child of a wealthy tradesman, Claudia has continually failed to catch a husband—due in large part to her uncontrollable stutter. Spurned by a dashing French lieutenant and desperate to escape her parents’ household, she joins forces with the seemingly harmless Gaspard to learn how to properly ensnare a spouse: through seduction.

All too soon, Gaspard’s lessons in delicious domination and sinful submission make Claudia suspicious that he is not what everyone believes him to be. And Gaspard realizes his quest to possess her is becoming less about her dowry…and more about the woman herself.

Warning: Contains an aggressive Frenchman with extremely loose morals, a determined heiress who can’t refuse a dare, and bedroom games where boundaries were made to be crossed.

The Corrupt Comte was an interesting book to say the least. It was chock full of secrets, lies and trickery. I’ve always been a fan of historical tales but am fairly new to the whole ‘spy’ sub genre. I think this book was the most detailed and intriguing when it came to this aspect that I have ever read.

I found another interesting detail in the fact that the heroine, Claudia, had a fairly severe stutter. What I also really enjoyed is that love didn’t fix her stutter and she didn’t get over by the end of the book. The unfortunate trait made her more endearing to the hero, Gaspar, in this book. I found that refreshing.

Back to Gaspard, poor poor Gaspard. I can’t really describe him as anything other than a tortured soul that is lost and seeking solace. It was again fascinating to see him find himself and his home with Claudia but what a terrible road he had to go down to do it. Having lived with what happened to him was more than most would have done.

Overall it was engaging enough to keep a reader interested, I felt, but there were times that were so desperately sad I found it difficult to read. Mostly when it came to how Claudia was treated by her parents and then Gaspard during his time in the military. I found it enjoyable the way the couple dealt with one another, a more push and pull, love hate type relationship.

I did want to mention that Gaspard’s flashback to his youth are a bit rough and is where most of the male/male aspect comes in. There are also mentions to torture and other non consensual BDSM, but not with the heroine.

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