Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Review: The Thief's Countess by Cecelia Mecca

Title: The Thief's Countess
Series: Border (Book 1)
Author: Cecelia Mecca
Publisher: Altiora Press
Release Date: February 28, 2017
Heat Level: Moderate
My Rating: 2 hearts

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Book Blurb:
Northumbria, England 1271 

A thief turned reluctant protector… A countess who resents but can’t resist his presence…


Sir Geoffrey has dedicated his life to exacting revenge against those who stole his birthright. Forced to become a reiver, he steals to survive along the Anglo-Scottish border. When his uncle requests his help, Geoffrey reluctantly agrees to protect a wealthy countess. He resents the distraction until the woman he’s sworn to protect forces him to choose between vengeance...and love.


Lady Sara Caiser is appalled by her father’s deathbed request for a lawless border reiver to serve as her protector. With her betrothed coming to claim her hand in marriage and a distant cousin intent on usurping her earldom, Lady Sara has no time for a man who takes advantage of the dangerous border for his own gain. Despite her misgivings, an undeniable attraction pulls her into Geoffrey’s arms. Even as the threats against her continue to mount, Sara must decide between her people and the reiver.

I had elevated hopes in my reading of the novel, "The Thief's Countess," mostly for the sole purpose that I have a love for any romance that is featured in the Medieval era and yet I was fairly disappointed with the actual romance. In fact, I do not think that this book had any potential for a romance as the love itself between the characters was extremely standard with absolutely zero happenings with both the chemistry as well as the predictable ending.

The one thing that I did enjoy about the book is that the author did stay true to the era. The backdrop of the scenery was pleasant enough and I did savor the idea of being back into the territory of what very few modern day authors would dare to venture into. The writing was decent enough I would label the writing as a "strong," but it did continue enough description for most of the book to be at least considered entertaining.

As for the historical elements of the book. I did like both of the characters, Geoffery, the hero and Sara, the heroine. I did think that too much of the story was focused on Geogerry's life rather than an equal balance that could have been properly shared with Sara's own story.

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