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The Spinster and The Earl (Book 1 Gentlemen of Honor) [Kindle Edition]

Beverly Adam
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Book Description

She was known as The Spinster of Brightwood Manor, and that suited Lady Beatrice O’Brien just fine.

She was happy being a spinster; happy running her father’s estates while amassing a fortune of her own; happy tending to the needs of her community; and most of all, she was happy not having a man around to tell her what to do.

But when Beatrice accidentally shoots her new neighbor, the Earl of Drennan, her life turns upside-down. Suddenly, this very arrogant gentleman, who also happens to be charming and attractive, makes himself at home at Brightwood Manor, and proceeds to court her!

Beatrice knows one thing for certain. Marriage will complicate her life. But falling in love? That’s an entirely different matter.


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"Tone and feel of a true historical"- ireaderreview.com

"Tuck into this delightful Regency Romance!" therevolvingbook.com

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  • File Size: 423 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1927555299
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lachesis Publishing Inc (September 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F26SA3G
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
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I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the book. I loved that the spinster was an intelligent woman who ran her own business and (secretly) made her own fortune. She was determined that she was going to stay single rather than be wed for her money. So, along comes a newly-minted Earl who she finds herself attracted to. Unfortunately, he desperately needs her money. A merry chase and many mix-ups follow.

With just a little more effort, this book would rate a 5 star review. Little things really started to annoy me. One instance: everyone addresses the Earl as 'Your Grace.' He would have to be a Duke to be addressed as such. Another is that the heroine, as a midwife, knows very well how babies are made. But, she continues to have sex with him and refuse his offers of marriage. And, the one that really bothered me the most: The late Earl had no children or grandchildren. But, he CHOSE one of his nephews to become his successor. The one chosen was the third son of his sister. From everything that I have ever read, titles do not pass in this manner. Property that is not entailed can be willed to anyone. Titles and property that belong to that title must be passed to the nearest in the direct line. If there is no one, that title ceases to exist and the property then goes to the Crown.

I really like the author's writing style and I did enjoy the book. With a little research into her chosen era, her books will be perfect.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Glaring errors ruined a nice story. March 5, 2015
By Anna MM
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Way too many errors that take you out of the story.

1) The laws of inheritance as to titles were / are very strict. The old Earl would NOT have been "choosing the heir that will inherit his estate and title", announcing the family will know who it is when his will is read. His (nonexistent) money, maybe, but title, no. It certainly wouldn't have gone to a nephew who was the third son in his family.

2) Earls are not addressed as "Your Grace" doing so constantly was very distracting and off putting.

3) Was Dru her paid companion or her maid? Those were two very distinctly different roles / jobs, with different social standing.

4) He's laying in bed, she's standing over him, his his lips descend on hers? (I would overlook this, but his "descend on hers" multiple times.)

5) She leaves to get her father a wrap, but comes back in after eavesdropping to adjust the wrap he let slip (the one she went to get). Things like this happen several times.

6) The Earl has a broken leg and needs to be carried to lunch, but by that evening, it's being suggested that he and she should take a walk in the garden...

This had the potential to be a very good story, and the author has a lot of potential, but she needs to do more research, and she needs someone to edit for continuity in her storyline.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spinsters Rule! January 4, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
If you love spinster romances - of the historical or Regency bent - then, this book is for you! A true blue spinster has no room in her life for annoying gentlemen who can't keep up with her intelligence, wit, nor her penchant for making money. Yes, she has her own business! That is until she "meets" her new neighbor, a decidedly sexy earl who just happens to fall off his horse right in front of her. Well, to be honest she did shoot him first. What I love about "The Spinster and the Earl" is the sparkling dialogue between the hero and heroine. Yes, we've seen this sort of plot before, but so what? It's so much fun to watch the sparks fly between these two that you'll be rooting for them right to the end. A rollicking good read!The Spinster and The Earl (Book 1 Gentlemen of Honor)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining September 16, 2013
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Just finished this first book of the Gentlemen of Honor series by Beverly Adam and I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The book was a fast and satisfying read , the writing well done and easy flowing and the characters in the plot lovable .

The heroine, a die hard spinster , was believable and immediately likable. The hero, a former soldier and third son , who due to a bit of luck inherited a title and land, was from the get go a great counterpart to the heroine.

This is not a very deep going book, but a feel good book with all the markings of a good regency novel. A nasty villain, eccentric family members and a bit fairy magic make this book a solid 4 star. There are a couple of love scenes between the h/h , which are not happening behind closed door, but are also not too detailed - for me , well done.

My only negative comment would be , that I wished the author would have given us , the reader , more detail of some
of the side characters , which I hope , will be given when the series of the Gentlemen of Honor continues.

Over all , I can recommend this book and I will look for the continuation of this series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Katt W
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A fairly well written typical bed and wed romance. Background research seems well done. Only giving it 3 stars due to a lack of subplots for more interest. Seems like the author was churning out a basic plot for a mass market.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read February 18, 2015
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Absolutely loved this book! A great read that has romance, mystery, and intrigue.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting! January 9, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
This romance enchanted me like I was the one holding the lucky coin! With lush and descriptive writing, the author brings her story to life. The hero and heroine were unusual and the setting was unexpected. And who doesn't love a good house party, with all the intrigue and scandal lurking around every corner, lol? This book has the feel and tone of a true Historical and I can't wait to read the next in the series!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful!
I have read many historical romance novels. This one was very random and didn't seem well thought out at all. Maybe the author is very young and inexperienced. I don't know. Read more
Published 9 hours ago by Holly Kay Barcoe
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice story
This was a nice read. Both main characters were easy to like. The spinster was a little frustrating at times, but that eventually changed. Read more
Published 2 days ago by MJR
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A very good read. Likeable characters. a little terror mixed with romance.
Published 5 days ago by becky A.
4.0 out of 5 stars Feisty vs. Forceful
Despite a few glaring editing errors, this was an enjoyable romp through Regency Ireland. The characters were well developed and the plot ,while predictable, was entertaining.
Published 5 days ago by Angelique
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad research and too many adjectives.
The story is ok for the genre but the writing is terrible.
Published 6 days ago by Donna P.
1.0 out of 5 stars I've never concentrated so hard
What I cannot abide while reading for entertainment is having to work. When I find myself correcting sentence structures, the writer's thoughts, (descending kisses from a bed... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Nakesha Bullock
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
I can't believe I'm going to say this but, it was a wee bit long.
It was an adventurous love story. Read more
Published 10 days ago by KG
1.0 out of 5 stars The characters didn't hold true. I got half way ...
The characters didn't hold true. I got half way through the book then decided it wasn't even worth my time to finish it.
Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars I tried to slog through it but...
I don't give that many poor reviews. I hesitate to do so for this book because I liked the main character. She had a lot of spunk and could have been a great leading lady. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Kristin M. Shaver
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading this book very much
I enjoyed reading this book very much. Finaly a heroine who can take care of herself and is not in desperate need of a husband!!! Way to go Mrs Adam!!!
Published 11 days ago by Eleni Laiou
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Beverly Adam writes engaging and romantic stories that feature feisty heroines and endearing heroes. She is the author of the Regency Historical romance series Gentlemen of Honor. The redheaded writer currently resides in California where she revisits history on a regular basis as a romance novelist and biographer.

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