- Mass Market Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: Leisure Books; No Edition Stated edition (September 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0843960469
- ISBN-13: 978-0843960464
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,903,957 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dragon Earl Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2008
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Jacob and his family went to China when he was 10. Someone in England hired bandits to kill his family. He survived and was raised by monks. He wanted to become a monk, but they sent him to England to resolve issues from his past before doing so. Jacob was heir to the earldom of Warhaven. After his father's death, the uncle became earl and the uncle's son Christopher became heir. As a child, a marriage had been arranged for Jacob and Evelyn. Now, Evelyn is to marry Christopher. Jacob arrives in England during the wedding ceremony which is stopped due to the confusion of Jacob's arrival. Jacob and Evelyn are drawn to each other, yet she still loves Christopher. Jacob is drawn to both being a monk and staying in England. Jacob is skilled in martial arts fighting, and there are some scenes showing his fighting skills.
REVIEWER'S OPINION (INCLUDES SOME SPOILERS):
At times I wanted the story to be over. I wasn't drawn in enough. I wasn't surprised or delighted or smiling. The issues and characters were similar to other romance novels. Another problem was the unresolved plot issue. The reader never learns who hired the killers, and no justice is done. I am wondering if the author: (1) couldn't think of an interesting motive or killer, (2) just got tired of writing and ended the book early, or (3) plans a sequel. Having a sequel to resolve this particular plot issue does not appeal to me. I would prefer a sequel about other characters, not to finish this first story. In addition, the ending concerning the couple was odd, leaving questions in my mind. I would have liked an epilogue describing the couple's life, locations and finances in the future.
Story length: 292 pages. Sexual language: mild. Number of sex scenes: 4. Total number of sex scene pages: 18. Setting: unspecified time probably early 1800s England. Copyright: 2008. Genre: historical romance.
I mention this because style and subject matter of THE DRAGON EARL brought back me to that long ago favorite. Jade Lee has brought that exotic flavor that I loved so much in MOONRAKER'S BRIDE back Regency England. THE DRAGON EARL is however destined to join it on my keeper's self based on its own merits. It is an incredible tale of self discovery for both the hero who has lived a life very different from the one he was born into and the heroine who is trapped by the very life she's been expected to lead since birth.
Mere moments before Evelyn Stanton say's "I do" to her betrothed Christopher Cato, the future Earl of Warhaven, the wedding is disrupted by a Chinese monk. Evelyn is shocked to discover that the man is not Chinese at all, but white. He claims that he is Jacob Cato, Christopher's long lost and presumably dead cousin, the true heir to the Earldom and that he is here to claim his promised bride.
The youngest of the family of solicitors who served the Cato's had been a childhood friend of Jacob's.Read more ›
Jacob appears the day of Evelyn's marriage to Christopher, the next Earl of....something or other. I found myself not carring enough to remember. He startles the wedding guests by walking up the aisle in the saffron robes of a Chinese monk and stating that HE is rightfully the current Earl and Evelyn is betrothed to HIM. A little martial arts scene comes next and then they all adjourn to the wedding-that-didn't-happen breakfast to discuss.
No one believes that the crazy monk is Jacob. He is dead. His entire family was killed by bandits while on a journey through China. Obviously, the madman is an imposter and will be dealt with by lawyers and such.
Evelyn is a woman who doesn't know what she really wants in life. She has always been raised as a future countess. She knows no other destiny. But her rigid, confining upbringing has left her longing for something more. Something she only finds in the midst of powerful thunderstorms. She feels that electricity when she looks into Jacob's eyes.
Is he really Jacob? Who has the legitimate claim to the title? Someone in England had hired the bandits to kill Jacob's father and family. Who was it?
Well, don't be disappointed to know that only two of those questions get answered. I just stared at the "THE END" and said "What the heck? Are you serious?"
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I read the whole series and I could have stopped with the first one. It was like reading the same book over and over.Published 13 months ago by Noella F. Carrier
Characters and background, but predictable just the same. I would have liked to read more of their travels and growth.Published 15 months ago by Gidget
Great read. I thought it was going to be about the dragons in the caves but it was about the dragon dynasty xi Lin monks.Published on July 2, 2014 by Jade Terrisse
A returning monk from China must find his place in English society even though he feels his heart is not really in it. Read morePublished on April 23, 2014 by suz
What a delicious read. Very different especially when the book starts out with a bald headed Earl who wishes to be a monk is dressed in a robe that survived living in China due to... Read morePublished on March 5, 2014 by Patricia Turner
I loved this story. It was refreshingly different from most other regencies that I have read. It was not the usual play on manners and rules of society. Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by Lynn B
I was intrigued by the beginning of the book. The interruption of the important wedding by Monks! But the whole premise of murdered nobles in a foreign land, paid for by English... Read morePublished on January 30, 2014 by Spot The Borg Cat
Jade Lee never fails to delight her readers and this books was no exception. This book was part of a series but stands well on its own. Read morePublished on October 30, 2013 by Amazon Customer