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The Dragon Earl Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • 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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By Jane VINE VOICE on November 23, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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.

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.
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I read my first full length romance novel in the early 70's when I was a mere teen. The story was of Lucy Waring, a young English girl raised in a Chinese mission after the death of her missionary parents. The tide in that country had turned against the "foreign devils" and one minute Lucy is stealing to feed the mouths of the younger children, the next she finds herself in Regency England at Moonrakers, the home of the Falcons where she becomes torn between the desires to two men, a noble of challenged sanity who can provide for her every need and a commoner whom she loves but can't begin to understand. The story was MOONRAKER'S BRIDE by Madeleine Brent (Peter O'Donnell) and it remains one of my all time favorites today.

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.
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Well. I finished the book. I guess I finished, that is, because it ended. However, the big mystery of the story (who hired the bandits to kill Jacob's family) was never concluded. WHAT THE HECK?

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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