- File Size: 1769 KB
- Print Length: 86 pages
- Publication Date: November 14, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074VMKKJL
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,154 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Earl Who Loved Her (The Honorable Scoundrels Book 2) Kindle Edition
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For a novella, I thought this was such a well written and tender love story. Eve was very sweet but also had a bit of sass and a determination that I admired. Then there was Bryce who was truly generous and kind, but whom had a vulnerability that really made him come alive in my eyes. Even Radcliff, the earl's loyal and outspoken butler, was utterly endearing. For a couple who doesn't even kiss until nearly the end, I was amazed Ms. Barnes was able to build such a beautiful and believable relationship. With just a look, a word, or even a simple touch, the attraction and connection between these two was potent. And while there is one love scene at the end, it was short and written with both emotion and class. My only real criticism would be that I found Bryce's "secret" predictable and its resolution too easy. It was still a lovely romance though and I'm looking forward to Josephine's book next =)
This is a novella that cries out for a longer length. There's very little communication between Eve and Bryce (the Earl) though both fall instantly in lust/love. What made the first story in the series believable where the couple got to know each other is pretty much missing here and leaves wide gaps in the plot. Bryce seems like a nice guy, so why everyone including his family turns against him was also never explained well. I think I would like it better if there was just more to the story.
Eve’s childhood friend, Margaret, has invited Eve to spend the Christmas holidays at Amberley Hall. Eve is hesitant to leave Josephine all alone during the holidays, but Josephine encourages her to go because of the contacts and exposure to eligible bachelors. Eve understands how very hard her sisters are working for her and how very much they want her to marry well, so she agrees to make the journey.
Eve’s mail coach made excellent time on the trip to Amberley Hall and arrived about half an hour early – before Margaret’s coach was to meet her. So, Eve decides to walk. It is dusk and Eve heads toward the lights in the distance. When she arrives – she finds she is at the wrong house. Her destination lies six miles in the other direction and the roadways have now turned to ice. Neither man nor beast can make the trip. This means she must spend the night in the home of the bachelor who lives there.
There is an instant attraction between Eve and Bryce Harlowe, the Earl of Ravenworth. He collects, books, coins and . . . . . . flowers. He is also rusticating at his estate – for the last three years – because he’s being shunned by society for a scandalous transgression. He’s really a kind and lovable man and you come to feel his pain as you get to know him. He and Eve make a great pair and their journey to an HEA isn’t a smooth or easy one.
The characters are fully developed and very robust and that is something that is hard to do in a novella. The book is interesting and filled with twists and turns. When you finish, you feel as if you have read a full-length novel rather than a shorter novella. It is excellently done. The plot is solid, the characters are full and the romance is convincing. Well done Sophie Barnes!
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