- File Size: 6002 KB
- Print Length: 104 pages
- Publisher: Forever Yours (August 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 1, 2017
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HZFB6NC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,549 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An Earl by Any Other Name (Sins and Scandals) Kindle Edition
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An earl in the streets, a rogue in the sheets . . .
Leopold Graham, Lord Hampton, was never a man to let propriety stand in the way of his pursuit of pleasure. Hedonism is his only desire in life---until his father's death saddles him with debts that threaten to bankrupt the entire family. Now the only thing that stands between him and utter ruin is marriage to a proper, and preferably wealthy, young lady.
Ivy Leighton is no sweet English rose. Perhaps it's her gypsy roots, but she would rather make a spectacle of her independent spirit than sit quietly on the sidelines. If that means that the only place she'll ever have in society is firmly on the shelf, then so be it. But when Ivy runs into the handsome, rakish Leo who's looking for a respectable, well-bred wife, she can't stop thinking about the troubles they can get into. Now she just has to convince him that a life with her is really what he needs.
This isn't my first time reading Lauren Smith's work. I adore the style of her historical romance books. I have only read one of her contemporary romance novels and although I prefer a historical it didn't offend me.
This book is more to my liking though.
Lauren's style keeps my interest even in a short read like this one.
The only thing I would change is the length to give the couple more time to develop a lasting relationship.
I realize that they had known each other as children and had been inseparable, but it has been sixteen years since they have laid eyes on each other.
Maybe their childhood caring will develop into a deeper love.
I gave this book 4.0 of 5.0 stars for storyline and character development and a sensual rating of 3.75 of 5.0 flames. There is only one heated sexual scene and a few scattered kisses. This is exactly the right amount in this short read.
One of the guests, Ivy Leighton, spent the first years of her life living at his estate as her mother worked there. Leo was older but played with her and called her Button. When her mother died, the countess found her father and she went to live with him. Her father, a wealthy publisher, is also attending the party.
Leo does not recognize Ivy and the servants have been told to pretend they don’t know her. Leo is attracted to Ivy but appalled at her “women should be able to vote” beliefs. He is falling in love with her and eventually figures out who she is. There is a secondary romance going on but I’ll leave you to figure that out.
I hope Leo’s friends, Owen and Jack, get their own HEAs. I enjoyed this book very much.
Leo's mother concocted a plan to get them together again because Leo was determined to wed Milly so he could save his estate.
What wonderful surprises come out of this plan. Owen also needs to marry an heiress to save his crumbling estate. Which one, Leo or Owen will win Ivy? And what about Molly?
A very unsuspecting ending made me laugh and I felt such happiness for all involved. I was totally surprised by the ending but quite happy with it.
I highly recommend this book and I'm looking forward to the next book in this series about A Gentleman Never Surrenders.
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