- Series: The Survivors (Book 2)
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (March 6, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 149263901X
- ISBN-13: 978-1492639015
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 112 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Shana Galen is three-time Rita award nominee and the bestselling author of passionate Regency romps, including the RT Reviewers' Choice The Making of a Gentleman. Kirkus says of her books, "The road to happily-ever-after is intense, conflicted, suspenseful and fun," and RT Bookreviews calls her books "lighthearted yet poignant, humorous yet touching." She taught English at the middle and high school level off and on for eleven years. Most of those years were spent working in Houston's inner city. Now she writes full time. She's happily married and has a daughter who is most definitely a romance heroine in the making.
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Neil's assignment is to bring Lady Juliana home. He has to take her away from the orphanage, so she can be under her father's roof again. However, the twelve orphans she's looking after would be on their own if she'd leave. Neil is a great leader and he immediately takes charge. The boys listen to him and he makes plenty of necessary progress in just a short period of time. Neil isn't there to stay, the last thing he wants is being around children all day. Is it really so bad to spend time at the orphanage though? He admires Juliana in many ways and their attraction proves to be a problem. Neil isn't a member of the ton and Juliana is a lady who vowed never to get married, are they heading for trouble and can Neil finish his assignment?
No Earls Allowed is a wonderful romantic story. Neil is a brave, but traumatized man. He's still having nightmares after everything he's witnessed during the war. He's a great leader and instinctively knows how to handle people. I loved how he manages to get the orphanage organized in only a short matter of time. The children are mostly adorable, but there are some older ones who need firm guidance to keep them out of trouble. Juliana has found the perfect man to help her with her mission, but being around Neil is quite a challenge. There are plenty of sparks and they know they shouldn't allow themselves to act on them, but that's incredibly difficult. I loved watching their attraction grow and couldn't wait to find out if these two lovely people would have a chance at happiness together.
Shana Galen skillfully combines romance with suspense. I love how every chapter of her story offers a new unexpected twist. Her vibrant and thorough descriptions of her main characters, their surroundings and their emotions are making each story she writes a joy to read. No Earls Allowed is charming, captivating and enchanting. Shana Galen is a skilled story teller, everything she writes about effortlessly comes to life. She balances friendship, finding true love and attraction with crazy criminals, gripping events and many challenges, which works very well. No Earls Allowed is an amazing compelling story laced with humor and heartwarming charm.
I really wanted to like this book more. Neil is a war veteran who suffers from PTSD. Julia has her own issues with men due to her sister's unfortunate marriage, but she tries hard with the orphan boys. The boys themselves are a mix of innocent and hardened characters, but likable enough.
But there are too many contrivances to move the plot along and unlikely happenstances. Julia seems to move seamlessly between the Ton and the orphanage, even living at the orphanage which is in a questionable section of London with no disparagement from her peers. The place is robbed of its food supplies, but Julia manages to keep her lovely gowns and jewels at the orphanage with no issues though the area is rife with 'wipe' shops, places where stolen handkerchiefs are sold. The whole idea of Mr. Slag threatening her virginity and Julia considering it was just unbelievable to me.
I don't mind the concept of wealthy ladies patronizing an orphanage; Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series does this successfully, and I love her books. The war-ravaged hero is a favorite trope of mine, so I should have liked this book more. It was just okay. There were moments that I enjoyed, but most of it dragged. The ending was weak, especially Neil's recovery of Julia's lost 'treasure'.
I like the concept of the Survivors, and I might go back and read the first book to see if it's better than this one.
Lots of events happen and this is a story that needs to be read!
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