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The Untouchable Earl (Fallen Ladies) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2016
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About the Author
USA Today Bestselling author Amy Sandas writes historical romance about dashing and sometimes dangerous men and women who are often reckless, bold, and unconventional. Her affinity for writing began with sappy pre-teen poems and led to a Bachelor's degree with an emphasis on Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She lives with her husband and children in Wisconsin.
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Top Customer Reviews
First let me mention that I got very lucky last year, just as I was giving up hope on historical romances and rereading my favs from Susan Johnson & Brenda Joyce....I found Elisa Bradens The Devil is a Marquess, one of my favorite books ever & gobbled up everything she wrote. Funny thing about Amazon sometimes they point you to other authors of like mind, and low and behold I gobbled up Luck is no Lady by Amy Sandas. It was a great read! So I went back and enjoyed all her other books. I felt very lucky ladies, I was struggling and almost stopped reading the genre.
But I digress, my point is, we all have favorites in a series and although this one doesn't beat Luck is no Lady, I enjoyed the brave writing. This is a dark subject, a dark man, a man who feels everything and yet claims he is unfeeling. Its a tough read. But well written. It may not be my cup of tea but its truly written well. Which is why I gave it 5 stars. I'm sure there are tons of reviews that summarize it, I'm always cautious not to ruin plot too much but....
Lily is an interesting h shes one of three sisters trying to pay off a debt of her fathers, I wasn't quite sure how I felt. When she was kidnapped and then offered that up with no thought? I had to suspend belief of time of era and convince myself to just enjoy this book. But I also think if were going to have a dark H like Harte, he was going to need a h who could be strong emotionally and truly take his problem on. When I think of all the shrinking violets of that era, I know this author wrote the best h she could for the H.
This book isn't at first romantic, but if you go into it with the knowledge that this man truly has a disability hes ashamed of, is in the peerage (hes an EarL) and everything else from his childhood thats piled on him, its amazing the man has a heart at all. So it is romantic I guess really. Which is what this book is really about. Lily peeling the layers one by one ever so slowly and drawing those emotions out of the H without him realizing it. Not only was Lily brave, so was he.
Every once in a while you get a book like this, the epilogue didn't quite end like Id want but I'm hoping for more clarification from Portias book. The thing with this series is they all run the same timeline as one event, so I would really read them in order if I was you, and Luck is no Lady is one hell of a romantic book, with amazing characters so its worth it to go back and read in order.
I'm looking forward to Portias book, and I'm sure some people want Hales book, but the book I really REALLY want is Bentleys half brother the Earl of Wright. So I'm just throwing that out there in the universe. Cheers and happy reading.
Lily Chadwick is a heroine that has fallen on hard times after the death of her parents. After the death of her mother, her father devolved into drinking and debt, leaving his three surviving daughters in dire straights after his death. Lily is the middle sister and she finds herself somewhat plain, wishing she shared more attributes with her sisters. Lily also has a secret, dark desires that stem from her stealthy reading of erotic novels. She despairs of finding a husband that will actually make her happy and satisfy her passionate nature. For a virginal heroine, Lily did not come off as a shy heroine, at least with our hero. In society, she acts the demure lady... but the chemistry with our hero seems to overwhelm her. I do wish she would have shown more grit and backbone when she is stolen off the street and sold to a pleasure house, but she seemed to lack the confidence. I also didn't connect as fully with her characters as I would have liked, but I can't put my finger on exactly what was missing.
Our hero, Avenell Slade, Earl of Thorne, is a uniquely tortured hero. He seems to be suffering from something akin to sensory processing disorder, where he cannot abide touch on most of his upper body. This affliction caused his father to reject him as a young boy, which has left Harte a bit switched off emotionally. He is always stoic and serious, like he has ice encasing his heart. I have to say that he didn't treat our heroine very well on the surface, so you had to do a lot of looking beyond his outward demeanor to glimpse the yearning underneath. I would have liked more of the story to have been told from his POV, with some inner monologues to establish a stronger character connection.
The relationship between our couple, as it developed, was unconventional for a lady of noble breeding. While there was good chemistry and an almost magnetic pull between Lily and Harte, there was not enough emotion to sink my teeth into. Harte was trying to overcome his problems, and I know he must have been in horrible turmoil, but I would have liked to feel it a little more. There was some very nice sensuality in their encounters, despite Harte's inability to be touched. So although our couple is engaging in intimacy rather quickly, their romance was more of a slow burn that built right up until the end.
So Lily is stolen by an unscrupulous moneylender , Mason Hale, and sold into a pleasure house owned by his sister, Madam Pendragon, who will auction Lily's virtue to the highest bidder. Despite Hale's motivations, I did not like him or Pendragon at all. I also felt like this aspect of the plot was dropped in favor of the romance. I wish the scheme could have carried throughout the story to provide some action and suspense, or at least develop Harte's motivations and personal situation further so we could understand his character. Instead, the desperation that should have been felt by both Hale and Pendragon felt contrived and they came off as cold and heartless.
I enjoyed the glimpses into the story of the older sister, Emma, and her tumultuous relationship with Mr. Bentley, who I believe owned a gaming hell. So I am definitely curious to go back and read her story now to see exactly what was happening.
Overall, I did enjoy the story and I will be reading this author again... but, as outlined above, I would have liked a little more in some respects. I voluntarily reviewed and advanced copy of this book that I received from the publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca.
Lily Chadwick and Avenell Slade, The Earl of Harte both live on the fringe of polite society but each for their own reasons. Immediately drawn to each other ,their attraction is overwhelming. When Lily becomes the payment for her father’s sins her liberator is Harte, the man who has rejected her.
Beautifully carried out Ms. Sandas takes Harte's darkness and gives it shades. Lily who seemingly represents innocence dabbles with her curiosity as she is drawn to the very things that a debutante should shun. On edge both these characters explore boundaries even as they struggle with their desperation for acceptance from each other. This story was terrifically complex and provocative. Out of the ordinary subject matter made The Untouchable Earl an interesting read but this author's great writing made it a memorable one.
As the enigmatic hero and capable heroine of this tale embark on their destinies Amy Sandas's storytelling grabs and keeps the attention of her audience as their distinctive voices come to life on the pages of her book. The Untouchable Earl is a work that will leave a remarkable and lasting impression with readers!
*I was given an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own.*
*While part of a series this book can be read as a stand alone.*