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Only an Earl Will Do: To Marry a Rogue #1 by Tamara Gill

Only an Earl Will Do: To Marry a Rogue #1 by Tamara Gill

The first in a new historical series, To Marry a Rogue, from Tamara Gill.  Please read on for my review, an excerpt and be sure to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a $15 gift card to Amazon.

Only an Earl Will Do

Mixed bag here for me today: reunion tropes I don’t dislike, but anything that mentions, uses or adds a secret baby to the mix is simply my kryptonite.  That being said, the multiple elements and convenient resolutions were a bit formulaic for me, although I was curious to see just what would shake out after reading.

My first issue was with the glaring grammatical error in the blurb – “who’s” is the contraction of who is, where “whose” is the proper form to indicate possession. That aside, I was reading an eArc version of the story, so I hope that the grammatical errors in the text have been corrected prior to release.  Now, editor hat off – and on to the story

Growing up in the same household, Elizabeth and Henry were friendly, and as they aged, they fell in love.  She’s made a wonderful splash in society, but time in the Americas was Henry’s plans, as he needed to make a fortune to assure their future.  What neither knew was Elizabeth was pregnant and on the verge of ruin after he left.

Elizabeth was likable, and her honesty with the husband she had to marry to give her child a name was admirable.  In truth, neither she nor Henry were particularly thoughtful before her pregnancy, and that element will be picked up again later.  A reasonably happy marriage despite circumstances is Elizabeth’s life until her husband passes.  Now widowed, with years passed, Henry returns.

Of course, the post and failed letters back and fro across the Atlantic left both feeling bereft and betrayed.  It just took far too long for them to discover that fact, discuss things rationally and openly and move on. Of course, an obsessed Lord is stepping in to do everything possible to keep them apart  – so that did play in.  But they do find solutions to the issues.

Too many elements – back history for sisters that drops in as hints, moments of intimacy with Elizabeth and her first husband with later passages talking of his impotency, other bits of back and forth that just didn’t add to the story in any meaningful way, added to my bone-deep dislike of secret baby tropes and a rather belated reveal on that front left me overall rather meh about this title, and not sure that I will continue the series.  Not great, not horrid – just a middle of the road read that could have been wonderful with more direction and focus.

Only an Earl Will Do: To Marry a Rogue #1 by Tamara Gill

Title: Only an Earl Will Do
Author: Tamara Gill
Series: To Marry a Rogue #1
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Published by: Entangled Publishing
ISBN: 1633757307
Published on: 25 July, 2016
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 226
Rated: One StarOne StarOne Star
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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About the Book:

The reigning queen of London society, Lady Elizabeth Worthingham, has her future set out for her. Marry well, and marry without love. An easy promise to make and one she owed her family after her near ruinous past that threatened them all. And the rakish scoundrel Henry Andrews, Earl of Muir who’s inability to act a gentleman when she needed one most would one day pay for his treachery.

Returning to England after three years abroad, Henry is determined to make the only woman who captured his heart his wife. But the icy reception he receives from Elizabeth is colder than his home in the Scottish highlands. As past hurts surface and deception runs as thick as blood, so too does a love that will overcome all obstacles, unless a nameless foe, determined with his own path, gets his way and their love never sees the light of day…

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

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Elizabeth hid a repulsed shudder over Lord Riddledale, who stood pompous and proud across the floor, the ever-present scowl on his face no surprise. No doubt her stepping out with another gentleman other than himself had put him out of countenance. She turned back to her sister. “I cannot summon any remorse for annoying Riddledale. As for Lord Dean, I’ll be sorry to hurt him, but no, I will not marry him no matter how much his heart breaks over my decision.”

“Could your feelings change in time, do you believe?” Victoria asked.

“No.”

“No?”

Elizabeth shook her head. “No.”

“Why?”

She swallowed the familiar lump which formed in her throat every time she thought of him, the man she refused to name, even in her own thoughts. “I’m not the loving kind. I don’t believe it’s healthy to rely on such feeble unstable emotions when someone is entering the marriage state. Men and their need to be adored, looked up to in awe, can go hang. Lord Newland’s name protects me now. I have no need to marry again.”

Victoria threw her a dubious look. “I believe there is nothing purer and good than love, especially if you are fortunate enough to have it in a marriage.” Her sister sighed, the sound tinged with sadness. “You promised Papa you would try.”

“I am well aware of what I promised Papa, but he did not stipulate marriage is what I should try. I’m friendly and affable. That is enough.”

 

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About Tamara Gill

Tamara is an Australian author who grew up in an old mining town in country South Australia, where her love of history was founded. So much so, she made her darling husband travel to the UK for their honeymoon, where she dragged him from one historical monument and castle to another.
A mother of three, her two little gentlemen in the making, a future Lady (she hopes) and a part-time job keep her busy in the real world, but whenever she gets a moment’s peace she loves to write romance novels in an array of genres, including regency, medieval and paranormal.
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