Today I have a review, excerpt and giveaway for a new release from Collette Cameron; The Earl’s Enticement. Please be sure to check the other tour stops, and don’t forget to enter the tour wide giveaway where you could be the winner of a $25 gift card from Amazon or Barnes from Collette Cameron to celebrate her release!
Take a girl in trousers, a keep in the Scottish moors, throw in a case of mistaken identity, add a dash of kidnapping and you just start to scratch the surface of this delightful story from Collette Cameron.
Adaira (Addy) is a clever, determined, tomboyish young woman who has decided that she will never marry, and she vows to protect her brother’s new wife from those who wish to harm her. When she meets Roark, the Earl of Clarendon in the little town, his less than forthcoming revelation of his real name and title lead to his imprisonment. For his younger brother is a villainous cur, and a danger to Addy’s sister in law.
Addy is hard not to like: so bold and brave in most areas, she is brought to her virtual knees by spiders and the thoughts of bats “hanging by their horrid little curled toes”. Yet her determination to save Yvette and hold the captive until her brother Ewan returns, show a clever turn of thought if not necessarily cognizant of the larger consequences. She isn’t aware that Roark, a peer, is there to check on Yvette and see that she is indeed safe and happy: not to kidnap or harm her in any way. Addy’s sheer determination and boldness in following what she sees as her only option, despite the very real possibility that her punishment would be worse than the sideways looks her mother sends her frequently.
Roark, for his part, is a bit of a stuffed shirt with a huge attitude toward attractive women. With a first marriage to an unfaithful woman, he is hurt, angry and completely convinced that all pretty women are out to manipulate him. Trying to repair the damage done by a faithless and grasping brother, Roark also needs to find a wife and have an heir, or the inheritance and control of lands and funds will all be given to his brother. A kick from beyond the grave from his father: no love lost there, Roark’s early years were characterized by abuse and manipulations, with his only ally being his mother.
Clever and unique scenario to introduce the future couple, Addy’s plan leads her into the arms of the earl, despite her determination to avoid it, and him. When her family, to protect her from prosecution, agree to let Roark choose his own boon, these two are pushed together. Roark will brush the rough edges off Addy with a month long house party, where dresses and fine manners are de rigueur. Roark soon finds that the Addy that is real and honest (and usually furious) is the one he truly enjoys, and while the polished version is both attractive and desirable, the hoydenish free-wheeling, stubborn, intelligent, determined and caring Addy is his preference.
Their friendship and regard for one another develops slowly, but is solidified with several encounters with characters that range from dangerous to simply seedy. As they get to know one another, the feelings deepen to attraction and love, and both characters grow and change, supported by the honest regard and affection of their partner. This is a story that will lighten a dark day and improve a mood with characters that are intriguing, funny and clever and will bring a giggle frequently.
Title: The Earl's Enticement
Author: Collette Cameron
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Soul Mate Publishing
Source: Author via Tour Company
Heat: Get Your Copy: Amazon
She won’t be tamed.
A fiery, unconventional Scot, Adaira Ferguson wears breeches, swears, and has no more desire to marry than she does to follow society’s dictates of appropriate behavior. She trusts no man with the secret she desperately protects.
He can’t forget.
Haunted by his past, Roark, The Earl of Clarendon, rigidly adheres to propriety, holding himself and those around him to the highest standards, no matter the cost. Betrayed once, he’s guarded and leery of all women.
Mistaking Roark for a known spy, Adaira imprisons him. Infuriated, he vows vengeance. Realizing her error, she’s appalled and releases him, but he’s not satisfied with his freedom. Roark is determined to transform Adaira from an ill-mannered hoyden to a lady of refinement.
He succeeds only to discover, he preferred the free-spirited Scottish lass who first captured his heart.
A copy of this title was provided via Author via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.