Forever Your Earl: The Wicked Quills of London #1 by Eva Leigh with Excerpt and Giveaway

Forever Your Earl: The Wicked Quills of London #1 by Eva Leigh with Excerpt and Giveaway

Let’s jump back into my historical obsession as I present Forever Your Earl by Eva Leigh, the first book in her Wicked Quills of London series. Please read on for my review and an excerpt, be sure to check the tour stops to see what other readers thought of the title and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a Print copy of FOREVER YOUR EARL and a $25 Gift Card to the eBook Retailer of choice.  Additionally, this is a two-title tour, and the second in the series, Scandal Takes the Stage will also be reviewed on my blog on October 29th.

Book Review:

The first in a new regency series, Forever Your Earl by Eva Leigh is a wonderful start to a new series with clever and driven heroines and the upper-crust males who are baffled, befuddled and bemused by them.

Eleanor has worked her bustle off to make a life for herself of her own design. Now the owner / operator and jack of all trades for her own thrice weekly tabloid, her paper focuses on the foibles and excesses of the most notorious members of society.  Small in circulation, but gaining popularity, her paper has caught the eye of Lord Ashford, who is not happy with the intrusion and never-ending eyes on his activities.

Daniel, Lord Ashford is burdened by guilt, the responsibilities of his title, and the loss of his best friends.  As the only heir to the title, he was unable to consider a commission in the military, a regret that he holds to this day. His best friend Jonathan went off to fight Napoleon. On his return, he slowly retreated from friends and family, and has been missing. Daniel has been quietly searching and scouring the less desirable areas of London trying to find his friend, and doesn’t want the scrutiny from Eleanor’s paper to discover the fact, fearing Jonathan will go deeper into hiding, if he is, in fact, still alive.

To lure Eleanor off the trail, Daniel heads to the offices of the Hawk’s Eye to make a deal. Open access to his activities, as he hopes the opportunity will allow him to continue the search for Jonathan without exposure. This sets up a series of outings where Daniel provides entrée into the world of a ‘rake’, offering a bird’s eye view of the dubious behaviors of the ton.

Fast paced, clever characters and wonderful moments of dialog that are both pointed and funny, this story was an absolute delight to read. Eleanor and Daniel are wonderful characters: both have their own preconceived notions which are slowly realigned and readjusted as they truly come to know one another.  Plenty of humor and some truly massacred metaphors showed Daniel’s enjoyment of their banter, and you can almost hear Eleanor’s pained groan.

“That apple,” Ashford said, “didn’t fall close to the tree. In fact, it threw itself off the tree’s branches, rolled down a hill, and straight into the nearest theater box, where is surrounded itself with a variety of strawberries of dubious repute.”

Fresh and unique, this read never failed to surprise in a trope that, admittedly, could become trite. Add in the search for Jonathan and the slow build of dependence and reliance on the connection between Eleanor and Daniel, and this is a story that is hard to put down. Secondary characters fil out the story with actions and personalities from depraved to delightful, keeping our couple in the ‘feel’ of the time, even with two who are very different from the norm we are familiar with.  I can’t wait for the next in the series!

Forever Your Earl: The Wicked Quills of London #1 by Eva Leigh with Excerpt and Giveaway

Title: Forever Your Earl
Author: Eva Leigh
Series: The Wicked Quills of London #1
Also in this series: Scandal Takes the Stage, Temptations of a Wallflower
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Avon
ISBN: 0062358626
Published on: 29 September, 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Pages: 384
Audio Length: 12 Hours: 18 minutes
Rated: five-stars
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Eva Leigh makes her Avon debut with the first book in her smart and sexy Wicked Quills of London series!

Eleanor Hawke loves a good scandal. And readers of her successful gossip rag live for the exploits of her favorite subject: Daniel Balfour, the notorious Earl of Ashford. So when the earl himself marches into her office one day and invites her to experience his illicit pursuits firsthand, Eleanor is stunned. Gambling hells, phaeton races, masquerades…What more could a scandal writer want than a secret look into the life of this devilishly handsome rake?

Daniel has secrets and if The Hawk’s Eye gets wind of them, a man’s life could be at stake. And what better way to distract a gossip than by feeding her the scandal she desperately craves? But Daniel never expected the sharp mind and biting wit of the beautiful writer, and their desire for each other threatens even his best laid plans.

But when Eleanor learns the truth of his deception, Daniel will do anything to prove a romance between a commoner and an earl could really last forever

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

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Continuing, she said, “That’s exceptionally conceited of you, my lord, to assume that you are Lord A—d.”  Leaning back in her chair, she gave a thin smile.  “I could be writing about Lord Archland.  Or perhaps Lord Admond.”“Lord Archland hasn’t left his country estate in a decade,” the earl answered, “and Lord Admond’s days of scandal happened when red heels and powdered wigs were in fashion.  The man written about is undoubtedly, nauseatingly me.”

So much for that defense.  “Oh, but you’re far from nauseating, my lord.  In fact, you’re enthralling—to my readers,” she hastened to add.

Lord Ashford shook his head.  “It amazes me that the citizens of London have such paltry lives that they’d care a groat what I did.”

“The provinces, too,” she added.  “I have a thousand subscribers throughout the country.”

He threw up his hands.  “Ah, that improves the situation immeasurably.  I cannot fathom what my concern was.”

“As my paper states,” she said, “you are London’s most notorious rake.  Of course people care what you do.”

He crossed his arms over his chest, a movement that emphasized that the width of his shoulders didn’t come from the work of a tailor’s artful needle.

“One might think that your readers would be far more interested in the food shortages that have resulted from recent crop failures,” he fired back.  “Or perhaps they might be intrigued by the East Indian volcanic explosion that caused the crops to fail.  Maybe, just maybe, they’d be concerned with Argentina declaring its independence from Spain.  Did none of that ever cross your mind, Miss Hawke, rather than reporting spurious gossip about a figure as inconsequential as myself?”

Though she was momentarily shocked that a man as infamously dissolute as Lord Ashford would be so well-informed, she quickly recovered.

“I’d hardly call you inconsequential, my lord,” she countered.  “Your family name goes back to the time of Queen Elizabeth.  If memory serves, your ancestor Thomas Balfour won himself an earldom as a privateer to the queen—though others merely called him a pirate with a government charter.  It seems as though scandal runs in your blood.  How could the public not be fascinated?”

It was his turn to look surprised.  He likely didn’t expect her to be so knowledgeable of his ancestry.  But Eleanor was nothing if not thorough.  She had Debrett’s memorized the way others knew their Bible verses.

“Because I am merely one man,” he answered.  “Granted, a man with a somewhat extensive wardrobe—”

Of mistresses, she silently added.

“But hardly worth devoting page after page of precious paper and ink,” he concluded.

“You belong to a gentleman’s club, do you not?” she asked pointedly.  “White’s, if memory serves.  And what do you do there?”

“Drink.”

 

 

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About Eva Leigh

EVA LEIGH is the pen name of a RITA® Award-nominated romance author who writes novels chock-full of smart women and sexy men. She enjoys baking, Tweeting about boots, and listening to music from the ‘80s. Eva and her husband live in Central California.

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