Today I have a historical romance for you: Loving the Earl by Sharon Cullen. This is part of a long tour, so be sure to check the other tour stops and don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway for a Loveswept Tote or Loveswept Mug – rafflecopter is below the book information! And, another to the list for my NetGalley November Challenge!
Sharon Cullen has created a lovely road trip story here, far deeper than the initial headstrong woman convinced of her capabilities and unaware of potential censure meets brother’s friend, who suddenly sees her as a woman, and not a little sister to be protected.
Claire is heading to the continent after the death of her husband: feeling frustrated with the men in her life assuming what is best for her, rather than asking, she sets out with her maid and an itinerary that will grant her some of the much desired freedom from males.
Nathan, while acquainted with Claire’s family is a bit of a rake and not possessed of a wonderful reputation. His father has just recently died, leaving him conflicted and in need of some answers and time. When he encounters Claire, as she has impulsively changed her plans, lost her maid and her travel documents and money, Nathan is a welcome, yet unwelcome sight.
Claire, we come to learn, is not only often foolishly demonstrating her lack of concern for her situation, but her insistence on fending for herself is confusing until further on in the story. Nathan is, understandably, attracted to Claire’s beauty, yet he doesn’t discount her conversation or find her revelations off-putting, he comes to hold great regard for her as a person, not just an object of desire.
These two characters were masterfully developed: as they start to develop a trust for one another and reveal their innermost selves, we find so many qualities to enjoy: Claire’s resilience and logical approach to Nathan’s problems. Nathan is frustrated with his life, his acceptance of Claire and his approach in enforcing her self-esteem. We learn that these two people are far deeper and have much more in common than one would think, and they are also highly compatible. But, neither is looking for a happy ever after, or are they?
This book is a fun read and easy to follow, even though there is some frustration with Claire and her behavior in the early chapters, you are able to see the reasons and even come to admire her strength despite her early foolhardiness. Nathan is less developed early on, with most of his character being examined in hindsight and through comments, but he is no less enjoyable. Far more to overcome than in most historical romances: this was a wonderful example of the reason why I am addicted to these stories.
Title: Loving the Earl
Author: Sharon Cullen
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by: Loveswept, Random House
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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In Sharon Cullen’s sizzling novel of scandal and seduction, a headstrong beauty is pursued across Europe by London’s most notorious rake.
Having vowed never to wed again, widowed viscountess Claire Hartford is about to do the unthinkable: travel unaccompanied across the continent in search of a lover. Her adventure begins sooner than expected, when she meets a magnificent cloaked stranger on her ship’s gangplank. He is Lord Blythe, a man whispered about in London’s ballrooms and drawing rooms, a scandalous rogue hell-bent on seduction.
Nathan Ferguson curses the day he agreed to look out for his best friend’s wayward sister. The charismatic earl is traveling to Paris to uncover the truth behind his father’s death, but his desire for Claire threatens to be his undoing. From France to Italy, on a journey of passionate discovery and danger, Nathan is honor-bound to protect her—from himself most of all. What can he offer Claire? Only love, as he sets out to prove to the woman of his dreams that she belongs to him—body, heart, and soul.
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.
Giveaway: As I mentioned above, there is a tour-wide giveaway for a Loveswept Tote or a Loveswept Mug. Drawing ends on