Vivienne Lorret returns to the blog with the second in The Mating Habits of Scoundrels series with
My Kind of Earl
We are comfortable with, and perhaps a bit too used to stories that have heroines with issues of self-esteem and their next steps. Rarely do we find heroes who have esteem issues that they are clearly presenting, or those who arrive so broken and feeling so unworthy that they just break your heart from the introduction. In this story we have Jane: one of four friends with rather ‘unusual’ habits as she’s continuing (with her friends) to discover what makes men tick. Far more ‘loosely’ raised than her friends, Jane does know that her parents see her (when they notice) as little more than a tool for upward social mobility and a convenient child-minder. Jane, however, is the glue that keeps her family together and her siblings (all 8 of them) healthy – or mostly so. A voracious reader, determined to push boundaries with her experiments, and her curiosity knows no bounds. From sneaking into a brothel to observe, unseen (she thinks) the goings on.
Raven was left at the foundling home as an infant – and through sheer determination, handy fists, and a need to survive and thrive, he’s the manager of one of London’s gaming clubs – being saved by the owner. He’s saved his money and does his level best to keep his own to his own – no one can take what he’s got from him. There are questions he has – particularly why people are trying to kill him – could he actually be ‘someone of importance’? But when he spies Jane watching the goings-on at the brothel, and his ‘rescue’ of her leads to much mayhem: he can’t forget her. Nor does he want to. Only Jane seems to see HIM – the person he is, insecurities and all, and only he seems to see Jane. The slights she ignores, her worries, just how pretty she is despite her parents’ constant ‘dismissal’ of her. When answers come to the fore, it is Jane who will teach Raven to ‘behave’ in polite society – polishing his ‘imitation’ of the tonne to one that will pass, if not well, at least well-enough, in polite society. And the two will find more in common than they ever expected.
I loved this book in the series – the series is clever and Lorret’s characters never fail to please and amuse. While Jane’s chafing at the treatment of women, and particularly her role for the family is nothing new – her dogged determination to see wrongs righted, even when she fears her own interests are never to be fulfilled shows a unique side, and makes Jane a far more modern thinker than one might expect. Snappy dialogue, electric connections and plenty of laughs to go around – this was a favorite and a great introduction to Lorret’s writing for those unfamiliar, fitting nicely after the first book in this series.
Title: My Kind of Earl
Author: Vivienne Lorret
Series: The Mating Habits of Scoundrels #2
Genre: Coming of Age, Family Saga, Friendship, Historical Romance, Humor elements, Late Regency, Mystery Elements, Setting: Britain
Published by: Avon
Published on: 29 September, 2020
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 11 Hours: 20 minutes
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USA Today bestselling author Vivienne Lorret continues her charming new trilogy with a bluestocking whose search for information on the mating habits of scoundrels has her stumbling upon the missing heir to an earldom... in the London underworld.
Jane Pickerington never intended to start a brawl in a brothel. She only wanted to research her book. Yet when her simple study of scoundrels goes awry, she finds herself coming to the rescue of a dark, enigmatic stranger… who turns out to be far more than an average rake out for a night of pleasure. He’s positively wild!
Only the most feral and cunning could have survived foundling homes and work houses. Orphaned as an infant, Raven never had another name. At least… not until he meets her. Now he’s face-to-face with the one person who recognizes the strange birthmark on his arm and can reinstate him to his blue-blooded birthright.
All at once, Raven’s life takes a turn. His knowledge of dark alleys and gaming hells never prepared him for gilded ballrooms. So Jane becomes his tutor. Yet, the more lessons in decorum she offers, the more this untamed scoundrel wants to teach her all the ways to be wicked.
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.