An Earl Like You
by Caroline Linden
Series: The Wagers of Sin
Genre: Adult Historical Romance
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: August 28, 2018
When you gamble at love . . .
When Hugh Deveraux discovers his newly inherited earldom is bankrupt, he sets about rebuilding the family fortune—in the gaming hells of London. But the most daring wager he takes isn’t at cards. A wealthy tradesman makes a tantalizing offer: marry the man’s spinster daughter and Hugh’s debts will be paid and his fortune made. The only catch is that she must never know about their agreement . . .
You risk losing your heart . . .
Heiress Eliza Cross has given up hope of marriage until she meets the impossibly handsome Earl of Hastings, her father’s new business partner. The earl is everything a gentleman should be, and is boldly attentive to her. It doesn’t take long for Eliza to lose her heart and marry him.
But when Eliza discovers that there is more to the man she loves—and to her marriage—her trust is shattered. And it will take all of Hugh’s power to prove that now his words of love are real . . .
He kissed as if he meant to conquer her . . .
Eliza could only stare back. He’d kissed her until her brain melted and her tongue turned to lead. Good heavens, she wished he’d do it again.
He stopped and cleared his throat. “Miss Cross, that went further than I planned,” he finally said, his voice very low and still rough with want.
His hands drifted to rest on her hips. He put his mouth next to her ear. “Should I apologize for what happened?”
The tiniest shake of her head.
His lips touched the sensitive skin behind her ear. “May I call on you?”
“Yes,” she whispered.
Eliza gazed up at him, wondering if he could tell from looking at her that she was about to fall headlong in love . . .
I am loving this series!
Hugh and Eliza are a wonderful couple. Though they get together originally for all the wrong reasons–unbeknownst to Eliza, unfortunately–it’s hard to imagine that they would have found each other any other way (and even if they had met somehow, that Hugh would have truly noticed her anyway–he even admits this to himself at one point) so it’s hard to hate her father *too* much. Hugh truly does have his heart in the right place–the ways he can help his mother and sisters are very limited and the alternate method he’d come up with by himself just wasn’t going to have the same effect (though OMG, man, you should have admitted to them the situation your father left you all in much sooner than you did!)
Reading this story is like reading an unusually romantic train wreck–you love the characters, hate the deception behind them being together, and know disaster is coming and just can’t stop reading until the HEA is achieved. I can’t wait to see what Ms. Linden has in store for the rest of the series!
Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About Caroline Linden:
CAROLINE LINDEN was born a reader, not a writer. She earned a math degree from Harvard University and wrote computer code before discovering that writing fiction was far more fun. Since then, the Boston Red Sox have won the World Series three times, which is not related but still worth mentioning. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages, and have won the NEC-RWA Reader’s Choice Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, the NJRW Golden Leaf Award, and RWA’s RITA Award. She lives in New England.
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