Hi Readers! I hope you are all recovering from all your Halloween festivities. This is such a busy time of year, so thanks for stopping by for Book Club Thursday. My friends and I at BCT love sharing our love for books and good authors with you. This week, we are Clearing Off The Book Shelves. We have a list of genres we have on our TBR shelves that we select each month for titles six months or older.
Hardcover or Trade
Any Series or Category (Harlequin or Silhouette..etc)
My Pick for November: Read a Historical Romance
FOREVER YOUR EARL
The Wicked Quills of London #1
Released September, 2015
Released September, 2015
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.
FOREVER YOUR EARL is the first book in the Wicked Quills series. I discovered the series at book three TEMPTATIONS OF A WALLFLOWER and liked it enough to read more in the series. Author Eva Leigh (aka Zoe Archer) writes a good story with strong, smart, and sassy women who live life in Regency England while questioning and bumping heads with the rules of the aristocratic society, the haute ton.
Eleanor isn't wealthy, but she runs a gossip rag that is immensely popular and also helps keep a roof over her head. Of course, the public doesn't know that her magazine is owned and operated by a woman. Daniel, the Earl of Ashford is a frequent star in paper, The Hawk's Eye. They meet in a most unusual way and there is a secret to why Daniel is doing the things he is and he eventually talks Eleanor to help him in a quest.
I thought this was an enjoyable story with enjoyable banter between Eleanor and Daniel. He is really a good man and loyal friend. He's more a guy next door than an alpha male. The star of the story is Eleanor who is questioning the roles in society and living a freer life than most women in that time period. Unfortunately, she is a woman and can't exactly shout about her lifestyle. She must go by her initials at the paper. Eleanor really gets into her role of investigating the life of privileged society especially for wealthy men. So it's no surprise that she is best friends with a female playwright, another woman who doesn't stay in the box that society kept women in. All in all, a good story, but I thought the romance was secondary to Eleanor's unusual choices. I enjoyed the story for those groundbreaking issues, but I don't know that this story could have truly happened during this time period. Women still had decades to go before making dents in this type of society.
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