Not the Kind of Earl You Marry

A fake engagement gone awry…

3.5 ⭐️

This was a solid debut and I look forward to reading more from this author.

William is a rising political star, with the looks and pedigree to enchant the ton’s matchmaking mamas. He is focused on fulfilling his father’s legacy and making a name for himself as a reknowned orator and negotiator on the Parliament floor – he is not interested in obtaining a wife.

Charlotte is decidedly unimpressed by William’s rank or reputation. She is incensed when he accuses her of trying to manipulate him into an engagement. She reluctantly agrees to a fake engagement to keep the whiff of scandal from affecting his political ambitions.

The gossip rags ensure they must pretend in earnest. But when they both catch feelings, the ruse becomes real and neither one wants to end it.

My favorite elements:

  1. The fact that William willingly turned over the reins to his carriage- this is definitely a rare occurrence in historical romance! He was indulgent without being patronized and seemed genuinely invested in teaching Charlotte to drive.
  2. The in-depth examinations of parliamentary maneuverings. As a legislative history buff fascinated by the evolution of the law, I appreciated the attention the author gave to William’s political aspirations and knowledge.

I love a slow-burn romance. William and Charlotte are determined to deny the tender feelings building between them due to their unsuitability. As their orchestrated courtship is sabotaged by fervent kisses, breathtaking waltzes, and heartfelt notes, they realize that Cupid could not have chosen better.

A Rogue to Remember

A huge thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Recommended if you love Lisa Kleypas and Katharine Ashe.

This was a lovely friends-to-lovers historical romance.

The childhood connection between Lottie and Alec is the defining relationship in both their lives. Until it isn’t. Until they are manipulated into believing they are not what is best or right or happy for each other.

Lottie has resolutely recovered from Alec’s abandonment five years ago. She is determined to become an independent woman untethered by the apron strings of society and free to pursue a life of travel and adventure. But her escape has garnered the eagle attention of her uncle — and he will not tolerate her willfulness. Alec is tasked with returning her to England.

When they meet again, it is oil and water. When he kisses her, she wants to believe it is because of something more substantial than their fake relationship ruse. She wants him to understand her, but she doesn’t want that vulnerability between them. And Alec is convinced that his past is an insurmountable obstacle to a future with her.

Will they get their HEA?

The navigation of their star-crossed circumstances had me smiling and shaking my head. In the tradition of all obtuse and oblivious men, Alec doesn’t realize that he is exactly what Lottie both wants and needs.