Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Waiting for an Earl Like You by Alexandra Hawkins


Get lost in Waiting for an Earl Like You, the next lush, sensual Regency romance in the Masters of Seduction series by USA Today bestselling author Alexandra Hawkins.

Justin Reeve Netherwood, Earl of Kempthorn—a.k.a. Thorn—has never cared much for his neighbor’s daughter. But his twin brother, Gideon, befriended the wild, reckless, and wholly inappropriate Miss Olivia Lydall in youth, and two have been close ever since. So when Olivia finds herself in a state of romantic conflict and seeks out Gideon for advice, he’s only too pleased to oblige. Only problem: The man Olivia is speaking to is Thorn. And now it’s too late for him to tell Olivia the truth…

Thorn always believed that Olivia was too smitten with Gideon for her own good. So what’s the harm in steering her away from him? But Thorn’s charade turns out to be anything but harmless once he begins to see Olivia for who she really is: A woman full of spirit and passion… and someone he can’t live without. But how can Thorn claim Olivia’s heart when their deepening connection—and burning desire—is built on lies and deceit?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

With an intriguing premise, I was eager to read Waiting for an Earl Like You. Sadly, I had difficulty getting into the novel, putting it down several times, and having it take weeks to complete. This is simply a book and a reader not being a good fit situation.

Thorn and Gideon are identical twins. As a neighbor, Olivia is several years younger than they are, but was the twins' shadow when they were growing up, with her liking Gideon's charismatic personality best while feeling harassed by Thorn.

This novel features a popular premise of being 'compromised' leading to the alter, combined with the angst and intrigue with the twist of twin-switching. Thorn plays both himself and his brother, and this is where I had great difficulty with the novel due to the execution of this portion. It muddied the narration, as if the narrator was picking up traits from one twin to the next, not keeping to a solid characterization. Plus, the issue with both twins in the same location but not dressed the same, making me fear for both Olivia's and everyone else's intelligence if they can't take note of the clothing choices to determine who is whom.

As for the romance, Thorn wasn't truly himself, so I couldn't buy into Olivia's and his great love affair as she wasn't falling for the 'man' he was. It's hard to develop a connection to a character when he's a bald-faced liar, with the heroine not falling for who he truly is. This also played into the muddied characterization of Thorn, because his traits weren't consistent due to the impersonation – as a reader, I felt I didn't know him either.

With the suspension of belief and those happier with a slower paced storyline, I feel readers could fall in love with the story. Sadly, it wasn't my cup of tea.

Alexandra Hawkins is an unrepentant Anglophile who discovered romance novels as a teenager and knew that one day she would be writing her own. The USA Today bestselling author has combined her love of English history, mythology, and romance to create sensual character-driven stories that, she hopes, will touch readers’ hearts. Her novels include All Night with a Rogue, Till Dawn with the Devil and After Dark with a Scoundrel. Alexandra lives in Georgia with her husband and three children.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Waiting for an Earl Like You (Masters of Seduction #3) by Alexandra Hawkins to read and review.

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